Keller Williams: Sharing his wacky take on the world
Keller Williams plans to release his next album at the Brooklyn Bowl on Oct. 19, but first he’s got a few gigs to play, including a show at Hartford’s Infinity Music Hall on Friday, Aug. 31.
The one-man jam band — a singer/songwriter who plays funk, jazz, rock and more — is an acoustic guitar master with a warm, friendly tenor voice. Originally from Virginia, he loves to improv on the fly. His concerts are more like parties, filled with endless fun, dancing and laughter.
Williams received his first guitar when he was 3, but didn’t really learn to play until his early teens. By 17 he was doing solo gigs. He soon discovered the New Age guitar genius of composer Michael Hedges; Hedges has been a lifelong influence on his approach to the instrument.
It was 1994 when Williams released his first album; he’s been making music ever since, including progressive bluegrass. Always innovative, Williams, 48, performs at many festivals. He’s especially known for such tunes as “Freeker By The Speaker,” “Breathe” and “Kidney in a Cooler.”
Infinity Music Hall, 32 Front St., Hartford. Friday, Aug. 31, 8:30 p.m. $49-$29. 860-560-7757, infinityhall.com