Pygmalion is just around the corner but there are plenty of opportunities to see great live music during the Wall To Wall Guitar Festival this weekend. And some of the best stuff is completely free! (That means extra lunch money for you.) Check out these free acts in the Krannert Center Lobby:

Goran Ivanovic and Fareed Haque Duo, Friday, Sept. 14 at noon – These two guitar virtuosos and their Macedonian blues for two guitars is guaranteed to blow you away Ivanovic has won many guitar competitions including the International Guitar Festival in Greece and Haque holds an associate professorship in jazz and classical guitar studies at Northern Illinois University.

Bob Brozman and Led Kaapana, Friday, Sept. 14 at 5 p.m. – A massage for the ears. This duo will remove any and all tension with a relaxing Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar performance. Bring your Hawaiian shirt.

North Mississippi Allstars, Friday, Sept. 14 at 12 a.m. – That’s right. The North Mississippi Allstars, known for their highly danceable blues-rock fusion, are playing a free show at Krannert. All that really can be said is this is a performance that should not be missed!

Ed Gerhard, Saturday Sept. 15 at 12:30 p.m. – The talent of Ed Gerhard is best demonstrated in his versatility (he may switch from a six-string to 12-string guitar to lap steel throughout the course of his performance) and his ability to play and write beautifully expressive compositions.

Harry Manx, Saturday, Sept. 15 at 4 p.m. – Manx creates a unique “East meets West” experience combining Indian-style ragas with unmistakably Americana elements which is best demonstrated in his cover of Bruce Springsteen’s “I’m on Fire.”

Dr. Duke Tumatoe and the Power Trio; The Delta Kings, Saturday Sept. 15 at 11:30 p.m. – Hometown hero Dr. Duke Tumatoe (formerly of REO Speedwagon) closes off the festival with a free performance with the Power Trio followed by local act The Delta Kings. Expect lively and energetic rock and roll from both groups.

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