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An Evening with Leo Kottke

Presented by: BCT Presents

Where: Buskirk-Chumley Theater

Orchestra Pit: $USD 45.00

Orchestra & Lower Balcony: $USD 40.00

Upper Balcony & Bench: $USD 35.00


No showtimes available.


Photo of Leo playing guitar.Acoustic guitarist Leo Kottke was born in Athens, Georgia, but lived in 12 different states during his childhood, an experience that exposed him to a variety of influences during his musical development. He flirted with both violin and trombone, before abandoning Stravinsky for the guitar at age 11.

After a stint in the Navy, he settled in the Twin Cities area and became a fixture at Minneapolis’ Scholar Coffeehouse, which had also been home to Bob Dylan and John Koerner. He issued his 1968 recording debut LP Twelve String Blues, recorded on a Viking quarter-inch tape recorder, for the Scholar’s tiny Oblivion label. After sending tapes to guitarist John Fahey, Kottke was signed to Fahey’s Takoma label, releasing 6- and 12-String Guitar (also known as “the armadillo album”, after the animal pictured on its cover).

Kottke’s 1971 major-label debut, Mudlark, positioned him somewhat uneasily in the singer/songwriter vein, despite his own wishes to remain an instrumental performer. Still, Kottke flourished during his tenure on Capitol, as records like GreenhouseMy Feet Are Smiling, and Ice Water found him branching out to include more guest musicians and honing his guitar technique.

With 1975’s Chewing Pine, Kottke reached the U.S. Top 30 for the second time, while also gaining an international following thanks to his continuing tours in Europe and Australia.

A prolific songwriter and recorder, he did take a few breaks from recording and touring. One return to the spotlight was the result of his collaboration with Phish bassist Mike Gordon, Clone, which caught audiences’ attention in 2002. Kottke and Gordon followed up with a recording in the Bahamas called Sixty-Six Steps.

Kottke has been awarded two Grammy nominations; a Doctorate in Music Performance by the Peck School of Music at the U of Wisconsin, Milwaukee; and a Certificate of Significant Achievement in Not Playing the Trombone from the U of Texas at Brownsville with Texas Southmost College.

We are excited to announce that for tomorrow night’s show, Leo Kottke will be joined for part of the performance by drummer David King (of Bad Plus).

The doors will open at 7:30pm for this reserved seating performance. There will be no opening performer. Wearing a mask is required in the building. Vaccine verification or negative covid test results within 48 hours required to enter the venue. COVID Policy FAQ.

The Venue

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114 East Kirkwood Avenue
Bloomington, Indiana 47408

Owned by the City of Bloomington, the Buskirk-Chumley Theater is operated by BCT Management, Inc., a private non-profit organization. This theater, located one block east of the Courthouse Square, seats 600 with an orchestra level and a balcony. Concessions and items purchased from BLU Boy Cafe may be taken into the auditorium.

Restrooms, concessions, the box office, and the orchestra-level seats are all wheelchair accessible. Special seats are reserved for those using wheelchairs, which can be purchased via the box office at 812.323.3020. Street, lot, and garage parking is available across downtown Bloomington.

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The Promoter

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114 East Kirkwood Avenue
Bloomington, Indiana 47408

BCT Presents strives to bring diverse, high-quality, nationally-touring performers to the stage each year. The series also occasionally includes  classic films.

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