Guitarist Dan Wilson plays the Akron Civic Theatre this Friday, Jan. 25 at 8 p.m. Steeped in the work of stalwarts Wes Montgomery, George Benson and Grant Green, Wilson has also studied Brazilian music in Rio de Janeiro. The lines released from his guitar are, as you might expect from this pedigree, clean and melodic. But they can also take on a rather surreal clarity and fluidity that gives his playing a character all its own.
Wilson brings an impressive cast of young Northeast Ohio musicians with him to the Civic. Joining him are Bryan Connell, sax, Kip Reed, bass, Jerome Jennings, drums, Theron Brown, piano, and Stephen Fowler, vocals.