Aussie blues guitarist offering class

STERLING – Registration is due by Monday for a free guitar master class with Australian blues rock guitarist Gerry Joe Weise.

The class will be at 6 p.m. Aug. 22 at Woodlawn Arts Academy, 3807 Woodlawn Road, as part of Weise's 10th U.S. tour. Seating is limited; call 815-626-4278 to sign up.

Weise has performed throughout the world with legendary artists Eric Clapton, B.B. King, Ray Charles, Buddy Guy and Noel Redding, among others, and was named number 1 on the Top Electric Blues charts in Australia.

He has five solo albums signed to the Chicago-based Blues Breaking Records label, including his recent release “Live Blues World Tour,” which features live recordings from the United States, Europe, New Zealand, Polynesia, Tahiti and Fiji.

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In addition to the master class, Weise will be performing Saturday at the Gardenstock Arts & Music Festival at Distinctive Gardens in Dixon, and Aug. 25 at The Cooler, 311 W Second St. in Rock Falls.