Sean Harkness explores possibilities with guitar

Sean Harkness takes his audience on an exploration of the guitar and his songs. (Courtesy)

Sean Harkness takes his audience on an exploration of the guitar and his songs. (Courtesy)

Guitar artist and songwriter Sean Harkness said he has been exploring the different possibilities with a guitar and is excited to return to Prescott for a show at the Yavapai College Performing Arts Center.

Part of the YCPAC Cabaret Series, Harkness said he still loves music just as he always has. It all started when he was 11 years old playing rock and roll because it’s what he was into at the time, he said.

“That was in the mid-1970s and we were in the middle of a great songwriting boom. All the pop music, even the rock music that was on the radio and albums that we listened to was all new songs,” Harkness said. “That’s what I like. I like songs.”

Further, discovering jazz in his late teens and early 20s opened the doors for him because he could take songs and do all different kinds of things with them, he said.

The show, “Cabaret with Sean Harkness” begins at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 23. Tickets are $47 with a $3 service fee added to each purchased ticket and are available online at www.ycpac.com, by calling 928-776-2000 or at the box office. Desserts and coffee are included with tickets.

Being able to travel all over the place is its own reward, Harkness said. This year, he started traveling with a January music festival in the Caribbean before traveling with a band to Anchorage and after spending time in Arizona, he’s planning an April trip to Senegal and two weeks in New York City in May, he said. At each of those places he travels, he has friends he likes to see too, Harkness said.

As for the songs he writes, Harkness said he finds inspiration in everything he’s heard.

“Somewhere between the music that’s inspired me since I’ve been a kid and shaped me as a musician and also the experiences and people that I know from along the way that have shaped me as a person,” he said. “It all goes together.”

Those unable to attend Harkness’ Friday performance have a second chance to see him at Cottonwoods Old Town Center for the Arts, 633 N. 5th St., at 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 24. Tickets are $2 in advance, $22 at the door and $25 for priority seating and available at oldtowncenter.org/tickets.html.

Also appearing at the Yavapai College Performing Arts Center, 1100 E. Sheldon St., is Garrison Keillor. Performing a show titled “Just Passing Through,” Keillor regaled audiences for more than 40 years as the host of “A Prairie Home Companion” and brings stories to life on public radio’s “The Writer’s Almanac.”

Tickets are $37, $57 and $67 with a $3 service fee added to each purchased ticket and are available online at www.ycpac.com, by calling 928-776-2000 or at the box office. Ticket prices will increase by $5 on the day of the show.

Attempts to reach Keillor for comment were unsuccessful.