Concert by Peter Mayer
Special Friday Night Event, 7:30-9:00 p.m.
Peter Mayer will give a concert on Friday, Aug. 21, 2009, from 7:30 – 9 p.m., in the auditorium of the Minneapolis Convention Center. Proceeds from the event will go to benefit the HIV and AIDS Strategy
and the Lutheran Malaria Initiative
Peter Mayer, lead guitarist for Jimmy Buffett, grew up in India where his parents served as Lutheran missionaries for 17 years before returning to their Missouri roots. Musical influences from that period of his life can be heard in his playing. Peter recalls, “I can remember Indian musicians giving Christmas concerts in my parents’ house. Wildly playing drums and flutes, shakers and bells, they would go on for hours and hours.” He went on to study formal theory and composition, and to teach jazz guitar as a faculty member of Webster University.
The Peter Mayer Group boasts an extensive performing and songwriting portfolio with experience from jazz to country rock to classical. Recording under the name PM, Peter released his debut album for Warner Brothers Records in 1988 working with Elliot Scheiner (Steely Dan, Aretha Franklin, Bruce Hornsby). This album produced the single “Piece of Paradise,” which reached number eight on the Billboard chart.