Kevin Spears plays a funky mix of world beat, jazz and rock on the exotic instrument called the kalimba. He began studying the tuned percussion device, also known as the sanza or thumb piano, at age 11. Today he designs and creates his own instruments, and he has performed with and/or opened for artists including Victor Wooten, J.D. Blair, Col. Bruce Hampton, and Arrested Development. He is an acknowledged master of the instrument, as reflected by his nickname: "KalimbaMan."
Spears' recordings include a 2008 DVD, "Kevin Spears Live @ Electro-Music Festival," and two CDs, "Natural Elements" and "Ancient Sounds of Kalimba." To see this unique artist take one instrument and create the sounds of a five-piece band live on stage is to see a creator hand-in-hand with his destiny.
Atlantan Jim Combs will open with a solo keyboard set of ambient music.