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Vicki Genfan

By Stephanie Smittle

THURSDAY 8/15. 7:30 p.m. The Joint Theater & Coffeehouse. $30.

Vicki Genfan

In 2008, the judges of Guitar Player magazine’s annual Guitar Superstar competition — Steve Vai, Joe Satriani and Brendon Small of “Metalocalypse” among them — handed the title to a woman for the first time. That was Vicki Genfan with a fast and furious fingerstyle number she composed called “Atomic Reshuffle,” during which, about halfway through, she reaches down and picks up a slide, gives the melody the glissando treatment, then conducts a little slap percussion solo with one hand while she puts down the slide with the other hand. A little over a decade’s passed since she secured that title, and excepting, notably, Arkansas’s own Rachel Ammons’ wizardry, mind-blowing sleights of hand from guitarists who aren’t dudes are still proportionately rare. If fingerstyle acoustic is your thing, this is a concert to hear and, without a doubt, the acoustically pristine room in which to hear it. Genfan appears as part of the Argenta Acoustic Music Series. Get tickets at


August 16, 2019
12:30 am
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The Joint Theater & Coffeehouse
301 Main St.
North Little Rock, AR 72114
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(501) 372-0210