LACONIA — There's no place like home and Michael Nix is looking forward to an unexpected opportunity to return and perform with professionals who were his students in the past when he joins the Boxcar Lilies when they bring their lush harmonies to Pitman's Freight Room on Saturday, May 11.
Nix grew up in Gilford, one of three brothers. Music was very much a family affair and still is. He and his brother Dave, who has a jazz duo, "Autumn Leaves" play together annually at the Antique Boat Show in Meredith.
Dave says "Mike started on the violin but once he picked up a guitar he was hooked. If it has strings, Mike picks it up and plays
Mike's interests and strong musical education led to experimentation and the creation of music and instruments. He created the Banjar, a unique seven string classical banjo/guitar that combines the elements of the five string banjo and the classical guitar. He partnered to form the NixWorks Ensemble in which multiple creative influences are brought to bear on the music. His compositions blend classic tradition with influences from folk, jazz, avant garde theatre and electronic music. Nix has been recognized throughout the United States and Asia, including appearances on television and public radio.
Nix's versatility and deep musicality in combination with the Boxcar Lilies lush harmonic voices promise a concert of wide range and wonderful music that is even greater than the sum of its parts.
All this music and a cruise ship style dessert buffet take place at Pitman's Freight Room, on Saturday May 11 at 7:30 p.m. The cost is $25 per person, only $22.50 with prepaid reservations for 4 or more. As is customary at Pitman's, BYOB with cocktail snacks and soft drinks complimentary.
Reservations can be made at www.tbinh.org, look for Boxcar Lilies concert, where online payments can be made through a secure PayPal system at which most credit cards are accepted or call 603 -524-7044.
If it has strings, Mike Nix will play it. (Courtesy photo)