Grammy-nominated flamenco guitarist David Maldonado apparently made his debut at the University of Arizona when he was 14.
That's pretty impressive when you consider that the former Tucsonan had just started learning the guitar four years earlier, at the ripe young age of 10.
The guitar was his second instrument; he was fluent in violin by the time he was 8, which, having grown up in a musical family, is not so out of the ordinary.
Maldonado, who now calls California home, is coming home to Tucson on Saturday, Oct. 1, to celebrate the release of his latest CD "Davicas." His show at Casa Vicente Restaurante Española, 375 S. Stone Ave., starts at 6:30 p.m. and he's expected to play until 9. There's a $5 cover charge for front of stage seats.
"Davicas," which landed on the Billboard charts this week, is Maldonado's fourth album and, according to his publicist, comes deep from his flamenco roots and knowledge. They describe Saturday's show as a storytelling event "where David will share his soul, passion and pain that went in to every song composed on the CD."
Maldonado employed a wide array of flamenco and classical guitars and his La Bella Strings in the recording. His backup rhythm section is comprised of drummer Danny Barragan (Pitbull, Frankie J) bassist Kevin Freeby and percussionist Monette Marino (Sheila E, Mo Rhythm').