Lunar Prairie


May 10, 2024    
7:30 pm - 9:00 pm


1017 Marine Drive , Astoria, Oregon, 97103

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KALA presents duo Lunar Prairie, South Asian Sitar Meets American Fingerstyle Guitar, on Friday, May 10th at 7:30 p.m. This duo is on tour with their newly released self-title album. Doors open at 7:00pm. Tickets are $20 and are available online at KALA Performance Space is located at 1017 Marine Dr. Astoria, Or.
Lunar Prairie mixes Americana fingerstyle guitar with the enchanting sounds of the sitar. With 24 strings between them, J.J. Gregg and David Van Auken guide listeners on a magical, musical journey. Salem-based J.J. Gregg performs lyrical and highly emotive improvisations on sitar, while David Van Auken, a Portland-based fingerstyle guitarist, makes contemporary compositions that extract from early acoustic country-blues traditions. Their collaborative songwriting is gentle, playful, raucous, contemplative, placid, visionary, unpredictable, and captivating. From lullabies to blues, ragas to tunes, J.J. and David craft an immersive musical experience not to be missed.
With over a decade of hands-on training in India from guru Ustad Usman Khan of Pune, J.J. immerses western experimental and jazz music into the traditional world of the sitar. He has performed on the sitar in India, Japan, Thailand, and throughout the U.S.

David Van Auken is an Oregon-based guitarist and filmmaker who’s studied early-American acoustic music for over a decade. David has performed in venues throughout the Portland, Oregon area and beyond. His music has been featured on radio programs around the globe, including NPR WBUR Boston, WVKR New York, KEXP Seattle, and more!