‘Men With Guitars’ hits OTA stage on Saturday

SEQUIM — The Mujeres de Maiz Opportunity Foundation’s sixth annual Men With Guitars concert is set for 7 p.m. Saturday.

Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. at Olympic Theatre Arts, 414 N. Sequim Ave.

The suggested donation is $15 at the door. No advance tickets are being sold. Wine and beer will be available.

All proceeds go to educational programs and projects of Mujeres de Maiz Opportunity Foundation — a grassroots nonprofit organization established specifically to provide access to education for the young women in a seamstress cooperative centered in San Cristobal de Las Casas, Chiapas, Mexico.

The concert features two popular duos: Cowboy Bob and Uncle Mo, and High Divide.

Cowboy Bob and Uncle Mo are Bob Lawrence-Markarian and Marty Kaler, a pair who met in a cabin 40 years ago near Forks gathering with mutual friends to practice for a major gig.

The new friends became The Mossback Ramblers, who reportedly had a good run on the “West End” scene in the early 1980s until their paths twisted away.

The Port Angeles residents reunited after several years to help form the local group Twisted Roots. As a duo, they play old and new tunes featuring finger-style guitar, ukulele, banjo, dobro, Weissenborn guitar, lap steel guitar and humor.

The second half of the show brings High Divide, a pair of young men — Forrest Gilchrist and Kevin Munro — named after the Olympic National Park trail famous for its views of Mount Olympus and Heart Lake.

Both Sequim High School graduates, they make their homes and their music in Seattle, and just last year celebrated the release of their self-titled debut album. They’ve played at four previous Men With Guitars events.

Gilchrist and Munro call their music Americana, “a blend of country, folk and rock ’n’ roll.”

For more information about Mujeres de Maiz, see www.mujeresdemaizof.org.

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