Curtis Jones and Matt Mundy

Curtis (aka Cortini) has traveled the world for over 20 years performing his original music and amazing crowds with his phenomenal guitar playing. Often referred to by fans and critics alike as the “fastest acoustic guitarist in the world," he is a very influential guitarist in the world of bluegrass and new acoustic music and has toured and/or recorded with some of the biggest names and best artists in the genre. It is impossible to put a label on Curtis' music, which stems from the fact that he is so versatile with elements of Flamenco, Gypsy, Bluegrass, Jazz, Classical and so much more in his performances.

Curtis is also a very prolific composer and songwriter, composing around 800 pieces of music. His music has deep textures of Flamenco, Jazz, Folk, New Acoustic, World and many more styles. He has released 10 all original CDs to date and scored hundreds of television shows and films. A Dahlonega resident, he has also taught music in the public schools in North Georgia for the Georgia Pick & Bow Traditional Music School, as well as instructing many private students. Curtis also music directs theatre productions including shows for the acclaimed Alliance Theater in Atlanta.

Many consider Matt Mundy one of the great mandolin players of our time. After taking a break for a decade, the legendary mandolinist is back, and if you want to catch on of the most unique mandolin players (and musicians) of our time, don't miss the opportunity to see him. In addition to his acoustic renditions, he is renowned for his electric mandolin work which gave the legendary Aquarium Rescue Unit much of its distinctive sound. Mundy worked with Aquarium Rescue Unit leader Col. Bruce Hampton as far back as 1984, and appeared on the first two ARU albums, contributing lead vocals to a few songs as well.

The North Georgia resident also recorded with Béla Fleck, Jupiter Coyote, the Count M’butu Orchestra, Widespread Panic and Kevin Williamson & Shadow Ridge. He appeared on the Phish stage in '93, and joined the band for “You Enjoy Myself.”

Schedule Day: 
Friday, April 21, 2017 - 5:30pm to 6:45pm
MainStage Live Country Auction

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