One of Luminato’s themes this year is a celebration of the guitar, arguably the most versatile of musical instruments. Check out these mostly free concerts featuring international fretboard phenoms.
Canadian guitar hero Randy Bachman (photo by Mark Maryanovich).
JUNE 5 Emmylou Harris, Patty Griffin and Shawn Colvin—a trio of country and folk music’s most lauded singers—are accompanied by strummer Buddy Miller to kick off the festival with their concert, Three Girls and Their Buddy. Massey Hall, 8 p.m., $59.50 to $79.50.
JUNE 5 Luminato’s First Night offers a major gratis performance, too, with Canadian guitar hero Randy Bachman of Guess Who and BTO fame. Yonge-Dundas Square (at Yonge and Dundas streets), 7 p.m., free.
JUNE 6 Eclectic blues legend Taj Mahal performs as part of The Traveling Blues, a day-long showcase of that genre’s international iterations. Metro Square (225 King St. W.), 1 p.m., free.
JUNE 7 Known for his work as producer on such albums as U2’s The Joshua Tree, Daniel Lanois is also an acclaimed pedal-steel player. He appears in The World of Slide Guitar, which also features the Derek Trucks Band and others. Yonge-Dundas Square, 11 a.m., free.
JUNE 12 Fusing rock ‘n’ roll with traditional Balkan music has made Goran Bregovic a European sensation. See (and hear) why during the festival’s closing weekend. Yonge-Dundas Square, 8 p.m., free.
JUNE 13 The cozy confines of Yorkville offer ideal environs for taking in the hottest sounds of South America, as part of the Brazilian Guitar Marathon. Village of Yorkville Park (at Cumberland and Bellair streets), 1 p.m., free.