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ALBANY (September 3, 2015) — Andy McKee is among the world’s finest acoustic guitarists, and his crossover success to more than 150 million YouTube viewers underscores his emergence as one of today’s most unique and influential artists.

The College of Saint Rose presents Andy McKee in a Family Weekend concert Friday, October 2, at 7:30 p.m. on the D’Arcy-Brady Stage in the Kathleen McManus Picotte Recital Hall, Massry Center for the Arts, 1002 Madison Ave., Albany, New York.

A presentation of Premiere Performances, tickets are $25 general, $15 students and are on sale now at For concert information, contact the Massry Center ticket office at 518-337-4871 or e-mail

To fans of virtuoso musicianship, McKee’s attention to song structure and melodic content elevates him above the rest. To fans of popular music, McKee entertains both the eye and the ear as he transforms the steel string guitar magically into full orchestra via his use of altered tunings, tapping, partial capos, percussive hits and a signature two-handed technique.

McKee has been featured as a cover story in both Acoustic Guitar Magazine in the U.S. and Acoustic Magazine in the UK and is the front man of the unique Guitar Masters tours that have traveled the world over.

In 2012, rock legend Prince found McKee on YouTube and invited McKee to join his band for a series of shows in Australia. McKee now looks to challenge himself even further with more surprise collaborations, diverse music releases, development of new instrument products and ceaseless international touring including India, Argentina, Russia, the Middle East and Greece.

Opened in 2008, the critically acclaimed Massry Center for the Arts features the 400-seat Kathleen McManus Picotte Recital Hall, Esther Massry Gallery, choral and instrument rehearsal rooms, teaching studios, piano labs and classrooms. Past performing artists have included B.B. King, Chick Corea, Dave Brubeck, Toad the Wet Sprocket, Doc Severinson, Ramsey Lewis, Maceo Parker, Mary Lambert, Tim Reynolds, Stefon Harris, John Pizzarelli, the Boston Symphony Orchestra Strings, Yuja Wang, Paula Cole and the Preservation Hall Jazz Band. The 46,000 square-foot gem is certified LEED Gold, ranking it among the Capital Region’s most energy-efficient and Earth-friendly buildings.

The College of Saint Rose ( is a dynamic, progressive college in the heart of New York’s capital city where teaching is the first priority. With 59 undergraduate programs, nine undergraduate certificates, 37 master’s degrees and 26 graduate certificates, and a mission of service to the urban community, the Saint Rose experience empowers students to improve themselves and the world around them.