2023/24 Block Season Opens with Acoustic Guitar “Ninja” Trace Bundy

Muskegon, Michigan, October 3, 2023—Acoustic guitar “ninja” Trace Bundy must be seen, not just heard. His music is poetry in motion, using harmonics, looping, multiple capos, and his unique banter and stage presence to deliver an unforgettable live concert experience. Bundy will open the 2023/24 Season at The Block at 7:30pm Saturday, October 14. For tickets, starting at $10 for students and $33 for adults, call 231.726.3231, visit www.TheBlockWestMichigan.org or in person at The Block, 360 W. Western Avenue, Muskegon.

Audiocast Magazine called Bundy’s show “Jaw-dropping.” He was named “Most Promising New Talent” of 2008 by Acoustic Guitar Magazine, as well as winning third place in the magazine’s “Best Fingerstyle Guitarist” category the same year. Listening to his intricate arrangements is one thing, but seeing him live confounds even the most accomplished music lovers as to how one person can do all that with just two hands and ten fingers.

Bundy’s career has brought him across the world, with concerts in 28 countries and counting—from high-tech performance halls in South Korea and Italy, to remote villages in Zimbabwe and Guatemala. He has independently sold over 150,000 albums on his record label, Honest Ninja Music. His video clips circulate virally at astonishing speed, with over 45 million YouTube views to date. He has shared the stage with Brandi Carlile, Olivia Newton-John, Neko Case, Judy Collins, and the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, among others.

He grew up in Buena Vista, Colorado and started learning to play the guitar at age 12—completely self-taught. Music was at first a beloved avocation; he spent several years as a rock and ice-climbing instructor, obtained a Masters in Civil Engineering and taught as an adjunct professor before hitting the road as a full-time musician. “I truly enjoy the guitar and look forward to the times throughout the day when I can pull it out and try out some new stuff,” he said. “I have so much fun whenever I play and consider it a blessing to get to share my music with other people.”

The Block is West Michigan Symphony’s 115-seat listening room for the musically curious, located on the second floor of the Russell Block Building in downtown Muskegon. Performers include regional, national and international artists as well as WMS musicians. Now in its 10th season, The Block continues to grow and innovate artistically and as a community center for youth music ensembles and a variety of meetings and events. ###

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