Why this international superstar will be here tonight

Miami Valley Community Concert Association presents Canadian guitarist Pavlo in Centerville High School’s Performing Arts Center on Tuesday, Oct. 17. CONTRIBUTED

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Miami Valley Community Concert Association presents Canadian guitarist Pavlo in Centerville High School’s Performing Arts Center on Tuesday, Oct. 17. CONTRIBUTED

Internationally renowned and award-winning recording artist Pavlo is coming to the area for a special performance tonight.

Although Pavlo grew up in Canada, the guitarist never forgot his connection to Greece. His family’s home country was a major part of his extremely popular PBS special, “Live in Kastoria,” which boosted his career to another level.

Pavlo, performing in a Miami Valley Community Concert Association presentation in Centerville High School’s Performing Arts Center on Tuesday, Oct. 17, talked with us about the current state of his career.

TIMELESS TUNES

“The music I play has never been the music of the day. It’s never been a fad. Whether you hear my music now or in 100 years, I hope it will still be relevant. People come up to me and talk about a record and they don’t even know that record is 19 years old. They think I just did it and that makes me happy. It’s all real instruments and I’ve found if you do that you’re never dated.”

LATE BLOOMER

“I just finished recording my 14th album and I was going to release it in the Fall but I’m going to wait until Spring because my latest PBS special has started to take off. I did it two years ago and I thought it was just going to fade away but it caught fire in January after it got picked up in Los Angeles. They aired it 150 times and then the whole country caught on.”

SPECIAL EXPLOSION

“Right now there are 70 cities across the U.S. airing ‘Live in Kastoria.’ It has exploded and there is another 100 cities coming by the spring. Now, I’m trying frantically to get to every city in person so when they premiere it I’m there. I’ve managed to get to 20 of them for now and I’ll be doing more. There’s too much going on now to release another album so I’ve pushed that to next year.”

ONWARD & UPWARD

“I feel so blessed because I’ve been doing this for a long time but my career has grown exponentially in the last seven months because I’ve been on television. It’s been fantastic. At the core of it, honestly, is I love to play my guitar and I love to be in front of audiences. That’s how simple it is and that’s how I look at it. Of course, it’s much more complex with recording and touring and everything around it but playing music for people is at the core of it. Twenty years later I’m blessed that instead of a downward spiral, I’m actually heading the other way.”


WANT TO GO?

What: The Miami Valley Community Concert Association presents Pavlo

Where: Centerville Performing Arts Center, Centerville High School, 500 E. Franklin St., Centerville

When: 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 17

Cost: $30 adults, $5 students

More info: 937-297-0463 or www.mvcconcert.org

Artist info: www.pavlo.com

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