Playing Around 

Trace Bundy, the Acoustic Ninja

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Palmer High School Main Auditorium, 301 N. Nevada Ave., 651-8295 Saturday, March 17, 7 p.m. $8 cover.

Trace Bundy had no idea he was inflicting a permanent nickname on himself when he named a song "Acoustic Ninja" on his 2000 release Solomon's Splendor. It was just, you know, a funny phrase that popped into his head.

Then, Fort Collins' Rocky Mountain Collegian published a little article named "Attack of the Acoustic Ninja," and the moniker caught on.

"I didn't mean to refer to myself as the ninja," Bundy says. "But it stuck."

And it also works. The 30-year-old Boulder resident doesn't just play the guitar, but assails it with such speed and precision, you can't help but think of the black-suited acrobats who could take out an army in the time it takes you to sneeze. He plays the melody with his left hand, strums the bass line with his right, and melds the two into a background percussive sound.

Even live, it's hard to believe that he's making all of that noise with a guitar. So keeping the audience engaged for two-hour stretches isn't much of a problem, Bundy says.

"People stay until the very end," he says. "Concerts also tend to be pretty hilarious. Between songs I like to tell stories and banter with the audience."

Steve Kline


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