Callaway, MD – Francis Xavier Urrutia II, better known by his stage name “The Prophessor,” will be the open act for the PJMA’s 6th Annual Guitar Fest 2018. PJMA first met the Prophessor at Park Rock 2018 where his mastery of the guitar was simply amazing!
The Prophessor got his start playing guitar when he was 15. Impressed with the very first “Guitar Hero” game that came out. He loved it and played it for hours on end. He even entered in a Guitar Hero competition and won second place. When he got home he showed his father the very small trophy, his father responded with, “Could you imagine if you spent that time learning to play real guitar instead?” The Prophessor has not picked up a video game since.
Music runs in his the family. His mom was a singer of radio jingles when he was very little. She sang the Save-A-Lot and Dollar General songs on the radio. His father is a master of 60-70s music and would quiz him on who was in what band when he was old enough to speak. He was in chorus and theater as a kid, so being in front of people doing music has never bothered him.
Now about 13 years later, he has been in too many bands to count. He would love to be in a jam band in Southern Maryland. His music has been influenced by Keller Williams, he took his style and made it his own, along with Trey Anastasio from Phish. The resulting guitar music is improvisational, a living organism, uncaged, free, and allowed to roam.
He has done 4 hours of jamming by himself easily, but one time in Ohio during the summer, he and his “hippie friends” got together and did a legendary 6-hour jam. It was crazy, there were 13 players outside and they would just tag in and out. It all got sandwiched in between Long Train Running’s performance.
Come with your guitar on March 10th at 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. for the Guitar Workshop with Mark Edwards and stay around for the Guitar Concert and Art Show at 7 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. All ages are welcome. The festival will be held at the 5 South Event Center, 21030 Point Lookout Road, Callaway, Maryland 20620. The festival is sponsored by the Maryland State Arts Council and the St. Mary’s County Arts Council. For further information, go to www.PJMA.info or call 240-925-8659.