When Chase Padgett was a kid, he watched an episode of Tom and Jerry that would alter his life forever.
“It was my first musical memory, but I remember it very vividly,” he said. “It was one where Jerry was just on a keyboard, like on piano, and he was using his whole body seesawing back and forth to a play boogie-woogie bass line … and there was something magical and enchanting and exciting about it.”
Since that musical discovery, the Naples, Fla. native’s love for music and entertaining has taken him across North America, earned him countless awards and landed him in a New Era cap commercial with Tampa Bay Rays third baseman Evan Longoria.
On Thursday (March 5), Padgett will be performing his musical comedy act, Six Guitars, at the Port Theatre. Six Guitars sees Padgett playing six different characters, who each share a different story.
“I play six different characters and each one plays a different genre of music through guitar – blues, jazz, rock, classical, folk and country,” Padgett said.“They share song from their genre as well as their comedic view on the world and also stories about their relationship to the music.”
Padgett, who had been musically active through his teenage years, graduated from Naples High School and attended the University of Central Florida, where he became involved in improv comedy.
“By the time I actually graduated college I had actually already been sort of like a full-time actor,” he said.
Padgett said he was looking for a way to challenge himself and created Six Guitars, when he realized that the hardest thing would be to do a one-person show.
“What’s the scariest thing I could imagine myself doing? A one-person show,” Padgett said.
The 2013 Vancouver Fringe Festival Critic’s Choice winner said he wants people to have more than just a great experience at his performance.
“I also want people to walk away feeling like they have learned something about music or at the very least my relationship with music,” he said.
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