Although he bears the same name as the blockade-running gambler in “Gone with the Wind,” this Rhett Butler is a real-life author, cancer patient advocate, documentary filmmaker, philanthropist, future physician and member of the new generation of Texas guitar heroes. The Sammons Center for the Arts presents Rhett in a special concert on Thursday, March 30, 2017, as part of the Center’s new series featuring unique artists and genres. Tickets include valet parking, light appetizers, beer, wine, and nonalcoholic beverages.
Rhett, who received his first guitar on Christmas Day 1987, mastered the guitar as a way to ease the pain of his younger brother’s battle with cancer. He has since become known internationally for his trademark hammer-on style that allows him to play two guitars at once. This ability is attention-grabbing, but not a publicity stunt. Rhett’s immense talent, ability to play multiple styles, and strong work ethic have led to gigs with Tommy Emmanuel, Al DiMeola, Eric Johnson, Joe Satriani, and other legends of instrumental music.
Butler takes the stage at 8:00 p.m. and performs two sets, with an intermission between sets. Doors to the Sammons Center’s Meadows Hall open at 7:30 p.m. Tickets cost $45 per person. Seating is general admission. Sammons members receive a $5 discount per concert; annual membership fees begin at $35.