This interview appeared in the August issue of 519 Magazine.
Tallan Noble Latz has been playing guitar and dominating the stage for the last 11 years. Believe it or not, the recent high school graduate is only 17-years-
He will be performing at Olde Walkerville Theatre for two full shows and a guitar clinic on August 24 and 25. One of them is a classic rock themed set where he’ll be joined by several local musicians, while the other will feature a blues flavoured show topped off with a selection of Stevie Ray Vaughn’s greatest hits.
“I’m super excited that I get to have two completely different shows,” Tallan told 519 Magazine. “Friday we’re doing a guitar mayhem session with AC/DC, Aerosmith, Led Zeppelin and maybe a little REO Speedwagon – that’s just Friday night. Saturday is completely different. That night it’s all blues with two completely different sets. The first one is called Channeling The Blues which is themed after a painting that world-renowned artist Ron Suchiu did of me a few years ago which features me, Stevie Ray Vaughan and Jimi Hendrix. The second set is going to be all Stevie Ray Vaughan. It’s going to have some of his greatest hits and some of my favorite songs that he played. So we’re going to be doing that. We also have the guitar clinic earlier in the day. With those shows and a guitar clinic, there’s a lot of cool things happening and I’m really excited for it.”
Tallan rose to fame after appearing on America’s Got Talent in 2009, but by that point he had already shared the stage with music industry notables like Les Paul, Buddy Guy and
Jackson Browne and fronted a band named after him. It’s an affair with the guitar that began at the age of five when he watched a video of Joe Satriani and told his dad that he wanted to be a guitarist.
“I don’t know what it is, but there’s something about the guitar that just really drew me in and I wanted to try it for myself,” He said. “Ever since my dad got me my first guitar, I’ve been playing all the time and I haven’t put it down. I fell in love with it and I can’t stop playing.”
Tallan will be joined by four local musicians for the Friday night show at the Olde Walkerville Theatre: harmonica player Gilles Provost from The 519 Band, concert pianist Benjamin Goldstien, frontman Rick Labonté from Windsor’s The Formula and The Blues Side and guitarist Michael Hereford from British Beat 66.
It will be a weekend of guitar playing that Windsor won’t forget. Tickets start at $30.