Idol put in guitar spotlight

By Casey Toner

-Senior physics major Mike Smith won “Guitar Idol” on Tuesday night, securing his spot as an opening act for Michael Gulezian.

Gulezian, an instrumental guitarist known for his complex string work, will perform from 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at the Holmes Student Center’s Diversions Lounge.

At the “Guitar Idol” competition, Smith beat out a handful of other guitarists with his largely percussive style of playing. “We’re very pleased with his technical ability and compositional skills,” said John Benson, CAB Concerts coordinator.

Smith is also a musical compliment to Gulezian, Benson said.

Last year when Gulezian played NIU, he held a workshop at Neptune Hall. Smith played for Gulezian who recommended Smith as a future opening act.

Nursing a hoarse voice from his Spring Break trip to Texas, Smith chose to play one instrumental and two tracks with vocals.

After the guitarists finished playing, the judges, consisting of Benson and other CAB Concerts members, huddled to discuss the winner of the contest and opening act for Gulezian.

Gulezian also will take residency at the Neptune D Fine Arts House, said CAB President Jennifer Suerth, meaning he will teach guitar seminars during his stay.