Kaki King is bringing acoustic solo tour to Berkeley

Guitarist extraordinaire Kaki King started in the toughest of all markets — she busked for change in New York City subways, long before she ever commanded a stage with her intricate style.

So this year she’s decided to return to her roots, so to speak, with an acoustic solo tour that hits Ashkenaz in Berkeley on March 5. And to face the crowd alone, armed with just one six-string — onstage or underground — you’ve gotta be good.

But King has proven herself worthy of such a trial by fire.

Once she emerged from the subway system, she worked on impressive film scores (“August Rush,” “Into The Void”), released five albums and two EPs (her latest is “Junior,” on Rounder), and collaborated with such stars as Dave Grohl and Eddie Vedder. Rolling Stone named her in its roster of Guitar Gods, and two years ago, Ovation launched a signature Kaki King model guitar — perhaps her ultimate honor, so far.

For more tour dates, visit www.kakiking.com.

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