Ken Leighton 5 p.m., Jan. 24
RIYL: Jason Mraz, James Taylor, John Mayer, Jack Johnson
Upcoming Local Shows
Influences: James Taylor, Harry Chapin, Jim Croce
John Katchur became a notable force on the San Diego singer/songwriter scene in the early 1990s, winning a San Diego Music Award for Best Acoustic Artist. His collaborations and work with local artists include Jewel, Berkley Hart, Steve Poltz, Gregory Page, Lisa Sanders, and Dave Howard.
After spending several years abroad traveling and working as a street performer, Katchur returned home to San Diego to record his CD, Beauty and the Terrible Things.
Katchur - whose wife Margaret has played keyboard for a local Neil Diamond tribute, Diamond is Forever - is known for his mastery on the acoustic guitar and intense delivery. His music ranges widely in genre but is distinct in style, merging acoustic/songwriter sensibilities with eclectic textures of various styles.