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Fri, Sep 01


Merrimans' Playhouse

Alex Anest and Chris Bober

This Detroit-based guitar duo will perform their original music, focused on improvisation, groove, creativity, and commitment to connection.

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Alex Anest and Chris Bober
Alex Anest and Chris Bober

Time & Location

Sep 01, 2023, 7:30 PM – 9:30 PM

Merrimans' Playhouse, 401 E Colfax Ave, Suite 135, South Bend, IN 46617, USA


About the Event

TICKETS are $10 General/$5 Student. End time is estimate.

Guitarists Chris Bober and Alex Anest will perform their original music in a duo setting at Merrimen’s Playhouse on Friday the 1st of September.

Chris Bober is a multi-influenced guitarist who is originally from Detroit, MI. He received a music performance degree from Bowling Green State University, studying with Chris Buzzelli (New York Voices) and Dan Lippel (International Contemporary Ensemble). Chris is also a social-science researcher who has focused on the study of music performance anxiety and social issues that impact musicians who play popular music. Chris has played with a wide-variety of musicians and groups, including Kevin McCarthy (New York), Dan Bruce (Chicago), Beautiful Loser (Santa Fe), Infinite Number of Sounds (Cleveland), J. Scott Franklin (Virginia/Ohio), Jeff Niemczura (San Francisco) and Tone & Niche (Detroit). He continues to play regularly with musicians across the Midwest. He is the proud founder of the Americana quartet The Desert Noir and the rock group The Jack Cameras.

Alex Anest is a guitarist, teacher, and bandleader currently based in Southeast Michigan. His projects as leader or co-leader have included The Alex Anest Organ Trio/Electric Four, Nomad, The Ann Arbor Guitar Trio, and Giraffe, among others. These groups focus on improvisation, groove, creativity, and most of all a commitment to connection, both among the group members and with the audience. Regardless of the setting, Alex is an inventive and exciting player. Alex holds degrees from the University of Michigan and Bowling Green State University, and has studied with  Miles Okazaki, Benny Green, Ellen Rowe, Chris Buzzelli, and Jeff Halsey.

Concerts and events made possible, in part, with support from the Wells Fargo Philanthropic Services Private Trust Foundations, which include grants from the Stanley A. and Flora P. Clark Memorial Community Trust Foundation (2020-2021; 2022-2023 seasons), the John, Anna, and Martha Jane Fields Memorial Trust Foundation (2021-2022; 2022-2023 seasons), and the Florence V. Carroll Charitable Trust (2021-2022; 2022-2023 season). Special concert event support provided by the Arts Midwest Grow, Invest, Gather (GIG) Fund grant (2022-2023 season). Activities are made possible in part by the Arts Organization Support (AOS), Indiana Arts Commission, a state agency, and the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency (2023-2024 season).

Concerts and events made possible, in part, with support from The Esther and George Jaruga Charitable Foundation (2020-2023 seasons).

The Student and Home Grown Series concerts made possible, in part, with support from the ArtsEverywhere Grant from the Community Foundation of St. Joseph County, and the Arts Project Support Grant and the Arts Recovery Grant through the Indiana Arts Commission.


  • General

    $10 Advanced or Door

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  • Student

    $5 Student/Discount

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