This ArtStarts workshop takes New West kids on a journey through the world of guitar music

One person, seven guitars and an oud.

That’s what’s in store for those who attend the next ArtStarts workshop at River Market.

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The free family drop-in session is set for Sunday, Aug. 26 at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m., featuring Gord Grdina.

The guitarist takes people on a musical, social and geographic journey through the history of guitar, illustrating the Arabic, classical, country, blues, jazz and rock styles. Grdina incorporates loops, percussion and projection to help teach his audience about the evolution of the instrument as they sing, dance and clap along to everything from traditional Egyptian music to the sounds of Johnny Cash, Muddy Waters and AC/DC.

Oh, and an oud? For the uninitiated, it’s a lute-type, pear-shaped stringed instrument that’s used in Middle Eastern and North African music.

Anyone interested in hearing Grdina just needs to turn out to his performance on the second floor at River Market. No registration is needed, and each session is 45 minutes long.

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