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Isaiah Sharkey

Isaiah Sharkey

Event Type
ELLNORA | The Guitar Festival
Colwell Playhouse
Sep 18, 2021   6:30 pm  
Advocate 30 / Standard 10 / SC 8 / STU 8 / UI & YTH 8
Originating Calendar
Krannert Center

Perhaps as a precursor to his future career, native Chicagoan Isaiah Sharkey spent his early years living with his parents in a row house on a street that is now named for Curtis Mayfield. Coming from a musical household, Sharkey was introduced to music before he began school, decided he wanted to be a guitarist, and asked his parents to purchase one. He grew up surrounded by gospel, jazz, R&B, blues, rock, and funk, and by age 14, he was active on the performance and recording scene. Soon spotted by other musicians in the Chicago area as an up-and-coming talent, Sharkey has since firmly established himself, building “an enviable reputation as a guitarist’s guitarist” (Rolling Stone) through his solo work and his collaborations with artists such as Ronald Isley, Smokie Norful, Donald Lawrence, Vanessa Bell Armstrong, John Mayer, Patti LaBelle, Paul Simon, Corrine Bailey Rae, Raphael Saadiq, Lupe Fiasco, Kelly Price, Faith Evans, The Winans, The Clark Sisters, and many more. His work on D’Angelo’s album Black Messiah helped garner a Grammy win for Best R&B Album. Sharkey is currently at work on his third solo album, Black Sunshine.


If you can, show your love for the arts by purchasing an “Advocate” ticket; the additional ticket cost directly benefits Krannert Center.


Tickets for this event will go on sale to the public at 10am on Tuesday, August 31. Tickets will be sold online only, not by phone or at the Ticket Office counter. Before the on-sale date, please visit Krannert Center’s online ticket office to ensure you have or can create an active account. To learn about early ticket-buying opportunities, please contact Krannert Center’s Advancement team: 217.333.6700 or advancement@krannertcenter.illinois.edu.


As part of the University of Illinois, Krannert Center follows U of I guidelines regarding face coverings and other COVID-19 safety protocols. These guidelines change as conditions change, so we will continue to adjust our practices and keep you informed throughout the season. At this time, face coverings are required in indoor university spaces such as Krannert Center. In addition, people who are NOT fully vaccinated are required to wear a face covering outdoors when they cannot practice social distancing.

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