Legendary guitarist Leo Kottke will return to the Strand Theatre stage, 345 Main St., to perform Saturday, Oct. 8, at 7:30 p.m. NOTE, THIS SHOW HAS SOLD OUT.

Kottke is widely known for his innovative fingerpicking style, which draws on influences from blues, jazz and folk music; and his syncopated, polyphonic melodies. He is a five-time winner of Guitar Players Magazine’s award for best instrumentalist. Kottke’s live fan favorites include “June Bug,” “Pamela Brown,” “Julie’s House,” “Pepe Hush” and “Jack Gets Up.”

Also known for his eccentric persona, dry sense of humor and storytelling at live shows, Kottke has received two Grammy nominations; a Doctorate in Music Performance by the Peck School of Music at the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee; and a Certificate of Significant Achievement in Not Playing the Trombone from the University of Texas at Brownsville with Texas Southmost College.

As a youth living in Muskogee, Okla., Kottke was influenced by folk and Delta blues music, notably that of Mississippi John Hurt.  He learned to play trombone and violin before trying the guitar and developing his own unconventional picking style. Kottke overcame a series of personal obstacles, including partial loss of hearing and a nearly career-ending bout with tendon damage in his right hand, to emerge as a widely recognized master of his instrument. He also sings sporadically, in an unconventional yet expressive baritone.

General admission tickets are $35 in advance and will be $40 at the door. Lobby and balcony bars will be open for those 21 and older. To buy tickets, or for more information, visit rocklandstrand.com; call 594-0070, ext. 3; or email info@rocklandstrand.com.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or dernest@courierpublicationsllc.com.