Flamenco guitarist to perform at Ponte Vedra Concert Hall

Ottmar Liebert’s incredible success seems like anoutgrowth of his cultural background and powerful wanderlust. Born in Cologne, Germany, to a Chinese-German father and Hungarian mother, he began playing guitar at 11 and traveled around Europe and Asia, intent on absorbing as many musical traditions as he could.


After pursuing his rock 'n' roll dreams in Germany and then in Boston, he left the East Coast and settled in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

By 1989, Liebert founded the first incarnation of his band Luna Negra. The band started off with as a self-produced local release called "Marita: Shadows and Storms," copies of which local Indian artists Frank Howell distributed in his art galleries. When the record found its way to the radio and began generating a buzz among programmers and listeners. Higher Octave Music picked it up, and released a fully mastered version.

“I was honestly happy playing this music in hotels and restaurants in Santa Fe, and going in one year from doing that to opening for Miles Davis was a pretty intense jump,” Liebert recalls. “Most shocking for me was to realize how many different people from so many diverse cultures embraced it. I still get letters from fans in Europe, South America, Australia and Asia. … It’s been a really gratifying experience. I’ve had the opportunity to play in a wide variety of cultural settings with musicians from around the world and that has been a great experience, too.”

Liebert and his band, Luna Negra will perform at the 8 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 12 at the Ponte Vedra Concert Hall, 1050 State Road A1A N., Ponte Vedra Beach.

Tickets for the show go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday, June 9 at the Ponte Vedra Concert Hall and St. Augustine Amphitheatre box offices, ticketmaster.com, all Ticketmaster outlets and by phone at 800-745-3000.

Ottmar Liebert & Luna Negra

WHEN: Sunday, Nov. 12 | Gates 7 p.m. | Show 8 p.m.

WHERE: Ponte Vedra Concert Hall | 1050 State Road A1A N., Ponte Vedra Beach

TICKETS: $46 rows A-K | $38 remaining rows

INFO: ottmarliebert.com