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Award-winning guitar prodigy Tyler Bryant will kick off “Spring Thaw” at the University of Montana with a concert at 8:30 p.m. Sunday, April 11, in the University Center Ballroom.

Doors open at 7 p.m., with an opening band at 7:30 p.m. Tickets cost $10. They will go on sale Friday, March 12, at The Source in the UC and at Rockin Rudy’s, located at 237 Blaine St.

Bryant, a Robert Johnson Blues Foundation New Generation Award winner, picked up the guitar at age 7 and never put it down. He has played with legendary guitarist Jeff Beck and performed at the Grammy Foundation’s “Music in Focus” with rock sensation Kenny Wayne Shepherd.

He also performed at Eric Clapton’s Crossroads Guitar Festival in Chicago and was signed by Creative Artist Agency on the spot after just one performance.

“It has been awhile since there has been someone who has the total package and can shred like Tyler,” said Jon Huie of CAA.

Bryant is the first artist to not have an album or a record label and still have one of his songs on Guitar Hero. His song “Who I Am” is on the Guitar Hero 5 expansion pack.

Bryant has performances and appearances on the award-winning documentary “Rock Prophecies,” which will be screened at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday, April 6-7, and at 8:30 p.m. Thursday, April 8, at the Roxy Theater, 718 S. Higgins Ave. The screenings are free and open to the public. Seating is limited and on a first-come, first-served basis.

The award-winning rock documentary explores world famous photographer Robert M. Knight’s career and follows him on his quest to find the rock stars of tomorrow. Knight is based out of Las Vegas and has photographed a vast array of talent – from Jimmy Hendrix and Stevie Ray Vaughan to Panic at the Disco and his new discovery Tyler Bryant.

UM’s Entertainment Management Program will host Knight, Bryant, film producer Tim Kaiser and film director John Chester for personal appearances April 6-11 at UM.

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