LAYTON — When you’re recording an album inside a studio, everything has to be perfect so it sounds just like “ear candy.”‘

Performing live is a completely different experience, says musician David Correa.

“When you’re performing for a live audience, there’s a reciprocal moment for the audience and the musicians,” said Correa in a telephone interview from his home in California. “For me, I like to see the reaction of the crowd and the expressions on their faces. Every now and then you see someone dancing around or moving to the beat of the rhythm. When you are live, you have to take those songs and give it a little more lively energetic vibe.”

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Correa and his band will play at the Ed Kenley Amphitheater at 7 p.m. Sunday, June 26 as part of the Davis Arts Council’s free Sunday Night Concert Series.

“David Correa has performed with us before,” said Kirt Bateman, executive director of the Davis Arts Council. “In fact, this will be his third time coming back to Layton and his concerts are incredibly successful.”


• WHAT: The David Correa Group

• WHEN: 7 p.m. June 26

• WHERE: Ed Kenley Amphitheater, 403 N Wasatch Drive, Layton

• ADMISSION: Free; 801-546-8575,

Correa said his Utah audiences are always responsive to his performances, which is one reason he continues to return.

“Coming to Utah is special to us. The landscape is beautiful, the weather is great and the people are wonderful,” he said. “We always get a nice reaction to our music.”

Correa was born in Turkey, where his father was stationed with the U.S. Air Force. He was raised in Southern California and moved to the San Francisco Bay area 20 years ago.

“When I was in my early 20s I started getting serious on the Spanish guitar,” he said. “Growing up, my parents were always playing music from Spain and Latin America and I always enjoyed the sound, so I put my electric guitar away and switched it out for an acoustic nylon-string Spanish guitar.”

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In 1999, Correa formed his own band, The David Correa Group, which includes guitarist, Tommy Hill, percussionist Rami Ziadeh and bass player Dane Lundy. Since that time, the band has won numerous awards and has released six CDs, including their latest entitled “New Moon.”

Correa said the genre of music he plays combines Latin guitar and rumba flamenco fused with a little bit of Middle Eastern melodies. The group performs all over the greater western U.S. This year, he said, their first stop is in Layton.

“We are thrilled to be kicking off our tour in Layton,” he said. “The Ed Kenley Amphitheater is a really beautiful venue. We plan on giving a great show with a lot of energy.”

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