Vito Simplicio to perform for Maricopa Friends of the Arts

Vito Simplicio
Vito Simplicio was photographed by Victor Moreno playing his beloved Takamine guitar in the backyard of his Rancho El Dorado home. He has lived in Maricopa since 2012. Photo by Victor Moreno

Acoustic guitarist Vito Simplicio will perform at the Maricopa Friends of the Arts’ next general meeting, Wednesday, March 16, at the Maricopa Public Library
and Cultural Center.

The meeting is from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. with Simplicio’s performance in the latter half.
A Maricopa resident since 2012, Simplicio has carefully developed his classical
acoustic fingerpicking style over many decades, beginning in Southern California in the late
1950’s in his father’s Italian restaurant. He has performed all over the country.

“My music is unique in that for the most part it is all original music that I have composed.
Classical guitarists consider me a jazz guitarist and jazz guitarists consider me a classical
guitarist, which is fine with me since I feel that my music is eclectic, unique, and seems to have general appeal to most listeners,” Simplicio said.

Maricopa Friends of the Arts is dedicated to support, promote and grow the Arts in Maricopa.

Meetings are every other month and open to members and the public, and feature
performances or presentations by local artists. The group consists of artists and supporters of the arts, including group president and local school principal, Taylor Stanton and City of
Maricopa Council members, Amber Liermann and Nancy Smith.

Simplicio’s new CD “It’s Never Too Late” can be purchased at