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Giving up not in his vocabulary

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Marsh Shamburger knows what it’s like to have it all. He also knows what it’s like to see it all crumble in an instant.

But Shamburger has a positive attitude and it is seen in his music.

“I’ve gone from going on tour with Coldplay to sweeping floors,” he explains during a recent interview. “It was something difficult to deal with but I lived through it.”

Shamburger was a member of the Albuquerque-based band Soular, which was around from 2001-08. The band signed a deal to join Coldplay on its “Viva la Vida Tour” in 2008, and then Soular’s record company ran out of money. This left Shamburger and Soular with nothing.

“We had just played a showcase and were popping champagne bottles,” he says. “Then it was over.”

But that didn’t stop Shamburger from making music. He’s gone at it solo and performs under the name Marsh. He’ll headline this year’s Project Acoustic. For three years, the event has brought together some of the best musicians in the Duke City and features acoustic sets by local artists.

This year’s lineup includes Chase Dabney, Shane Wallin and The Noms. Every person at the show will receive a Limited Edition Project Acoustic Download Music Card, which includes eight tracks of the performers’ chosen songs.

Project Acoustic
With Marsh, Chase Dabney, Shane Wallin, The Noms
WHEN: 8 tonight
WHERE: Low Spirits Bar & Stage, 2823 Second NW
HOW MUCH: $15 at or 886-1251

As in previous years, all the proceeds will go to a local organization. This year it’s Rock 101, a local organization that helps develop future musicians by teaching children the power of music through innovative techniques.

Matt Witkowski, a partner of StageFish Entertainment, says the event is planning to expand to Denver and a showcase at South By Southwest Music Festival in Austin in 2013.

“We are so happy about the excitement we are hearing from the performers and the attendees that came last year,” he says. “With the major expansion of the show in 2013, we know we hit a nerve with music lovers.”

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