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INTERVIEW: World guitar master Andrés Laprida, in his own words

Andrés Laprida will perform this week at Lucille's Bar & Grill on 42nd Street — Photo courtesy of artist

Andrés Laprida will perform this week at Lucille’s Bar & Grill on 42nd Street — Photo courtesy of artist

Andrés Laprida, guitarist and composer of Brazilian jazz and tango, is a native of Argentina whose musical styles will be on full display Friday, Aug. 1 at Lucille’s Bar & Grill in B.B King Blues Club on 42nd Street in Manhattan. Fans can expect a special tribute to Antonio Carlos Jobim, a legend whom Laprida met while a young prodigy. The concert will also feature a tribute to Astor Piazzolla.

As a composer for TV, Laprida has worked on a variety of projects, including Highlander. He has also recorded with a number of world music and jazz artists, including Michael Brecker, Randy Brecker, Mark Egan and Phillipe Saisse, among many others.

INTERVIEW: Stars of ‘Sharknado 2′ on facing swirling sharks, keeping straight faces

Sharknado, the popular Syfy original movie from 2013, lit the Twitterverse on fire. The unexpected hit featured Tara Reid (American Pie) and Ian Ziering (Beverly Hills 90210) fighting off, well, a tornado filled with sharks. Consider yourself warned.

The inevitable sequel, Sharknado 2: The Second One, premieres 9 p.m. Wednesday, July 30 on Syfy. Recently, Hollywood Soapbox took part in a group phone interview with the stars and director of the monster flick. Reid and Ziering repeat their roles, and now Vivica A. Fox joins them in Anthony C. Ferrante-directed film.