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More than any other brand of musician, the serious guitar player tends to be a recluse. I knew two players in high school who skipped class all day to study jazz chord progressions. When the marching band took road trips, they dragged their axes on board to battle the school bus’s notorious suspension system, determined to finger scales accurately while others struggled just to keep their lunches down. They even turned down girls for the sake of fondling their instruments. Al Di Meola is no exception—at college in Boston, he lived in the closet of his dorm room. Approaching 50, he’s still trying to find his niche. Although projects with flamenco maestro Paco de Lucia and mad fusion scientist John McLaughlin (both unparalleled in their respective styles) won him guitar immortality, Di Meola still shares venues with less musically sophisticated leftover ’80s hair-metal bands like Ratt and Slaughter. Di Meola performs at 9 p.m. at Jaxx, 6355 Rolling Road, Springfield. $25. (703) 569-5940. (Dan Gilgoff)