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The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust and Steve Litman present An All-Star Guitar Tribute to the Legendary Jimi Hendrix
Tuesday, October 26, 2010, at 7:30 p.m.
Pittsburgh, PA: Have you experienced Hendrix? Experience Hendrix offers a rare opportunity to hear Jimi Hendrix’ timeless canon of work exquisitely performed live by some of the world’s most talented guitarists.
Billy Cox (former bassist, The Jimi Hendrix Experience), Steve Vai, Jonny Lang, Eric Johnson, David Hidalgo and Cesar Rosas (Los Lobos), Chris Layton (Stevie Ray Vaughn’s Double Trouble), Living Color, Ernie Isley (The Isley Brothers), Brad Whitford (Aerosmith) and other guitar greats share the Benedum stage for an electrifying celebration of Jimi Hendrix’ music and legacy on Tuesday, October 26 at 7:30 p.m.
The Experience Hendrix tour has thrilled sold-out audiences across North America and visits Pittsburgh for the very first time as part of a series of added U.S. dates. Experience Hendrix will have local Hendrix fans of all ages “floatin” with one guitar masterpiece performed after another. Inspired by Jimi Hendrix's unparalleled creative and musical influence, Experience Hendrix, L.L.C.--the company formed by the late guitarist's father, James "Al" Hendrix to oversee his legendary son's legacy--has continued that innovative spirit with its ongoing series of all-star tribute concerts held in honor of the late great musician. Visit experiencehendrixtour.com to learn about Experience Hendrix.
In terms of format, the tour offers multiple opportunities for performers and audiences to witness unique collaborations such as Steve Vai performing with Living Colour, as well as the tour’s artists performing their favorite Hendrix signature songs including “Little Wing,” “Fire,” “Purple Haze,” “Voodoo Child (Slight Return),” “Crosstown Traffic” and many others. As has been the case with previous Experience Hendrix outings, special guests are expected to sit in at many of the dates, making the concerts all that much more memorable for both new and veteran Hendrix fans. Past special guests have included Paul Rodgers, Joe Satriani, Hubert Sumlin, Buddy Guy, Carlos Santana, Robby Krieger and others.
Anchoring the tour is Billy Cox, the legendary bassist whose relationship with Jim Hendrix and his music dates back to the early 1960s when the two met while serving in the U.S. Army’s 101st Airborne Division. The two bonded over their love of music and would later work together backing R&B acts on the “chitlin’ circuit.” They reunited when Cox was recruited to be part of the Jimi Hendrix Band of Gypsys as well as the ultimate iteration of the Jimi Hendrix Experience, performing at such landmark festivals as Woodstock and the Isle of Wight. Cox, who has been part of all previous Experience Hendrix tours, notes, "It's always a great thrill and honor for me to play Jimi's music for audiences now just as it was in the 1960s. The Experience Hendrix tours have shown how timeless this music really is and how wonderful it is that we’ve continued to get an infusion of new, very enthusiastic artists to participate and are able to offer the most wide-ranging Jimi Hendrix-related repertoire possible."
Tickets ($60 & $75) for Experience Hendrix at the Benedum Center may be purchased at the Box Office at Theater Square (655 Penn Avenue), online at pgharts.org or by calling (412) 456-6666. To purchase 10 or more tickets at special discounted rates, please call (412) 471-6930. ,
The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust is a non-profit organization whose mission is the cultural and economic development of Pittsburgh’s 14-block Cultural District through public and private support. The Trust presents and encourages diverse performing and visual arts programs within the District, and is an impetus for additional development in downtown Pittsburgh. In addition to the Trust Presents series, The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust presents the PNC Broadway Across America-Pittsburgh series, Pittsburgh Dance Council, Pittsburgh International Children’s Theater and Children’s Festival, CD Live, JazzLive, First Night Pittsburgh, Gallery Crawl, and Three Rivers Arts Festival, among other Cultural District and arts events. The Trust owns Theater Square and the Cabaret at Theater Square; James E. Rohr Building & Arts Education Center; the Benedum Center for the Performing Arts; Byham, O’Reilly, and Harris Theaters; visual arts galleries: Wood Street Galleries, at 601 Wood Street; SPACE, at 812 Liberty Avenue and 937 Liberty: a multipurpose performance and exhibit space, among other downtown arts facilities. www.pgharts.org