Guitar legend Steve Vai wil perform at Northampton's Calvin Theatre on Friday, September 14th at 8PM
Virtuoso guitarist and visionary composer Steve Vai's 2012 North American Tour will make a stop at Northampton's Calvin Theatre on Friday, September 14th at 8PM. The Story of Light, a new solo album of original material, will be released on August 14 on Favored Nations Entertainment.While many musicians fit easily into a single category, Steve Vai's unique musical vision remains unclassifiable. After more than 20 years, Vai continues to use unbridled guitar virtuosity and soulful artistry to explore the spectrum of human emotion. Vai first stepped into the spotlight in 1980 as a guitarist in Frank Zappa's band. But Vai's indelible contribution to music came during his solo career, which includes combined sales of nearly six million albums. Vai creates a sound all his own by striking a balance between technical ability and poetic phrasing. "I make music to push my own buttons," explains Vai. "I've always been driven by an addiction to create sounds that are unique – not better than what other people do, just different."
Tickets are for Steve Vai plus Beverly McClellan at the Calvin Theatre on Friday September 14th at 8PM are $45, $35, and $25 and go on sale this Friday, June 15th at Northampton Box Office, 76 Main Street, 413-586-8686 and online at IHEG.com
Ukelele master Jake Shimabukuro will perform at Northampton's Calvin Theatre on Saturday, December 1st at 8PM. New album produced by Alan Parsons
It's been a defining year for "ukulele hero" (Rolling Stone) Jake Shimabukuro and on October 2nd, 2012 he'll release More Ukulele, his most ambitious record to date. Jake is in the studio with Alan Parsons, engineer of the Beatles' Abbey Road and Pink Floyd's Dark Side Of The Moon, working on an album that will not only take him to the next level, but will redefine the ukulele itself. On the new LP, Shimabukuro will infuse his "buoyant musicianship and brisk proficiency" (NY Times) with the rock and roll technique that has earned him the title of "Jimi Hendrix of the ukulele" (Guitar Player). Jake has defied the limitations of his 4-string, 2-octave instrument with his astonishing covers of "While My Guitar Gently Weeps" (10 million+ views on YouTube) and "Bohemian Rhapsody."
Tickets for Jake Shimabukuro at Northampton's Calvin Theatre on Sarurday, December 1st at 8PM are $35 and $25 and go on sale this Friday, June 15th at Northampton Box Office, 76 Main Street,