The eighth edition of the celebrated Experience Hendrix Tour is set to launch in March 2014 with an all star lineup that includes more than a dozen guitarists and a solid rhythm section. Presented by BandFuse: Rock Legends, the month long tour brings together a diverse group of musical greats paying homage to the abiding genius of Jimi Hendrix.
This year’s line-up ranges from metal legend Zakk Wylde of Ozzy Osbourne and Black Label Society, blues icon Buddy Guy, Jonny Lang, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, the innovative Dweezil Zappa, Los Lobos’ stalwarts Cesar Rosas and David Hidalgo, left-handed blues rocker Eric Gales, Texas guitar gods Doyle Bramhall II and Eric Johnson, funk legend Bootsy Collins, Mato Nanji of Indigenous, and, from Serbia by way of Memphis, Ana Popovic.
The rhythm section, as always, includes bassist Billy Cox, who is the only other player besides Hendrix who was both apart of the Band of Gypsies and the Jimi Hendrix Experience, and Chris Layton, who was co-founder of Double Trouble with guitar legend Stevie Ray Vaughan.
Janie Hendrix, President/CEO of Experience Hendrix L.L.C., noted, “Jimi often spoke of his concept of ‘Electric Church’ and using music to connect directly with people. Everyday, we see how Jimi’s musical legacy continues to transcend generational and cultural boundaries. It’s our continuing mission to do all we can to celebrate what he’s given us and to keep his music in the forefront: the Experience Hendrix tour does that with brilliant musicians who love Jimi, electrifying the stage with his music and sound.”
The tour officially begins in Dallas at the Verizon Theater on March 11th and, thereafter roars through the Midwest and mid-Atlantic regions with stops in St. Louis, Chicago, Milwaukee, Louisville, Pittsburgh, Washington and Detroit with more than 20 anticipated concert dates.
In terms of format, the tour offers multiple opportunities for performers and audiences to witness unique collaborations among the participating artists such as Dweezil Zappa with Billy Cox, Buddy Guy with Jonny Lang, Zakk Wylde with Chris Layton and will highlight these artists and the others performing their favorite Hendrix signature songs including “Little Wing,” “Fire,” “Purple Haze,” and “Voodoo Child (Slight Return).”
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.
This year’s Experience Hendrix Tour is the focus of the Jimi Hendrix Guitar Competition, which was just announced last week. The competition, backed by Sony Music’s Legacy Recordings, IK Multimedia, Talenthouse along with Experience Hendrix, LLC offers entrants a chance to win a performing slot on one of the tour dates next year as well as a cash prize plus gear. Contestants are invited to submit a video of their performance of a Jimi Hendrix track with the winner selected by a team of judges including Janie Hendrix, producer/engineer Eddie Kramer, Guitar World editor Brad Tolinski and musician Dave Stewart.
Mar 11 Tue Dallas, TX – Verizon Theater – tickets on sale now http://bit.ly/17ypvzq
Mar 13 Thu St Louis, MO – Fox Theater – tickets on sale November 22nd
Mar 14 Fri Chicago, IL – Chicago Theater – tickets on sale now http://bit.ly/1j7vcEa
Mar 15 Sat Ames, IA – Stephens Auditorium – tickets on saleNovember 22nd
Mar 16 Sun Milwaukee, WI – Riverside Theater – tickets on sale now http://bit.ly/HVluJ2
Mar 18 Tue Louisville, KY – Whitney PAC – tickets on saleNovember 22nd
Mar 19 Wed Charleston, WV – Clay Center – tickets on sale December 16th
Mar 20 Thu Pittsburgh, PA – Benedum Theater – tickets on sale November 25th
Mar 21 Fri Glenside, PA – Keswick Theater – tickets on sale now http://bit.ly/1aGE3rd
Mar 22 Sat Atlantic City, NJ – Harrahs – tickets on sale December 6th
Mar 23 Sun Wilkes Barre, PA – Kirby PAC – tickets on sale November 22nd
Mar 25 Tue Red Bank, NJ – Count Basie Theater – tickets on sale December 13th
Mar 28 Fri Albany, NY – Palace Theater
Mar 29 Sat Waterbury, CT – Palace Theater
Mar 30 Sun Washington DC – Lincoln Theater
Apr 01 Tue Buffalo, NY – Center For Arts – tickets on sale Dec. 5
Apr 02 Northfield, OH – Hard Rocks
Apr 03 Detroit, MI –The Fox Theatre
Additional dates to be announced.