State Theatre presents rock guitarist
Friday, September 7, 2012, 8pm; $59, $49, $39, $29
Ticket Office: 732-246-SHOW (7469)
New Brunswick, NJ —State Theatre presents rock guitar legend Steve Vai on Friday, September 7, 2012at 8pm. Vai will perform his hit songs as well as songs from his latest album, The Story of Light. Tickets range from $29-59.
Steve Vai is a virtuoso guitarist, visionary composer, and consummate producer who sculpts musical sound with infinite creativity and technical mastery. At 18, he began his professional musical career transcribing for, and then playing with, the legendary Frank Zappa. Vai’s hits include “Sofa,” “Tender Surrender,” “Peaches En Regalia,” and “Now We Run.” More than three decades, 15-million in album sales, and three Grammy® Awards later, Vai has proven himself, in his own right, one of music’s true originals.
Vai’s work has been recognized with a long list of awards, including a dozen from Guitar Player. Most recently, the TEC Foundation honored him with the prestigious Les Paul Award, created in 1991 to salute those who have set the highest standard of excellence in the creative application of technology. TEC noted, “Steve Vai’s sheer breathtaking facility on the guitar is acclaimed in the rock world and beyond…Vai has dedicated his talents to creatively advance the language of music. While many artists fit easily into a single category, Steve Vai remains unclassifiable. He is a musical alchemist of the highest order.”
The latest product of Vai’s alchemy is 2012’s The Story of Light, his 16th solo album. It follows up the 2009 live tour de force Where the Wild Things Are, and comes out on Favored Nations Entertainment, founded by Vai in 1999 to present works by musicians who have “attained the highest performance level on their chosen instruments.” The label’s roster features artists including Tommy Emmanuel, Steve Lukather, Eric Johnson, Billy Sheehan, and Larry Carlton, and more than 70 releases.
The Story of Light follows the cosmic journey of a man driven mad by grief, intertwining tragedy, revelation, enlightenment, and redemption. It continues a narrative arc begun on Vai’s 2005 album Real Illusions: Reflections, his last solo studio release. Largely instrumental, The Story of Light spotlights guest vocalists including singer-songwriter Aimee Mann—dueting with Vai on “No More Amsterdam,” which she also co-wrote—and Beverly McClellan, a season one finalist on The Voice, appearing on “John the Revelator.” The track was inspired by a vintage recording of blues singer Blind Willie Johnson, whose acid-soaked vocals are sampled in the mix as well.
For tickets or more information, call the State Theatre ticket office at 732-246-SHOW (7469), or visit us online atwww.StateTheatreNJ.org. The State Theatre ticket office, located at 15 Livingston Ave, New Brunswick NJ, is open Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, 10am to 6pm; Wednesday 11am to 7pm; Friday 10am to 5pm; and at least two hours prior to curtain on performance dates. For information on group outings and discounts, call 732-247-7200, ext. 517.Some additional ticket and transaction fees may apply.
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Fri, September 7, 2012, 8pm
$59, $49, $39, $29
15 Livingston Ave
New Brunswick, NJ 08901
Ticket Office – 732-246-SHOW (7469)
Online – www.StateTheatreNJ.org
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