LIVE: Experience Hendrix @ the Palace Theatre, 3/28/14

March 31st, 2014, 3:00 pm by Greg

Review by Fred Rudofsky

It was the best of concerts and the worst of concerts. Yes, I’m celebrating and exploiting the genius of Charles Dickens in my lead, but that is far less egregious than what too often took place during a sold-out Friday night concert at Albany’s Palace Theatre that paid tribute to the genius of Jimi Hendrix. Call it a paradoxical experience.

NOTE: I make these observations as a fervent admirer of Hendrix’s music and the inspiration he derived from a variety sources such as the blues, soul, folk and Native American culture. I have always viewed him as complete musician, not a wild, hedonistic guitarist like so many still do.

The Experience Hendrix show was the best concert in the sense that it was uplifting to see local support for the music and memory of one of the greatest musicians the world has known – and the song selections were also far more eclectic than what had been the case six years before when the tour touched down in Albany. Yet it was also felt like the worst given that the celebratory nature of the night felt contrived, even exploitative. I even found myself drawing up a wish list of musicians, not just guitarists, that I thought should have been included on the bill (Joanne Shaw Taylor, Cassandra Wilson, Buddy Miller, Trombone Shorty, Michael Hill, Cindy Blackman Santana, Gary Clark, Jr., Steve Winwood, Hamell on Trial – who saw Hendrix play Syracuse in 1968 – to name a few). At times throughout the nearly 3 1/2 hour event, I thought of one of Hendrix’s most prophetic lyrics: “But as far as I know, they may even try to wrap me up in cellophane and try and sell me…” How can anybody celebrate properly a musician, who casts such a long shadow?

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A Bit of Jimi Hendrix’s Rock & Roll History Comes to Proctors

March 20th, 2013, 10:00 am by Greg

 the mixing console used by Jimi Hendrix at NYC’s Sound Center Studios in March, 1968.

Proctors in Schenectady is screening the feature-length documentary Hendrix 70: Live at Woodstock at 7:30pm tonight in the GE Theatre. And in conjunction with the film, Proctors is also exhibiting a historic bit of Hendrix memorabilia – the mixing console used by Jimi Hendrix at NYC’s Sound Center Studios in March, 1968.

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Turtle Island Quartet plays Jimi Hendrix at the Colonial [Berkshire on Stage]

February 14th, 2012, 1:00 pm by Sara

Guitar and controlled feedback master Jimi Hendrix reinterpreted for a string quartet? Hearing is believing. We are in for a real adventure in creativity as classical/jazz fusion trendsetters, the Turtle Island Quartet celebrates the music of Hendrix with their dynamic Have You Ever Been…? program on Friday, February 17th at 8 pm at The Colonial Theatre. This innovative classical quartet defies musical definition by reaching across musical genres and creating a sound never heard before. Just take a listen to this reinterpretation of “House Burning Down”. Hendrix created a blues style that was unique, and shines through here.

Through their exploration of jazz, classical, American vernacular and world music styles, the Turtle Island Quartet has taken its audiences on a journey through many musical genres, eras, and places—the American landscape, Latin America, Europe and India to name a few. Now, the two time Grammy® winning quartet is tackling works by legendary guitarist, songwriter and performer Jimi Hendrix as well as other compositions reflective of and inspired by Hendrix’s music including Turtle Island Quartet founder David Balakrishnan’s new composition “Tree of Life.”

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All Star Hendrix Tribute Heads Into the Palace Theatre

August 31st, 2010, 3:35 pm by Greg

The Experience Hendrix TourThe Experience Hendrix tour is headed into the Palace Theatre at 7pm on Saturday, November 6 with an unbelievable all-star line-up of musicians.

Would you believe?:

Kenny Wayne Shepherd
Susan Tedeschi
Robert Randolph
Jonny Lang
Steve Vai
David Hidalgo
(Los Lobos)
Cesar Rosas (Los Lobos)
Eric Johnson
Ernie Isley
Living Colour
Chris Layton
(Stevie Ray Vaughan & Double Trouble)
The Slide Brothers (Chuck & Darick Campbell of Sacred Steel)

And anchoring the tour is Billy Cox, the legendary bassist who played with Hendrix in both the Jimi Hendrix Experience and the Band of Gypsys.


Priced at $39.50, $49.50, $59.50 and $79.50, tix are slated to go on sale to the general public at 10am on Saturday, September 18.

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