Tuesday, November 1, 2016

ROLI launches BLOCKS, an affordable LEGO-like music creation system for everyone, at Apple Stores  around the world







ROLI launches BLOCKS, an affordable LEGO-like music creation system for everyone, at Apple Stores 
around the world

London (November 1, 2016) - ROLI, the music technology innovator, today launches BLOCKS, the most accessible and scalable music creation system ever made.
ROLI BLOCKS is a modular music studio that opens up the world of music-making to everyone. Each individual Block offers unique capabilities that let people create music in simple but far-reaching ways. The Blocks connect together to create customizable kits that suit any budget, skill level, and musical style. With a click of magnetic connectors, music-makers can now build their instruments as they go.
 
The Lightpad Block
Renowned artists including Grimes, Steve Aoki, and RZA are already making music on BLOCKS and creating signature soundpacks for BLOCKS musicians. Grimes - a composer, producer, and global superstar whose sound is redefining pop music - said, "ROLI BLOCKS will democratize music production. It's so intuitive and versatile. I'm always on the go, and BLOCKS is the most powerful mobile production tool I've ever used."
Three Blocks launch today. The Lightpad Block features a tactile, glowing surface that lets people shape music through presses, glides, and other natural gestures. The Live Block and Loop Block have controls that make it even easier to perform and produce in real time. BLOCKS is powered by NOISE, a free music app for iPhone and iPad that is now available at the App Store. NOISE connects to BLOCKS wirelessly over Bluetooth, becoming the system's sound engine as well as a standalone app.
Roland Lamb, founder and CEO of ROLI, and inventor of BLOCKS, said, "Many areas of life have been transformed by the digital. Music, though, remains a universal language that everyone understands, but only a few can speak. BLOCKS will change that, and enable people around the world to experience the joy of music-making for the first time."
The Lightpad Block, Live Block, and Loop Block are exclusively available at ROLI.com, Apple.com, and Apple Stores around the world. With a Lightpad Block retailing at $179 (£169.95) and the Live Block and Loop Block at $79 (£69.95), BLOCKS is extraordinarily affordable as well as powerful.
ROLI celebrates today with an event at the Steel Yard in London. Roland Lamb's keynote address and the world's first BLOCKS performance will be live-streamed on ROLI's Facebook page at 1800 GMT on November 1.
The launch caps an important year for ROLI, which has emerged as a leader in music technology innovation. The award-winning Seaboard RISE, a reinvention of the piano that has redefined the expressive capability of electronic instruments, has been adopted by a range of artists from Stevie Wonder to Meghan Trainor. ROLI acquired FXpansion, a London-based maker of audio software and virtual instruments, in September 2016.
Visit ROLI.com and watch BLOCKS films to see and hear how this modular music studio will give everyone a musical voice.
 
Make music anywhere with BLOCKS
The Lightpad Block and NOISE on iPad
Lightpad Blocks connected to the Live Block and Loop Block
The Lightpad Block connected to the Loop Block
About ROLI
ROLI is a leading music technology startup whose mission is to extend the joy of music creation to everyone. Its multi-award-winning Seaboard RISE and Seaboard GRAND - adopted by world-renowned artists including Stevie Wonder, Meghan Trainor, and A.R. Rahman - have redefined the expressive potential of keyboard instruments. NOISE, ROLI's free iOS app, turns iPhones and iPads into powerful and fun music-making devices. ROLI has raised over $50 million from leading investors including Foundry Group, Balderton Capital, and Founders Fund as well as Universal Music Group. "The most important company in music technology right now" (Music Tech magazine) is building a Connected Music ecosystem of hardware and software products that will change the way people create and enjoy music.

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Antelope Audio Launches 'Privilege Club' for Passionate Musicians, Featuring Incentive Discount Coupon for Membership



Antelope Audio Launches 'Privilege Club' for Passionate Musicians, Featuring Incentive Discount Coupon for Membership

Antelope Audio Fans Are Encouraged to Join Club for Exclusive Discounts, Access to Product Premieres and 'Behind the Scenes' Information


Santa Monica, Calif., October 31, 2016 Antelope Audio, a leading interface company specializing in Field Programmable Gate Array (FPGA)-based vintage FX modeling, announced that it is offering a 'Privilege Club' for passionate musicians and fans of Antelope Audio. By joining the club at http://antelopeaudio.com/the-privilege-club/, customers can receive exclusive discounts, access to product premieres, and 'behind the scenes' information on Antelope Audio products.


To join the new Privilege Club, customers are simply required to fill out a short survey describing how they work and the kinds of products they use on a routine basis. In exchange for their time and membership, Antelope is offering a 10 percent discount coupon to customers who register between now and November 15th, 2016. The coupon can be used for direct purchases from Antelope, or for purchases completed through an Antelope Audio authorized dealer (not to be combined with any other sales or offers).

"We initiated the Privilege Club as a way to thank our loyal customers," commented Marcel James, director of sales, U.S. for Antelope Audio. "Not only will we feature sale items and discounts, but there will also be special curated content and behind the scenes material from our expanding community of artists, producers and engineers."

The Privilege Club site is active now, and discount coupons will be sent to registrants between now and November 15th, immediately following completion of the user survey.  For more information, please visit http://antelopeaudio.com/the-privilege-club/, or to learn more about Antelope Audio, please visit http://www antelopeaudio.com.





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Monday, October 31, 2016

SHE ROCKS, VOL.1 GUITAR COMPILATION FEATURING SOME OF THE BEST FEMALE GUITARISTS TODAY

SHE ROCKS, VOL.1
GUITAR COMPILATION FEATURING SOME OF THE BEST FEMALE GUITARISTS TODAY
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Releasing January 20, 2017 via Steve Vai’s Favored Nations Label

Lita Ford, Orianthi, Nita Strauss, Jennifer Batten and Many More Contribute Tracks

(Los Angeles – October 28, 2016) Who says the ladies can’t rock? Today Favored Nations Entertainment announces the upcoming release of the all-female compilation, She Rocks, Vol.1. This collection of kick-ass guitar goddesses is produced by author and former Guitar World editor, Brad Tolinski with iconic guitarist Steve Vai as executive producer, and showcases eleven female guitarists, each a virtuoso in her own right. From the legendary Lita Ford to Sarah Longfield’s jazzy riffin’, to Orianthi’s melodic stylings and the all-out shredding of Nita Strauss, these players each contribute their own voice to this carefully curated collection.

She Rocks, Vol.1 compilation will be released on January 20, 2017 via Vai’s own Favored Nations Label, and in cooperation with the Women’s International Music Network (theWiMN.com), hosts of the famed “She Rocks Awards.”  The compilation will be celebrated at the 2017 “She Rocks Awards,” taking place that evening in Anaheim, CA during the annual NAMM Convention.

These shredding songstresses cover the stage when it comes to style and personality; Ford is the quintessential guitar rock goddess with decades of top shelf performances, Jennifer Batten made her name playing for Michael Jackson, Strauss has toured with Alice Cooper for the past year, and the list goes on!

“Through the years women have become more and more interested in ripping it up on the guitar. It’s amazing to watch. Favored Nations is very excited to be working with producer Brad Tolinski in creating a compilation of many of the women who are evolving the instrument in powerful ways. They are wildly raising the bar."  - Steve Vai

"People always ask me about the future of the guitar, and in many ways, the artists on this album are the answer. They represent a new vision and a fresh sensibility."  - Album producer, former Guitar World editor and author of Play It Loud: A History of the Electric Guitar (Doubleday), Brad Tolinski

The She Rocks, Vol.1 compilation showcases the amazing talents of Orianthi, Yasi Hofer, Kat Dyson, Sarah Longfield, Lita Ford, Jennifer Batten, Nita Strauss, Steph Paynes, Nili Brosh, Gretchen Menn, and Yvette Young and will be released on January 20, 2017.  Find out more at w http://www.favorednations.com/artists/sherocksvol1/

She Rocks, Vol. 1 Track List:
1.            Orianthi – “Transmogrify”
2.            Yasi Hofer – “Cosmic Stars”
3.            Kat Dyson – “U Know What I Like”
4.            Sarah Longfield – “The Taxi Time Travel Task Force”
5.            Lita Ford w/Lez Zeppelin – “The Lemon Song”
6.            Jennifer Batten – “In the Aftermath”
7.            Nita Strauss – “Pandemonium”
8.            Steph Paynes – “The Sun at Her Eastern Gate”
9.            Nili Brosh – “A Matter of Perception”
10.          Gretchen Menn – “Scrap Metal”
11.          Yvette Young – “Hydra”


About Favored Nations
Favored Nations Entertainment was founded in 1999 by guitarist Steve Vai as a label focusing on guitar-based music. The first studio album it released was Coming to Your Senses by guitarist Frank Gambale in 2000. Soon afterwards, a variety of artists such as Eric Johnson, Dweezil Zappa, Larry Carlton, and Steve Lukather, Neal Schon, Johnny Hiland, Stanley Jordan and Novecento, Allan Holdsworth, John Petrucci, Marty Friedman, The Yardbirds, Dave Weiner, Tommy Emmanuel and Peppino D'Agostino had also signed to Favored Nations. The label continues to curate guitar-based releases. Find out more at favorednations.com

About The Women’s International Music Network (The WiMN)
Founded in 2012, the Women’s International Music Network unites women who work within all facets of the music and audio industries. With theWiMN.com as its hub, the WiMN provides a community for women within the industry while enriching their careers and musical experiences through networking, education and sharing. The Women’s International Music Network produces events such as the Women's Music Summit, the WiMN She Rocks Showcases, and the She Rocks Awards. The organization hosts panels, workshops and education sessions and is founded by music industry veteran Laura B. Whitmore. For more information, visit www.thewimn.com



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Thursday, October 27, 2016

Announcing the 2017 She Rocks Awards Recipients

Announcing the 2017 She Rocks Awards Recipients


Pictured left to right: Lita Ford, Esperanza Spalding, Shirley Manson, Monique Boyer, Dani Markman, Beverly Fowler, Karrie Keyes, Rebecca Eaddy, Lisa Foxx, Charyn Harris, Leanne Summers and Tracy Leenman

ANAHIEM, Calif., Oct. 27, 2017The Women’s International Music Network (the WiMN), is thrilled to announce the 2017 She Rocks Awards honorees. Paying tribute to women in the music industry, the fifth annual She Rocks Awards at the NAMM show will take place on Friday, Jan. 20, 2017 at 7:00 p.m. at the Anaheim Hilton Hotel in Anaheim, Calif. Tickets are available for purchase at sherocksawards.com.

The 2017 She Rocks Awards recipients include:

•    Monique Boyer, director, global artist relations/PRO membership at M.A.C. Cosmetics
•    Rebecca Eaddy, marketing communications manager for Roland Corporation U.S.
•    Lita Ford, legendary rock guitarist, vocalist and songwriter
•    Beverly Fowler, director of artist relations and events at PRS Guitars
•    Lisa Foxx, radio personality at MYfm on the iHeartRadio network
•    Charyn Harris, conductor of music programs at A Place Called Home
•    Karrie Keyes, founder of Soundgirls and sound engineer for Pearl Jam
•    Tracy Leenman, owner of Musical Innovations music retailer
•    Dani Markman, director, A&R, Disney Music Group
•    Shirley Manson, lead singer from multi-award winning band, Garbage
•    Esperanza Spalding, Grammy® Award-winning bass player, singer/songwriter
•    Leanne Summers, president/CEO of LAWIM (Los Angeles Women in Music)

“We are excited to recognize our 2017 honorees, who come from diverse areas of our industry. Each has made her contributions in her own, unique way, inspiring and energizing others. We look forward to honoring them all and sharing this celebration of women in music,” said the WiMN founder, Laura B. Whitmore.

In addition, the She Rocks Awards will host the album release of She Rocks Vol 1, A Collection of Kick-Ass Guitar Goddesses, a compilation of eleven virtuoso female guitarists produced by Brad Tolinksi and released on Steve Vai’s Favored Nations label. Performances from the artists on the CD will be included in the program.

The She Rocks Awards will open with a performance by Brandy Robinson, winner of the #SaveAGuitar opening act contest. The house band for the show, Rock Sugah, is led by bassist Divinity Roxx and features Kat Dyson on guitar, Benita Lewis on drums and Lynette Williams on keys.

Gearing up for its fifth consecutive year, the She Rocks Awards pays tribute to women who display leadership and stand out within the music industry, and has become a standard at the NAMM Show. Previous award recipients include female industry leaders such as Chaka Khan, Jennifer Batten, Karmin, Colbie Caillat, Sheila E, The Bangles, Orianthi, Dinah Gretsch, Craigie Zildjian, Janie L. Hendrix, Amani Duncan, Mary Peavey, and more.

With featured performances, food and beverages, giveaways, networking opportunities and more, the She Rocks Awards brings together industry professionals, music icons, artists, fans, and media to celebrate women in music.

This event has sold out for the past four years and does not require a NAMM badge to attend. The She Rocks Awards will take place on Friday, January 20, 2017 at 7:00 p.m. at the Anaheim Hilton Hotel. Men are welcome, too!

Tickets are on sale now at sherocksawards.com.
The 2017 She Rocks Awards is sponsored by Neumann, Gretsch, Seymour Duncan, Avid, PRS Guitars, Roland, #SaveAGuitar, Breedlove, Zildjian, Guitar Center, Casio, 108 Rock Star Guitars, Sabian, Linear Integrated Systems, Schecter Guitars, Gator Cases, Berklee College of Music, The Music People, LAWIM, Music Inc., Music & Sound Retailer, Music-News.comPremier Guitar, Guitar World, Guitar Player, Keyboard, Bass Player, Electronic Musician, and more.


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About The Women’s International Music Network (The WiMN)
Founded in 2012, the Women’s International Music Network unites women who work within all facets of the music and audio industries. With theWiMN.com as its hub, the WiMN provides a community for women within the industry while enriching their careers and musical experiences through networking and sharing. The Women’s International Music Network produces events such as the annual Women's Music Summit, the WiMN She Rocks Showcases, and the She Rocks Awards, and is founded by music industry veteran Laura B. Whitmore. For more information, visit www.thewimn.com.

Thursday, May 31, 2012

2012 Doheny Blues Festival

In January I always look forward to receiving the email from Omega Events telling me that the early bird tickets for the Doheny Blues festival are on sale. This is an amazing event held for 2 days every May at Doheny State Beach in Dana Point California (Usually the 3rd week). The first time I attended this event was in 2005. I've been hooked ever since. There have been some amazing performances on each of the 3 stages in this incredible beach from setting. Performers such as B.B. King, John Fogerty, Jonny Lang, Crosby, Stills & Nash, The Black Crowes, well, you get the idea.I would recommend making plans to attend this event. Nothing better than great music in a great setting. This year was no exception with headliners Greg Allman on Saturday and Steve Miller on Sunday, about 21 bands over the 2 day period. A few others on the bill this year were Johnny Winter, Los Lonely Boys, Joan Osborne, Otis Taylor and Buddy Guy.

Those that got there in time to catch the opening set for 12 year old Ray Goren were in for one of the biggest treats from the weekend. I've seen Ray on 2 previous occasions at The Coach House when he sat in with Coco Montoya (click here for a sample) and I was fortunate to have been there when he played 2 songs at a sound check prior to Leon Russell's last visit. I was blown away both times so you can imagine how excited I was to see that Ray was on the bill for Doheny. He played an amazing 1 hour set and totally blew away those that gathered around the stage to see this amazing young talent. I can safely say that the future of blues guitar is in good hands.

This year I was able to cover the festival as part of the Orange County Register team featuring writer Robert Kinsler and fellow photographer Drew Kelly. Please check out Robert's review of the weekend and also the photo slide shows featuring our photographic work.




It seems like it takes forever form the time that the event is announced till it arrives. Then the day arrives and in a blurr it's over. The good news is that Omega brought back Doheny Days in the fall last year. It's a bit different event from the Blues Festival but it is held in the same location. A nice shot of fun that holds me over until May rolls around again! Check more photos from this years Doheny Blues festival at the links below and please "Like" the Bob By Request Facebook page! Until next month.... Keep on Rockin'





 

Monday, April 30, 2012

Laura Wilde Performance At The Coach House 04/26/2012

I had been waiting to see Ted Nugent at the Coach House since the show was announced a few months ago. I'm Detroit born and raised. We're talkin' Terrible Ted. The Motor City Madman. Playing to an audience of about 500. Yeah baby!  I'm there!! Over the past year I have attended over 30 shows at the Coach House but I have never seen the place fill up as fast as this night. Long before show time the place was packed. When attending concerts I usually devote most of my attention to the headliners. Hey, that's the reason we came to the show in the first place. Every now and then I see an opening band that blows my socks right off my feet. Please send some socks. Maybe a pair of shoes too because Thursday was one of those nights.

Opening for Ted tonight was Laura Wilde. Wow! No. Double Wow!! If she ever tires of the rock & roll thing she could always fall back on a modeling career but don't let this young lady's good looks fool you. She came to rock! From the opening notes of "Nothing Back" to the closer "Tragedy" she let the audience know that she meant business. If you weren't here to rock pack up your stuff and go home! Backed by Keith Robert on guitar, Frankie Sil on bass and Matt Starr on drums, Laura and the band blazed through their all too short but sweet 30 minute set mostly drawn from her current CD "Sold My Soul". They played 2 songs penned for her next album (Kiss/Kill & Tragedy) along with a screamin' version of AC/DC's "Jailbreak" that would have made her fellow Australian Angus Young proud!

If I had to compare Laura Wilde to someone off the top of my head I would say that she has the vocal talents of Joan Jett and the guitar playing ability of Lita Ford. The highly energetic rhythm section of Matt and Frankie along with Keith and Laura's scorching guitars made this one of the most entertaining opening acts I have seen at The Coach House this year. The best advice I can give you is do not miss the chance to see Laura Wilde live.

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

March Madness - My Version

Wow! March came and went in a blink of an eye. When you talk about March Madness most folks think of college basketball. My version has to do with seeing and shooting 6 shows at The Coach House. When I looked at the Coach House Schedule earlier I figured that I would get to about 3 shows during the month. Little did I know that things would work out the way they did.

March 2nd - Javier Colon
For those that do not know, Javier Colon was the winner of "The Voice" last year. I was fortunate to see him perform at the Taylor Guitars Booth during Winter NAMM so when I saw that he was performing at The Coach House I was anxious to see how he would do in a true concert environment. First thing to note. When the warm up acts on the bill go from 2 to 3 it usually means the show isn't selling well. There were maybe about 250 to 300 people that showed up for the show that night. I was really expecting a better turn out but sometimes that happens. I had a hard time sitting through all 3 opening acts. None of them stood out or got the crowd really pumped up for the headliner. What a relief it was when Javier finally came on. He was warmly received by the audience. This particular night he seemed to have the chorus from the Taylor Swift song "Mean" stuck in his head which they performed for us several times throughout the show. The band backing him up was top notch. The bass player was the most fun to watch as he mouthed and wiggled to every bass line he played. A show in itself. Although Javier has a great voice, the "Wow Factor" just wasn't there for me this night. I enjoyed the show but when it was over I didn't have that "Can't wait to see him again" feeling. Check out the review that appears at this link and also features photos I shot that night. Click here to check out photos from this show.

March 3 - Lee Rocker
Lee Rocker. Former Stray Cat. Current Laguna Beach resident. What more can I say? First check out Robert Kinsler's  review of Lee's new CD. Lee and his band totally ripped up the Back Porch stage during the 2011 Doheny Blues Festival. I was really looking forward to seeing him play at his home away from home, the Coach House. The openers tonight were Space Rocket and Graceland Mafia. I think that Space Rocket was a bit more rock than rockabilly. Quite a bit of energy came off the stage during their set. I really enjoyed them and I think based on their response, the audience did too. I would love to have a bit more information to give you about this band but I didn't ask them at the show and when I did a little research the only thing that came up was their Faceebook page. All I can say is that they rocked it pretty hard and I hope that they get booked again soon as an opening act. Next up was Graceland Mafia who bill themselves as "The Undisputed Kings Of Non-Rockabilly". This band is high energy entertainment and just pure fun! This particular night the lead singer Melvis Dupree (yes Melvis) proposed to his long time (30+ years) girlfriend during their set.  They were a perfect fit as an opener. This brings us to the main course. Lee Rocker. I have seen the Stray Cats several times and have also seen Brian Setzer with the Nashvillians. I can say that I am really glad to have seen this show. The band with Buzz Campbell, Brophy Dale (on Guitars) and Jimmy Sage (Drums) was just incredible. Throw the slap bass style that Lee Rocker plays in that mix and KABOOM! The crowd was up on it's feet from the beginning to the end of the show singing and dancing anywhere space permitted. He played all of those old Stray Cats songs along with a mix of his own current and past songs. This show was so much fun it's too bad it had to end. Click here to check out photos from this show.

March 15 - The Young Dubliners
Pre St. Patrick's Day Party!  Hard to believe that this band was formed in Southern California in the late 1980's.  I heard so much about them over the years but, now it is 2012 and I'm just getting my first look at them. Opening for them tonight are Sam Smith and Sixstep. Sam is a local 19 year old female singer song writer. My first exposure to her was back in December when she opened for Dick Dale. Sam's voice has a soulful purity reminiscent of Taylor Swift & Sarah McLachlan. I thought it was a bit odd that she would open for someone like Dick Dale, however she managed to hold the crowd's attention and they seemed to enjoy her set. The Young Dubliner's audience was a much better fit for her style. Click here to check out some tracks recorded at The Coach House. Sixstep is another local Southern California band. These guys are interesting to say the least. Along with their musical talents they bring a bit of comical satire to their show. Their style is pooled from many resources among them Frank Zappa, King Crimson, Pink Floyd and Radiohead. Click here to learn more about Sixstep.
When the Young Dubliners took the stage and their music started to fill the room I was immediately whisked back to a local Irish pub back in Michigan we would sometimes hang out at. I fought back the urge to order several Guinness and shots of Jameson and immersed myself in the music.  What a great show these boys put on. It is really a shame that it wasn't St. Patrick's Day, but after looking around the room it really didn't seem to matter. Although I only recognized 2 songs during the entire show, I was so blown away by their talent it really didn't matter. I am looking forward to the next time I see the Young Dub's!!  Click here to check out photos from this show.
 
 
March 23 - John Waite
John Waite. Former front man for the Baby's and Bad English. He had a big hit in the 80's with a song called "Missing You". My wife Karen is one of his biggest fans. Too bad she wasn't feeling well that night because I know she would have loved this show. The opening bands for this show were Waldo Bliss and my friend Connie Rae. I'm not quite sure what to say about Waldo Bliss. I've always been told that if you can't say anything nice then it's best not to say anything. Waldo plays acoustic guitar and sings. That's all I can say. Click here for information about Waldo Bliss. Next up was Connie Rae. She's a veteran of the Coach House stage opening for some huge folks over the years. She sings rock, gospel and blues. She is a very talented lady with a great voice. She did a real nice job getting the crowd ready for John Waite. Click here to get a little taste of Connie Rae. 
Every time I have seen John Waite perform I have never been dissapointed. This show was no exception. John always seems to surround himself with such high quality muscians that are able to perform his songs with their original passion. He also has quite a fanatic fan base. I met several people at this show who had attended the previous night's show in San Diego and were going to see him again in the next night in Corona. He played a good mix of his own material entwined with songs from his time with the Baby's. The only thing that he left out were songs from the Bad English period. When it was all said and done it was a high energy rockin' 90 minutes. Click here to check out photos from this show.
March 29 & 30 - Jonny Lang
Since January 2010 I have had the chance to see Jonny Lang 5 times. 6 if you count meeting him at Winter NAMM. I will gladly see him every chance I get. Opening the show for Jonny Lang both nights was The Michael Williams Band. Sometime I do a little research on the openers just to have an idea of what I'm in for. The Michael WIlliams Band totally took me by surprise. This band could easily headline their own show. From the first notes I knew I was in for something special. Michael Williams style is a bit of Hendrix, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Santana, and Buddy Guy all mixed together. I might have missed a few but I think you get the idea. He put on a phenomenal show. I will say he was the best opener I have seen so far this year. Next was this kid named Jonny Lang. It's hard to believe that he's only 31 years old. He's been around for about 15 years or so. This kid still blows me away every time I see him. He's had the voice of an old blues man since the first time I heard him sing on his "Smokin" CD released in 1997. He only seems to get better with age. He not only has the voice but he is a great guitar player. He is the total package. I have never seen anyone who puts so much energy and emotion into his entire show. Start to finish. Two hours non stop. There is nothing like it. His band is one of the best I have seen. This year he brought a little surprise with him. His little sister came along to sing backup vocals. She is just as amazing as her brother. It must be something in the Lang family gene pool. During the second show Jonny let a 19 year old guitarst from San Juan Capaistrano get up and play with him during the song "Rack em Up". (Click here to check it  out) The kid was pretty good. I talked to him after the show. He said that he wrote Jonny Lang a letter and gave it to him after the show on Thursday night. The next afternoon he got a text asking him to come down and play with him that night. How cool is that? If life was like the movie "Ground Hog Day" I would gladly choose to relive either of these two nights.
March was awesome! 
On deck for April Squeeze on the 11th and Ted Nugent on April 26th
Who knows what might pop up in between - Stay tooned!