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      January 24, 2018

      Wednesday   8:00 PM

      26 South Chestnut Street
      Ventura, California 93001

      Eric Johnson

      The guitar has been very good to Eric Johnson, earning him international renown as a player,composer, recording artist and live entertainer as well as an ever-growing audience ofadmirers. And Eric Johnson has been very good to the guitar, spotlighting its myriad melodic,sonic and lyrical splendors, paying homage to its heroes and innovators, collaborating andplaying with many of its finest contemporary talents, and fostering its continuing vibrancy as aprimarily instrumental genre in popular music.He's an extraordinary guitar player accessible to ordinary music fans, notes the MemphisCommercial Appeal. Thats because Eric Johnson plays music and not just the guitar. He isalso a gifted player of the piano (his first instrument) as well as songwriter, singer and songinterpreter. Or more succinctly, Eric Johnson is a diverse, versatile and fully realized musicalcreator who plays guitar like no one elseThe pivotal event in Johnson's rise to becoming, as Guitar Player says, one of the mostrespected guitarists on the planet," was his million-selling, now-classic 1990 album Ah ViaMusicom (which loosely translates as "communicating through music"). It was his secondrelease, following Tones, his 1986 major label debut.Musicom yielded three Top 10 singles "Cliffs of Dover," which has become Johnson'ssignature song and won a Best Rock Instrumental Grammy, and "Trademark" and"Righteous." It made him the first artist to ever score three Top 10 instrumentals. Now, 28years later, he revisits that landmark recording with a 2018 tour on which he will play thealbum hailed as a "masterwork" in's review in its entirety.The Austin, Texas-based Johnson also closes out 2017 with a new album, Collage, thatcombines five new original songs with five covers that reflect both his inspirations and range:An acoustic version of Jimi Hendrix's "One Rainy Wish," The Beatles classic "We Can Work ItOut" in a Caribbean groove, B.B. King's "Rock Me Baby," the surf rock classic "Pipeline" andStevie Wonder's 1966 #3 pop hit "Uptight (Everything's Alright)."The years prior to Ah Via Musicom and since are rich with accomplishments. Over the nowfive studio albums that have followed it Venus Isle (1996), Bloom (2005), 2010's Up Close(and its revised European version Up Close Another Look, now being issued in the US), EJ(2016) and the latest Eric has broadened and enriched his rock guitar palette and furtherdelved into his love for blues, jazz and country. He's earned six Grammy nominations, hastopped or been listed high in countless greatest guitarist lists in music publications, and beenfeatured on the cover of most every guitar magazine, many more than once.Johnson released an album in 2014 with jazz guitarist Mike Stern, Eclectic, that also landedhim on the cover of Downbeat. His catalog further includes a collection of outtakes, demosand live treats, Souvenir (2002). And in 1998 his never-before-issued very first albumrecording from some 20 years before, Seven Worlds, was finally released by its producer (AllMusic Guide hailed as a "classy false start to a great career").As an ardent live performer who regularly tours, "Few rock guitarists can take an audience onan unforgettable journey like Eric Johnson can," observes Brave Words & Bloody Knuckles. His primary live performance configuration is as a trio, most often with some of Austin's topplayers, including drummer Tommy Taylor and bassist Kyle Brock, who toured with himfollowing Ah Via Musicom's success and return for the 2018 outing. He's also done acoustictours both solo and as a trio with noted players Peppino D'Agostino and Andy McKee, andelectric guitar tours with his hero B.B. King and pal and peer Sonny Landreth.His concert performances have been captured on a number of releases. Europe Live (2014)"serves as a fine introduction to this stunning musician," says All Music, as also do the his twoLive From Austin TX CDs plus a DVD from his "Austin City Limits" performances andAnaheim Live (2008). Eric's side project Alien Love Child as well released an in-concert disc,Live and Beyond, in 2000. His 1996 tour with Steve Vai and Joe Satriani hit stores thefollowing year as G3: Live in Concert.Johnson is an avid admirer of fellow guitarists past and present, and has recorded and/orperformed with such other notables as Chet Atkins, B.B. King, James Burton, Jerry Reed,Steve Miller, John McLaughlin, Jimmie Vaughan, Jeff "Skunk" Baxter, Dweezil Zappa, AdrianLegg, John Petrucci and others. He has paid homage in song to such players as Jerry Reed(Tribute to Jerry Reed on Bloom), fellow Texan Stevie Ray Vaughan (the Grammynominatedtrack SRV) and Wes Montgomery (who Johnson saluted in his Ah Via Musicomsong East Wes). He has to date appeared on eight Experience Hendrix tours payinghomage to one of his seminal guitar icons.Eric's artistic journey began in his teens in the Austin clubs, not long after joining thepsychedelic rock band Mariani and later touring with the jazz-rock fusion group TheElectromagnets. Eric's burgeoning reputation and touts from both Prince and ChristopherCross helped win him a deal with Reprise Records in the mid 1980s. The album that resulted,Tones, failed to chart. But it did earn him his first Grammy nomination for the song "Zap" andlanded him on the front of Guitar Player magazine with the cutline: "Who is Eric Johnson &why is he on our cover?"Once Ah Via Musicom hit, the Los Angeles Times noted how he had already "been comparedwith rock's immortals." But Eric himself modestly demurs. "I don't think I'm a rock god. I justkeep playing. It's fun, and I'm glad people enjoy it."

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