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All-Star Tribute in CFA to Celebrate the Legacy of Jimi Hendrix

By David Wedekindt

Release Date: October 12, 2010

BUFFALO, N.Y. -- The University at Buffalo's Center for the Arts will present Experience Hendrix on Nov. 2 at 7:30 p.m. in the Mainstage theatre in the Center for the Arts, UB North Campus.

Experience Hendrix is a concert tour featuring an all-star line-up of music greats paying homage to the music and legacy of Jimi Hendrix. The fifth edition of this celebrated tour will visit Buffalo for the first time, after performing to sold-out crowds nationwide.

Featured artists performing music associated with the legacy of Jimi Hendrix include some of the best known and highly regarded names in contemporary rock and blues, including: Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Robert Randolph, Jonny Lang, Steve Vai, Brad Whitford (of Aerosmith), Eric Johnson, Ernie Isley, Living Colour, Chris Layton (of Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble) and The Slide Brothers a/k/a Chuck and Darick Campbell of Sacred Steel.

In terms of format, the tour offers multiple opportunities for performers and audiences to witness unique collaborations such as Steve Vai performing with Living Colour, as well as the tour's artists performing their favorite Hendrix signature songs including "Little Wing," "Fire," "Purple Haze," "Voodoo Child (Slight Return)" and "Crosstown Traffic."

Anchoring the tour is Billy Cox, the legendary bassist whose relationship with Jim Hendrix and his music dates back to the early 1960s when the two met while serving in the U.S. Army's 101st Airborne Division. The two bonded over their love of music and would later work together backing R&B acts on the "chitlin' circuit." They reunited when Cox was recruited to be part of the Jimi Hendrix Band of Gypsys as well as the ultimate iteration of the Jimi Hendrix Experience, performing at such landmark festivals as Woodstock and the Isle of Wight. Cox, who has been part of all previous Experience Hendrix tours, notes, "It's always a great thrill and honor for me to play Jimi's music for audiences now just as it was in the 1960s. The Experience Hendrix tours have shown how timeless this music really is and it's just wonderful that we've continued to get an infusion of new, very enthusiastic artists to participate and are able to offer the most wide-ranging Jimi Hendrix-related repertoire possible."

The Experience Hendrix Tour is presented by Experience Hendrix, LLC, the Hendrix family-owned company founded by James A. "Al" Hendrix, Jimi's father, entrusted with preserving and protecting the legacy of Jimi Hendrix. Earlier this year, Sony Music Entertainment's Legacy Division and Experience Hendrix entered into a worldwide catalog licensing venture to make all of Jimi's extraordinary music, including classic albums, never before heard archive recordings, and filmed concerts available through all forms of media.

Tickets for Experience Hendrix are $76.50, $66.50, $56.50. Tickets are available at the Center for the Arts Box Office from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and all Ticketmaster locations, including ticketmaster.com. To charge tickets, call 1-800-745-3000; in Canada, call 416-870-8000. For more information, call 716-645-2787.