World-renowned guitarist Stanley Jordan has developed a new live tribute to Jimi Hendrix dubbed “Stanley Plays Jimi,” and it’s coming to the Honokaa People’s Theatre Saturday, Jan. 25, 2020 at 7 p.m. Ticket info below.
“Stanley Plays Jimi” is a new project but it’s based on an old idea. Stanley Jordan says, “Back in 1970 at the age of 11 I was saddened to hear of Jimi’s passing. I decided there and then to try to continue his legacy, so I took up the guitar. Of course, my main goal was to be an original artist in my own right, but the concept of a Hendrix tribute has been in my mind pretty much from the start. The time feels right to bring this idea to fruition.”
In recent years Jordan has performed with many artists in the rock and jam-band worlds, including the Dave Matthews Band, Umphrey’s McGee, Moe. and more. Jordan says, “Returning to my rock roots has been an absolute joy artistically, and with this project, I’m taking that to a new level.”
Jordan also builds on Hendrix’s work by incorporating touch or two-hand tapping techniques. Many people associate that more with Van Halen than with Hendrix, but Jordan says, “I actually got the idea from Jimi Hendrix. I saw him do it with just his left hand, but that’s all I needed to see. I just added the right hand, which was an obvious extension.” And extend it he did. Today Jordan is considered by many to be the World’s best tapper, having developed it into a rich pianistic style
If You Go… Have A Good Show!
Event: Stanley Jordan Plays Jimi Hendrix
When: Jan. 25 2020. Doors: 6:30 p.m. Show: 7 p.m.
Where: Honokaa People’s Theatre, 45-3574 Mamane St, Honokaa.
Cost: General Admission: $38. Gold Circle Seating: $55.
Ticket info: For online tickets and Gold Circle Seating, go to: www.bluesbearhawaii.com or call: 808-896-4845. Big Island ticket outlets: Kona Music Exchange – Kona; Kiernan’s Music – Old Town Kainaliu; Waimea General Store – Parker Square, Kamuela; Top Stitch – Honoka’a; Hilo Music Exchange, Hilo Ukulele & Guitar – Hilo and Rogers Guitars – Kea’au.
Photo: MD Roberston