Mon, Mar 13 • 7:00PM
The Music Room
GALEN WESTON BAND
ELLIOT HOLDEN / BILL HART BAND
$10 IN ADVANCE / 13 DAY OF / $60 VIP TABLES
GALEN WESTON BAND
Galen Weston is a Canadian guitarist and composer who recently celebrated the successful launch of his debut album, “Plugged In”. The Blujazz Label artist who is well-received by his peers and critics alike, claims inspiration from notable guitarists like Carlos Santana, Tommy Emmanuel, George Benson, Eric Johnson, and Pat Metheny. Although inspired by many greats, Weston has a voice truly his own and is able of creating an original musical landscape that transcends both music genres and time.
"A fiery, sometimes intense soloist, Weston is an impressive guitarist"
"A guitar tour-de-force, the kind they just don’t make anymore"
THE MIDWEST RECORD
His all-star band includes:
Danny Lerman – Saxophone
Lukas Kytnar – Bass
Michel Medrano Brindis – Drums
Holden’s guitar leads in all his music, but like all good leaders, he knows when to let other instruments shine or play a strong supporting role. His playing — by turns fiery and sublime — has been compared to the guitar elite such as Eric Johnson, Jeff Beck, and Jimi Hendrix.
But his goal is not to play the imitation game, it’s to apply music muscle when strength is needed and reduce the noise when quiet must rule. It’s not uncommon to find yourself humming the chorus even before the song finishes.
Elliot has a way of taking an old familiar song, one everyone knows, one everybody expects to do this thing at that time. But when Holden brings the hooks around, eyes widen in surprise and suddenly everything old is new again and the listener rediscovers a lost love. Old memories sharpen and new ones are made.
But never mind the unforgettable versions of covers. It’s in his original music where we hear Elliot best: The realities of Rock, Jazz, Blues, Classical, Funk, and Hip Hop augmented by a wider worldview, for this military brat picked up influences from around the world as he traveled with his father from base to base.
In his freshman year of high school, after seeing the movie “Crossroads” featuring the music of Steve Vai, Ry Cooder, and William Kanengiser, Elliot knew music would be his path.
He immerses even new listeners’ psyches into his music as if they were sliding on an old pair of favorite, soft-washed jeans still sturdy enough to haul ass while driving a big rig through a dark desert night.
Elliot prides himself on being that guitar player for those who wouldn’t normally find themselves listening to guitar-based music.
Since first starting to play guitar Elliot has always written his own music. At the time it just seemed like the easiest way to learn to play but would later serve as critical foundation in his musical development. He released his first album in 1995, for a total of four albums to date.
Elliot is set to release his latest album for digital download and streaming. Physical CDs will be available at live shows.
Elliot’s diverse musical style has earned him opening slots with such acts as The Derek Trucks Band, Snoop Dog, Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Adrian Belew, Erykah Badu, Sonny Landreth, Porter Batise Stoltz and many others.
Elliot’s been featured in GUITAR PLAYER Magazine’s Spotlight.
“Make the music accessible and more people will listen.”
Elliot Holden the Urban Guitar Legend
BILL HART BAND
Bill Hart was born and raised in Ontario, Canada and began playing guitar at the young age of nine years old. Hart immediately felt drawn to the instrument and would find every opportunity to covertly rendezvous with his guitar. A lifelong connection was formed.
Hart started taking lessons when he was thirteen. Initially, he played rock, influenced by the diverse guitar styles of Jimi Hendrix, David Gilmour, and Jimmy Page. One day, in a music store, he saw a jazz musician playing guitar and doing the most incredible things. Bill wanted to know how the guitarist played that amazing music. Thirty years later, Hart modestly says he is still trying to figure it out. Currently, Hart is the one playing the amazing music, while always keeping it accessible to one and all.
Hart's early training was fairly non-traditional. As a teenager, he spent time playing in theater's performing “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” and “Little Shop of Horrors”, where he was the designated musician, providing live music for the shows. Fascinated by the mathematical precision of music, Bill attended the Guitar Institute of Technology in Hollywood, California, graduating with honors. Bill has studied under master guitarists, Gary Starling, Mike Stern, Don Mock, Steve Khan, Wayne Krantz and Scott Henderson. Bill's true joy comes from playing his original compositions. Bill Hart has opened for jazz greats such as Herbie Hancock, Marcus Miller, Lou Rawls, Yellow Jackets, Acoustic Alchemy, Joey Defrancesco, Norman Brown, Rippingtons and Mike Stern.
Hart has been the head of the guitar department at the Atlanta Institute of Music & Media for over twenty-five years, teaching and mentoring over 4000 students. Bill Hart has participated in numerous music clinics with seminar partners such as Scott Ambush and Joel Rosenblatt (Spyro Gyra), Mike Stern (Miles Davis Band), Adam Nitti (Steven Curtis Chapman), Shane Theriot (Neville Brothers, Hall, and Oates) and Jimmy Herring (The Grateful Dead and Widespread Panic). Bill Hart has released five albums: "Watch the Sky", "Think About It", "Subject To Change," "This Is Why" and his most recent 2016 release “Touch Of Blue.”
Hart toured Mexico and South America with his original music performing at big venues. He was awarded a letter from the U.S. Embassy in Venezuela on behalf of the Bill Hart Band for his contribution to the students in South America. Hart was also a Grammy Award nominee. Also offers guitar clinics and lessons as part of his tour.