Bay Area Entertainment Guide

Bay Area Entertainment Guide

Find Bay Area events, concerts, and more.

Joe Bonamassa

Photo

Apr 18, 2013

Thu 8:00 PM

135 W San Carlos Street
San Jose, CA 95113

Map

Performers:

  • Joe Bonamassa

More Info

Event Details

A CMT Marquee Premiere! Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Drama and Tony Award for Best Musical, A CHORUS LINE is a musical theatre classic telling of the achingly poignant ambitions of Broadway professionals attempting to land a job. This brilliantly complex fusion of dance, song and compellingly authentic drama is a powerful metaphor for all human aspiration.

Cost

Payment required - 62.00 to 102.00

Performer Info

Joe Bonamassa: Born in upstate New York, Joe Bonamassa started playing guitar, on a short-scale Chiquita, at the age of four. By seven he had graduated to a full-scale model and a year later, he was playing the blues like a veteran. At ten, Joe began performing at local venues and at twelve, he was asked to open for B. B. King. The blues legend, after hearing Joe play for the first time, declared, This kids potential is unbelievable. Hes one of a kind. Kings high regard for Joe would be echoed by other guitar greats the young performer would go on to work with, including Buddy Guy, Danny Gatton, Robert Cray and Stephen Stills. While still in his teens, Joe met musician Berry Oakley, Jr., and together they put together the group Bloodline.

Signed to EMI, although the band had strong initial success, it eventually disbanded. In 2000, Joe recorded his debut solo CD, A New Day Yesterday, produced by the legendary Tom Dowd (Aretha Franklin, Ray Charles, Eric Clapton, Rod Stewart, John Coltrane). The memorable melodies and potent guitar work of A New Day Yesterday brought to mind the classic blues-based rock of Cream, Lynyrd Skynyrd, the Jeff Beck Group, and the Allman Brothers Band. Upon returning from the road in 2002, Bonamassa hooked up with Clif Magness (Avril Lavigne) to record the muscular and sweeping studio disc So, It's Like That, which hit ..1 on the Billboard Blues Chart multiple times.

To celebrate 2003 Year of the Blues, Bonamassa released Blues Deluxe, featuring nine cover versions of blues classics along with three originals. Around this time, Joe became involved with Blues in the Schools, a program developed by the Blues Foundation to help perpetuate the heritage and legacy of blues music. The lectures take teenage students on a journey, tracing the evolution of blues music, from its birth among the field workers of the Delta during the late 1800s up to the present day. The lectures are followed by a live performance by Bonamassa.

Bonamassas next CD, Had To Cry Today, continued where Blues Deluxe left off. Mixing original and classic blues, the CD incorporates influences of Chicago, Delta and British blues into something electrifying and wholly unique. In the summer of 2005, Bonamassa was personally asked by BB King to open for his landmark 80th Birthday Celebration Tour, and a few months later in January 2006, Bonamassa, in recognition of efforts in promoting blues music, was nominated as the youngest member of The Blues Foundation committee board. Bonamassas latest CD, You and Me, is scheduled for a June 6, 2006 release. The new CD marks the debut collaboration of Bonamassa and producer Kevin Shirley (Led Zeppelin, The Black Crowes, Aerosmith, Joe Satriani).

A powerful fusion of the big rock sound and swampy blues, You and Me gets much of its inspiration from such masters as Peter Green, Jeff Beck, Eric Clapton and John Lee Hooker. Bonamassa makes his home in Los Angeles.

Links

About Us
Find what you want to do, when you want to do it. For nonprofit organizations submitting an event for consideration on the site, please visit the Community Page.
The Scene
"The Breakfast Club" Coming to Bay Area Theaters for 30th Anniversary

"The Breakfast Club" Coming to Bay Area Theaters for 30th Anniversary

John Hughes' 1985 film The Breakfast Club will screen in Bay Area theaters for two days in March to celebrate the 30th anniversary.

"Fifty Shades of Grey" Distracts Sacramento Drivers

"Fifty Shades of Grey" Distracts Sacramento Drivers

Opening weekend for the film "Fifty Shades of Grey" included some unwilling viewers. The movie is being shown at the West Wind Drive-In theater in Sacramento, right off Highway 50. Motorists say they could...

Trailer Park Boys Stop at Oakland's Paramount Theatre

Trailer Park Boys Stop at Oakland's Paramount Theatre

Trailer Park Boys will bring their Still Drunk, High & Unemployed Tour to Oakland's Paramount Theatre on February 17.

Oakland Musician Wins NPR Tiny Desk Contest

Oakland Musician Wins NPR Tiny Desk Contest

An Oakland musician whose soulful blues-y twang beat out 7,000 other video entries took home the unprecedented title of NPR's Tiny Desk Concert Contest.

Oakland Child Trafficking Epidemic Inspires Play

Oakland Child Trafficking Epidemic Inspires Play

Playwright Tracie Collins has been inspired by Oakland's child prostitution problem to create a stage show called "Cold Piece of Werk."

See more The Scene