-- Jimi Hendrix Experience/Band of Gypsys bassist Billy Cox and blues great Buddy Guy are among the many respected musicians who will participate in an upcoming eighth edition of the Experience Hendrix Tour. The 2014 installment of the tribute trek, which features a variety of stars performing the music of the late Jimi Hendrix, gets under way on March 11 in Grand Prairie, Texas, and currently is mapped out through an April 3 concert in Detroit.
Serving as the rhythm section for the entire tour will be Cox and drummer Chris Layton of the late Stevie Ray Vaughan's backing group Double Trouble. Among the other musicians who will perform during the outing are Los Lobos' David Hidalgo and Cesar Rosas, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, funk bassist extraordinaire Bootsy Collins, ex-Ozzy Osbourne guitarist Zakk Wylde, Jonny Lang, Dweezil Zappa, Doyle Bramhall II and Eric Johnson.
A variety of as-yet-unannounced special guests also will be hitting the stage during the outing. In addition, the winner of the recently launched "Jimi Hendrix Guitar Competition," who will be chosen in February, will get to perform at one of the tour stops.
Hendrix's stepsister, Janie, president and CEO of the Experience Hendrix company, says in statement, "It's our continuing mission to do all we can to celebrate what [Jimi has] given us and to keep his music in the forefront: The Experience Hendrix tour does that with brilliant musicians who love Jimi, electrifying the stage with his music and sound."
Here are all of the confirmed dates for next year's Experience Hendrix Tour:
3/11 -- Grand Prairie, TX, Verizon Theater
3/13 -- St Louis, MO, Fox Theater
3/14 -- Chicago, IL, Chicago Theater
3/15 -- Ames, IA, Stephens Auditorium
3/16 -- Milwaukee, WI, Riverside Theater
3/18 -- Louisville, KY, Whitney PAC
3/19 -- Charleston, WV, Clay Center
3/20 -- Pittsburgh, PA, Benedum Theater
3/21 -- Glenside, PA, Keswick Theater
3/22 -- Atlantic City, NJ, Harrahs
3/23 -- Wilkes-Barre, PA, Kirby PAC
3/25 -- Red Bank, NJ, Count Basie Theater
3/27 -- Hampton, NH, Casino Ballroom
3/28 -- Albany, NY, Palace Theater
3/29 -- Waterbury, CT, Palace Theater
3/30 -- Washington, D.C., Lincoln Theater
4/1 -- Buffalo, NY, Center for Arts
4/2 -- Northfield Park, OH, Hard Rocks
4/3 -- Detroit, MI, The Fox Theatre
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