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Experience Hendrix 

When: Sun., March 11, 8 p.m. 2012
Price: $76, $56, $39
The critically acclaimed Experience Hendrix tribute project celebrates the music and vibes of the late, great Jimi Hendrix with a brilliant cast of musicians. Billy Cox, a veteran bassist from the Band of Gypsys and Jimi Hendrix Experience, leads an all-star roster of heavy-hitters, including Buddy Guy, Johnny Lang, Robert Randolph, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Dweezil Zappa, Brad Whitford (from Aerosmith), Chris Layton (from Stevie Ray Vaughan & Double Trouble), the Slide Brothers, Mato (from Indigenous), and others. “We have some of the greatest guitarists in the world on this tour, and they all add their own flavor to the music,” Cox says. “I call it the concert event of the year. No lip-synching, no soundtracks … this is the real deal.” Cox started jamming with Hendrix when they were serving in the Army at Fort Campbell, Kentucky in 1961. They became close friends and regular musical collaborators. After Hendrix moved to London and formed the Experience with drummer Mitch Mitchell and bassist Noel Redding, Cox continued to play with R&B bands in the States. When the Experience broke up in 1969, Hendrix invited Cox to join him and drummer Buddy Miles in the recording studio as the Band of Gypsys. They went on to play at Woodstock, the Isle of Wight Festival, and a string of huge concerts. Hendrix died in late 1970, just as the trio was gaining momentum. Cox continued to play after Hendrix’s death. “More than anything else, this group of musicians embodies the true spirit of Jimi Hendrix and his music,” says Cox. “They’re really aficionados. The concert is a different experience all together. Like a great pianist playing Bach, Mozart, or Gershwin, here, you have the songs of a master being played by other masters.” (Visit the Music+Clubs section for an exclusive interview with Cox)
— T. Ballard Lesemann
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