Legendary Allman Brothers guitarist Dickey Betts will perform a pair of rare intimate shows at NYC’s Iridium on Monday, August 20th, as part of the club’s trademark Les Paul Mondays series. Betts will honor The Iridium’s patron saint, Les Paul, by performing with the late icon’s Trio for sets at 8pm & 10pm. General tickets for the shows, which also mark the latest installment of the monthly Guitar World & The Iridium Present series, go on sale July 12, but fans of The Iridium on Facebook can participate in a pre-sale for the best seats in the house today by visiting: http://on.fb.me/m7eXTj
Betts, who ranks #61 on Rolling Stone’s 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time, joined the Allman Brothers Band as second lead guitarist and singer in the late ’60s, with songwriting credits including “Revival” and “In Memory of Elizabeth Reed.” After the death of Duane Allman, he stepped up to front the band with Gregg Allman and shared writing/vocal duties on their biggest hit, “Ramblin’ Man.” Betts’ iconic solo on “Jessica” ranks #47 on Guitar World’s list of The 100 Greatest Guitar Solos of All Time. Betts also fronts his own group, Dickey Betts & Great Southern.
Since Les Paul’s death in 2009, his Trio–guitarist Lou Pallo, bassist Nicki Parrott, and pianist John Colianni–has carried on his legacy, performing every Monday night with special guests that have included guitar heroes from a variety of genres, including Jeff Beck, Mick Taylor, Steve Miller, Zakk Wylde, Joe Bonamassa, Eric Johnson, and Robert Randolph.
IridiumLive, the club’s new record label, captures the magic of these and other special performances at The Iridium with their state-of-the-art 32-track HD studio. “Les Paul is in our DNA and stands for excellence,” says own Ron Sturm of the club’s dedication to audiophile quality live and recorded sound. The label’s first release, ‘A Jazz Tribute to Les,’ features the Trio performing with Nels Cline of Wilco, Stanley Jordan, Bucky Pizzarelli, and Jane Monheit.
In Les’ honor, The Iridium seeks to balance living legends like Betts with genre-defying trailblazers, like Maria Muldaur (7/17-18), Greg Ginn of Black Flag (7/29-30), Albert Lee (8/10-12), and Stanley Jordan (8/16-19). A portion of the door from each Les Paul Monday show goes to benefit The Les Paul Foundation, which pays tribute to Paul’s memory by supporting music education, engineering and innovation.
WHAT: “Guitar World & The Iridium Present”
WHERE: The Iridium, 1650 Broadway (@ 51st St), NYC
WHEN: August 20 @ 8 & 10pm
Watch Live Online at: http://www.iridiumlive.net
The Les Paul Foundation:Â http://www.lespaulfoundation.
About The Iridium:
Deemed “hallowed ground” by legendary guitarist Steve Miller, The Iridium stage has played a part in launching the careers of countless artists, though it may be known best as The Home of Les Paul. Called “The Father of the Electric Guitar,” Paul performed at The Iridium weekly for more than 12 years until his passing in 2009. Today, the Les Paul Trio continues on in his honor, showcasing the diversity of the electric guitar every Monday night with world-class special guests that have included Jeff Beck, Mick Taylor, Ted Nugent, Nels Cline, and Robert Randolph among others.
About Guitar World:
Guitar World is the worldâ€™s leading guitar magazine. Professionals and beginners alike turn to Guitar World for top coverage of their favorite artists, from rock titans like Led Zeppelin’s Jimmy Page and Metallica’s Kirk Hammett to contemporary stars like the Foo Fighters’ Dave Grohl and Tool’s Adam Jones. For over 30 years, Guitar World magazine has offered broad-ranging interviews that cover technique, instruments and lifestyles as well as Guitar Worldâ€™s famously accurate transcriptions of the greatest songs in rock, metal, blues, punk and more. Not only is it the category leader in retail outlets like Walmart, Guitar World is now available digitally on iTunes, Amazon and the Nook. Guitarworld.com is the home of all the latest and greatest guitar news, lessons, tablature, behind the scenes and videos. Guitar World’s “Lick of the Day” is one of the top downloaded apps on the iTunes store and was most recently voted “App of the Week.”Â
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