Win Tickets ($70): Eclectic Guitars: Grammy Award Winner Eric Johnson & Mike Stern @ Aladdin Theater | Rock, Blues, Pop, Country

We are giving away a pair of tickets to Eclectic Guitars: Grammy Award Winner Eric Johnson & Mike Stern @ Aladdin Theater on February 6. To win, comment on this post why you’d like to attend. Winner will be drawn and emailed Friday, February 6.

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Eclectic Guitars: Eric Johnson & Mike SternEclectic Guitars: Eric Johnson & Mike Stern
February 6, 2015
7 p.m. Doors / 8 p.m. Show | $35 | Under 21 OK w/ guardian

Aladdin Theater
3017 SE Milwaukie Ave, Portland, OR 97202
(503) 234-9694

Eric Johnson
Eric Johnson’s stature as one of the premier guitar players in contemporary music is his artistic trump card, backed by a Grammy Award and five nominations, platinum album, Top 10 hits like “Cliffs Of Dover,” praise from critics and the esteem of his peers. But the full hand of his talents marks him as well as a gifted songwriter, dynamic live performer, singer, pianist, song interpreter, and creator of a rich and diverse musical legacy.

His myriad and distinctive musical gifts are vividly evident on Johnson’s aptly titled new album, Up Close, released on his own Vortexan Music label via EMI Distribution. The new 15-track disc finds the noted master craftsman cutting loose, roaming through variations on the rock, blues, pop, country and jazz all found at the core of his sound, pushing the dynamic range of his artistry, and mixing it up with such friends and peers as guitarists Jimmie Vaughan and Sonny Landreth and guest singers Steve Miller, Johnny Lang and Malford Milligan.

Johnson leapt to the forefront of contemporary music some 20 years ago as “an extraordinary guitar player accessible to ordinary music fans,” as the Memphis Commercial Appeal hails him, with his landmark million selling 1990 album Ah Via Musicom. Lauded as a “recording [that] has reached near-classic proportions within the guitar community” by All Music Guide, it was preceded by dedicated groundwork as a live performer that marked him as a talent bound for great things. And it’s been followed by a diverse and fascinating musical journey that inspired The New Age Music Guide to rave that “Eric Johnson plays guitar the way Michelangelo painted ceilings: with a colorful vibrancy that’s more real than life.”

Mike Stern
In a career that spans three decades and a discography that includes more than a dozen eclectic and innovative recordings, six-time GRAMMY nominee Mike Stern has established himself as one of the premier jazz and jazz-fusion guitarists and composers of his generation.

His acclaimed 1993 release, Standards (And Other Songs), earned him the pick of Best Jazz Guitarist of the Year by the readers and critics of Guitar Player magazine. He followed that up with two hard hitting offerings – Is What It Is in 1994 and Between The Lines in 1996 – both of which scored GRAMMY nominations. In 1997, he recorded Give And Take with bassist John Patitucci, drummer Jack DeJohnette, percussionist Don Alias and special guests Michael Brecker and David Sanborn. Their freewheeling covers of Sonny Rollins’ “Oleo,” John Coltrane’s “Giant Steps,” Cole Porter’s “I Love You” and Jimi Hendrix’s “Who Knows” helped Stern earn the Orville W. Gibson Award for Best Jazz Guitarist that year. Stern’s ninth release for Atlantic was a six-string summit with colleagues Bill Frisell and John Scofield that was appropriately titled Play. His Voices (2001) release, his first foray into vocal music, was also another GRAMMY nominee.

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23 Responses to Win Tickets ($70): Eclectic Guitars: Grammy Award Winner Eric Johnson & Mike Stern @ Aladdin Theater | Rock, Blues, Pop, Country

  1. Alvaro Graves February 2, 2015 at 2:50 pm #

    I saw Mike Stern when I was 15 and he was a HUGE influence for me, I was blown away. I’d love to see him live again!!!

  2. Anthony February 2, 2015 at 5:50 pm #

    I want to come check out this music.

  3. Danielle February 2, 2015 at 5:51 pm #

    I would love to come check out this show.

  4. Tabitha February 3, 2015 at 2:32 am #

    There’s something about the song writer guitar player I can’t get enough- these guys are truly music masters, would love to see the live

  5. Brian February 3, 2015 at 12:47 pm #

    I’ve been a big fan of both of them for a long time. I saw Stern with Victor Wooten and Dennis Chambers at the Aladdin years ago and it was great.

  6. Ben February 3, 2015 at 12:58 pm #

    I heard Cliffs of Dover as a kid, and it absolutely blew my mind. I bought most of Johnson’s albums after, and his stuff has always been inventive, catchy, and interesting. Would love to finally see him in person!

  7. Lisa February 3, 2015 at 5:48 pm #

    excellent gift for my husband on Valentine’s Day

  8. Linda S February 3, 2015 at 7:42 pm #

    I have not see him so would be nice

  9. Denes Juhasz February 4, 2015 at 10:14 am #

    Mike Stern is a jazz legend! I would love to support Portland as a Jazz destination. Eric Johnson’s guitar playing is something to behold too! I would love to be a part of this audience.

  10. Joanne H February 5, 2015 at 11:13 am #

    What an absolute treat to be able to see Eric and Mike together. I am learning guitar and would be honored to spend the evening listening and watching these virtuosos.

  11. Alena Rosa February 5, 2015 at 12:22 pm #

    My fiancé has been really looking forward to seeing them, even playing cds to get ready. With money tight, we had to choose between this or him flying to meet his granddaughter for the first time, she’s 2 1/2 months old. Obviously, we had to cut out the concert. I’d love to be able to surprise him with these tickets. Thank you for considering us. :)

  12. Andy Durrenberger February 5, 2015 at 2:31 pm #

    I want to have an evening with my nephew. He is 16 and becoming an incredible guitar player. The opportunity to listen to such accomplished musicians would make it something special both of us would remember!!!

  13. Miyuki February 5, 2015 at 2:38 pm #

    I need to go see them. My husband is off tomorrow night.

  14. Roscoe February 5, 2015 at 2:46 pm #

    I wanna hear the Paper Shake! Please?

  15. Roger Decarlo February 5, 2015 at 3:28 pm #

    I could use a guitar lesson,about how to play the blues.

  16. Kristen February 5, 2015 at 5:16 pm #

    I love me some guitar! Would love to go! :)

  17. Diane Dennis February 5, 2015 at 6:17 pm #

    Oh, ya I know this is last minute but could we have tickets? Please!

  18. william longnecker February 5, 2015 at 7:06 pm #

    Eric Johnson! This is gonna be amazing!

  19. Dave G. February 5, 2015 at 7:13 pm #

    Eric J. is a guitar God, and looking at the list of people Mike Stern plays with shows he must have some serious chops himself. My kinda gig!

  20. Jason February 5, 2015 at 7:54 pm #


  21. julie fink February 5, 2015 at 8:36 pm #

    I can feel that it is finally our turn to win!!!! :) Feeling lucky.

  22. TomP February 6, 2015 at 12:15 pm #

    sounds like a plan

  23. Doug Child February 6, 2015 at 9:26 pm #

    I’d love to see Eric Johnson in person! His playing is awesome!

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