Win Tickets ($70): Eric Johnson with Original Band Members Tommy Taylor & Kyle Brock @ Aladdin Theater | Plus Special Guest Arielle

We are giving away a pair of tickets to Eric Johnson with Original Band Members Tommy Taylor & Kyle Brock @ Aladdin Theater on February 1. To win, comment on this post why you’d like to attend. Winner will be drawn and emailed Monday, January 29.


From our sponsors:
Eric Johnson
February 1, 2018
Doors 7 p.m., Show 8 p.m. | $35 | All Ages
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Aladdin Theater
3017 SE Milwaukie Ave, Portland, OR 97202

The guitar has been very good to Eric Johnson, earning him international renown as a player, composer, recording artist and live entertainer as well as an ever-growing audience of admirers. And Eric Johnson has been very good to the guitar, spotlighting its myriad melodic, sonic and lyrical splendors, paying homage to its heroes and innovators, collaborating and playing with many of its finest contemporary talents, and fostering its continuing vibrancy as a primarily instrumental genre in popular music.

“He’s an extraordinary guitar player accessible to ordinary music fans,” notes the Memphis Commercial Appeal. That’s because Eric Johnson plays music and not just the guitar. He is also a gifted player of the piano (his first instrument) as well as songwriter, singer and song interpreter. Or more succinctly, Eric Johnson is a diverse, versatile and fully realized musical creator who plays guitar like no one else

The pivotal event in Johnson’s rise to becoming, as Guitar Player says, “one of the most respected guitarists on the planet,” was his million-selling, now-classic 1990 album Ah Via Musicom (which loosely translates as “communicating through music”). It was his second release, following Tones, his 1986 major label debut.

Musicom yielded three Top 10 singles – “Cliffs of Dover,” which has become Johnson’s signature song and won a Best Rock Instrumental Grammy, and “Trademark” and “Righteous.” It made him the first artist to ever score three Top 10 instrumentals. Now, 28 years later, he revisits that landmark recording with a 2018 tour on which he will play the album – hailed as a “masterwork” in’s review – in its entirety.

The Austin, Texas-based Johnson also closes out 2017 with a new album, Collage, that combines five new original songs with five covers that reflect both his inspirations and range: An acoustic version of Jimi Hendrix’s “One Rainy Wish,” The Beatles classic “We Can Work It Out” in a Caribbean groove, B.B. King’s “Rock Me Baby,” the surf rock classic “Pipeline” and Stevie Wonder’s 1966 #3 pop hit “Uptight (Everything’s Alright).”

Arielle is considered a music industry triple threat because she could enjoy an impressive career solely as a singer, songwriter or guitar player, but she has combined all three of those gifts to create a unique artistry that defies genres and borders.

She recently opened for Gregg Allman and traveled to Los Angeles in late September as the lone female and only Nashvillian to compete in Guitar Center’s Onstage with Vince Gill contest. A New Jersey native who was raised in California, she has already made the cover of Guitar Player magazine and released the single “California,” which reached No. 3 on CMT Pure. She was also cast as a guitar player in the TV show Nashville. She is gaining comparisons to Karen Carpenter and Eva Cassidy for her pure voice with a four-octave range.

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20 Responses to Win Tickets ($70): Eric Johnson with Original Band Members Tommy Taylor & Kyle Brock @ Aladdin Theater | Plus Special Guest Arielle

  1. Michael January 22, 2018 at 6:43 pm #

    Eric Johnson is a true Guitar God. I have been a fan since hearing “Zap” on the radio and then going out and buying his “Tones” LP which is amazing. Would love to see him live at an awesome venue like The Aladdin Theater.

  2. Chris January 23, 2018 at 12:21 pm #

    I’d love to Eric Johnson. I have listened to his music for years.

  3. Pam White January 23, 2018 at 12:22 pm #

    Being from Austin, TX, I’ve seen Eric up close and personal. I’m so excited to see he is coming to Portland and with some of the original band members. Eric and I have a wonderful friend in common and we sadly lost him a few years back. I would love to reunite with Eric and enjoy his music, and see how he is enjoying our great city!

  4. Shaun Peace January 23, 2018 at 12:36 pm #

    I would love to take my dad to this show. Big guitar fan. He has several EJ guitar books. I’d love to see him geek out over Eric Johnson’s playing live.

    -Thank you.

  5. Kris Mitchell January 23, 2018 at 12:53 pm #

    I remember hearing Cliffs Of Dover for the first time and being completely blown away first by the tone of Eric’s guitar and then by his actual mastery of the instrument. I’ve followed his career ever since and he’s never failed to impress me with his taste and skill.

  6. Tim January 23, 2018 at 1:50 pm #

    Would love to see Eric again!

  7. Scott Hamilton January 23, 2018 at 3:59 pm #

    Yes! Send me!

  8. James Martin January 23, 2018 at 6:47 pm #

    In 1991, I was late DJ on the Eastern Washington University jazz station, KEWU. We were allowed to stretch the definition and play format friendly tracks. The Ah Via Musicom cuts became a part of my rotation for the next 4 months. I have never seen him live and didnt think id ever get the chance.

    Well…here we are!!

  9. Michaele Armstrong January 24, 2018 at 1:57 am #

    Sounds like a great date night with my husband ♡♡

  10. Mike January 24, 2018 at 12:34 pm #

    I want to go to this concert so bad! “Ah Via Muisicom” is a classic record and to see Eric Johnson preform it live with Tommy Taylor & Kyle Brock again would just be awesome. Three truly talented musicians.

  11. Michael B January 24, 2018 at 12:43 pm #

    Eric Johnson is such an amazing guitarist and musician, absolutely one of my favorites and very inspirational! I’d love to win tickets to this, please, please, please, please and thank you!!! :-)

  12. Karl Michael jacobson January 25, 2018 at 12:45 pm #

    Yes !! Please and thank you!

  13. Scott Hamilton January 25, 2018 at 2:30 pm #

    Oh yeah!

  14. Mike R. January 25, 2018 at 3:25 pm #

    Wow…to see Ah Via Musicom performed in its entirety with the original band would be truly amazing! Thanks for the chance, PDX Pipeline!!

  15. Patricia Mann January 25, 2018 at 4:33 pm #

    A double pleasure! Wow…I would boogie at 64 yeas old till I drop. Lol

  16. Ford fender January 25, 2018 at 11:32 pm #

    I’m bigger than y’all and I’ll kick your ass if you don’t give me free tickets to see one of the true remaining guitar gods!

    I sure hope bullying works cus every time I say something nice I get bullied!

  17. Kelly January 26, 2018 at 12:25 am #

    My 3 yr old and 1 yr old (+ ME & Dad!!) need to add this show to their (our) list of concerts!!

    3 yr old missed Petrucci earlier this month because she was sick and she has been asking me every morning since if we get to go have a picnic concert under the stars yet.

    My Eric’s daily work playlists always includes the awesome Eric Johnson. I would love to surprise him (& Xaphyra & Lydian!!) with early valentine’s/birthday tickets to a wicked set of musicians & amazing night of tunes ….. and of course a picnic under the stars. ;)

  18. Roger Leece January 26, 2018 at 7:44 am #

    Eric is a living guitar legend. A very inspirational player and have always wanted to see him live. Thank you for the chance for free passes here!!

  19. Cory January 26, 2018 at 12:43 pm #

    Win this race

  20. Eric January 29, 2018 at 4:30 pm #

    Eric Johnson is magical guitar god!!!

    Would love to catch him live!!!

    Pick me, pick me!!!

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