Win Tickets ($90): Al Di Meola Opus Tour 2018 @ Aladdin Theater | w/ Special Guest Jordan Rudess

We are giving away a pair of tickets to Al Di Meola Opus Tour 2018 @ Aladdin Theater on September 19. To win, comment on this post why you’d like to attend. Winner will be drawn and emailed Monday, September 17.


From our sponsors:
Al Di Meola w/ Special Guest Jordan Rudess
September 19, 2018
All Ages | Doors 7 p.m., Show 8 p.m. | $45-$150

Aladdin Theater
3017 SE Milwaukie Ave, Portland, OR 97202

A bona fide guitar hero and perennial poll-winner, Al Di Meola has been recognized internationally over the past four decades as a virtuoso of the highest order. A prolific composer and prodigious six-string talent, Di Meola has amassed over 20 albums as a leader while collaborating on a dozen or so others with the likes of Chick Corea, Stanley Clarke, Lenny White, John McLaughlin, Paco de Lucia, Jean-Luc Ponty and more. And while his dazzling technique on both acoustic and electric guitars has afforded him regal status among hordes of frettboard aficionados who regularly flock to his concerts, the depth of Di Meola’s writing and compositions along with the soulfulness of his guitar expressions, have won him legions of fans worldwide.

A pioneer of blending world music and jazz, going back to early Latin-tinged fusion outings like 1976’s Land of the Midnight Sun, 1977’s Elegant Gypsy and 1978’s Casino, the guitar great has continued to explore the rich influence of flamenco, tango, Middle Eastern, Brazilian and African music throughout his long career.

Di Meola’s most recent release, 2013’s “All Your Life”, was an acoustic tour de force that had him revisiting the music of a seminal influence – The Beatles. “I really credit the Beatles for the reason why I play guitar,” he says. “That was a major catalyst for me to want to learn music. So their impact was pretty strong.” A virtual one-man show of virtuosity, it features the guitar great interpreting 14 familiar Beatles tunes in the stripped-down setting of strictly acoustic guitar. All the tracks are imbued with the guitarist’s signature flamenco flourishes, intricate arpeggiating and dazzling cross-picking. Recorded at Abbey Road Studios in London, where the Beatles created most of their records during their heyday, “All Your Life” stands as a triumph in the long and illustrious career of a bona fide guitar hero. “I’ve come full circle with this,” says Di Meola. “I started out my life loving the Beatles, and I never stopped, just like a lot of so many other guitarists from my generation. In the middle, we all went into whatever music we pursued in our careers — fusion, jazz, whatever it might be. We all wanted to further our craft. But when you come back to the Beatles’ music, it’s like; “Man, this stuff is still happening! All of it!”

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21 Responses to Win Tickets ($90): Al Di Meola Opus Tour 2018 @ Aladdin Theater | w/ Special Guest Jordan Rudess

  1. Gregg Schillinger September 4, 2018 at 5:05 pm #

    I have seen Al beginning in 1977 in a show that had him with Jan Hammer. Ever since I have been a fan. Unbelievable talent and sound.

  2. Danielle September 4, 2018 at 5:46 pm #

    My husband loves guitar, especially when the music is a fusion of sounds from around the world. Would love to go.

  3. Fenner Brownell September 4, 2018 at 8:00 pm #

    Al DiMeola can play the guitar
    If I weren’t so local, I’d still travel far
    And Jordan Rudess!
    Is the king of keys, yes?
    This duo is raising the bar!

    Al worked with JL Ponty and Corea
    And also Paco de Lucia
    Maclaughlin! Lenny White!
    This guy is outta sight!
    And Rudess was the heart of Dream Theatah!

    I’d be much obliged if I win
    I’d raise my glass high (filled with gin)
    And toast to the Pipeline
    Both off-line and on-line
    And rush to the concert with a grin.

    • Fenner Brownell September 7, 2018 at 3:34 pm #

      Oh Shoot! Plans have changed, we can’t go!
      There’s a death in the family..oh no.
      So back east we fly
      It sucks for this guy
      I’d loved to have seen this great show.

  4. Michael September 4, 2018 at 9:26 pm #

    I have been a fan of Al Di Meola’s since a friend played me “Race With Devil On Spanish Highway” back in High School. I was blown away. I would love to see this master at work at a great venue, plus free tickets means extra cash for food and drink at The Lamp before the concert.

  5. Megumi September 5, 2018 at 2:36 pm #

    I always wanted to hear him live!

  6. Robert September 5, 2018 at 6:26 pm #

    Sounds like a swell time!

  7. Carolyn Allen September 6, 2018 at 7:07 am #

    Good ol Al, legit talent right there….

  8. Mike September 6, 2018 at 2:53 pm #

    I love Al Di Meola’s guitar work. He is a true guitar god and I would love to win these tickets and take my wife out for a great concert and some drinks at The Aladdin Theater.

  9. Karl jacobson September 8, 2018 at 12:23 pm #

    I like my chances
    Yes, please and thank you!

  10. Tina Cowan September 11, 2018 at 1:03 pm #

    Love Al Di Meola! Saw him a few years back in Phoenix and would love to see him again. Al is the one guitarist that got my son interested in going to Berklee.

  11. Cindy B September 11, 2018 at 4:55 pm #

    I’d love to see Al Di Meola in Portland. It’s been years! Ticket prices prevent me from seeing every show I’d like to see.

  12. EVAN DAVID September 11, 2018 at 8:01 pm #

    What a guitar….virtuoso…. please pick me…..

  13. Ken September 11, 2018 at 8:52 pm #

    This is a grand tour!

  14. Dave G. September 11, 2018 at 8:53 pm #

    Please Return me To Forever with Al…

  15. Georgia September 13, 2018 at 3:11 pm #

    I listen to many Al Di Meola’s music but haven’t dreamed of him coming to Portland puddle town. I would LOVE to win these tickets!!!!!

  16. michael p dalton September 13, 2018 at 3:53 pm #

    Holy crap! Al DiMeola, plus one of the greatest rock keyboardists ever?!! This would be amazing!!

  17. Gregb September 14, 2018 at 5:05 pm #

    Wild Al ripping it like a penguin

  18. Linda September 14, 2018 at 9:41 pm #

    Wednesday is my son’s 16th birthday and he and I would rock with Al D. live at the Alladin!

  19. Ellen martin September 15, 2018 at 8:04 pm #

    I wanna go!

  20. Mario J September 15, 2018 at 11:14 pm #

    I really want to go to this concert, I started to listen this amazing musician with the album called Splendido Hotel.

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