So Gifted Events presents
Stu Hamm Rock Experience
101 West Kennewick Ave. Ste. 201 (Upstairs)
Kennewick, WA, 99336
Doors 7:00 PM / Show 8:00 PM
This event is 21 and over
Through his innovative work as a solo artist and his contributions as a sideman to Joe Satriani and Steve Vai, Stuart Hamm has firmly established himself as one of the most influential electric bassists of the past half-century. Extending the non-traditional function of the electric bass previously revolutionized by Jaco Pastorius and Stanley Clarke in the 1970s, Hamm helped to reshape the contemporary concept of the bass guitar as an unaccompanied instrument with the utilization of polyphonic, two-handed tapping, slapping and popping techniques, chords, and harmonics. Although Hamm certainly wasn't the first bass player to debut during the 1980s and employ an unorthodox approach to playing the electric bass, he was undoubtedly at the forefront of his generation who effectively fused the application of these unconventional techniques.
As one of today's leading bassists, Hamm has released four critically-acclaimed studio recordings. On Radio Free Albemuth (1988), Kings Of Sleep (1989), The Urge (1991), and Outbound (2000), Hamm showcased his unique style of playing the bass as a lead instrument both within a solo environment and various ensemble formats on a genre-spanning spectrum of repertoire that merged rock, jazz, fusion, classical, country, and urban sounds.
Live Stu X 2, the fifth solo project produced by Hamm and his first as a solo artist in nearly seven years, was released in January 2007 and features a diverse compilation of classic tracks recorded by Hamm during his set on the first leg of the Bx3 tour in Philadelphia last April as well as a few previously unrecorded pieces that were captured in San Francisco before a live audience in 2004.
In addition to his barrier-breaking solo sessions, Hamm has been hailed for his recording and touring stints with guitar icons Joe Satriani and Steve Vai. His long-time associations with Vai and Satriani garneredHamm award-winning recognition on a global scale, and as a result, Hamm has received an extensive list of accolades such as being voted "Best Jazz Bassist" and "Best Rock Bassist" multiple times in magazine polls conducted by several major print publications.
Besides his projects with Satriani and Vai, other studio-related productions that have spotlighted Hamm's trademark style and technical facility include his three collaborations as a member of the trio dubbed GHS with guitarist Frank Gambale of Chick Corea's Elektric Band and former Journey drummer Steve Smith.
For the past two decades, Hamm has toured as one of the world's premier bass clinicians. He has also demonstrated his signature techniques and methodologies to avid students through his best-selling instructional videos, Slap, Pop & Tap For The Bass and Deeper Inside The Bass, and a book of transcriptions, Stuart Hamm – The Bass Book, which contains a collection of Hamm's greatest hits from his first three solo releases. He has also created an introductory course to bass guitar called Bass Basics with the folks at TrueFire.com.
Based on the highly successful G3 tours he was a part of in the 1990's which featured guitarists Satriani, Vai, and Eric Johnson, Hamm founded the Bx3 tour in April 2006 that has subsequently taken him along with fellow bass pioneers Billy Sheehan and Jeff Berlin from the United States to Asia.
Rob Ivey – Guitar/Vocals
Rob has been playing music since childhood and professionally since around 1984. He has played in various bands including “The Rage”, “The Members”, “Blue in the face” and most recently “IV”.
Rob has been fortunate to have shared the stage with such performers as “Great White”, “Randy Bachman”(The Guess Who, BTO), “Sara Evans”, ”Neal McCoy”, “Gregg Rolie” (Journey/Santana), “James Otto”, “Nightranger” and others. Rob most enjoys creating new originals or adding a unique twist to a old song and prides himself on having NEVER played such classics as Mustang Sally & Wooly Bully.
Rob is more passionate than ever about performing as well as writing music and current music production projects.
Tim Holloway – Drums/Vocals
Tim has been playing drums and singing professionally for over 30 years. He has toured extensively in the western part of the U.S. and overseas in various bands. He is currently a teacher with two sons who share his passion for music and performance.
Alan Brower – Bass/Vocals
Al is a Monster St. Louis Rams fan who relly digs Beer. Bass is a passion as well, especially rock, funk, jazz and fusion. Playing and singing professionally in the western US and Canada since the early eighties, the gigs and bands are too numerous to remember –some of his favorites are “The Dazzling Suburbanites”, “Blue in the Face”, “Groundwater” and of course, “3rd Date”.