Eric Johnson with Original Band Members Tommy Taylor & Kyle Brock plus Special Guest Arielle
3017 SE Milwaukie Ave.
Portland, OR, 97202
Doors 7:00 PM / Show 8:00 PM
This event is all ages
Eric Johnson has announced an extensive tour of The U.S. that will stage 45 performances. The run is it titled CLASSICS: PRESENT & PAST, and begins on January 8 in Spokane, WA at the Big Crosby Theater. The final show will be performed in New Orleans, LA at the Civic Theatre.
Eric Johnson has been traveling on a prolific odyssey over the course of more than four decades. Along the way, his creations have encompassed repertoire that cross pollinate genres which include rock, blues, jazz, fusion, soul, folk, new-age, classical and even country. Inevitably E.J. says it best himself in sharing. “It really boils down to the music and the song at the end of the day,” he explains. “If it doesn’t have that it gets boring for me. The most important thing for me is to grow musically and make a more expansive and meaningful artistic statement with every new project.”
As another decade turns, the guitarist, vocalist, composer, and multi-instrumentalist will release a new studio offering titled EJ Vol II. This album follows its predecessor from 2016 which was simply EJ, an all-acoustic collection of songs which showcased nine original compositions and four covers. His approach was deeply honest, intimate, personal and delivered with organic emotion. The touring which followed presented the rare opportunity for fans to enjoy the artist’s performances on both guitar and piano. With EJ Vol II, Johnson presents new repertoire that combines electric and acoustic arrangements. Additional detail on the upcoming album release will follow later this year.
Among Johnson's many accolades are a Grammy award for "Cliffs Of Dover " (a track from his Platinum certified Ah Via Musicom), lifetime induction into the Guitar Player Gallery of Greats, his listing among the "100 Greatest Guitarists of the 20th Century" by Musician. In his hometown of Austin TX, a city full of guitarists the readers of the Austin Chronicle have voted Johnson the city's "Best Electric Guitarist" and "Best Acoustic Guitarist" in their yearly poll year after year. They also named him "Electric Guitarist of the Decade" and one of the top five "Musicians of the Decade".
Throughout his career, Johnson has approached music as a healing force, a way to enhance a
listener’s consciousness and conjure joy and inspiration. “That’s what I’ve always appreciated most about other artists,” he says. “Some artists inspire us to wake up and get back to the clarity of consciousness. With this record, I’m trying to do that too, because I appreciate it so much in other people.”
In 2020, Eric will tour in support of the new album across The U.S., with planned appearances in 45 cities beginning in January. The tour titled “Classics: Present and Past” will feature EJ Vol. II alongside repertoire from his prolific career. The new year will also see the release of a new Fender Stratocaster as a part of their “Stories Collection” (modeled after an instrument Johnson frequently used early in his career). This model will be his fourth in the Fender collection of signature Johnson guitars. The past releases include the signature Stratocaster Thinline, which
was the first hollow body Stratocaster, along with the Rosewood and Maple Neck Stratocasters made to his specifications designed per EJ’s vision.
In 2017, Johnson brought the trio back together who recorded his seminal release Ah Via Musicom. The ensemble featuring Johnson alongside Tommy Taylor and Kyle Brock performed the album in its entirely to standing room only crowds across North America. In 2020, he’ll bring that show overseas to Europe and beyond, starting the evening off with performances of songs from EJ Vol. II, and then playing AVM in its entirety with the players who recorded the album and subsequently toured it in the early 90s. In North America, he’ll tour early in 2020, staging CLASSICS: PRESENT AND PAST, performing a selection of repertoire that features songs from this new release alongside key tracks throughout his prolific career.
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.
Arielle has an associate’s degree from the Musician’s Institute in L.A. and studied in London’s Institute of Contemporary Music Performance. Queen’s Brian May created a guitar role specifically for her in the West End musical We Will Rock You.
More recently, she played guitar on tour with Cee Lo Green before deciding to move to Nashville in early 2016. She is receiving attention for her new songs such as “Pulse,” “Aquamarine,” “Dead Broke,” “The High” and “Kitchen Sink.”
Whether it’s her guitar playing or singing, she never feels the need to show off. Indeed, she adheres to the philosophy that less can be more when it comes to expressing experiences through her songs. “The hardships and the insecurities are the reasons why I’m able to be vulnerable and real in music,” she says. “I like for the representation of me to have imperfections in it. I don’t want to hide; I want it to make sense when people hear the music. If I went through it and it was that hard, it is meant for me to share it with others who have been through it.
At the age of five, Arielle began singing with the Peninsula Girls Chorus of California. Her father bought her first guitar when she was ten years old. She has worked with musicians such as Nuno Bettencourt, Michael Angelo Batio, Uli Jon Roth of Scorpions, and Brian May, the lead guitarist of Queen. In 2011, she was a guitarist for Cee Lo Green at Coachella, after which she was signed to Open E entertainment. That same year, she was featured on the cover of Guitar Player Magazine's online magazine Guts & Glitter.
In 2012, Arielle sang with a number of global activists in Taiji to protest dolphin slaughter. She also opened for Heart, Joan Jett, and Graham Nash of Crosby, Stills & Nash at Kiss the Sky in 2014, which was a concert raising awareness for captive whales and dolphins.
In 2013, she teamed up with Red Decibel Music Group (Adam Watts & Gannin Arnold) to produce her EP California, an acoustic guitar folk/pop track; this track became one of her most notable and played songs. Her video of the song ranked #3 on CMT Country Pure Charts.
She has also been featured on the TV Show Nashville 3 times, as well as being handpicked by Vince Gill to play with him onstage in September, 2016.
Arielle also designs guitars, and has more recently set up her own recording studio, where she records and releases material independently.
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