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Aerosmith’s Brad Whitford Joins Experience Hendrix Tour

Hulton Archives / Christopher Polk, Getty Images
Hulton Archives / Christopher Polk, Getty Images

Aerosmith guitarist Brad Whitford will join the Experience Hendrix Tour for some select tour stops in March. Los Lobos members David Hidalgo and Cesar Rosas will also join the tour for some shows.

Whitford, Hidalgo and Rosas will join a wide array of musicians already scheduled to perform this year, including Band of Gypsys bassist Billy Cox. Other musicians scheduled to appear include blues legend Buddy Guy, Black Label Society and former Ozzy Osbourne guitarist Zakk Wylde, Jonny Lang, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Dweezil Zappa and Keb’ Mo’, among others.

The Experience Hendrix Tour first emerged in 1995 as a one-off show originally known as the Jimi Hendrix Electric Guitar Festival, a celebration of Jimi Hendrix’s short but immeasurably influential career.

This isn’t Whitford’s first time playing the Experience Hendrix Tour. “He had a really deep understanding and knowledge of the blues,” Whitford noted in a press released. “I don’t know where it came from. We all try and cop that feel. We can’t quite nail it, but it sure is fun to try and emulate some of what he did. There are a lot of good lessons in that.”

The touring tribute has gone through many incarnations before its first tour of the West Coast in 2004. Organizers consider this year’s outing the most ambitious to date, with 29 performances slated in February and March. Whitford will be performing with the Experience Hendrix Tour March 10-12; Rosas and Hidalgo will join March 9-11.

Among this year’s noteworthy tour stops is a special engagement Feb. 19 in Seattle, Hendrix’s hometown, at the city’s historic Paramount Theatre.

You can see a full list of show dates below. Pre-sale tickets are now available at the tour’s website.

2017 Experience Hendrix Tour Dates
Feb. 17 – Portland, Ore. – Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall
Feb. 18 – Airway Heights, Wash. – Northern Quest Resort & Casino
Feb 19 – Seattle – Paramount Theatre
Feb. 20 – Eugene, Ore. – Hult Center for the Performing Arts
Feb. 22 – Davis, Calif. – Jackson Hall at the Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts
Feb. 23 – Santa Rosa, Calif. – Luther Burbank Center for the Performing Arts
Feb. 24 – Oakland, Calif. – The Fox Theater
Feb. 25 – Reno, Nev. – Silver Legacy Resort & Casino
Feb. 28 – Mesa, Ariz. – Ikeda Theater at the Mesa Arts Center
March 1 – Los Angeles – The Wiltern
March 3 – Indio, Calif. – Fantasy Springs Resort Casino
March 4 – Valley Center, Calif. – Events Center at Harrah’s Resort Southern California
March 6 – Salt Lake City – Eccles Theater
March 7 – Denver – Paramount Theatre
March 9 – Grand Prairie, Texas – Verizon Theatre at Grand Prairie
March 10 – Jackson, Miss. – Thalia Mara Hall
March 11 – Houston – Revention Music Center
March 12 – San Antonio – Majestic Theatre
March 15 – New Orleans – Saenger Theatre
March 16 – Memphis, Tenn. – Orpheum Theatre
March 17 – Tulsa, Okla. – The Joint at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
March 18 – St. Louis – Peabody Opera House
March 19 – Louisville, Ky. – The Louisville Palace
March 21 – Cincinnati – Taft Theatre
March 22 – Indianapolis – Old National Centre
March 23 – Detroit – Fox Theatre
March 24 – Milwaukee – The Riverside Theater
March 25 – Chicago – The Chicago Theatre
March 26 – Prior Lake, Minn. – Mystic Showroom at Mystic Lake Casino Hotel

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