KCET Premieres Joe Bonamassa: An Acoustic Evening at the Vienna Opera House, March 7

Burbank, CA - February 22, 2013 -KCET invites viewers to enjoy the musical styling of blues

rock guitarist and singer
Joe Bonamassa with the special, Joe Bonamassa: An Acoustic Evening at the Vienna Opera House,

airing Saturday, March 7 at 9 p.m. Capture

the magnetism and maturity Bonamassa showcases as an artist in this premiere


This hour and a half program spotlights

Bonamassa's special and exclusive concert at the Vienna Opera House from July

2012, which he played to a limited audience over seven exclusive European shows

during a two week unplugged tour. The Vienna Opera House is a sublime cultural

iconic venue steeped in history and heritage, which is the perfect backdrop for

such a dramatic and original music presentation. Bonamassa had the honor of

playing on the same stage as other musical prodigies such as Wolfgang Amadeus

Mozart, Ludwig Van Beethoven, Franz Schubert, Johannes Brahms, Gustav Mahler

and Joseph Haydn. Varying from his predominantly electric blues shows, this

presentation was an all-acoustic concert performance, making it a unique and

very special show fans had been waiting years to experience.

Also featured in Bonamassa's exclusive

performance is an eclectic assortment of craftsmen from around the globe. They

include: Gerry O'Connor, a music historian and traditional Irish fiddler from

many generations of Irish music, who will play mandolin and Irish banjo; Swedish

multi-instrumentalist Mats Wester on the Nyckelharpa, a Swedish keyed-fiddle

which will inject a traditional and unique "world" feel into a set of

original and iconic songs; Los Angeles keyboard maestro Arlan Schierbaum, whose

extensive recording career focuses on organic instruments, will add all manner

of musical textures with accordions, celeste, toy pianos, and more; and legendary

Puerto Rican percussionist Lenny Castro, whose works spans genres and reads

like a who's who of artists, including the Rolling Stones, Sir Elton John, Eric

Clapton, Boz Scaggs, Toto, Steely Dan, Christopher Cross, Stevie Wonder, David

Sanborn, Avenged Sevenfold, Little Feat, Tom Petty, the Red Hot Chili Peppers

and hundreds of others.

The program repeats on Monday, March 11 at 2 p.m. and Friday, March 15 at 12 p.m.





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