Music – A magical evening of guitars

This post is my  testimony for a one of a kind event. Yesterday, I had the privilege to attend one of the best concerts  featuring legendary Joe Satriani and  Steve Vai. Also performing was Tosin Abasi from Animals as Leaders!
It was a magical evening where some of the best guitarrist in the world were playing their amazing music and gave us the gift to see them performing together. This concert also had a great cause. It was a benefit concert in support of Cliff Cultreri  their good friend and music-industry veteran. Cultreri is the A&R executive who “discovered” Satriani, Vai and other great artists while working at Relativity Records and Koch Entertainment. Cultreri is suffering from a host of auto-immune and connective-tissue disorders  simultaneously attacking his immune system, it is a 1 in 100 million occurrence causing severe pain and debilitating. Joe Satriani and Steve Vai got together to host benefit shows for Cultreri in the years 2006 and 2011, this concert in 2015 is the third one for the cause. This show, “A Benefit for Cliff III” took place at 8 p.m. on June 12 at the Wiltern Theatre in Los Angeles … And now I can say I was there!!! Ohhh…I am so glad I was! 🙂

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I witnessed three and half hours of an exciting and amazing concert!

Something unique that I know it would be one of a kind in my concerts book!!!

I love music and I have been lucky to have seen many of my favorite bands and artists during my life!
Not all of them, but still many that I would love to see. I went to concerts whenever I could and I have unforgettable memories.

Our day started yesterday at 3.30pm, we headed over to the PCH (Pacific Coast Highway) going to Los Angeles. The weather was just perfect a little overcast on the coastline. We had a wonderful ocean view while travelling.
I took some photos with my phone 🙂

On the road….
On the Road to LA
PCHighwayPCH – Pacific Coast Highway

LAngelesAlmost there!

Los_AngelesWe arrived in Los Angeles! Getting closer to the Wiltern Theatre , getting very exciting!

The Wiltern_LA
This is the Pellissier Building and adjoining Wiltern Theatre a beautiful 1930 Art Deco architecture considered one of the finest examples in United States.
It was a wonderful experience for me as Artist to see the beauty of this historical theatre. This Concert was not just a concert, it was also an amazing place. The more I looked around the more I felt I was back in time. I was imagining how many shows have been hosted in such great place. The ceiling is amazing and decorated with dramatic Art Deco elements. The walls inside the Theatre featured shapes of flowers artistically painted!
Outside_ The WilternOutside the entrance…
Wiltern_CeilingThis stunning Art Deco element is on the ceiling outside the entrance.

Time is getting close. We are in line to check-in…the line was pretty long, all the way to the other side to the Wiltern Theatre.
In line for the Concert
And finally inside! The stage is great, the atmosphere is exciting. I love concerts hosted in theatres. I like because it is less dispersive than the Stadiums. There are different atmospheres and way to perceive the music and the artists.
Joe Satriani and Steve Vai along with the other artists have donated items to be auctioned during the event including autographed guitars.
The Wiltern Theatre StageThe Concert starting at 8pm…

The  first to perform and open the evening are the Animals as Leaders. I discovered them just recently. They play Instrumental Abstract Jazz Metal (this is my definition for their music) the official definition is “Instrumental Progressive Metal” they are able to change their sounds in different directions.

Animals as Leaders
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Joe Satriani and Steve Vai
satrianivacliff2015_full_638Note: I am not the owner of those two photos I don’t know the photographers names (Copyright Photo Credits goes to their original owners)

The show started on time and the Animals as Leaders performed for almost an hour. The second performance was legendary guitarrist Steve Vai. He has a great stage presence along with his music. He let his finger flying on his guitar as he always did, one word… amazing!

Then Joe Satriani walked on stage. That’s when the planet turned to hear the pure sound from his guitar.
Joe_SatrianiHis music is just stunning! I have a preference for him because I love the sound of his amazing guitar, it is different and unique that’s why I describe it as “Pure”. He is not only a guitarist but a multi-instrumentalist. Satriani is considered to be a highly technical guitarist in the world and referred to as a top guitar virtuoso.

He also has Italian descends which makes me very happy!  🙂

Joe Satriani played for long time his wonderful pieces. After two-hour and a half concert, Joe brought back on stage Steve Vai and Tosin Abasi lead guitar from the Animals as Leaders to have a jam session. That was super great to see them play all together!  Very unique occasion performing a Frank Zappa song.  Also a wonderful Tribute to the greatest B.B. King. This concert has been 3 hours and half of unforgettable music. I am very happy and pleased  to be able to say “I was there!!!”

Photo Credit Chris HuberFor this photo (Photo Credits Chris Huber)

My phone couldn’t record the sound as I would’ve loved to. But I found some videos recorded from this concert. Thanks to  Cal Vid  you can enjoy and have a part of this unforgettable event with me! ❤

More videos on Cal Vid  YouTube!
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38 thoughts on “Music – A magical evening of guitars

  1. I can feel your excitement. It sounds like a great night.

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  2. Great coverage and review! Looks like you had a awesome time!

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  3. Oh wow, Carolina! That must have been an amazing event! Showers, goose bumpse, heat waves, and any possible conditions…. thank you for sharing this event so detailed with us. I loved listening to the videos. But not only that, only looking at the photos you took from PCH made my heart beat – so familiar, so home, so 😭 😭 😭….
    Still listening to the videos. I admire people who are so skilled. I wish I would have been there too. So happy for you that you were!

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  4. Wow! Two legends of shredding in one magical night. Certainly regarded as virtuosos, they’re in rarefied strata among guitarists. Thanks for an amazing recap on your evening!!!!

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    • You’re welcome Rob I hope you enjoyed! It was amazing to be there! 🙂

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    • I hope that you enjoyed to see the photos, and watch the videos of the concert. I also posted the link to my post on Joe Satriani official Facebook page…lol ahah I hope he had fun to see it 😉

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      • Truly the work of to guitar gods. I’m sure that you are still buzzing over the event. Are you familiar with the work of John McLaughlin? It’s more jazz/fusion, but he’s in that rarefied category of guitarists:

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      • Yes concerts like this doesn’t happen often! Oh sure I will check out your link…Thanks 🙂

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  5. Very awesome! Looks like a great time was had by all 🙂

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  6. Looked like a fun night. I miss California. Live music and so much to do.

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  7. The only thing better than attending an amazing concert is reading the fantastic writings of someone who did attend an amazing musical event. Thank you for sharing.

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  8. Beautiful music!

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    • Yes it was amazing! 🙂

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      • Music is always great! There are many talents in the world, that we don’t know because they are not famous. I am sure there are very great ones just walking in the streets…for what I know there are some beautiful ones here in our Community on WP…

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  9. Reblogged this on YesterdayAfter and commented:

    Today I would like to Reblog a post I wrote last June! For who loves Music and for my new followers that maybe missed this post! June 13 I had the priviledge to attend to a great Concert in Los Angeles the magic guitars of Joe Satriani and Steve Vai I hope you enjoy! I always love your comments! ❤ have a wonderful day!

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