The best guitarists spin dazzling melodies out of a vast technical knowledge, much like La Traviata's heart-breaking aria, "How to Daisy-Chain a Small Office Network to a WiFi Router." Be blown away by expertise with this GrouponLive deal to see Eric Johnson at the Rogue Theatre in Grants Pass. For $17, you get one ticket for general admission on Saturday, August 18, at 8 p.m. (up to a $34.50 value, including all fees). Doors open at 7 p.m.
Electric-guitar legend Eric Johnson bristles at being called a perfectionist. “The truth is, it kind of bothers me,” he said in a 2011 interview with Guitar World, adding, “But on the other hand… if you want to shoot for the moon, you shoot for the moon. The end justifies the means.” With only five albums in his 26-year career, each more immaculately crafted than the last, he hasn’t done much to dispel his detail-obsessed image, but his fans wouldn’t have it any other way. Johnson’s latest release, 2010’s Up Close, sees the riff-ripper cut loose on Lone Star-proud jams such as “Austin” and the Electric Flag cover “Texas,” along with ethereally rocking instrumentals such as “Gem,” which wouldn’t be out of place beside his Grammy-winning classic, “Cliffs of Dover.” An undeniable virtuoso ever since his 1984 debut, Johnson maintains a humble stage presence even as he continues to refine his craft.
First opened as an art-deco movie theater in 1938, the Rogue’s silver screen entertained Grants Pass all the way through 1999, when they closed after taking too seriously Prince’s warning that the party was over. Just one year later, the doors opened again, this time as a nonprofit performing-arts center that has hosted such diverse acts as B.B. King, Merle Haggard, Queensryche, Henry Rollins, and the Vienna Boys Choir.
Lotte Lehmann Concert Hall
Named for the famed German soprano, Lotte Lehmann Concert Hall pays homage to a wealth of musicians during its slate of concerts. Throughout the year, the USBC music venue welcomes gospel choirs and symphonies to its stage, as well as wind ensembles that double as the venue’s air conditioning system.
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