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Yellowjackets & Mike Stern: Lifecycle Revisited – Tickets – Revolution Hall – Portland, OR – February 19th, 2017

Yellowjackets & Mike Stern: Lifecycle Revisited

PDX Jazz Presents

Yellowjackets & Mike Stern: Lifecycle Revisited

Sun, February 19, 2017

Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 7:45 pm

Tier 1 $49, Tier 2 $39, Tier 3 $29, Tier 4 $19

This event is all ages

Reserved Fully Seated

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Yellowjackets
Yellowjackets
Yellowjackets is a popular, Grammy® Award-winning jazz fusion group that formed in 1977 and eventually signed to Warner Bros. Records. Their self titled debut album made serious waves in jazz radio, garnering public and critical acclaim, and soon the group was toppling the Billboard Jazz charts and selling out festivals and concert venues all over the world. While Yellowjackets is first and foremost an acoustic, instrumental jazz ensemble, the group isn't afraid of incorporating world beats, strings, vocals, and densely-populated soundscapes featuring elements of electronica. Yellowjackets' music has taken many unexpected twists and turns over the years and they have evolved and matured considerably across their 20+ releases. While the band is touring in support of its 2016 release Cohearance on Mack Avenue Records, this special PDX Jazz Festival engagement will also feature choice cuts from Yellowjackets' Grammy® Award-nominated and critically acclaimed 2008 record Lifecycle where they will be joined onstage by guitarist Mike Stern for the first time in nearly a decade.
Mike Stern
Mike Stern
One of the most esteemed electric guitarists of his generation, Mike Stern has distinguished himself over a four-decade career that has encompassed musical partnerships with Blood, Sweat & Tears, Billy Cobham, Miles Davis, Jaco Pastorius, the Brecker Brothers and Joe Henderson, as well as 16 recordings as a leader (six of which were nominated for GRAMMY® Awards). An electrifying soloist whose blistering chops combine rock-fusion firepower with sophisticated jazz harmonies and his inherently bluesy string bending prowess, Stern has the ability to instantly elevate the proceedings on any gig or session he plays by channeling the spirits of his own personal guitar heroes Jimi Hendrix, Wes Montgomery, Jim Hall and Albert King.

On his latest recording, Eclectic, Stern goes toe-to-toe with Texas guitar slinger Eric Johnson in a scintillating, six-string summit meeting that is manna for guitar aficionados. And as the title suggests, these two modern day guitar heroes cut a wide stylistic swath on eleven originals while showcasing their mutual love of Hendrix on the iconic blues, "Red House." Unlike his previous recording, All Over the Place, which featured a sprawling cast of characters, Eclectic was recorded in three days at Johnson's studio in Austin with a core group of the two celebrated guitarists, bassist Chris Maresh and drummer Anton Fig (with only a few selected guests, including Mike's wife Leni Stern on n'goni and vocals and singer-songwriter Christopher Cross on backing vocals). "My records lately have been with a whole bunch of different people, but this was really cool to just have one group and barely add any overdubs," says Stern. "It was really kind of live, which I have always liked to do. We just set up and played. And because it was Eric's studio, no one was looking at the clock. So the record really went down fast, but we had plenty of time to do it."

Eclectic is scheduled for an October 27, 2014 release on Heads Up International, a division of Concord Music Group.