Guitar Player Presents the Tony Williams Lifetime Tribute Band at Yoshis Oakland on February 2

January 14, 2011

0.000.aaatwilliamsGuitar Player is thrilled to present the Tony Williams Lifetime Tribute Band featuring Vernon Reid, Jack Bruce, John Medeski, and Cindy Blackman at Yoshi’s Oakland in Jack London Square on February 2nd—Win tickets!

When it comes to jazz-rock, few acts made the kind of mark that former Miles Davis drummer Tony Williams made with his Lifetime bands. Williams formed the first Lifetime in 1969 with John McLaughlin on electric guitar, and Larry Young on organ. Several lineup changes ensued over the years, the most notable additions being Alan Holdsworth on guitar, and Jack Bruce on bass. The legendary Cream thumper will sure have Yoshi’s stage undulating while providing a solid foundation for Vernon Reid’s fiery fusion excursions.

Although he’s most famous for pushing rock’s boundaries in Living Colour on tunes such as “Cult of Personality” and “Open Letter to a Landlord,” Reid actually kicked off his career playing cutting edge jazz in drummer Ronald Shannon Jackson's Decoding Society, which whom he recorded six albums. Reid’s signature whammy bends and singing overdrive tone can be heard on “Wildlife” from drummer Cindy Blackman’s 2010 Williams tribute Another Lifetime. Williams recently married Carlos Santana, so hopes of a guest appearance are high.

Make your plans to see Reid, Bruce, Blackman, and Medeski (of Medeski, Martin & Wood) who will collectively test the soundness of the infrastructure at the East Bay’s premier jazz venue.

Click here to watch video of the Tony Williams Lifetime Tribute Band playing “Vuelta Abajo” featuring a furious Vernon Reid solo at the Blue Note in Tokyo, Japan

Event Details:
Guitar Player Presents
The Tony Williams Lifetime Tribute Band featuring Vernon Reid, Jack Bruce, John Medeski, and Cindy Blackman
Wednesday, February 2nd at Yoshi’s Oakland
510 Embarcadero West In Jack London Square
8PM/10PM Shows: $35
Free Guitar Player magazines, and D’Addario strings
*Please note that White and Herring are also playing Yoshi’s Oakland Thursday through Saturday, but that Guitar Player will only be onsite for the show on Wednesday February 2nd

Tickets @


Contest Details
For a chance to win a pair of tickets to the show click HERE, and put "Lifetime" in the subject of your email. Phone contact appreciated. Winner must provide own transportation to Yoshi’s Oakland and have his or her own accommodations in the Bay Area on Wednesday, February 2nd.

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