"Michael Landau is one of the greatest Stratocaster players I’ve ever seen," says Guitar Player’s Jude Gold. "Whatever he hears in his head seems to come out perfectly on the guitar. There’s a lot of fire in his playing, but it’s also very sophisticated—like Jimi Hendrix-meets-Larry Carlton."
Born and raised in Los Angeles, the prolific instrumentalist and session star has played on hundreds of records since the 1980s. Highlights include Pink Floyd, Miles Davis, B.B. King, Ray Charles, Joni Mitchell, James Taylor, Michael Jackson, and Rod Stewart. He has recently shared the stage in band projects with Robben Ford, Steve Gadd, and Jimmy Herring & Wayne Krantz. The latest of many releases under Landau’s own name is Organic Instrumentals [Tone Center]. His music flows intensely, ranging from spooky ballads to rowdy rock and roll.
Sharing the stage with Landau will be blues/gospel ace Kirk Fletcher.
"Kirk swings super hard, which is why Joe Bonamassa, the Fabulous Thunderbirds, and Italian superstar Eros Ramazzotti have all had him in their bands," says Gold.
Landau and Fletcher will be joined at Yoshi’s by super session bassist Reggie Hamilton (Gladys Knight, Sheila E., Stanley Clarke) and drum virtuoso Gary Novak (Chick Corea, Ozzy Osbourne), making this a must-see show for serious music heads in the Bay Area.
Watch a Fender Studio Session with the Michael Landau Group:
Watch a blues/funk guitar lesson on comping chords with Kirk Fletcher:
Get more information and tickets here.
For a chance to win a pair of tickets to see GP Presents the Michael Landau Group, click here and put "Landau" in the subject of your email. Include a sentence about yourself and why you want to go. Phone contact greatly appreciated for confirmation. Winner must provide own transportation to Yoshi’s in Oakland, California, and have his or her own accommodations in the Bay Area on Tuesday, July 21. Best of luck. Again, that email is firstname.lastname@example.org.
GP Presents Michael Landau Group with Special Guitar Guest Kirk Fletcher
Tuesday, July 21
510 Embarcadero West
Jack London Square
Oakland, CA 94607
7:30pm doors/ 8pm show. Buy tickets here.
Free Guitar Player magazines, D’Addario strings, Planet Waves accessories, and a Mesa/Boogie pedal raffle.