Joe Satriani, Steve Vai and Animals As Leaders to Host Benefit Concert

Proceeds from the guitar extravaganza will benefit music industry veteran and friend, Cliff Cultreri.
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Joe Satriani, Steve Vai and Animals As Leaders have announced they will hold a benefit concert in support of music industry veteran and good friend Cliff Cultreri.

Cliff Cultreri is the A&R executive who signed Satriani and Vai, as well as many other popular artists, while working at Relativity Records and Koch Entertainment. Cultreri is suffering from a host of auto-immune and connective-tissue disorders that are simultaneously attacking his immune system, a one-in-100-million occurrence that causes severe pain and physical debilitations.

A Benefit for Cliff III will take place on Friday, June 12 at 8 p.m. at the Wiltern Theatre in Los Angeles. The event will also include an auction of item donated by the performers and others, including autographed guitars, attendance at Satriani’s G4 Camp from June 28 to July 2 in Cambria, California, and a package to attend the Vai Academy 2015 from August 2 through 6 in Vail, Colorado.

During his years in the industry, Cultreri has served as A&R for a number of top names, including Allan Holdsworth, Billy Sheehan & Talas, Peter Frampton, Megadeth, Corrosion Of Conformity, Exodus, Anthrax, Death, Venom, Slash's Snakepit, My Bloody Valentine, the Cure, Modern English, Gene Loves Jezebel, Fat Joe, Common, Bone-Thugs-N-Harmony, 3-6 Mafia, KRS1, Beatnuts, C Murder, Kurupt, Soulja Slim, RZA, and many others in all genres of music.

In 2006, Satriani and Vai joined forces for the first Cultreri benefit show, and in 2011 they came together again for the second. Through both benefits, they raised money and brought attention to the devastation this disease takes on patients and their families.

Satriani and Vai hope to raise even more funds with this year’s benefit to help Cultreri and his family’s financial needs.

Reserved tickets start at $45 and are on sale starting March 27 through Ticketmaster.com. A limited number of VIP packages, including a meet-and-greet with Satriani and Vai, will also be available. Doors will open at 7 p.m. with the show set to begin at 8 p.m.

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