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Grammy-winning guitarist/producer Lee Ritenour hosts the biennial Six String Theory Competition for the 5th time with applications accepted in Guitar, Bass, Piano/Keyboards and Drums. Registration is open from January 15, 2016 through May 15, 2016 on the website by submitting two YouTube videos. For Guitar, applicants may register in the genres of Rock, Blues, Jazz/Fusion, Acoustic/Country, Classical/Flamenco and Rhythm Guitar which includes Pop, Funk, R&B, and World styles (Brazilian, Latin, African, Island, etc.). For Rhythm Players, any contemporary music style will be accepted such as jazz, fusion, R & B, rock, blues, etc.

Partnering again with Yamaha, Berklee College of Music, Premier Guitar, Blue Note Tokyo, Crown Guitar Workshop & Festival, Monster, Jazziz, D’Addario, True Fire and Guitar HD, the 2016 competition offers incredible professional opportunities and a total prize package value of over $700,000.

Prize highlights for the 2016 competition include: Berklee College of Music Scholarships; performance at the legendary Blue Note Tokyo with Lee Ritenour and up-and-coming All-Star musicians from Japan; recording on Lee Ritenour’s forthcoming album at the stunning Woodshed Recording Studio in Malibu and Scholarships and Performances at Crown Guitar Festival in scenic Montana. Other prizes include travel and hotel for performance and recording opportunities, Yamaha Instruments & Endorsements, Professional Mentoring with Lee Ritenour, Monster and D’Addario prizes.

The Six String Theory Competition is the inspiration of Ritenour, who debuted the International Competition in 2010 with the release of his all-star guitar CD, “6 String Theory.” The guitar-only contest was a great success and the winner, Shon Boublil, recorded a track on “6 String Theory” and won a 4 year scholarship to Berklee College of Music, in which he just graduated in 2015. The guitar contest continued to grow in popularity and scope with another competition in 2011, which guitarist David Murray Browne won. By 2012, the competition expanded to include 3 new instruments: Piano, Bass and Drums and attracted wonderful, diverse talent from over 70 countries. Lee Ritenour’s Six String Theory Competition also became an official non-profit organization with the mission of supporting aspiring musicians towards a professional music career through scholarships, recording, performing, mentoring and prizes.

The 2012 rhythm winners Selim Munir, Hans de Wild, Michael Feinberg, and Demetrius Nabors recorded a track on Lee Ritenour’s Grammy nominated “Rhythm Sessions” starring musicians Chick Corea, George Duke, Stanley Clarke, Patrice Rushen and more. The guitar winner, Karl Marino, is half way done with his Berklee College of Music four year scholarship. The 2014 winners performed at the illustrious Montreux Jazz Festival and the guitar grand prize winner, Tony Pusztai, recorded a track on Ritenour’s “Twist of Rit” album starring greats such as: Academy® & Grammy® winning Dave Grusin, Dave Weckl, John Beasley, and Ernie Watts.

Legendary Advisory Judges will work with Lee Ritenour to evaluate and determine the 2016 winners. Those judges include Joe Satriani, Joe Bonamassa, Keb’ Mo’, Vince Gill, Brent Masen, Pat Martino, John Scofield, Julian Lage, Guthrie Govan, Steve Lukather, Daryl Stuermer John Patitucci, Dave Weckl, Harvey Mason, Patrice Rushen, John Beasley, Sonny Emory, Will Kennedy, Dave Grusin, Nathan East and many others.

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Keith Jones, Phil DiRe, Raul Valdes, Jérôme Degey featuring Tom Schuman and Jay Beckenstein are Best Friends.

Jay Beckenstein and Tom Schuman of Spyro Gyra join Jérôme Degey, Keith Jones, Phil DiRe and Raul Valdes for a show that will be talked about for a long time. With special guests Dylan Thomas on saxophone and Vincent Flora on vocals. This event is to benefit the kids cancer foundation and tickets are 50 dollars each for a reserved seat! Call 561-510-3516 for reservations.

January 17th, 2015 05:00 to 10:00 pm

Double Roads Tavern, 251 South Highway 1, Suite 1, Jupiter, FL 33477

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Tickets/Info: 704.372.1000 or http://www.carolinatix.org

Saturday, February 6, 2016 Doors at 7 pm | Show at 8 pm

Knight Theater 430 S Tryon St, Charlotte, NC 28202

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Poncho Sanchez • Eric Marienthal • Tizer Quartet • Flo – Funky Latin Orchestra. Nothing like a magical afternoon to bring together a couple of thousand merrymakers who will head up the hill to the Woodminster Amphitheater to move and shake under a canopy of fragrant redwood trees. Come out and socialize, and share some homemade appetizers, and cut loose in the aisles with the upbeat tunes on September 20th.

Sunday, September 20, 2015 – 2:00 pm

Woodminster Amphitheatre, 3300 Joaquin Miller Rd, Oakland, California, 94602

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The festival is a natural evolution from Down The Rhodes: The Fender Rhodes Story documentary,
hardcover book, and Rhodes Travels feature. We are excited to celebrate the Fender Rhodes Piano
in a concert setting with an array of artists who express the many sounds and styles of Rhodes music.

FEATURING

Mark de Clive-Lowe, Larry Dunn, Rodney Franklin, Robert Glasper, Lalah Hathaway,
Jeff Lorber, Frank McComb, Greg Phillinganes, Patrice Rushen, Kandace Springs

SPECIAL GUESTS

Trina Broussard, Natalie Cadet, Kenneth Crouch, Eric Marienthal,
Terrace Martin, Rahsaan Patterson, Shelea, Take 6, Stokley Williams

RHODES GIRLS

Angelica Abrams, Butterscotch, Kayla Waters, Estella Yun

BAND MEMBERS

Alex Al – Bass
Michael Angel – Guitar
Gorden Campbell – Drums
Eddie Miller – Keys

Terry Dexter – Vocals
Shannon Pearson – Vocals

Anthony Crawford – Bass
Frank Fluker – Drums

Saturday, August 22, 2015 – 8:00 pm

Oxnard College Performing Arts Bldg, 4000 S Rose Ave, Oxnard, California 93033

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The 39th Annual Russian River Jazz & Blues Festival returns to Johnson’s Beach on September 12 and 13! Mark your calendars for incredible music, dancing, wine tasting and more!

Johnson’s Beach in Guerneville offers a picturesque venue that rests along the Russian River, only a few miles from over 100 wineries. There are two stages of music, a handful of food booths, a selection of interesting vendors, an official music store, and thousands of funky folks!

Saturday, Sept. 12
Dave Koz & Friends with Rick Braun & Kenny Lattimore
WAR THE BAND
Kyle Eastwood and more artists TBA

Sunday, Sept. 13
Buddy Guy
Taj mahal trio
Jackie Greene
B. B. & The Blues Shacks (D)

Johnson’s Beach & Resort, 16241 First St, Guerneville, California 95446

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The 3rd annual Antelope Valley Fair Jazz Festival features: Spyro Gyra, David Benoit, Vocalist Morgan James.

Saturday, June 20, 2015 – 4:00 pm

Antelope Valley Fairgrounds, 2551 W Ave H, Lancaster, California 93536