What Jimi Hendrix accomplished in the span of four short years before his death in 1970 at age 27 is nothing short of phenomenal. Now, more than four decades later, Hendrix is widely considered the greatest electric guitarist of all-time.
On Tuesday, November 13, at 7:30pm, Arlington Community Education and the Regent Theatre will co-host Hendrix at 70, a panel discussion of the life, music and legacy of this rock icon. The program will take place in the Arlington High School Media Center, 869 Massachusetts Avenue. Admission is $10 in advance or at the door.
Panelists include Steve Morse, a journalist and long-time Boston Globe music editor; Joel J. Brattin, a Hendrix scholar and Professor of Humanities at Worcester Polytechnic Institute; and Carter Alan, an author and the host of "Sunday Morning Blues" on WZLX/Boston. Leland Stein, Regent Theatre co-owner and lifelong Hendrix enthusiast, will moderate the panel discussion and the Q&A to follow.
The program will explore Hendrix's legacy and his diverse - and, at times, surprising - influences, and the tremendous impact he has had on a wide swath of music and musicians that followed him. Panelists will highlight songs from his non-hit repertoire with a focus on his gentler side and more lyrical tunes - the hidden Hendrix beyond "Purple Haze" and "Hey Joe" and the contemplative, humble man behind the flamboyant persona.
Tickets for this event are available at the door or in advance online at www.arlingtoncommunityed.org. Or call the Community Education office at 781-316-3568.
In the days following this event, the Regent Theatre will host several companion programs in celebration of Hendrix's 70th birthday. Tickets for these additional programs are available at www.regenttheatre.com or by calling the Regent Theatre box office at 781 646-4849.
- Thursday, November 15. Hendrix documentary film double-feature: "Jimi Hendrix: Voodoo Child" (2010), 7:15pm, and "Jimi Plays Berkeley" (2012), 9pm.
- Friday, November 16, 8pm. All Star Jam celebrating the music of Jimi Hendrix hosted by the Thaddeus Hogarth Power Trio with Special Guests Tomo Fujita, Julien Kasper, Marty Walsh and Neil Itzler.
- Saturday, November 17, 8pm. Ultrasonic Rock Orchestra (URO) - 12 singers and instrumentalists perform songs of Hendrix (with special guest Thaddeus Hogarth) and other rock icons from the '60's and '70's.