Johnny A. to light up Parting Glass stage
Every few years, a new name or two emerges from the huge pool of guitar players around the globe as the most likely to rise to that exclusive Guitar Hero status, alongside such musical icons as Hendrix, Clapton, Beck or Page. The current crop of rising names includes Joe Bonamassa, Derek Trucks and Kaki King, among others.
A growing number of both fans and critics believe the name Johnny A should be part of that conversation. On Thursday, Sept, 8, local music lovers can judge for themselves as the Boston-based axe slinger plays an intimate small-room show with his trio at the Parting Glass in downtown Saratoga Springs.
After a long stint as sideman and 4-star producer for J Geils front man Peter Wolf, Johnny A (an abbreviation for the longer Antonopoulos ) ventured into a solo career with the outstanding Sometime Last Tuesday album. From it, "Oh Yeah" became the first number one instrumental song in more than a decade.
The followup Get Inside CD and One November Night live DVD further solidified his reputation. The legendary Gibson guitar company gave him the ultimate recognition with a rare signature edition model, which has gone on to be one of the firm's best selling models.
Known as a master of “space, tone and taste,” Johnny A is the ultimate musician's musician. Many of his fellow six stringers attend his live shows as if they were a clinic, absorbing his master level techniques as part of their own continuing artist development.
The Saratoga date is one of a handful of small room performances scheduled as a prelude to a winter European tour. Give this musician's rapid ascent, it is likely the last opportunity to catch Johnny A in such a setting.
Johnny A and his trio will perform on Thursday, Sept 8th at the Parting Glass in downtown Saratoga Springs, NY. Tickets are $16 for a limited number of advance admissions and $20 for the remaining.
Info: 518-879-2835 or online tix here