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Legendary guitarist John McLaughlin to open farewell US tour in Buffalo Nov. 1 at UBCFA


Wed, Sep 27th 2017 04:40 pm
'John McLaughlin & Jimmy Herring: Meeting of the Sprits'
The University at Buffalo Center for the Arts presents "John McLaughlin & Jimmy Herring: Meeting of the Sprits" at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 1.
In a career that spans more than five decades, McLaughlin, one of music's most influential and prolific guitarists, composer, and bandleaders, will begin his farewell U.S. tour in Buffalo. He will be joined by Herring, who has been in the creative forefront of the American rock-jam movement for 25 years. "The Meeting of the Spirits" tour will visit 23 cities.
Highlighting this musical adventure will be McLaughlin revisiting the pioneering music he introduced with his genre-defying Mahavishnu Orchestra. In addition, McLaughlin recently released a new album, "Live @ Ronnie Scott's." In the album, McLaughlin and the 4th Dimension collaborate to re-explore some of the early Mahavishnu Orchestra classics with technical and soulful musicality.
McLaughlin's first extensive U.S. tour in seven years, "The Meeting of the Spirits" also marks his first extended exploration of the Mahavishnu Orchestra material from seminal albums such as "Inner Mounting Flame," "Birds of Fire," "Between Nothingness and Eternity" and "Visions of the Emerald Beyond" since the band's original heyday in the 1970s.
Herring, best known for his contributions to the Aquarium Rescue Unit, The Allman Brothers Band, Widespread Panic and The Dead, will co-headline each show with his new band The Invisible Whip, comprised of Jeff Sipe-Apt Q258 (drums), Matt Slocum (B3 and Clavinet), Jason Crosby (Fender Rhodes, Wurlitzer) and Kevin Scott (bass).
On "The Meeting of the Spirits" tour, separate sets by Herring and McLaughlin will be followed by the two joining forces for a closing jam based on classic Mahavishnu Orchestra material. McLaughlin will be backed by his current band, the 4th Dimension - Ranjit Barot (drums), Gary Husband (keyboards, drums) and Etienne M'Bappé (bass) - each an established composer and recording artist in his own right.
Tickets are available at the UB Center for the Arts box office (noon to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Friday), and online at ticketfly.com. To charge tickets, call 877-987-6487. For more information, call 716-645-2787 or visit www.ubcfa.org or www.johnmclaughlin.com or www.jimmyherring.net.

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