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'Pat Metheny Dream Box Tour' at the University at Buffalo Center for the Arts on Sept. 27


Tue, Jun 27th 2023 03:30 pm

Venue presale tickets on sale Wednesday (online only), general tickets on sale Thursday

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The University at Buffalo Center for the Arts will present 20-time Grammy Award-winning guitarist and composer Pat Metheny, who is launching a solo tour, coinciding with his new album release on BMG Modern Recordings, “Dream Box.” The tour, a first of its kind for Metheny, will feature personal and fan favorites from his nearly 50-year career.

The performance will take place at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 27, in the Mainstage Theatre, located at the Center for the Arts, North Campus. Tickets are $45, $59 and $69.

Metheny said, “A few years back, I did a short run of concerts that were not exclusively me and a single guitar, but pretty close. I loved it. Of course, I always have to take it somewhere else, too – which, by the end of those performances, I did manage to do (no spoilers here)! But what I have planned for the tour following the release of my new recording, ‘Dream Box,’ is something different for me, focused on the various ways of playing solo I have explored across all these decades in an evening that I think will be very special.”

Think about these recordings: “New Chautauqua” – a 1979 recording that almost single-handedly defined an era of instrumental steel-stringed “Americana”; “Zero Tolerance For Silence” – a shot across the bow of modern music-making, the companion piece to parallel the Grammy-winning disc “Secret Story”; “The Orchestrion Project,” a project so outrageous in conception and execution that, even a decade-plus later, it stands apart from any previous ideas of what a solo performer might achieve alone onstage.

And then consider and contrast those projects to the two back-to-back Grammy-winning solo Baritone guitar recordings: “One Quiet Night” and “What’s It All About.” Those recordings are not only among the most gorgeous pure solo guitar recordings, but they also introduced an entirely new tuning system that allowed Metheny to create an almost orchestral range from bass to soprano within the realm of a simple, steel 6-string guitar.

Tickets for “Pat Metheny Dream Box Tour” go on sale to the general public at noon Thursday, June 29. Venue online presale tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. Wednesday, June 28. Tickets can be purchased online at ticketmaster.com, patmetheny.com and ubcfa.org, or in person at the Center for the Arts box office (noon, Thursday, June 29; noon to 5 p.m. Tuesdays and Wednesdays). For more ticket information, call 716-645-2787 or visit [email protected].

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