Stanley Jordan Plays Jimi

Tickets are available now for this one night only concert event on Friday June 3rd featuring world-renowned guitarist Stanley Jorden performing a live tribute to the iconic music of Jimi Hendrix.

Friday, June 3rd @ 7:00pm
Doors open at 6:00pm

Live Concert | approx. 120 min
Community Co-Production

$38 General Admission
$55 Golden Circle (Priority Orchestra Seating)
All tickets $5 more on Day of Show
All seating is open and first come first serve on night of. Golden Circle tickets permit access to sit in the theater’s priority orchestra section.
All sales are final, Tickets are non-refundable or transferable

Blues Bear Hawaii is proud to present World-renowned guitarist Stanley Jordan who has developed a new live tribute to Jimi Hendrix dubbed “Stanley Plays Jimi,” and it’s coming to the Palace Theater in Hilo on Friday, June 3, 2022 at 7 p.m.

World-renowned guitarist Stanley Jordan has developed a new live tribute show called “Stanley Jordan Plays Jimi.” Stanley builds on Jimi Hendrix’s legacy in a creative way. Stanley explains it, “This is my fantasy Jimi Hendrix concert if Jimi were still alive and playing today. By re-imaging his music and channeling his persona I try to bring that fantasy to life.” Joining Stanley is renowned bassist Gary Kelly, whose resume includes Jimmy Buffet, Mamas & Papas and much more, and drummer Kenwood Dennard, who has been leading the Jimi Hendrix Ensemble for 20 years at the Berklee College of Music, of where he is a percussion professor.
We celebrate Stanley Jordan and his band’s triumphant return to Big Island! Get your tickets fast as this show will sell out quickly.

“Stanley Plays Jimi” – a new project based on an old idea.

Stanley Jordan says, “Back in 1970 at the age of 11 I was saddened to hear of Jimi’s passing. I decided there and then to try to continue his legacy, so I took up the guitar. Of course, my main goal was to be an original artist in my own right, but the concept of a Hendrix tribute has been in my mind pretty much from the start. The time feels right to bring this idea to fruition.”

In recent years Jordan has performed with many artists in the rock and jam-band worlds, including the Dave Matthews Band, Umphrey’s McGee, Moe. and more. Jordan says, “Returning to my rock roots has been an absolute joy artistically, and with this project, I’m taking that to a new level.”

Jordan also builds on Hendrix’s work by incorporating touch or two-hand tapping techniques. Many people associate that more with Van Halen than with Hendrix, but Jordan says, “I actually got the idea from Jimi Hendrix. I saw him do it with just his left hand, but that’s all I needed to see. I just added the right hand, which was an obvious extension.” And extend it he did. Today Jordan is considered by many to be the World’s best tapper, having developed it into a rich pianistic style.