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Tommy Emmanuel, presented by ACG

It’s Never Too Late Tour

Give a listen to “Old Photographs,” the closing track on Tommy Emmanuel’s It’s Never Too Late, and you’ll hear the distinctive squeak of finger noise as he runs his hands across the frets of his Maton Signature TE guitar. Many musicians would edit those imperfections out, but to Emmanuel, those imperfections are perfect.

A master technician, Emmanuel started professionally at age 6, rising through the ranks as a studio player and member of several Australian rock bands before he set off on a solo career. One of only five musicians handpicked by his mentor, Chet Atkins, as a Certified Guitar Player (CGP), he’s piled up numerous accolades, including two Grammy nominations, two ARIA Awards from the Australian Recording Industry Association (the Aussie equivalent of the Recording Academy) and repeated honors in the Guitar Player magazine reader’s poll.

A noted fingerstyle guitarist,  Emmanuel frequently threads three different parts simultaneously into his material, operating as a one-man band who handles the melody, the supporting chords and the bass all at once. His talents, which translate in any language, carry him to the far corners of the globe, but Emmanuel never plays the same show twice, and he improvises big chunks of every date. That leaves him open to those technical imperfections, though they also provide some of the humanity to an other-worldly talent.

“It’s all about the feeling of the music,” Emmanuel says. “And it has to make me feel something. I’m still playing for myself, you know, because I figure if I please me, then I’m pretty sure I’m gonna please you. And that’s not an arrogant statement, it’s just quality control.”

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Photo by Simone Cecchetti

Opening for Tommy Emmanuel is Wisherkeepers.

The Zombies

The Zombies, presented by ACG

ODESSEY & ORACLE

The Odyssey Continues . . . 

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For the first time ever, British psychedelic pop legends, The Zombies, will bring their seminal 1968 album “Odessey & Oracle” to American stages – an event fans have awaited for almost 50 years!

This unique presentation will unite past and present….featuring both the current incarnation of The Zombies performing material from their highly-anticipated new studio album…

…and a reunion of all 4 surviving original members, who will lovingly recreate “Odessey & Oracle” in its entirety with full instrumentation.

Founding and current members Colin Blunstone and Rod Argent will be joined original bassist/co-songwriter Chris White and drummer Hugh Grundy for their first American tour together in 5 decades…bringing to our shores the long-overdue live debut of the album that marked the end of their career… and the beginning of their legacy.

#100 of the “500 Greatest Albums of All Time” (Rolling Stone)

“a beautifully arranged, harmony-drenched pristine pop paean to memory, the changing of seasons, the passage of time and lost love – [it] slowly began to be recognized as one of the greatest albums of the 1960’s.”  (New York Times)

“[Odessey & Oracle] bore not only the timeless hit “Time Of The Season” but an accompanying suite of songs that are among the very best ever in the pop era.” (Rolling Stone)

“Odessey and Oracle was their shining moment – a cornucopia of pop-art songs and elegant arrangements worthy of McCartney at his Revolver-era best.” (Record Collector)

“Anyone with an interest in 60s artistic pop will adore the underrated Odessey and Oracle” (Q,)

“Their masterpiece… without doubt one of the best albums of its era.” (Mojo)

“The beat boom’s most refined and elegant group, they specialised in unashamedly romantic pop – whether heartfelt and personal, wistful and nostalgic, or inspired by literature… Released at the height of hippie hedonism and narcissism, [Odessey & Oracle] was a last gasp from the age of innocence…” (The Times)

“The Zombies were psychedelic gods…[Odessey] moved them from of-their-time to timeless” (The Guardian)