Since he's been dead 40 years and was such a uniquely talented guitarist that no one can come close to duplicating him, it's impossible to truly experience Jimi Hendrix at this late date. Still, his legacy looms huge over a couple of generations of guitarists—rockers of all stripes and even those in genres as disparate as jazz, blues, and gospel. So we can still appreciate Hendrix's genius via his dwindling contemporaries and most ardent followers. Thus this fourth installment of Experience Hendrix, featuring a sprawling cast of dozens promising to play the Hendrix canon as well as other material he inspired. Especially notable among the impressive crowd are bassist Billy Cox, who played with Hendrix in both Band of Gypsies and the Experience; blues icon Hubert Sumlin (pictured), who spent years as Howlin' Wolf's guitarist; Living Colour, whose black rock is a direct descendent of Hendrix's music; Sacred Steel's Robert Randolph, who practically channels Hendrix on occasion; Ernie Isley, the second generation of a band (the Isley Brothers) that once employed Hendrix as a sideman; plus David Hidalgo and Cesar Rosas of the incomparable Los Lobos. The rest of the crew ain't no slouches either: Joe Satriani, Jonny Lang, Eric Johnson, Susan Tedeschi, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Aerosmith's Brad Whitford, Double Trouble drummer Chris Layton. The fire marshal will probably frown on anyone actually setting a guitar on fire, however.
Wed., March 17, 7:30 p.m., 2010