Experience Hendrix at Stephens Auditorium


Courtesy of Iowa State Center

Legendary blues guitarist Buddy Guy will be performing alongside other iconic guitar players as part of the Experience Hendrix Tour.

Dominic Spizzirri

The eight edition of the Experience Hendrix tour will be at Stephens Auditorium on Saturday tributing the music from the iconic rock star.

The show will feature guitarists Zakk Wylde — ex Ozzy Osbourne/Black Label Society, Buddy Guy, Jonny Lang, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Dweezil Zappa, Cesar Rosas, David Hidalgo, Eric Gales, Doyle Bramhall II, Eric Johnson, Bootsy Collins, Mato Nanji and Ana Popovic.

Other musicians supplying the rhythm section of show will  be bassist Billy Cox both of the Band of Gypsys and the Jimi Hendrix Experience band as well as Chris Layton the drummer and founder of Double Trouble who played for other guitar icon Stevie Ray Vaughan.

“Jimi [Hendrix] often spoke of his concept of ‘Electric Church’ and using music to connect directly with people. Every day, we see how Jimi’s musical legacy continues to transcend generational and culture boundaries,” said Janie Hendrix, president/CEO of Experience Hendrix L.L.C.. “It’s our continuing mission to do all we can to celebrate what he’s given us and to keep his music in the forefront. The Experience Hendrix tour does that with brilliant musicians who love Jimi; electrifying the stage with his music and sound.”

The tour will being all the musicians together performing solo as well as collaborations, such as Zakk Wylde with Chris Layton to perform many of Hendrix’s songs such as “Little Wing” and “Voodoo Child (Slight Return).”

This tour as well features a focus on the Jimi Hendrix Guitar Competition that grants winners the ability to perform on stage at a certain date for next years tour. Contestants can submit a video of them performing a Hendrix song for the competition.  

Hendrix even effects Ames musicians and residents as most guitar players today can thank Hendrix for everything he did for today’s music. 

“He effects everybody whether [musicians] know it or not,” said manager of Rieman Music Derrick Gorshe.

Hendrix is often neglected for his work within rock and roll music, and due to being from the past is overlooked for his talent and the effect it had in music.

“A lot of people say he was not that great, but if you go to Nashville and listen to that music you, cannot get away from it … he invented it,” Gorshe said. 

Hendrix and guitar fans can see the Experience Hendrix tour on Saturday at Stephens Auditorium. 

Tickets are still on sale for Experience Hendrix but limited quality. Tickets are available from Ticketmaster or through the Iowa State Center Ticket Office.