DT: FEBRUARY 14, 2017
FM: MITCH SCHNEIDER/MIKE GOWEN,
THE BRIAN SETZER ORCHESTRA
TO CELEBRATE THEIR 25th ANNIVERSARY
WITH EXCLUSIVE “BSO/25!” SHOW AT
THE HOLLYWOOD BOWL IN LOS ANGELES ON
“BSO/25!” is gonna be one helluva party.
The BRIAN SETZER ORCHESTRA–led by iconic guitarist, songwriter, vocalist and three-timeGrammy-award-winner BRIAN SETZER—will celebrate their 25th anniversary in style with an exclusive landmark show at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles on August 2. Under the stars at the legendary venue where they’ve performed twice before, SETZER’s trademark guitar work and vocal stylings will be matched with his 19-piece orchestra‘s rockin’ big-band horn arrangements, making for an unbeatable combination. Group tickets on-sale Feb 21, 2017, with artist pre-sale beginning May 2, 2017 and public on-sale May 7, 2017.
In their 25 years together, the BRIAN SETZER ORCHESTRA have released 14 albums (10 studio and four live). In 2016, they earned huge acclaim for their 13th Annual “Christmas Rocks!” tour. As Guitar Player magazine raved in December 2016: “the first guitarist ever to lead a bona fide big band, Setzer has created an ensemble that takes his two favorite genres of music to the next level-his Orchestra is the Earth, Wind & Fire of rockabilly, the Led Zeppelin of jump swing.” Elsewhere, the Santa Barbara Independent noted that “Setzer certainly proved that he’s still got it all-the material, the musicality, and the acrobatic showmanship.” (12/27/16)
“The music I play in the big band is rock n’ roll with a jazz influence,” says SETZER. “What keeps it fresh is the quality of the players in the band. Also a big part of keeping the big band fresh is the arrangements; writing the arrangement for 18-19 people is like writing a song within a song. It makes the song you might have heard many times sound new again.
The world-class Hollywood Bowl was an immediate choice for the BRIAN SETZER ORCHESTRA to commemorate their legacy. “Who doesn’t want to play the Hollywood Bowl in that beautiful setting in the hills,” says SETZER. “When the Hollywood Bowl was conceived, all music was acoustic, so to hear a big band in this setting is ultimate. This venue has a nice wooden stage. It just sounds amazing. The construction of the shell overhang provides excellent acoustics. And then, of course, when the lights come on in the last song, you realize…whoa, there’s 17,000 people out there!”
BRIAN SETZER belongs to an elite group of artists who’ve had three super successful phases of his career, from the Stray Cats, to solo albums, to BSO. The BSO show seamlessly encompasses music from all these phases. “It’s all about the set list,” he says. “A good set list has a lot of hills and valleys; it has to go up and down. I like it to kind of cover my career, I like it to start with some Stray Cats, because I love that kind of music with the big band behind it and of course some of the big band stuff that everybody knows, we had quite a few hits. But then I also like to cover some things I haven’t played in a long time.”
ABOUT BRIAN SETZER:
Iconic guitarist, songwriter, vocalist and 3-time Grammy-award-winner BRIAN SETZER is a “Musician’s Musician” credited with continually taking chances with innovative and daring musical styles. Setzer is widely credited for taking two forgotten genres, rockabilly and swing, adding his own blend of gunpowder and rockin’ style, and completely reinventing and single-handedly resurrecting them in the process. Along the way, he has scored chart-topping hits, sold 13 million records and received the Orville H. Gibson Lifetime Achievement Award throughout his decorated career as founder/leader of the Stray Cats, his 19-piece Brian Setzer Orchestra, and as a solo artist. He is consistently cited as one of the world’s greatest living guitarists, and has a best-selling, extensive line of elite Gretsch signature model guitars bearing his name. BRIAN appeared in the 1987 film, La Bamba, portraying rockabilly pioneer Eddie Cochran. In 2002, BRIAN earned the privilege of being one of the few musicians to be animated in an episode of “The Simpsons.” That same year, SETZER was personally requested to induct Chet Atkins into the 17th Annual Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. SETZER had the honor of being invited in 2006 to perform at the White House for the President of the United States. In 2014, SETZER received the distinct honor of being asked by the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C. to donate a replica of his original 1959 Gretsch 6120 “Stray Cat” guitar, joining an elite collection of iconic treasures at the museum.
ABOUT HOLLYWOOD BOWL
One of the largest natural amphitheaters in the world, with a seating capacity of nearly 18,000, the Hollywood Bowl has been the summer home of the Los Angeles Philharmonic since its official opening in 1922, and plays host to the finest artists from all genres of music, offering something for everyone. It remains one of the best deals anywhere in Los Angeles; to this day, $1 buys a seat at the top of the Bowl for many classical and jazz performances. In February 2017, the Hollywood Bowl was named Best Major Outdoor Concert Venue for the thirteenth year in a row at the 28th Annual Pollstar Awards. For millions of music lovers across Southern California, the Hollywood Bowl is synonymous with summer.
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