New Jersey native and famously mullet-ed Bon Jovi guitarist Richie Sambora has been a hair-metal mainstay for more than 30 years. His success, as well as the band’s, was not only the result of his co-writing with frontman Jon Bon Jovi, but also his game-changing axe skills and solos. On the occasion of the great electric guitar innovator Les Paul’s birthday, Sambora plays at the club where Paul performed regularly until his death in 2009. Over the course of two nights and three performances, Sambora will celebrate Les Paul, the electric guitar, and rock ’n’ roll’s history. If you miss these performances live, Wednesday’s pair will be taped for the public access performance series Front and Center, but for the same reason Paul invented the solid-body electric guitar, this performance is better experienced live and very loud.
Tue., July 22, 8 p.m.; Wed., July 23, 8 p.m., 2014
This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on July 16, 2014