Nov 04, 2012

Thursday, November 15 through Saturday, November 17, 2012 the Regent Theatre in Arlington, Massachusetts will present an exclusive three-day Jimi Hendrix film and concert tribute celebrating the rock icon’s unsurpassed music, mastery, and magic 70 years after his birth on November 27, 1942.  Two recent documentary films—on the big screen in concert sound—will be presented on Thursday, November 15 along with a live concert tribute from Berklee’s Thaddeus Hogarth Trio and special guests on Fri Nov 16, and the Ultrasonic Rock Orchestra (URO) debuting six Hendrix selections (with Hogarth guesting) on Sat Nov 17. (See below for complete event schedule.) 

Thaddeus Hogarth Power Trio’s All-Star Hendrix Jam with Special Guests
Associate Professor of Guitar at Boston’s famed Berklee College of Music, “Guitar Virtuoso” (Boston Globe) Thaddeus Hogarth—born in England and raised in St. Kitts, West Indies—continues his musical evolution as an award-winning guitarist, singer and songwriter.  For the Friday, November 16 exclusive “All-Star Jam Celebrating the Music of Jimi Hendrix,” Hogarth puts his commanding, soulful and funky twist on songs of the most influential electric guitarist of all time with a dynamic power trio that features Tony Thunder Smith on Drums & Danny Mo on Bass (with Hogarth on guitar, vocals, and harmonica.) Complementing the trio on stage will be special performances from four other acclaimed Berklee faculty guitarists:  Tomo Fujita, Julien Kasper, Marty Walsh, and Neil Itzler—culminating in an electrifying program of music inspired by the most dazzling, innovative guitarist in rock and roll history.

“Hendrix was a major influence in my decision to play electric guitar,” says Hogarth. “I remember the first time I heard the Woodstock performance on record back in the ‘70s. It had a profound impact. For many years at shows where we would play my mostly original material, whenever we would throw in a Hendrix tune with our unique take on it, the response was always so positive that we hatched a plan to get a Hendrix tribute show happening with a whole evening of his music.”

Hendrix Documentary Films on the Big Screen in Concert Sound
The film portion of the Regent’s Hendrix celebration comprises a double feature on Thursday, November 15:  “Jimi Hendrix Voodoo Child”—Jimi’s legendary story in his own words; and “Jimi Plays Berkeley”—restored and expanded 2012 edition.  Voodoo Child is filled with never before seen photographs and film footage from the Hendrix family archive and features a soundtrack that includes such iconic Hendrix recordings as “Purple Haze,” “Hey Joe,” “Fire,” “Voodoo Child (Slight Return)” together with never before heard live performances. Funk legend and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member Bootsy Collins of Parliament-Funkadelic renown, is featured as the voice of Jimi Hendrix. Jimi Plays Berkeley showcases some of Hendrix’s finest ever performances filmed over two concerts at the Berkeley (California) Community Theatre on May 30, 1970. The film documents the political unrest and student uprisings in Berkeley juxtaposed against blistering Hendrix live performances of “Johnny B. Goode,” “Star Spangled Banner,” “I Don’t Live Today” and, “Purple Haze. This new digitally restored transfer from the original 16mm negative includes more than 15 minutes of newly discovered, previously unseen documentary and performance footage of such classic songs as “Voodoo Child (Slight Return),” “Machine Gun” and “Hear My Train A Comin’” not featured in the original film release. Together, these films present a rare chance for Hendrix enthusiasts and those simply curious as to what the fuss is all about, to learn about his life and legacy, while coming as close as possible to witnessing him perform live in all his sonic power and visual splendor.

Ultrasonic Rock Orchestra Performs Songs of Jimi Hendrix
The finale of the Regent’s three-day Hendrix celebration will feature the Ultrasonic Rock Orchestra (URO) debuting its versions of Hendrix selections (with Thaddeus Hogarth guesting on guitar) along with other epic rock songs of the ‘60s and ‘70s from the Beatles, the Who, Queen, David Bowie, and Led Zeppelin. As the works of Mozart and Beethoven live on in symphonies, the URO is a unique and unconventional orchestra, bringing to vivid life the glorious, beloved music of British Rock’s heyday.

The Jimi Hendrix 70th birthday film and concert celebration will be presented at the historic Regent Theatre, “Arlington’s Show Place of Entertainment,” Thursday, 11/15 through Saturday, 11/17, 2012. Reserved Seats for the Friday, 11/16, 8pm “All-Star Jam Celebrating the Music of Jimi Hendrix,” and the Saturday, 11/17, 8pm “URO Hendrix Night” are $25. General admission film tickets for the Thursday evening Hendrix double feature at 7:15pm are $8 in advance and $10 day of show. Located on 7 Medford Street (just off Mass Ave) in Arlington, Massachusetts, the Regent is MBTA and handicap accessible with free parking across the street. For tickets and more information, call 781-646-4849 or visit

Regent Theatre Jimi Hendrix 70th Birthday Celebration Schedule at a Glance

Thursday, 11/15:  7:15pm, “Jimi Hendrix Voodoo Child; 9:00pm, “Jimi Plays Berkeley”
Friday, 11/16 at 8pm: “All-Star Jam Celebrating the Music of Jimi Hendrix”
Saturday, 11/17 at 8pm:  “Ultrasonic Rock Orchestra Hendrix Night”