Jimy Bleu of Kiss the Sky: Ultimate Hendrix Tribute to Salute 50 Years of Jimi Hendrix at Monmouth University; Listen to Interview with Michele Amabile
The Center for the Arts at Monmouth University is set to present an exclusive area appearance by the touring concert experience Kiss the Sky: Ultimate Hendrix Tribute, with special guests Heavy Cream on Oct. 13, and 1071 The Boss has all the details!
It’s the inaugural appearance at the Pollak Theatre for Kiss the Sky (KTS), the acclaimed band fronted by left handed guitarist and vocalist Jimy Bleu — as well as for Heavy Cream, the Philadelphia-based Cream tribute band that spotlights the skills of 17 year old guitar phenom Billy “The Kid” Thoden as Eric Clapton. As special treat, Bleu is scheduled to perform Hendrix’s version of “The Star Spangled Banner” earlier that afternoon at the Monmouth University football game.
Formed in homage to the fiftieth anniversary of “Are You Experienced,” the game-changing debut album by The Jimi Hendrix Experience, KST took its name from a memorable lyric in the psychedelic anthem “Purple Haze.” Fronted by Bleu, a veteran studio and touring musician and a graduate of the Berklee College of Music, Kiss the Sky offers the ultimate tribute to Hendrix with three full sets spanning his entire career. The group includes session players layers AJ Hager (bass) and Ted Edwards (drums). The performance is a full theatrical experience that recreates the concerts of Hendrix performed by his bands The Jimi Hendrix Experience and Band of Gypsys. The full show production features filmed interviews with Hendrix band members and a Joshua Light show originally used at the Fillmore East during Hendrix’s own concerts.
Bleu is a lifelong Hendrix fan who met the legendary guitarist as a teen. Bleu called in to 1071 The Boss to talk with Mid-Day host Michele Amabile about what it was like to see Jimi live, the advice he personally received, and what Micky Dolenz of The Monkees had to say about that infamous tour when he was their opening act.
The show is timed perfectly with the forthcoming release of the 50th Anniversary Deluxe box set of Electric Ladyland, due on Nov. 9.
Listen to the interview below:
Tickets for the October 13 concert featuring Kiss the Sky are priced at $25 and $35, with a Gold Circle seating option of $50, and can be reserved through the Monmouth University Box Office at 732-263-6889, or online at www.monmouth.edu/MCA. Tickets for other upcoming Performing Arts events — including the Latin-infused classic rock of Terry Ilous and the Vagabonds (October 19), and the deep-cut Beatles explorations of The Weeklings (November 8) — are also on sale now.