Guitar wizard Anthony Mazzella will be performing his “Legends of Guitar” concert at the Mary Fisher Theater oThursday, March 14 at 7:30 p.m.
Anthony Mazzella’s “Legends of Guitar” show is a dazzling spectacle featuring one of the most highly-skilled musical artists in the country channeling the raw power of living and deceased guitar legends with multiple instruments on stage.
One thing is for certain: Mazzella is highly aware of the seductive relationship between the guitarist, his instrument and its hypnotic effect on the audience. “When I play, my guitar becomes an extension of my body,” says Mazzella. “My movements during an epic song are a sensual visual, no doubt. I feel like a guitarist has to be passionate about playing, because it is the hardest instrument to play well.”
Mazzella’s skill easily matches the legends he pays tribute to: Carlos Santana, U2’s “The Edge” and David Gilmour of Pink Floyd, to name a few. Like all the greats, he has labored since childhood to master his craft.
The guitarist’s storytelling is equally engaging. His original inspiration came as a young boy when Mazzella’s ear tuned out the vocalists altogether. “I only listened to the guitar parts on my records. I often had no idea what the singer was singing about. Guitarists are the mad-scientist composers of the band, the rest of the band falls in behind them,” said Mazzella.
From The Who’s Pete Townsend to Led Zeppelin’s Jimmy Page, Mazzella saw his destiny in rock idols. His show includes a taste of Iron Maiden — flamenco style, that is — and jaw-dropping renditions of Jimi Hendrix’s “All Along the Watchtower” and “Little Wing”, as well as classic tunes from Stevie Ray Vaughn, The Beatles and Chris Isaak.
Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door. For tickets and more information, please call 928-282-1177 or to order online, visit SedonaFilmFestival.org.
You may also purchase tickets at the Sedona Film Festival office and Mary D. Fisher Theatre, located at 2030 W. Hwy. 89A, in West Sedona.