Hollywood, CA– Music Player Network hosted their annual Bass Player LIVE! event Oct 23-24 with an incredible two-day exhibit and live clinic at SIR Studios and an unforgettable two-hour concert at Key Club on Sat. Oct 23rd. During the concert, Victor Wooten presented the 2010 “Lifetime Achievement Award” to Bootsy Collins, and both Darryl Jones and Sergio Mendes presented Alphonso Johnson with a 2010 “Lifetime Achievement Award.”
The Key Club concert featured Bootsy Collins holding the funk down throughout the entire evening, jamming with bass giants such as Verdine White (Earth, Wind & Fire), Nathan Watts (Stevie Wonder, Michael Jackson), Victor Wooten (Bela Fleck), and freestyle rhymes by Beyonce’s bassy Divinity Roxx, to name a few. A large birthday cake resembling the November issue of Bass Player’s Bootsy Collins cover was also presented at the end of the show, honoring Bootsy’s birthday.
During the two-day exhibit at SIR Studios many of the featured bass legends hosted “closed-door clinics” to all participants sharing personal stories, bass tips, and triumphs throughout their careers, as well as open discussion for questions. Some highlights included: Darryl Jones telling stories behind his great bass work with Miles Davis, Sting, Madonna and the Rolling Stones, Matt Garrison presenting BP LIVE’s first-ever surround-sound clinic, in which audience members “flew” his bass around the room using an iPhone, Alex Al performing with his supercharged sextet comprised of members of the bands of Michael Jackson and “George Lopez Tonight,” and thrash pioneer David Ellefson breaking down the details of his iconic Megadeth bass lines. Journeyman bassists Mike Inez (Alice in Chains, Heart, Ozzy Osbourne) and Sean Hurley (John Mayer, Vertical Horizon) also revealed how they’ve built their enviable careers, Nathan Watts told the stories behind his great bass work with Stevie Wonder, and, Billy Sheehan explained his lead and rock bass mastery.
BPL! CONCERT ALL-STAR JAM ROSTER INCLUDED
First Jam: Steve Bailey, Victor Wooten, Bootsy Collins, Verdine White, Ready Freddie Washington, Billy Sheehan, Anthony Wellington, Sekou Bunch, Nathan Watts, Brian Bromberg, and Divinity on Parliament’s “Give Up the Funk”.
Second Jam: Steve Bailey, Alphonso Johnson, Darryl Jones, Matt Garrison, Hadrien Feraud, Alex Al, Reggie Hamilton, John B. Williams, Janek Gwizdala, Bunny Brunel and Jonathan Herrera on Weather Report’s “Bahama Mama.”
EXHIBITORS AT SIR STUDIOS
A Designs Audio, Aguilar Amps, Ampeg, Ashdown, Carvin, Alleva-Coppolo Basses & Guitars, D’Addario & Co., DR Handmade Strings, Dunlop, Epifani Custom, Epiphone, Fodera Guitars, Gallien-Krueger, GHS Strings, Ibanez Basses, Kala Ukulele, Lemur Music, MTD , Modulus Guitars, Orange Amplifiers, Pigtronix, RotoSound, Hartke, Seymour Duncan, SKB, Source Audio, Spector, Sukop Basses, TC Electronic, Tech 21, Warwick
FEATURED MUSICIANS & GUEST APPEARANCES THROUGHOUT THE EVENT
Bootsy Collins (with Victor Wooten, Blackbyrd McKnight, and Frankie “Kash” Waddy), Alphonso Johnson Quartet (with Ndugu, David Garfield and Michael O’Neill), Victor Wooten (Bela Fleck), Verdine White (Earth Wind and Fire), David Ellefson (Megadeth), Nathan Watts (Stevie Wonder), Billy Sheehan (Steve Wai, David Lee Roth), Lee Sklar, Jack Casady (Jefferson Airplane), Darryl Jones (Rolling Stones), Sean Hurley (John Mayer), the Rolling Stones’ Darryl Jones, anchor Mike Inez (Alice in Chains, Heart, Ozzy Osbourne), Divinity Roxx, (Beyonce), Michael Jackson’s former bassist Alex Al, jazz visionary Matt Garrison, fretless phenom Steve Bailey, wonder-from-down-under Tal Wilkenfeld, Big Sir (with Juan Alderete from the Mars Volta), Anthony Wellington, Sekou Bunch, Ready Freddie Washington, Sergio Mendes, Hadrien Feraud (Chick Corea/John McLaughlin), Reggie Hamilton (Tina Turner/Aaron Neville), John B. Williams, Janek Gwizdala, Bunny Brunel and Jonathan Herrera.
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