Concerts at the Sanctuary
02/18/19 – Tony MacAlpine
The Guitar Sanctuary is proud to present Tony MacAlpine with special Guests Monte Pittman and LoNero on Monday February 18th at 8pm (doors open at 7) as part of Tony’s “The Electric Illusionist” tour at The Sanctuary Music & Events Center. VIP Tables with seating for 4 directly in front of the stage are $150 per table. Downstairs Seats (First come, First Served) are $25. General Admission (Standing Room Only) on the balcony Tickets are $10. We will have standard Bar and Food Service available from our friends at Rick’s Chophouse.
Tony MacAlpine is widely known as a guitar virtuoso who is just as skilled on the keys. Edge of Insanity, one of fourteen solo albums, is still considered in the top ten shred albums of all time. Aside from his solo work, Tony has also been part of several rock supergroups including Planet X with Derek Sherinian and Virgil Donati, PSMS (Portnoy/Sheehan/MacAlpine/Sherinian) as well as the Grammy nominated CAB with bassist Bunny Brunel and drummer Dennis Chambers, and Ring of Fire with Steve Weingart, Mark Boals, Grammy winner Philip Bynoe, and Virgil Donati. MacAlpine also spent seven years playing keys and duplicating Steve Vai’s formidable guitar leads in Vai’s touring band.
There are great guitarists, great vocalists and great songwriters, but Monte Pittman is one of the elite few who can truly lay claim to all three titles. With his fourth full-length, Inverted Grasp Of Balance, he has once again raised the stakes, delivering a riveting collection of full force metal that showcases his continuing evolution, undoubtedly expanding his devout – and ravenous – fan base.
In 2008 LoNero released their first CD “Relentless” and coined the genre “Guitarcore”. From that moment on, they have defined what that genre is. Unlike most instrumental artists, who’s songs emphasize solos and arpeggios, LoNero’s music features defined verses, choruses and emphases on melody and structure. At the end of the day, LoNero is four guys that want to create music their way. Not by following a mold, but by breaking the mold. To harken back to the days when music was a journey and not just a product to sell. When music was the complete package and not just bits and bytes on a computer.
03/02/19 – Makana
The Guitar Sanctuary is proud to present a special concert with Hawai’i artist Makana on Saturday March 2nd at 8pm (doors open at 7) at The Sanctuary Music & Events Center. VIP Tables with seating for 4 directly in front of the stage are $150 per table (see Seating Chart). Downstairs Seats (First come, First Serve) are $25. General Admission (Standing Room Only on the upstairs balcony) Tickets are just $15. We’ll have food and bar service available from our friends at Rick’s Chophouse.
Born and raised in Hawai’i, Makana grew up on the shores of Waikiki amid the likes of legend Don Ho and young Elvis-impersonator Bruno Mars. Makana- whose name means “a gift given freely”- began singing when he was seven years-old, took up ‘ukulele at nine and began learning the ancient art of slack key at eleven. By fourteen, he was performing professionally, and before long playing five nights a week. His reputation as the youngest virtuoso of slack key spread like molten volcanic lava throughout the islands.
A protégé of the Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar legends, including Bobby Moderow Jr. and the late master Uncle Sonny Chillingworth, Makana has dedicated his life to perpetuating as well as evolving the traditional Hawaiian art form. Slack key or Ki Ho’alu, nearly 200 years old and indigenous to Hawai’i, was created by ‘ohana (families) on the different islands as a very personal folk music expression of their beautiful surroundings and way of life. The style is characterized by “slacking” the strings to open chords, thus freeing the hands to alter the sound whilst self-accompanying with a triad of alternating bass patterns, faux rhythms and sweet melodies evocative of island atmospheres. Think “three guitars in one!” From this tradition Makana has evolved his own dynamic, high-octane style, coined “Slack Rock”: slack key infused with elements of bluegrass, rock, blues and raga. Makana’s playing has garnered praise from such guitar luminaries as Kirk Hammett (Metallica) and Pepe Romero (Spanish Flamenco Master). A contributor to the 2007 Grammy-nominated “Hawaiian Slack Key Kings Vol. I” and 2009 Grammy-nominated “Hawaiian Slack Key Kings Vol II”, Makana is considered one of the “greatest living players” (Esquire Magazine) whose “instrumental brilliance bears comparison with the work of such groundbreaking acoustic guitarists as John Fahey and Michael Hedges” (Maui News).
The focus of Makana’s art is to celebrate the beauty of tradition while exploring new, relevant perceptions, sounds and themes. In his music he often honors his forebears, the vintage Hawaiian music legends as well as the rock poet idols of the 60s, paying homage to the kupuna (elders) who carry within their Beings the cultural wisdom passed down through generations.
03/08/19 -Phil Keaggy
The Guitar Sanctuary is proud to present Phil Keaggy Live at The Sanctuary Music & Events Center on Friday March 8th with special guests Maylee Thomas & Friends. Phil will be doing a special solo performance, with a mix of both acoustic and electric playing. Tickets go on sale Friday November 30th at 10am CDT. We will have 40 VIP Tables downstairs, each with seating for 4 for $250 each. A small quantity of Individual seats on the upstairs balcony will be available for $40 each (seating is first come, first serve). Food and Bar service will be available from our friends at Sterling Events & Catering.
Phil Keaggy is perhaps one of the most admired guitarists in music today. His fans range from those who aspire just to be able to play Keaggy’s mistakes, to professional musicians who have been strongly influenced by his style. And in between are those who don’t play guitar, yet find solace in his beautifully penned lyrics and memorable melodies.
03/22/19 – Eric Gales
The Guitar Sanctuary is proud to present the return of Eric Gales to The Sanctuary Music & Events Center with special guests the Maylee Thomas Band on Friday March 22nd at 8pm (Doors open at 7). Downstairs Reserved Seats (First Come, First Served) are $25. General Admission Tickets (Standing Room Only) on the Upstairs Balcony are $15. We will have Cash Bar and Food available for purchase from our friends at Rick’s Chophouse.
On 8th February 2019, Eric Gales returns with his brand new album ‘The Bookends’ on Provogue/Mascot Label Group and it features collaborations with B. Slade, Doyle Bramhall II and Beth Hart.
03/24/19 – Masters of Hawaiian Music
Join The Guitar Sanctuary as we present a special Concert with the Masters of Hawaiian Music: George Kahumoku Jr, Nathan Aweau, and Kawika Kahiapo on Sunday March 24th at 8pm (Doors open at 7) at The Sanctuary Music & Events Center. Complete with authentic Hula dancers and an Optional Hawaiian Buffet, this show features 3 renowned masters of Hawaiian Slack-Key guitar. VIP Tables (Includes Tickets/Seating for 4 People) directly in front of the stage are $200 per table. Downstairs Seats (First Come, First Served) are $35 each. Balcony Seats (First Come, First Served) are $25 each. The Optional Hawaiian Buffet Dinner is available for $20 Per Person and will feature a selection of traditional Hawaiian favorites from our friends at L&L Hawaiian BBQ, including Hawaiian BBQ Beef, Fried Fish, Breaded Shrimp, Kalua Pork, Hawaiian BBQ Chicken, Musubi, Macaroni Salad, Asian Coleslaw, and Steamed Rice. We will have standard Cash Bar Service available from our friends at Rick’s Chophouse along with a special selection of tropical drinks.
George Kahumoku Jr, Nathan Aweau & Kawika Kahiapo: The Three Masters, featured regularly at Maui’s renowned “Slack Key Show®”, share Hawai‘i’s unique folk styles, with origins in the early 19th century Hawaiian paniolo (cowboy) culture. Delightful, authentic, true aloha!
03/29/19 – Mimi Fox and Andy Timmons
The Guitar Sanctuary is proud to present a special evening of Virtuoso Guitar with Mimi Fox Jazz Guitar and Andy Timmons Official Page on Friday March 29th at 8pm (doors open at 7) at The Sanctuary Music & Events. VIP Tables with seating for 4 directly in front of the stage are $150 per table. Downstairs Seats (First come, First Served) are $25. General Admission (Standing Room Only on the main floor and balcony) Tickets are $10. We will have standard Bar and Food Service available from our friends at Sterling Events & Catering.
Internationally renowned guitarist/composer/recording artist Mimi Fox has been named a winner in 6 consecutive Downbeat Magazine international critic’s polls and has been recognized by writers and colleagues alike as one of the most eloquent guitarists on today’s scene. In one of many feature stories, Guitar Player Magazine hailed Mimi as “a prodigious talent who has not only mastered the traditional forms but has managed to reinvigorate them.”
04/05/19 – Wayfaring Strangers
Texas Homegrown Music & The Guitar Sanctuary would like you to join us for a special limited seating House Concert event at The Sanctuary Music & Events Center with Maylee & The Mayor, Jon Christopher Davis, Grady Yates, and Will & Crystal Yates on Friday April 5th. The Show starts at 8pm, Doors Open at 7pm to visit with the artists and friends. Downstairs Reserved Tables each with Seating for 4 are $150. Our friends from Rick’s Chophouse will be here with a full cash bar, as well as sandwiches and salads available for purchase. There will be an area set up for you to purchase artists cd’s & merchandise.
The Wayfaring Stranger feature great music from renowned local artists in an intimate setting.
05/03/19 – California Guitar Trio & Montreal Guitar Trio
The Guitar Sanctuary is proud to present the California Guitar Trio and the Montreal Guitar Trio live at The Sanctuary Music & Events Center on Friday May 3rd at 8pm (doors open at 7pm). VIP Tables with seating for 4 directly in front of the stage are $200 per table. Downstairs Seats (First Come, First Served) are $35 each. Balcony Seats (First Come, First Served) are $25 each. We will have standard Bar and Food Service available from our friends at Rick’s Chophouse.
Featuring six virtuoso guitarists from four countries (Japan, Canada, Belgium, and US), California Guitar Trio (CGT) and Montreal Guitar Trio (MG3) fuse over 45 years of combined performing experience into one unique six-by-6-string ‘phenomensemble’. In a pleasantly surprising way, CGT’s steel stringed-guitars blend naturally with MG3’s nylon-stringed guitars, as each trios fret boards chase the others’ original compositions and new arrangements of progressive rock, world, jazz and classical music.
05/10/19 – Ariel Posen & Mark Lettieri
The Guitar Sanctuary is proud to present guitarist Ariel Posen with special guest Mark Lettieri at The Sanctuary Music & Events Center on Friday May 10th at 8pm (doors open at 7pm). VIP Tables with seating for 4 directly in front of the stage are $125 per table. Downstairs Seats (First Come, First Serve) are $20. General Admission Tickets on the Balcony (Standing Room Only) are $10. We will have standard Bar and Food Service available from our friends at Rick’s Chophouse.
How Long marks Posen’s long-awaited solo debut, showcasing not only his chops as an instrumentalist, but his talents as a diverse songwriter, too. The record casts a wide net, moving from rootsy blues to R&B to melodic rock & roll. A co-writer and producer for artists of all genres, Posen shows the full range of his talents on these 10 tracks, nodding to his influences — including The Beatles, Stevie Ray Vaughan, John Mayer and more — along the way. How Long is not a guitar record, although there’s certainly plenty of guitar to be heard here. Instead, it’s a song record, filled with hooks, autobiographical lyrics, and Posen’s compelling voice.
The Mark Lettieri Trio is an instrumental jazz-rock-fusion ensemble led by three-time GRAMMY Award-winning guitarist and composer, Mark Lettieri. Notable for being a longtime member of jazz super-group Snarky Puppy, Lettieri formed his trio as a live outlet for his guitar-based material that spans his three albums.
05/11/19 – Bonnie Bishop
The Guitar Sanctuary is proud to present Bonnie Bishop on Saturday May 11th at 8pm (doors open at 7) with special guest Billie Jo at The Sanctuary Music & Events Center. VIP Tables with seating for 4 directly in front of the stage are $150 per table. Downstairs Seats (First come, First Served) are $20. General Admission (Standing Room Only on the main floor and balcony) Tickets are $10. We will have standard Bar and Food Service available from our friends at Rick’s Chophouse.
It’s only a matter of time until Hollywood snaps up the story of how singer-songwriter Bonnie Bishop connected with Dave Cobb, one of the hottest producers in the business, to unlock her inner soul singer and record the best album of her career: “Ain’t Who I Was” (May 27; Thirty Tigers/RED).
Even though Bishop can barely believe it herself, it’s a story that will need no dramatic embellishment, because every twist of fate — and faith — is absolutely true.
A proud native of Texas, Billie Jo is a singer, songwriter, and recording artist blending traditional country vocals with honest songs. Her most important role though is being a mother to her 4 children. Billie Jo is well on her way of establishing herself as one of Texas country’s upcoming artists to watch. She has won numerous singing competitions and continues to make a name for herself. In 2013, she won the John Ritter Tribute Showcase put on by the Texas Country Music Hall of Fame.
10/19/19 – McKinney Music & Wine Festival
Join us for the 3rd Annual McKinney Wine & Music Festival Presented by Master Built Contractors! The event features over 100 wines, 4 bands, talented artists, local restaurants, beer & cocktails, culinary demos from North Texas culinary experts, a play zone for kids, grape stomping competitions and 60+ boutiques, local businesses and shops!
The festival is free and family friendly! Wine tasting passes are $40 and include 20 tasting tickets, a signature event wine glass and lanyard!
The Sanctuary was specifically designed with concerts in mind. Its features include; a state of the art sound system and lighting equipment and a built in stage. Full service sound and lighting technicians along with LCD projection are available to make your next music event truly spectacular.
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