Andy McKee

Andy McKee

Joe Kye

Friday, April 7

Doors: 6:30 pm / Show: 7:30 pm

Rio Theatre

Santa Cruz, CA

$25.00 - $30.00

Andy McKee
Andy McKee
Andy McKee is among the world’s finest acoustic guitarists. His youthful energy and attention to song structure and melodic content elevates him above the rest. He entertains both the eye and the ear as he magically transforms the steel string guitar into a full orchestra via his use of altered tunings, tapping, partial capos, percussive hits and a signature two-handed technique.

McKee’s crossover success has helped him to achieve millions upon millions of YouTube viewers, underscoring his emergence as one of today’s most unique and influential artists. He has been featured as a cover story in both Acoustic Guitar Magazine in the U.S. and Acoustic Magazine in the UK, and is also the figurehead of the unique Guitar Masters tours. McKee’s tour dates have taken him through Europe, Asia, Australia and North America, including tours with legendary acts including Prince and Dream Theater.
Joe Kye
Joe Kye
Born in Korea and raised in Seattle, singer/composer/violinist-looper Joe Kye has drawn rave reviews in his relatively fledgling career, "discharging world[s] of emotion" and delivering "divine messages" with his lush string loops and eclectic style (Guitar World). Drawing upon his migrant upbringing throughout Asia and the US, Kye blends indie-rock, jazz, classical, pop, and world folk to create a unique sound that "leaves everyone in awe" (Sac News and Review). With his innovative use of digital effects and looping, Kye weaves together diverse textures, catchy melodies, and rich, sweet vocals to create soundscapes that groove, uplift, and empower listeners: "A single violinist...one mesmerizing symphony" (Sacramento Bee).

Following the release of his acclaimed 2015 EP, Joseph in the Well, Kye has been touring the United States with recent performances opening for world-renown cellist Yo-Yo Ma and Senator Bernie Sanders, along with a featured performance at California WorldFest. Previous collaborations include the Seattle Repertory Jazz Orchestra, the Sacramento Ballet, Alvin Ailey Composer/Percussionist William Catanzaro, original Wailer Devon Evans, and LA hip-hop artist Jason Chu. Kye has performed in venues like Benaroya Hall (Seattle), Community Center Theater (TEDx Sacramento), NAMM MainStage (Anaheim), the Baryshnikov Arts Center (NYC), and the White House. Kye is a Fishman sponsored artist.

Kye is currently planning an Asia tour and working on his new album, Migrants, slated for release in early 2017.
Venue Information:
Rio Theatre
1205 Soquel Ave.
Santa Cruz, CA, 95060
http://riotheatre.com/