Mondavi Center Presents
Cory Wong featuring Monica Martin
with opening act LA LOM
Wednesday, February 21, 2024
Tickets from: $25.00
Music motivates at the most primal level.
Straight out of Minneapolis, Grammy-nominated American guitarist, bassist, songwriter, podcast-host, and producer Cory Wong positioned himself as music’s answer to motivational speakers like Tony Robbins since emerging in 2011. Head-spinning rhythm-guitar wizardry, technical ebullience, laugh-out-loud jokes, and radiance on stage established him as both a sought-after collaborator and celebrated solo artist alike.
“I try to feature the guitar, but I don’t force myself into being the star of every song,” he says. “The instrument plays an appropriate role. It’s not all flash. I’m bringing rhythm to the forefront where it’s not so shreddy. I refer to it as ‘Covert chops.’ I’m doing things that are sneakily hard, but they lay in the cut. I allow the song to breathe and present myself as more of a composer rather than a guitar player.”
In the end, Cory transmits joy in its purest form through the guitar. ”I want people to experience instrumental music in a different way. This is hype. It’s more than just guitar.”
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