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Mondavi Center Presents

Cory Wong featuring Monica Martin

with opening act LA LOM

Cory Wong in a striped shirt and white pants plays his signature Fender guitar before an orange background
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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.”

Run Time: 2hrs and 45min including intermission.

Estimated Times:
Opening Act: LA LOM – 7:30pm
Cory Wong featuring Monica Martin – 8:45pm


Cory Wong – guitar
Petar Janjic – drums
Kevin Gastonguay – keys
Yohannes Tona – bass
Michael Nelson – trombone
Jay Webb – trumpet
Kenni Holmen – sax
Alex Bone – sax
Dan White – sax
Negah Santos – percussion

Sponsored by

  • Season Sponsor The Nancy and Hank Fisher Family Fund

    The Nancy and Hank Fisher Family Fund

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