Grammy-award winning guitarist Steve Vai announces a premier screening of his concert film STEVE VAI LIVE IN MINNEAPOLIS: WHERE THE WILD THINGS at the Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood on September 15th. Attendees will have the rare opportunity to view the concert film in its entirety and also listen to Vai and his band members discuss the making of the film, as well as the behind-the-scenes details of the tour.
The screening will be open to the public and proceeds from the event will benefit Hollywood Arts, an arts academy that provides creative and commercial art instruction to homeless and at-risk youth. Vai has been a member of the board of directors for Hollywood arts since 2007.
"I’m thrilled to be sponsoring this event in support of such a vital organization as Hollywood Arts", explains Vai. "I have personally seen how this institute has mended broken spirits and changed the quality of people’s lives while cultivating them to become valuable contributors in building a healthier society."
Music celebrities from all walks are donating items for a silent auction that will be held at the Egyptian on the night of the screening. There will also be an eBay and live auction to help raise funds and awareness for Hollywood Arts. Visit http://favorednations.com/auction/index_3.htm to view some auction items.
2010 will mark Vai's 30 year touring anniversary. Vai first stepped into the spotlight in 1980 as a guitarist in Frank Zappa's band but his indelible contribution to music came during his solo career, which includes combined sales of nearly six million albums. WHERE THE WILD THINGS
ARE was filmed in Minneapolis during Vai's sold out Sound Theories tour which spanned several continents. The film is scheduled to be released on DVD and Blu-ray Sept. 29th. A live audio CD that contains select performances from the DVD will also be released on Sept. 29th. A preview of the film may be seen at www.vai.com/wildthings.
General admission tickets are $40.00 and all ages are welcome. One hundred attendees will have the opportunity to purchase tickets to the EVO Experience, a private Q & A discussion with Steve. For more info on the EVO experience click here http://www.vai.com/News/evo2009
The schedule for the event is as follows:
4:00 p.m. EVO Experience
6:00 p.m. Red Carpet Arrivals
6:30 p.m. Address by Steve Vai and Hollywood Arts
7:00 - 10:00 p.m. Screening
10:30 p.m. Silent auction closes
Tickets are on sale as of Friday 14th August at 5:00pm PDT. To speed up the ticketing process, we recommend fans set up a store account ahead of the ticket sale.
Tickets are only available in advance through the Vai.com Ticket Store. Tickets will NOT be available at the Egyptian Theatre Box Office. If you have questions about the Benefit Screening, tickets or the EVO Experience, visit our Premiere Benefit Screening FAQ page.
All tickets will be sold over www.vai.com. For more information click on www.vai.com or www.hollywood-arts.org