Snapshots: Dante Frisiello @ Jammin’ Java — 9/9/19

Dante Frisiello and his band perform at Jammin’ Java, Sep. 9, 2019. (Photo by Ari Strauss)

Dante Frisiello was in a state of nirvana one night recently at Jammin’ Java in Vienna, Virginia. The progressive rock composer and guitarist released his debut album, Alignment, earlier in the year — and this evening was his third opportunity present the material to live audience. That alone would have been enough; but on this evening, Dante was on stage as the opening act for one of his favorite musical influences, instrumental rock drummer Virgil Donati. It was a dream come true.

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Don’t Miss: Joe Satriani @ Lincoln Theatre, 4/2/16

Joe SatrianiJoe Satriani or Shockwave Supernova? (Photo Credit: MAD Ink PR)

Joe Satriani swoops into Washington, DC on April 2nd, bringing his classic brand of instrumental guitar anthems to the Lincoln Theatre.

Joe’s tour, titledĀ “From Surfing to Shockwave”, is in support of his latest release and 15th full-length album (2015), Shockwave Supernova.

The album and much of his work from 1986 onward, is about listeners being transported to new worlds. Since his songs have no lyrics, those worlds you have to discover for yourself. As the mood strikes you.

The album’s title song, “Shockwave Supernova”, opens the concept album with frenetic urgency, and begins a journey of the titular character (or as Joe describes his alter ego) over 15 bold songs. The video depicts a passage through the cosmos with pulsing sound and light.

“On Peregrine Wings” could be the sweeping score of an epic sword and sorcery film, such as Highlander or Time Bandits. (Or any other strange science fiction movie Sean Connery starred in…)


Although I haven’t kept up with Joe Satriani’s recent releases (he also plays on the band, Chickenfoot), I did play the sheen off of his 1995 self-titled album, Joe Satriani. One of my personal ‘Top 100’ songs of all-time (if such a thing could ever truly exist…), was the 7th song, “Home”. It found its way on many a mixed tape, curated for long road trips.

You don’t want to miss the chance to experience one of the finest guitarists in music (and teacher of many more). Get your tickets here.

Buy and learn more about Shockwave Supernova here.

Joe Satriani
Lincoln Theatre
Saturday, April 2
Doors @ 6:30pm (Show @ 8:00pm)
All ages