Hundreds Pack DV8 For Competition Finals

Special Thanks to the Experience Hendrix Website for the following article. (January 19, 1998)

(Seattle, WA - January 19, 1998) - Hundreds of music fans joined in a star-studded spectacular night of rockin' music at DV8 in Seattle, Wash. on Sunday, January 18. The evening started at 7pm and kept on going until well after 3am on Monday. Taking to the stage were fourteen competitors vying for the Voodoo Chile Award as top guitarist from the 1996 Jimi Hendrix Electric Guitar Competition.

We'll bring you a full report on the entire night of events in the near future, but we'd like to congratulate Corby Yates of Aueberry, California for taking home top honors in the 17-&-UnderCategory with his blazing rendition of "Hear My Train A Comin'". In the 18-&-Over Competition, Tolo Marton of Trevisio, Italy took home the Voodoo Chile Award with his classic rendition of "Red House."

Also on stage throughout the night was the historic reuniting of Billy Cox and Buddy Miles as the Band of Gypsys. They were joined on stage by Eric Gales, Slash and Gary Hoey in the stellar night of performances. But before the Band of Gypsys too to the stage, Keb'Mo' dazzled the crowd with his steel work on the Dobro 6-string. A special appearance by Stanley Jordan followed, with his very slick jazz influenced tapping style. The Chris Duarte Band took to the stage with his classic grind of Texas blues, as he played several cuts from his current release, Tailspin Headwack.