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Gregg Rolie comes to UAFS

“An Intimate Evening with Gregg Rolie” on Oct. 11 kicks off a new Season at Second Street series sponsored by the University of Arkansas - Fort Smith.

The 7:30 p.m. event showcases the talents of Gregg Rolie, known as a legendary vocalist, keyboard player, producer, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee and co-founder of rock bands Santana and Journey.

Admission is by a Season at Second Street series ticket, or individual tickets are $27 from the UAFS Box Office. Tickets will also be sold at the door. The event will be held at the UAFS at Second Street location, 101 N. 2nd St.

Rolie’s big music adventure began when Rolie and Carlos Santana founded Santana. The group hit a high when they performed at the famed music festival Woodstock, with a debut album released just weeks after their performance. Rolie has called the documentary film made of the landmark concert “the mother of all music videos.” The event itself propelled Santana into instant worldwide renown.

Rolie’s singing talents were highlighted in Santana hits “Black Magic Woman,” “Evil Ways” and “Oye Como Va.”

After parting ways with Santana following the group’s fourth album, Rolie established Journey in 1972 with a fellow ex-Santana mate, guitarist Neal Schon. Journey delivered a unique jazz-rock blend that spotlighted solo instrumental work more than vocals. In addition to once again lending his vocal and keyboard prowess to the endeavor, Rolie co-wrote and co-produced the band’s first seven albums.

Rolie credits the Journey era with honing his songwriting skills, a strength shown in Rolie’s solo album, “Roots,” an album which takes listeners back to the sounds Rolie helped conjure up in the late ’60s.

Stacey Jones of Fort Smith, associate vice chancellor of campus and community events, said the audience is in for “a real treat.”

“Those attending will hear an evening of some of Gregg Rolie’s greatest music, like songs from Santana with Gregg Rolie performing the vocals,” said Jones. “The audience will also hear dialogue from him, talking about his times with Santana and Journey. It will be an informal, fun evening.”

Jones said Texas blues guitarist Alan Haynes will also perform with Rolie.

“Some of the best rock guitar playing will take place with Gregg Rolie and Alan Haynes as they entertain us on stage,” said Jones. “Rolie plays with some of top guitar players alive. This will be a great night.”

Season at Second Street is separate from Season of Entertainment, the annual entertainment extravaganza sponsored by UAFS that includes national touring productions and campus concerts and productions.

For more information, contact the UAFS Box Office at 479-788-7300 or go to www.uafs.universitytickets.com.

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