Masters of the Telecaster featuring GE Smith, Jim Weider and Tom Principato

September 21, 2018, 8:00 PM to 9:30 PM


masters-3-300x275.jpgScranton Cultural Center presents

Masters of the Telecaster featuring GE Smith, Jim Weider and Tom Principato

$35 in advance / $45 day of show


Doors at 7:00pm, Show at 8:00pm

Don’t miss Masters of the Telecaster featuring GE Smith, Jim Weider and Tom Principato at the Scranton Cultural Center on Friday, September 21 at 8:00 PM!  Featuring three of the world’s most prolific guitarists for the first time in Scranton, this show is a must see for anyone who loves a little rock, blues and a good old Fender!

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NEPA native and legendary band leader from Saturday Night Live and Live Aid, GE Smith has also played guitar for Hall & Oates, Bob Dylan, and just completed the Roger Waters - The Wall Live World Tour.  He's among rock royalty and also played with David Bowie, Mick Jagger, Hot Tuna and Tina Turner.

Jim Weider, who is best known for The Band, Levon Helm Band and The Weight Band, is a master of classic telecaster and traditional blues slide guitar techniques.  A Woodstock NY native, he's one of a select group of musicians to have an endorsement from Fender, and has built an international reputation among fellow musicians worldwide.

DC–based Blues King and Powerhouse front man, Tom Principato has been setting the telecaster on fire all across the globe with some of the finest performers for over 25 years. With twenty albums under his belt, he's had endorsement deals with Fender, Seymour Duncan pick ups and Roger Mayer guitar effects pedals.

Don’t miss this historic night of blues & roots rock & roll, playing tunes from Roy Buchanan, Little Richard, Bo Diddley, Sam Cooke and more!   The three Masters will be joined by Randy Ciarante (drums & vocals) and Lincoln Schleife (bass, vocals) to complete this most righteous and rockin’ band.

General Admission, first-come first-served, cabaret-style seating in the SCC Grand Ballroom.
Cash bar with light fare available for purchase.

Due to the nature of theatrical bookings all performances, dates, times and prices are subject to change without notice. NO REFUNDS / NO EXCHANGES

Join us as we present 3 of the most prolific rock guitarists in the world!!

Masters of the Telecaster - features GE Smith (SNL Hall & Oates,/Roger Waters Band/ Bob Dylan); Jim Weider (The BAND & Levon Helm Band); Tom Principato (DC guitar legend)  

This is sure to be a magical and historic night of Blues & Roots Rock & Roll; playing tunes from Roy Buchanan, Little Richard, Bo Diddley, Sam Cooke and more!  

The three Masters are joined by Josh Dion (drums & vocals) and Lincoln Schleife (bass,vocals) to complete this most righteous and rockin’ band.

GE SMITH - Guitar & Vocals

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Grammy nominee and Emmy Award recipient GE Smith was born in Scranton then lived in Stroudsburg through the 1970’s. Playing guitar since age 7, his career sky-rocketed in the late 70’s when he joined Daryl Hall & John Oates. GE enjoyed touring and recording all over the world featured on mega hits such as Private Eyes, Man Eater, Kiss on My List and more.  After six years, Hall & Oates took a long break from the music scene.

In ‘’85 Smith ended up being the house band for Live Aid, backing Mick Jagger, Tina Turner and whoever didn't have a band. Soon after, he was appointed Band Director for Television hit comedy Saturday Night Live (SNL); where he stayed at the helm 10 years. During this period Smith also did a few one-off recordings and concerts with David Bowie and Peter Wolfe

The SNL roster of guest musicians read like a Who's Who of contemporary music: Eddie Van Halen, Keith Richards, Rickie Lee Jones, Al Green, Bryan Ferry, et al. In fact, many of the best musical (surprise) moments came when G.E. invited guitar heroes to play with the band, unannounced. Eddie Van Halen was the first, followed by an amazing roster that included David Gilmour, Lonnie Mack, Dave Edmonds, Johnny Winter, Buddy Guy, Stevie Ray Vaughn and others. The Buddy Guy visit eventually resulted in the GE’s 1996 Grammy-nominated Buddy Guy - Live CD, with G.E. and the SNL band. "I've been so lucky to get into these fantasy situations... that happened over and over on SNL” In the midst of his SNL tenure, Smith toured for almost four years with the legendary Bob Dylan.

During his SNL years Smith was also honored to be the musical director for special events such as the 1988 Emmy Awards, the 1993 Rhythm and Blues Foundation Awards and the Bob Dylan 30th Anniversary Concert at Madison Square Garden. Smith also has written with his friend and fellow musician Jimmy Buffett. "Six String Music" appears on Buffett's album Fruitcakes.

Smith acted as musical director at the Rock N' Roll Hall of Fame Museum Concert in Cleveland.

GE celebrated the NBC's 75th Anniversary Show, and continues to teach to his guitar workshops at Jorma Kaukonen's Fur Peace Ranch.He just finished a three year run with Roger Waters WALL LIVE worldwide tour and is considered one of the most in demand blues / rock guitarists in the world

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Jim Weider, Guitar & Vocals

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Jim Weider, a master of classic telecaster guitar, is renowned for his rock and blues-based signature sound. He is among a select group of musicians with an endorsement from Fender and, for the past three decades, he's earned enormous respect from fellow musicians and music fans throughout the world. 
Born and raised in the famed arts colony of Woodstock, NY, Jim received great acclaim during his long tenure (1985-2000) as lead guitarist (replacing Robbie Robertson) for Rock 'n Roll Hall of Fame inductees, The Band.

During 15 years of international touring with original members Levon Helm, Garth Hudson and Rick Danko, Jim was featured on numerous albums, films, videos and television appearances. Highlights included a 1990 performance with The Band and Ronnie Hawkins at The Berlin Wall concert produced by Roger Waters of Pink Floyd; several cable TV specials (notably "The Bob Dylan Tribute" at Madison Square Garden; "The Road," and "This Country's Rocking"); a performance and recording at the "Unofficial Blue Jean Bash" for President Clinton's 1993 Inaugural Ball, with special guests Bob Dylan, Steven Stills and Dr. John; a 1994 pay-per-view concert telecast from the Woodstock '94 Festival; and a 1995 appearance on the A&E Biography documentary "The Authorized Video Biography The Band" for cable TV and video, released by ABC Video. .Jim furthered his reputation as a versatile and talented guitarist in performances and recordings with Scotty Moore, Keith Richards, Los Lobos, Graham Parker, Taj Mahal, Mavis Staples, Hot Tuna, Bob Weir/Rat Dog, Johnny Paycheck, James Talley, Kim Wilson, Paul Butterfield, Robbie Dupree, among many others.

PERCoLAToR represents Jim's musical venture into a powerful, groove & atmospheric guitar driven band. Jim blends rock&blues with funk & jazz groove's combining modern drum loops and samples, to playing beautiful melodic ballads. 

Jim has performed/recorded with such well known artists as: 
THE BAND, Levon Helm Band, Bob Dylan, Graham Parker, Los Lobos, Robbie Dupree, Doctor John, Taj Majhal, Mavis Staples, Paul Butterfield, Scotty Moore, Keith Richards, Hot Tuna, Bob Weir/Rat Dog, Kim Wilson, Paul Burlison, Lee Rocker


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Tom Principato Guitar & Vocals

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TOM PRINCIPATO  was born in Washington, D.C., and was initially inspired by the music of Roy Buchanan, Chet Atkins, and Danny Gatton  Later BB King inspired him to explore and further develop his playing style. In the late 1970’s, Principato led the band Powerhouse, which released Night Life to some acclaim. He joined the touring Geoff Muldaur in 1980, and recorded an album, I Ain't Drunk, as part of the ensemble known as Geoff Muldaur and His Bad Feet. He followed this by operating as a session musician, playing both in the studio and in concert with musicians including Sunnyland Slim, Billy Price, Big Mama Thornton, and James Montgomery. Joining the Assassins with Jimmy Thackery, he recorded two albums, No Previous Record (1986) and Partners In Crime (1987).The latter recording earned Principato his first Washington Area Music Awards (Wammys).

By the mid-1980s, Principato commenced his solo career, recording the live album, Blazing Telecasters, with Danny Gatton. It was eventually released in 1990. It was considered for a Grammy Award nomination. In 1988, Principato appeared at the Notodden Blues Festival.

From that time onwards, Principato has recorded a string of solo albums, which have seen him accompanied by an ever changing backing ensemble. These include Smokin' (1985), I Know What You're Thinkin'... (1989), In Orbit (1991), Tip of the Iceberg (1992), In the Clouds (1995), and Really Blue (1998). Tip of the Iceberg was co-produced by Chuck Leavell, who had also performed on Really Blue. In 1995, Principato's song "In The Clouds" was also considered for a Grammy nomination.

Fingers on Fire (2002) was originally recorded in 1978 with Pete Kennedy (now with The Kennedys), and was followed by more solo work on House on Fire (2003), Guitar Gumbo (2005), and Raising the Roof! (2008).The latter album gained Principato another Wammy in 2009. In July 2011, Principato and his band performed at the Montreux Jazz Festival.

His album, Robert Johnson Told Me So, was launched at the Bethesda Blues & Jazz Supper Club on November 16, 2013.

In 2000, Principato's book, Open-String Guitar Chords, was published by the Hal Leonard Corporation (ISBN 978-0634004780).

Since the 1990s, Principato has had endorsement deals with Fender, Seymour Duncan pick-ups and Roger Mayer guitar effects pedals.


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