As a teen the guitarist Cory Wong was strongly influenced by Pat Metheny and tried out jazz but only to fall head over heels into funk and R’n’B. Back then he jammed in his hometown Minneapolis with Dr. Mambo’s Combo, a band which consists of members of Prince’ New Power Generation. Educational years. Prince himself was impressed. Even though Wong gets compared to this legend, or names such as Nile Rodergs, when it comes to Wong’s style he has managed to develop a nuanced, minimalistic, twangy funkiness with his Stratocaster which makes him unique. Wong has a distinctive sense for timing, rhythm and thoughtfully places effects – which also distinguishes him as producer and studio artist. He has been on stage with Questlove and Bootsy Collins. Some may know him as unofficial member of the funk band Vulfpeck – providing for them the surprising, crazy moments. Naming his solo album “The Optimist” is no surprise – energetic, spark flying, groovy music. Who listens to the record can only guess what happens on stage: a creative explosion, performed by a very entertaining artist, who says about himself: “I always laugh and smile.”
The concert is not seated.