Wednesday, June 18 7:30 PM
Thursday, June 19 7:30 PM
Friday, June 20 8:00 PM
Meet & Greet with the Benise and Cast, and Private Pre-show reception with Benise Original Art Gallery (arrive 90 minutes prior to showtime)
Reserved Front 2 Rows/Premium Seating
Personal photos with Benise
'An Unplugged & Intimate Evening With Benise' - getting back to his roots with just music and a couple flamenco dancers. This will be a hot and fiery night of Spanish Guitar mixed with Gypsy violin - and full latin band (drums/percussion/bass/rhythm guitar/piano….because this show is paired down we will be able to play venues we could never play with the big show….please do not miss out on this opportunity…..
Roni Benise, is an American guitarist who describes his style as "nouveau spanish flamenco." Benise's success producing Latin-flavored entertainment lead to the Nights of Fire! production, which has been broadcast on PBS nationwide. It was taped at the art deco Arlington Theatre in Santa Barbara, California. The idea for Nights of Fire! blossomed out from his self-produced concerts, which he called Viva Spanish Nights. Featuring circus performers, samba dancers, and African drummers, the show filled 2,000-seat venues.
"Offers came in from record companies, but Benise turned them down, believing he would have to compromise his music or downsize his show. He finally found management he liked in Doc McGhee, who discovered Bon Jovi, Kiss, Mötley Crüe, and others. Observing how PBS introduced mass audiences to Yanni, Sarah Brightman, and Riverdance, he decided that hooking up with the network was logical. He created the equivalent of a stage musical, with instrumental guitar pieces that allow the rhythms and melodies to create a wordless story line."
The mixture of material in Nights of Fire! includes Brazilian samba, Cuban salsa, Spanish flamenco, Argentine tango, even African tribal chants and drums. The production received an Emmy for its costumes. Benise says, "I appreciate music from all over the world and I believe that feeling has allowed me to embrace them all, to incorporate them into the songs that I write, the music we sing, the shows we perform. When people ask what it is, I tell them it’s a combination of blues, jazz, salsa, rock and more, but in a hipper style." Some describe Roni Benise's Nights of Fire! as a cross between Latin Riverdance and Cirque du Soleil. The 40-person cast includes exotic drums, Gypsy violin, flamenco dancers, circus performers, Brazilian samba dancers and percussionists, African tribal drummers, horns and lighting technicians. The music also fits into new age and smooth jazz radio formats.