227 Maple Avenue East
Vienna, VA 22180
8:00 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2013
6pm - The new Lobby Bar opens
7pm - Doors
8pm - Joe RobinsonAfter the show -- The lobby bar stays open! Joe Robinson
Joe Robinson plays guitar like Ali boxed, like Einstein knew theoretical physics and like Hitchcock made movies.
If the chipper twenty-year-old from backwoods Temagog, New South Wales, Australia were two or three times his age, his sheer six-string ability and compositional insight, which have already earned Robinson a world-wide following, would be no less astonishing. That fact is underscored by his winning TV's Australia's Got Talent in 2008, and the Australian National Songwriting Competition at the tender age of 13. But with his new album Let Me Introduce You, Robinson has made a daring quantum leap. The gifted young virtuoso has redefined himself as a budding pop-world visionary, deftly walking a tightrope between the instrumental music that's put him in the spotlight and a unique fusion of vocally based rock, blues, jazz, country and R&B that's entirely his own.
Although it seems like Robinson was born with a guitar in his hands, his first instrument was piano. Robinson truly found his calling at age 13 after meeting the Emmanuel brothers, Phil and Tommy, widely considered Australia's two finest guitarists. He was particularly struck by Tommy's dazzling acoustic finger picking technique and turned to the acoustic guitar as his primary instrument. A few years later - after Robinson had already won his first Australian National Songwriting Competition - Emmanuel introduced him to American audiences, taking him on a tour of the States that included an important stay in Nashville, Tennessee, where Robinson currently lives. On that trek he met Frank Rogers, a top Nashville producer who's made smash records with Brad Paisley, Darius Rucker and many others. It was the beginning of a musical partnership that continues on Let Me Introduce You and began with Robinson's second album, 2009's dazzling all-solo-acoustic Time Jumpin', the sequel to his 2007 made-in-Australia debut Birdseed. In 2008 Robinson went home at the invitation of the producers of Australia's Got Talent, handily winning the competition.
Recently Robinson's been traveling the world with his own trio featuring a drummer and bassist headlining tours across Europe, Japan, North American and Australia, displaying his virtuosity on acoustic and electric guitar and honing many of the songs on stage that appear on Let Me Introduce You.
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Bar $10 / GA $10 / VIP $15