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Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts, in association with AEG Live, announces Steve Miller Band, playing live to Orlando this spring. Known for his mainstay status in American music culture, particularly the blues, the recent inductee into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame will play the Walt Disney Theater on Friday, March 31, 2017 at 8 p.m. Tickets for the performance will be on sale to the public Friday, December 9, 2016 at 10 a.m. Tickets start at $39.00 and may be purchased online at drphillipscenter.org, by calling 844.513.2014 or by visiting the Dr. Phillips Center Box Office at 445 S. Magnolia Avenue, Orlando, FL 32801 between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday through Friday, or 12 p.m. and 4 p.m. Saturday. Online and phone ticket purchases are subject to handling fees.
With albums like “Children of the Future,” “Sailor,” and “Brave New World,” Steve Miller perfected a psychedelic blues sound that drew on the deepest sources of American roots music and simultaneously articulated a compelling vision of what “music and society” could be in the years to come. In the 1970s, Miller crafted a brand of rock ‘n’ roll music that was polished, exciting and irresistible, which has dominated radio through today. Hit followed hit in endless flow: “The Joker,” “Livin’ in the U.S.A.,” “Take the Money and Run,” “Rock’n Me,” “Fly Like an Eagle,” “Jet Airliner,” “Jungle Love,” and “Abracadabra” among them. To this day, these songs are instantly recognizable when they come on the radio, and they are impossible not to sing along with.
Running through Miller’s catalogue is a combination of virtuosity and song craft, along with melodic vocals and signature guitar riffs. His parents were jazz aficionados (Les Paul was his godfather), so as a budding guitarist and singer, Miller absorbed valuable lessons from their musical tradition. When the family moved to Texas, Miller deepened his education in the blues, meeting T-Bone Walker and learning to sing and play, listening to both him and Jimmy Reed. Miller moved to Chicago, where he played with Muddy Waters, Howlin’ Wolf, Lightnin’ Hopkins, Buddy Guy and Paul Butterfield.
Miller keeps himself immersed in listening and playing all genres American music: blues, jazz and rock ‘n’ roll. Miller also contributes his time to serve on the welcoming committee of the Department of Musical Instruments at New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art and as a board member of Jazz at Lincoln Center. He curates and hosts shows at both institutions, celebrating the bridge between blues and jazz music, as well as early American music.