Friday, March 31, 2017 at 8 p.m.
Tickets on sale Friday, December 9, 2016 at 10 a.m.
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.
About the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts
Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts is a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization operating the state-of-the-art performing arts center in downtown Orlando, Florida. With its opening in November 2014, the performing arts center launched its vision of Arts for Every Life by being a gathering place for creativity and discovery; a vibrant urban destination where artists, audiences and students come to experience, explore and learn. The two-block community destination features the 2,700-seat Walt Disney Theater, 300-seat Alexis & Jim Pugh Theater, Seneff Arts Plaza, Dr. Phillips Center Florida Hospital School of the Arts, the DeVos Family Room, and other event rental spaces. Future expansion includes Steinmetz Hall, a 1,700-seat acoustical theater, along with rehearsal, classroom, office space and commercial development spaces. Dr. Phillips Center is a private non-profit collaborating with the City of Orlando, Orange County, the State of Florida and generous donors.