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Purple Haze celebrates Hendrix

Saturday marks the 40th anniversary of Jimi Hendrix’s passing and Purple Haze will be performing Friday night to commemorate the occasion and celebrate his life.

“We wanted to do something special,” said Pete Roberts, who plays bass and sings backing vocal for the band. The 40th anniversary of his passing is “a big deal,” he finished.

The band plans to have educational posters in the lobby of The Center for the Arts to teach people about Hendrix and his accomplishments. They will also hold a raffle for Purple Haze CDs, DVDs and T-shirts and official Hendrix releases. Proceeds will be donated to the Nevada County Food Bank, and donations are being accepted.

Lead singer Ralph Woodson certainly knows his Hendrix. He has studied every detail of the guitar icon’s unique style to the point of being able to duplicate Hindrix’s solos with the guitar behind his back.

Woodson formed the Ralph Woodson Experience in 2001 (which became Purple Haze in 2010), focusing on the Hendrix material that he grew up with and always loved.

Purple Haze has gained a steady following in the Bay Area. Woodson’s showmanship and command of the Hendrix material make for a very special journey into the past.

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