Weekend Musical Diversion: Turtle Island Quartet

August 14, 2011

A couple weeks ago, I was fortunate to see a highly entertaining free concert at Millennium Park. The concert was a tribute to guitar legend Jimi Hendrix…only this tribute was performed by San Francisco-based string quartet, Turtle Island Quartet.

I’ve always been a fan of groups and musicians that blend different genres of music…the Police, one of my favorite groups, is a great example as they combine elements of punk, reggae and pop. At the concert, I was amazed to hear how this string quartet pulled off songs by Hendrix, Coltrane and Miles Davis. Needless to say, I was highly entertained and very impressed. And it reminded me that having a wide range of influences is a good thing.

The Quartet played the Hendrix version of this classic Bob Dylan tune…Have a great weekend!

1 Angelia Sims August 17, 2011 at 12:16 am

Absolutely LOVED this! Just awesome. I am a big Vitamin String Quartet fan. I used their Kutless version of Dare you to Move as my walk-down-the-aisle song. It was amazing. Love all their Radiohead songs too. Thanks for sharing these guys!

2 Tim August 17, 2011 at 6:56 am

Hi Angelia:

I’m so glad you enjoyed Turtle Island Quartet version of All Along the Watchtower, I was pretty amazed at this version too. Thank you for stopping by to share your thoughts about the VSQ song that you used at your wedding and for introducing me to them. They look and sound very interesting. It goes to show you that just when you think you’ve heard it all and have discovered all the “good music” out there, there’s another talented group of musicians to discover. Very cool…thanks again!

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