Upcoming Concert: Kip Winger, Live and Unplugged

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You may have heard him in the Alan Parsons Project, or maybe with Alice Cooper. Then again, you might have noticed his musical contributions on albums by Bob Dylan, Blue Yonder, Fiona, or even Twisted Sister. Rock musician Kip Winger has appeared on some prestigious stages, and this month, you’ll have the opportunity to see him perform up close here in Hickory.

When and Where

The show will go on at the Main Cellar City Club on Friday, July 12. The music will start at 7 p.m., and the event will last until 11:30 p.m. Tickets range from the $28 general admission to the $78 VIP Meet & Greet package. If you opt for the VIP treatment, you will enjoy early entry to the venue, seats in the first two rows in front of the stage, a commemorative poster, and a chance to meet and get a photo with the artist. The club is located at 332 1st Avenue Southwest, Hickory, North Carolina 28602.

Live and Unplugged

Winger’s versatile musicianship has opened the doors to recording studios with the likes of Bob Dylan and The Who’s Roger Daltrey. When he returns to the Main Cellar City Club, he’ll bring his talents to a decidedly intimate space for a special acoustic performance. While he’s demonstrated his prowess with everything from electric bass to synthesizers, this unplugged engagement will strip his music down to the essentials, highlighting the songwriting that let his career take flight.

A Part of Rock History

Kip Winger’s career has involved some exciting twists and turns, from his first big hit with Kix’s Midnite Dynamite to his raucous stint with Alice Cooper. In fact, when Winger set out on his own to start a new band with Reb Beach, Rod Morgenstein, and Paul Taylor, they had originally decided to call their outfit Sahara. It was Cooper that recommended that they rebrand themselves Winger, and the name took off.

The band recorded three albums together before Winger chose to embark on a solo venture. During that time, he released several records, including the heartfelt This Conversation Seems Like a Dream. Since then, he has even experimented with classical music, composing the symphonic “Ghosts,” which made its live debut with the San Francisco Ballet in 2010.

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