Carl Verheyen: Essential Blues

Friday, January 12, 2018 - Saturday, January 13, 2018
  • This is a two-night event. Please note the date of the event when purchasing tickets.
  • Doors at 6:30 PM
  • Concert at 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
    • Museum Members receive a 10% ticket discount

    Event Details

    The Museum of Making Music is proud to welcome back Carl Verheyen for two concert events.

    This event is a chance for audiences to experience powerful blues performed by three world-class musicians.  The concert celebrates and showcases music from Verheyen's most recent album "Essential Blues."

    Verheyen is joined by renowned bassist Dave Marotta, who has also performed with Phil Collins, Neil Diamond, Bruce Hornsby, Manhattan Transfer, Kenny Loggins, and countless others. Ace drummer John Mader has performed or recorded with Booker T. Jones, Steve Miller, Pat Benatar, Randy Newman, and Bonnie Raitt. He has also played drums for several Tony Award-winning musicals, including Disney’s The Lion King, Rent, Mamma Mia, and the world premiere of Wicked.

    The process and development of "Essentail Blues" was documented by film director Nigel Dick.  The documentary has many wonderful insights and can be seen below at the bottom of this page.


    Guest Details


    Carl Verheyen

    Carl Verheyen

    In his 40-plus years of playing the instrument, Carl has created a wildly successful, multi-faceted career. He is a critically-acclaimed musician, vocalist, songwriter, arranger, producer and educator with 11 CDs and two DVDs released worldwide and is commonly regarded as a guitar virtuoso capable of playing any style of music with remarkable mastery and conviction. He has been one of LA’s elite “first call” session players for the past 25 years, playing on hundreds of records, movie soundtracks and television shows. Carl has graced the pages of countless industry publications and been the subject of numerous articles chronicling his rise to the forefront of the modern day guitar scene. Carl has won numerous polls and musical honors in the US, Germany, France, Italy and the UK.

    A member of the smash hit British rock group Supertramp since 1985, Carl has played to millions of enthusiastic fans in sold out arenas worldwide. As the creative force behind The Carl Verheyen Band, he has released an impressive and eclectic discography that showcases his endless talents across a wide array of musical genres.

    A much sought after studio musician, Carl plays on other artists’ CDs whenever his busy schedule permits. He has recorded and played with a virtual who’s who of the music industry. His vast collection of movie soundtrack and television credits are enviable. Carl was heard by 67,000,000 people as a featured soloist at the 2009 Academy Awards. He will also be heavily featured in the forthcoming film documentary about the electric guitar, Turn It Up!


    Dave Marotta
    Dave Marotta

    Bassist Dave Marotta has been a fixture in the L.A. Studio scene performing on records, movies, jingles, television productions, as well as touring and recording with artists such as Colbie Caillat, the Mark-Almond Band, Burt Bacharach, Gino Vannelli, Phil Collins, Carl Verheyen, Manhattan Transfer, Bruce Hornsby, David Benoit, and many others.

    Dave is actively involved in music production and conducts bass seminars and music workshops for colleges, music schools, and musical instrument manufacturers.


    John Mader
    John Mader

    John Mader began playing drums at the age of 5 in Oakland California. Oakland proved to be a perfect incubator for John as he thrived playing in many of the school, community, rock, jazz, and funk bands in the area. This experience gave John a diverse background that continues to serve him well today. Early in his career, John was playing in local bands opening for such diverse acts as George Benson, The Red Hot Chili Peppers, The Who (two North American tours), and many more. John’s reputation quickly grew and he found himself playing with San Francisco/Oakland bay area legends including Joshua Redman, Lenny Williams (Tower of Power), and Miles Davis band alumni Barry Finnerty, Garth Webber, and Benny Rietveld.

    John continued to cast his net as wide as possible. He began getting calls from New York, Los Angeles, Nashville, and New Orleans to audition with such artists as Ray Charles, Peter Frampton, Pee Wee Ellis, Stephen Jenkins (Third Eye Blind), Cake, and many more. These experiences gave John national exposure which has led to local, touring, and/or studio dates with Josh Groban, Bonnie Raitt, Randy Newman, Pat Benatar, Steve Miller, Booker T., The Family Stone, Patti Austin, Angela Bofil, Pee Wee Ellis, Maceo Parker, Fred Wesley, Oz Noy and many more.

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