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Joe Robinson

Artist Change

Joe Robinson will be replacing Frank Vignola & Vinny Raniolo, due to an injury sustained by Frank Vignola. Tickets already purchased for “Frank & Vinny” will serve for admittance to Joe Robinson’s performance on the same date and time.

Family Matinee

Saturday, April 21, 2018 | 11am

Herbst TheatreVenue Information

$15 Children/$25 Adults


Program to be announced.

About This Performance

SF Performances’ Family Matinees engage young audiences in performances by artists of the highest caliber. Twenty-five-year-old Australian Joe Robinson is considered uniquely gifted as a virtuoso guitarist and singer/songwriter. He walks a tightrope between the instrumental music that has put him in the spotlight and a unique fusion of vocally based rock, blues, jazz, and R&B that is entirely his own.

Performer Biography

Joe Robinson started playing guitar at age nine. He quickly outpaced his guitar instructor and began educating himself via the Internet. At just 13 years old, he won the Australian National Songwriting Competition.

Within a couple of years he was touring regularly and sharing stages with artists such as Tommy and Phil Emmanuel, both of whom served as mentors. He released his first album of original material, Birdseed, in 2005 at age 15. When the 16-year-old Robinson burned through a Chet-inflected medley of Day Tripper and Lady Madonna at the opening round of the 2008 Australia’s Got Talent television series competition, the entire house—including the judges— gave him a standing ovation. He went on to win $250k with his take on Tommy Emmanuel’s arrangement of Classical Gas.

“It’s not hard to imagine him rivaling the popularity of, say, John Mayer in coming years.” —Washington Post

Robinson has spent the last few years touring North America and abroad (China, Japan, Europe, and Australia) playing festivals and headlining clubs, which has enabled him to define himself as a budding world visionary. Displaying his virtuosity on electric as well as acoustic guitar, Robinson landed a coveted spot as one of Australian Guitar Magazine’s Top 50 Best Guitarists.

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