Third Annual Vai Academy Guitar Camp Scheduled


Steve Vai’s third annual Vai Academy Guitar Camp — Vai Academy 3.0: “Passion and Technique” — will be taking place in Carmel, CA at the Asilomar Conference Grounds from January 2-6, 2017. Along with a star-studded lineup of special guests including Al Di Meola, Zakk Wylde, Carlos Alomar and others, Vai will stage the event for players and music lovers of all ages, levels, interests, and tastes. The four-day gathering offers once-in-a-lifetime activities such as jamming with Steve Vai and his band, as well as activities and workshops for master players, beginners, and enthusiastic fans alike. For more information, including a variety of registration options, visit Register by November 24 and receive a BOSS SD-1 Super Overdrive Pedal, TC Electronic Polytune Clip, and a copy of the Tone Wizards eBook when you arrive to Vai Academy.

“I’m so excited that Vai Academy has been as successful as it’s been, and it seems to become more interesting every year,” Steve Vai, the newly-inducted 2016 Long Island Music Hall of Fame Member, remarked. “For 2017, we chose the Asilomar Conference Grounds in beautiful Carmel, California during the first week of January, which is great because everyone’s ready to start the year fresh after the holidays. This year, we’re going to focus on guitar technique, and we’ll talk about finding inspiration within yourself to write melodies and songs. The technique is the tool. It’s your most useful friend to express what’s inside. We’ll unlock that together.”

“Ultimately, the main goal of Vai Academy is for everybody in attendance to feel incredibly enthusiastic when thinking about their goals, their future, and connection to the instrument, and to make some new friends, maybe find a new bandmate or two, and have a great time.”

Vai is currently on a critically-acclaimed, 100+ date Passion And Warfare 25th Anniversary World Tour celebrating one of the greatest instrumental rock guitar recordings of all time. For the first time ever, Vai and his band are playing Passion And Warfare from front to back live at each tour stop.

The North American leg of the tour includes these upcoming concerts:

Nov. 15 – Vienna, VA – The Barns at Wolf Trap
Nov. 16 – Harrisburg, PA – Sunoco Theater at the Whitaker
Nov. 18 – Charlotte, NC – Neighborhood Theatre
Nov. 19 – Nashville, TN – Marathon Music Works
Nov. 20 – Knoxville, TN – Bijou Theatre
Nov. 21 – Durham, NC – The Carolina Theatre
Nov. 22 – Charleston, SC – Charleston Music Hall
Nov. 23 – Jacksonville, FL – Florida Theatre
Nov. 25 – St. Petersburg, FL – Palladium Theatre
Nov. 26 – Ft. Lauderdale, FL – Parker Playhouse
Nov. 27 – Orlando, FL – Plaza Live
Nov. 28 – Macon, GA – Cox Capitol Theatre
Nov. 29 – Atlanta, GA – Variety Playhouse
Nov. 30 – Birmingham, AL – WorkPlay Theatre
Dec. 1 – New Orleans, LA – Joy Theater
Dec. 2 – Austin, TX – Paramount Theatre
Dec. 4 – San Antonio, TX – Tobin Center for the Performing Arts
Dec. 5 – Dallas, TX – Bomb Factory
Dec. 6 – Tulsa, OK – Cain’s Ballroom
Dec. 7 – St. Louis, MO – The Pageant
Dec. 9 – Aspen, CO – Belly Up
Dec. 10 – Salt Lake City, UT – The Complex
Dec. 11 – Albuquerque, NM – El Rey Theater
Dec. 12 – Scottsdale, AZ – Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts

To purchase tickets, EVO Experience VIP packages (including front row, meet & greet + Q&A opportunities with Steve), and for more information, visit: