Matthew Lickona 12:30 p.m., Nov. 14
If even a fraction of all the yoga studios, office lobbies, and massage parlors who play Yanni CDs pay the required ASCAP and BMI fees, that’d go a long way toward explaining how a guy can earn so much cash making music that many people think sounds like Jabba the Hutt farting into a bagpipe. The new-age icon may have less hair than he did 25 years ago when recording his concert full-length, Live at the Acropolis, which became the defining release of his career, but he’ll relive those mullet-filled days with an anniversary tour featuring the entire album in performance.
Of course, there’s a reason for the trip through the wayback machine, with a newly spiffed-up version of the 1994 album about to drop, featuring an accompanying DVD of the PBS concert special that went on to become one of the best-selling retail music videos of all time. The keyboardist has sold over 25 million copies of his releases, earning over 40 gold and platinum albums, even as comedians and critics spent the entire quarter-century making endless “yawn-y” puns. His continued success and popularity is all the more impressive when one considers that the young demographic usually required to attain such sales probably thinks “Put on some Yanni” is just an unpleasant euphemism favored by their parents for some kind of deviant senior sex act. And, in truth, many young whippersnappers may well have been conceived to the dulcet strains of Yanni’s sensual, if somnambulist, muse, which he’ll share at downtown’s Civic Theatre on June 8.
- When: Friday, June 8, 2018, 7:30 p.m.
- Cost: $31.50 - $106.50