Grammy-winning Steve Winwood Brings Greatest Hits Live Tour To Minneapolis At The State Theatre
Singer-songwriter, legendary vocalist, guitarist, keyboardist, mandolin player, producer, Grammy winner and BMI Icon STEVE WINWOOD stops in Minneapolis at the historic State Theatre (805 Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis) for one night only on Friday, Feb. 23, 2018 at 8 p.m. with a live greatest hits tour. Winwood has sold more than 50 million records in the course of his career with hits including "Gimme Some Lovin'," "Back in the High Life Again," "Can't Find My Way Home," "Arc Of A Diver," "Higher Love," "Roll With It," "While You See A Chance," "Dear Mr. Fantasy," "Split Decision," "The Finer Things," "Valerie," "The Low Spark Of High Heeled Boys."
For more than five decades, Steve Winwood has remained a primary figure in rock and roll, a respected innovator who has helped to create some of the genre's most celebrated achievements. His skills as a composer, vocalist and multi-instrumentalist have developed an impressive catalog of popular music.
Winwood burst into prominence in 1963 at the age of 15 with the Spencer Davis Group. The band enjoyed a string of chart-topping hits by way of such enduring classics as "Gimme Some Lovin'," "I'm A Man" and "Keep On Running." The international success of these singles bolstered his confidence and strengthened his resolve to seek out new rhythmic possibilities.
In 1967, Winwood left the Spencer Davis Group and co-founded Traffic. Beloved for their eclectic style and superbly crafted songs, Traffic routinely defied convention to celebrate a host of diverse sounds and influences. Landmark albums such as Mr. Fantasy, The Low Spark of High Heeled Boys and John Barleycorn Must Die confirmed their position as one of the most important British groups of the 1960s and 1970s.
Eager to try his hand with other creative partnerships, Winwood left Traffic in 1969 to form a new group called Blind Faith with Eric Clapton and Ginger Baker. The pairing of Winwood with Cream's Eric Clapton, Ginger Baker and later, former Family bassist Rick Grech, created what many critics dubbed Rock's first supergroup. The international popularity of 'Blind Faith', the group's sole #1 album, confirmed their special chemistry. Blind Faith staples written by Winwood such as "Can't Find My Way Home" and "Had to Cry Today" continue to rank among his finest achievements.
In 1970, Winwood reformed Traffic with Jim Capaldi and Chris Wood and guided a highly successful run with the innovative albums The Low Spark Of High Heeled Boys, John Barleycorn Must Die and Shoot Out At The Fantasy Factory. By 1975, Traffic splintered as the allure of solo projects and new creative partnerships proved too tempting to resist.
1977's solo debut Steve Winwood signaled a bold new artistic direction, including writing partnerships with Viv Shanshall and Will Jennings. This shift kick started the creation of his landmark solo albums including Arc Of A Diver, the three-time Grammy Award-winning Back In The High Life and the Grammy Award-winning Roll With It. Winwood has always nurtured a restless creative spirit, mining rich musical traditions such as Delta Blues, English Folk, Plainsong, R&B, Afro-and Caribbean & Brazilian rhythms; merging these diverse influences within his own unmistakable sound.
Winwood's solo career has yielded a rich catalog of popular songs including "Back In The High Life," "While You See A Chance," "Roll With It," "Valerie" and "Higher Love." His most recent solo albums About Time and Nine Lives have received critical acclaim, earning Winwood one of his highest Billboard chart entries.
Winwood has since renewed his creative partnership with Eric Clapton. Their expansive CD and DVD Live at Madison Square Garden was nominated for two Grammys and rewarded their many fans with some of the most exciting performances of their careers. Subsequent tours of the United States and Japan make clear the lasting appreciation fans have for their unique talents.
Hennepin Theatre Trust is a nonprofit organization that creates positive change through the arts by bringing together people, businesses and organizations in WeDo, the West Downtown MPLS Cultural District. We serve the community through our three historic theatres - the Orpheum, State and Pantages - and our unique arts, culture and education programs. Learn more at HennepinTheatreTrust.org.