Joe Satriani and Steve Vai have announced plans for a second benefit concert supporting music industry veteran Cliff Cultreri.
“A Benefit for Cliff II” will take place July 10 at the House of Blues, Hollywood, and will feature performances by both Satriani and Vai, as well as special guests and friends of the duo, including Dweezil Zappa, Orianthi, Brendan Small and Tony MacAlpine, among others.
In addition to the event, Satriani, Vai, and others have donated items to be auctioned that evening, including a signed 20th Anniversary JEM guitar commemorating the line of Ibanez guitars. Vai used the guitar on the 2007 String Theories Tour and on the Grammy Nominated song “Now We Run,” featured on the DVD Where The Wild Things Are. Other auction items include Joe Satriani JS1000 guitar with personalized art, Joe Satriani JS1200 guitar autographed by all the musicians, and a Paul Gilbert autographed guitar.
Cultreri is the A&R exec who discovered Satriani and Vai, as well as many other popular recording artists, while working at Relativity Records and Koch Entertainment. He is suffering from a host of auto-immune and connective-tissue disorders that are attacking his immune system. In 2006, Satriani and Vai joined forces for the first Cultreri benefit show and raised money as well as attention to the devastation this disease takes out on both the patient and their family.