NOVEMBER 16, 2012 - OMAR & STRINGPHOENIX PERFORM IN AUSTIN!
After the completion of a year-long world tour with BENISE, Omar-Phoenix reignites his hometown music scene with a performance during the AUSTIN FAN FEST in celebration of the F1 Racing Event Launch Party. He will be joined by his five-piece band StringPhoenix, and the hour-long set will feature music from Omar's solo albums as well as some new material. Admission is free, but GET THERE EARLY because downtown parking is always a hassle!
WHEN: Friday, November 16, 2012 @ 9:00 PM
WHERE: Austin Creates Stage - Congress Ave. and 2nd St. - Austin, TX 78701
FRIDAY, DECEMBER 16, 2011 - OMAR'S FINAL AUSTIN CONCERT:
Omar Lopez and his full band will present his final concert in his hometown of Austin, Texas. This promises to be an exciting and inspiring night of original music from his solo albums, as performed with a cast of seven amazingly talented musicians and special guest vocalists Kelley Phillips-Glover and Rachel Keagy. A special set of music to celebrate the spirit of the season will be presented by Bethany United Methodist Church worship group MESSENGERS OF GRACE at 7:30 PM before Omar and his band take the stage at 8:00 PM. This will be a very emotional and special show as Omar bids his hometown fans farewell, after which his musical journey will relocate him to Southern California in Spring 2012 after the completion of his world tour with BENISE.
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 22, 2011 - OMAR LOPEZ TO HONOR HOUSTON RADIO PERSONALITY WASH ALLEN WITH SOLO PERFORMANCE:
Wash Allen, a celebrated Houston area radio personality who has been broadcasting in Houston for over 45 years, is responsible for helping to launch Omar's solo career back in 2005, alongside established publicist Judy Foston of Foston International. Wash is being honored with Rice University's HERE (Houston Enriches Rice Education) Legacy Award to celebrate his many achievements, and Omar will be performing his singles "Synergy" and "Phoenix" at the awards gala. Details as follow...
WHEN: Saturday, October 22, 2011 - 7:30 PM
WHERE: Stude Concert Hall, Rice University - Houston, TX
ADMISSION: $25.00 BUY TICKETS!
SEPTEMBER 16, 2011 @ 8:30 PM - BENEFIT CONCERT FOR WILDFIRE VICTIMS:
To assist with relief efforts for the victims of the wildfires that have devastated large parts of Central Texas, Omar is giving a special solo performance at Mozart's Coffee on Saturday, September 16. The performance begins at 8:30 PM, but space is limited, so show up early for the best possible seating. Admission is $10.00 and all proceeds go to the American Red Cross and Austin Pets Alive. Please bring friends, family, and coworkers, as this promises to be a very special show for a wonderful cause.
AUGUST 8, 2011 - OMAR REJOINS BENISE FOR FALL 2011 TOUR!
Omar will once again be the featured violinist with nouveau-flamenco guitarist and composer BENISE for "THE SPANISH GUITAR" Fall 2011 tour, which will play in cities across California, Nevada, Texas, and Florida. A schedule of performances can be found HERE, along with links to purchase tickets. Omar first joined BENISE for his December 2009 Lebanon tour, and rejoined him for the Fall 2010 and Spring 2011 US tours.
DECEMBER 3, 2010 - OMAR LOPEZ IN CONCERT WITH HIS BAND: A REVIEW (posted 12/7/2010)
An enthusiastic audience welcomed violinist, singer, and composer Omar Lopez back to the stage after a year-long hiatus as he introduced his new band and an electrifying, awe-inspiring, and passionate set of music from his highly-anticipated third album, "MIRRORS AND MEMORIES". Within the intimate and beautiful sanctuary of Central Presbyterian Church in Downtown Austin, the evening concert also featured the powerhouse vocal duo of Christian singer-songwriter Rachel Keagy and returning favorite Karma Stewart (of Omar's original "FOREVER RED" band and ZACH Theatre's recent production of "RENT"), as well as a solid rhythm section comprised of guitarist Peter Mazzetti, drummer Jason Meekins, and bassist Mike Rosch. Additional highlights included a sneak-peek performance of Omar's holiday-themed instrumental rock single "Winter Solstice" (soon to be available on iTunes) and a more acoustic version of "O Holy Night", accompanied by Stewart Cochran on grand piano and cello virtuoso Mark Ford, who also appears on the "MIRRORS AND MEMORIES" album. Omar and his band will begin a concert series and tour in Spring 2011 in support of the new release, which is now available for purchase on this website.
SEE OMAR ON TOUR! (posted September 2010)
Violinist Omar Lopez will be performing with world-renowned Spanish guitarist and composer BENISE and his new touring show, "THE SPANISH GUITAR", for Benise's Fall 2010 U.S. Southwest tour, starting October 1st in Los Angeles, CA and concluding October 24th in Alma, AR. To see a full list of dates and purchase tickets to the show, visit Benise's website (linked above) or CLICK HERE for the shows which Omar is doing. Omar first joined with Benise for three-week engagement at the Casino du Liban in Jounieh, Lebanon in December 2009.
OMAR TO OPEN FOR NEWWORLDSON IN SAN ANTONIO ON JULY 29!
On Thursday, July 29, Omar and his all-new band will open for Christian pop-soul group Newworldson in San Antonio, TX at New Creation Christian Fellowship church. Omar will perform music exclusively from his soon-to-be-released third album, "Mirrors and Memories", and his portion of the concert begins at 7:00 PM. To purchase tickets, CLICK HERE. You will be redirected to iTickets.com.
LIVE IN CONCERT AT SXSW 2010
Violinist Omar Lopez is presenting his SXSW showcase at Texenza Coffee under the Frost Bank Tower (4th and Congress) on Thursday, March 18th at 7:30 PM. The performance will feature a new lineup of musicians and some never-before-heard songs from Omar's new album, due later this spring. "FOREVER RED: DELUXE EDITION" will be on sale for $10.00. Bring your friends, family, and coworkers to this free show and prepare to rock!
"ONE NIGHT OF HOPE" - OMAR'S FIRST PERFORMANCE OF 2010 TO BENEFIT CENTRAL TEXAS HOMELESS VETERANS
Violinist Omar Lopez will once again be a featured solo artist for ONE NIGHT OF HOPE" at Shoreline Christian Center on Friday, February 19th and will unveil three songs from his new album, including "Synergy", the first single off of his upcoming third album. Tickets are $5.00 per person.
OMAR JOINS EMMY AWARD-WINNING GUITARIST AND COMPOSER BENISE'S "NIGHTS OF FIRE" IN LEBANON
After a successful Holiday-themed concert at Central Presbyterian Church on Friday, December 4th, Omar and his team received a phone call from superstar guitarist and composer BENISE to tour with him and his international cast of musicians and dancers at the Casino du Liban in Lebanon for a three-week engagement of Benise's "NIGHTS OF FIRE" stage show. The musical, which combines Benise's romantic Spanish flamenco guitar with Cuban salsa, Brazilian samba, and African tribal chants and rhythms, won an Emmy in costume design after its premiere on PBS in 2005. For Omar, this opportunity comes as an honor, since these performances will feature him in place of his mentor and inspiration - violinist Karen Briggs, more widely known as "the Lady in Red" who toured with world-renowned contemporary instrumental keyboardist and composer YANNI for thirteen years before joining Benise's organization in 2005. "Karen is the reason I didn't quit playing in high school," Omar says. "I saw her in (Yanni's) 'Live at the Acropolis' on PBS in 1994 and said 'This is what I want to do for the rest of my life.'" With a chance to share the stage of Lebanon's most famous casino with a world-class performer like Benise, Omar Lopez may finally get his wish.
HILL COUNTRY GALLERIA CHRISTMAS SPECTACULAR
For another chance to see Omar perform in celebration of the Holiday season, catch him along with pianist, guitarist, and singer Rudy Roberson (formerly of "The Lion King" national tour) opening for Dance Institute's Performance Academy at the 2009 Christmas Spectacular at the Hill Country Galleria on Sunday, December 13 at 3:30 PM.
OMAR IS BACK WITH "SYNERGY" - NEW SINGLE NOW AVAILABLE!
Omar has released the first single from his upcoming new album, which will be released in Spring 2010! "Synergy" is the long-awaited track originally enjoyed by fans during Omar's concerts from 2006 until 2008.
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