Come to the Benefit Screening in Hollywood on September 15!

Steve Vai announces a premier screening of his concert film Live In Minneapolis – Where The Wild Things Are at the Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood on September 15th. Attendees will have the rare opportunity to view the concert on the big screen. The screening will kick off with a 6 minute groundbreaking Mass Animation animated short Live Music – a worldwide collaboration by digital animators using a unique application built on the Facebook platform. Live Music stars Steve Vai and Ann Marie Calhoun. Steve and his band will then introduce the concert film.

The screening will be open to the public and proceeds from the event will benefit Hollywood Arts, an arts academy that provides creative and commercial art instruction to homeless and at-risk youth. Vai has been a member of the board of directors for Hollywood Arts since 2007. For more information, visit

“I’m thrilled to be sponsoring this event in support of such a vital organization as Hollywood Arts.” said Vai. “I have personally seen how this institute has mended broken spirits and changed the quality of people’s lives while cultivating them to become valuable contributors in building a healthier society.”

Music celebrities from all walks are donating items for a silent auction that will be held at the Egyptian Theatre on the night of the screening. There will also be an Ebay auction to help raise funds and awareness for Hollywood Arts. Visit Favored Nations to view photos and info on Ebay auction items. See below of a list of auction contributors.

The schedule for the event is as follows:

Location: The Egyptian Theatre, 6712 Hollywood Blvd.

4:00 p.m. – EVO Experience
6:00 p.m. – Red Carpet Reception, food, drinks, and silent auction
7:30 p.m. – Steve and String Theories band introductions
– Animated short (“Live Music” starring Steve Vai and Ann Marie Calhoun)
Live In Minneapolis: Where The Wild Things Are” (Pt. 1)
9:45 p.m. – Silent auction closes
Live In Minneapolis: Where The Wild Things Are” (Pt. 2)

General admission tickets are $25.00 and all ages are welcome. The silent auction is open to the all attendees. A limited number of tickets are available to the EVO Experience – a private Q & A discussion with Steve. EVO Experience tickets are $199 each. For more information about the EVO Experience, click here.


Advance tickets are only available through the Ticket Store. Tickets will be available on the night of the screening too, but we recommend purchasing in advance. Steve has also extended a personal invitation to all MI students to attend the event for a ticket price of only $10.00. Students displaying MI student IDs at the Egyptian Theater box office on the day of the event will receive the discount as long as tickets are still available.

If you have questions about the Benefit Screening, tickets or the EVO Experience, visit our Premiere Benefit Screening FAQ page.

Auction contributors: Steve Vai, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Tony Iommi, Rhino Records,Triumph, Mark Mothersbaugh/Devo, Larry DiMarzio, Paul Gilbert, Steve Lukather, Nile Rodgers, Activision, Paiste, Dave Weiner, Bonnie Raitt, Los Angeles Dodgers, Doobie Brothers, Michael Godard, Kip Winger, L.A. Guns, Nicko McBrain / Iron Maiden, Favored Nations Entertainment, Shout Factory, Dream Theater, Ibanez, Tommy Emmanuel, 3 Artist Management, Alanis Morissette, Ronnie James Dio, k.d. lang, Twisted Sister,Sterling Ball, Spinal Tap / Christopher Guest, Tom Morello, Slash, Neil Zlozower,Desmond Child, Carvin, Nuno Bettencourt / Extreme, Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Warren DeMartini / Ratt, R.E.M., Tom Waits, Robert Knight, Susan Olsen (Cindy Brady), Los Angeles Kings, Jon Bon Jovi, M-Audio, Manny Mota, The Crystal Method, Rush, Jim D’Addario, Gail Zappa, Dweezil Zappa, The B52/s, Lemmy / Motorhead, Madonna, Ozzy Osbourne, Pee Wee Herman, Brian May / Queen, The Phoenix Coyotes Hockey Team,Slayer, Fender Guitars, Blastwaves Merchandise, Metal Blade Records, Gene Kirkland,Ross Halfin, Brendon Small / Dethklok, Morley Pedals, Brad Paisley, Third Eye Blind,Megaforce Records, RED Entertainment, Bouchon Bistro, Josie’s Restaurant, Brian Setzer,David Lee Roth and more.

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