Highlights from today’s brightest stars as they celebrate a guitar forefather.

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This marks the eighth year for the Experience Hendrix tour, which launched in Dallas on March 11, 2014, and travels to more than 20 cities through mid-April. The tour stopped at the Count Basie Theatre in Red Bank, New Jersey, on March 25, 2014.

More than 40 years after his death, Jimi Hendrix’s music lives on and continues to influence musicians of all flavors. The Experience Hendrix Tour is just one example of how some of today’s talented players continue to pass the torch of the almighty mystical muse and guitar great. This year’s lineup includes Eric Johnson, Dweezil Zappa, Eric Gales, Jonny Lang, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Buddy Guy, and bassist Billy Cox—the last surviving member of both the Jimi Hendrix Experience and Band of Gypsys. Here’s a look at the March 25, 2014, show the Count Basie Theatre in Red Bank, New Jersey. Spoiler Alert: Everyone played Fender Strats, although Jonny Lang slipped in his Tele for a song or two.

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