- 14 Jul 21
Tickets from €25 on sale this Friday, July 16th at 10am from Tickets.ie and Ticketmaster.ie.
Grammy nominated Minneapolis musician, songwriter, podcast host and producer Cory Wong has announced a second show at Dublin's Button Factory this October due to high demand.
Having sold out his October 27th show, Wong will now perform at the venue on October 26th, 2021.
As much as he treasures his roles as a guitarist, composer, and producer, Cory Wong fashions himself “a hype man,” first and foremost.
“For me, it’s all about the listener’s experience,” Wong explains. “I want them to have a visceral response like: ‘I feel better,’ ‘That was really fun,’ or ‘I got to escape for an hour.’ You’ll hear my voice through the guitar, but I’m just a hype man. To uplift audiences with instrumental music that has no singing or lyrics is a fun challenge. I’m trying to solve the riddle. If I can get one person to feel good this way, it’s a success."
Straight out of Minneapolis, Cory positioned himself as music’s answer to motivational speakers like Tony Robbins since emerging in 2011. With rhythm guitar wizardry and plenty of dad jokes, the artist's stage presence has established him as both a sought-after collaborator and celebrated solo artist alike.
Cory has lent his talents to television programs like The Voice from the dawn of his career. After an impromptu meeting at the weekly jam hosted by Prince’s rhythm section, Wong crossed paths with Vulfpeck who welcomed him as a frequent collaborator and member of the band.
Solidifying a fruitful partnership, the group named their most popular instrumental track 'Cory Wong' in tribute. Lighting up the stage in the band everywhere from Red Rocks Amphitheatre to Madison Square Garden, the American act remains a cornerstone of Vulfpeck’s storied gigs.
“I try to feature the guitar, but I don’t force myself into being the star of every song,” he says. “The instrument plays an appropriate role. It’s not all-flash. I’m bringing rhythm to the forefront where it’s not so shreddy. I refer to it as ‘Covert chops.’ I’m doing things that are sneakily hard, but they lay in the cut. I allow the song to breathe and present myself as more of a composer rather than a guitar player.”
In the end, Cory transmits joy in its purest form through the guitar.
“The guiding light is to impart a feeling of joy,” he leaves off. “I want people to experience instrumental music in a different way. This is hype. It’s more than just guitar.”
Tickets for Wong's October 26th date at the Button Factory from €25 will go on sale this Friday, July 16th at 10am from Tickets.ie and Ticketmaster.ie.