Ariel Posen & Mark Lettieri Live at the Sanctuary

Fri. May 10, 2019 at 8:00pm CDT
All Ages
16 days away
$10.00 - $125.00
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16 days away
$10.00 - $125.00
All Ages
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The Guitar Sanctuary is proud to present guitarist Ariel Posen with special guest Mark Lettieri at The Sanctuary Music & Events Center on Friday May 10th at 8pm (doors open at 7pm).


VIP Tables with seating for 4 directly in front of the stage are $125 per table.


Downstairs Seats (First Come, First Serve) are $20


General Admission Tickets on the Balcony (Standing Room Only) are $10.


We will have standard Bar and Food Service available from our friends at Rick's Chophouse.



A lifelong musician, there are few roles Ariel Posen hasn't played.


Although born in Winnipeg, Posen spent much of his childhood on the road, traveling from show to show with his musician parents. He began playing guitar at 9 years old, kicking off a career that eventually found him traveling the globe for his own gigs, including shows as a member of the roots-rock band The Bros. Landreth. The group built its audience on the road, opening for Bonnie Raitt one minute and performing with John Oates the next. They also won a Juno Award for their debut album, Let it Lie. Several years later, Posen began working on an album of his own, tracking his new songs in the same studio in which his parents once recorded their albums.


How Long marks Posen's long-awaited solo debut, showcasing not only his chops as an instrumentalist, but his talents as a diverse songwriter, too. The record casts a wide net, moving from rootsy blues to R&B to melodic rock & roll. A co-writer and producer for artists of all genres, Posen shows the full range of his talents on these 10 tracks, nodding to his influences — including The Beatles, Stevie Ray Vaughan, John Mayer and more — along the way. How Long is not a guitar record, although there's certainly plenty of guitar to be heard here. Instead, it's a song record, filled with hooks, autobiographical lyrics, and Posen's compelling voice.


"The guitar is the tool to get the music out," he says. "Always serve the song first. Otherwise, you're just playing an instrument.”



The Mark Lettieri Trio is an instrumental jazz-rock-fusion ensemble led by three-time GRAMMY Award-winning guitarist and composer, Mark Lettieri. Notable for being a longtime member of jazz super-group Snarky Puppy, Lettieri formed his trio as a live outlet for his guitar-based material that spans his three albums.


Lettieri’s most recent release, Spark and Echo (2016, Ropeadope Records), is the latest continuation of Lettieri’s evolution as an artist. Following 2011’s Knows and 2013’s Futurefun EP, the compositions on Spark and Echo display his eclectic melding of genres, tones, and virtuosic technique with cinematic charge. The album reached #2 on iTunes’ Jazz Chart, and #11 on Billboard’s Jazz Albums Chart, thanks to rapidly growing international recognition among fans of instrumental guitar music, coupled with his vibrant social media presence.

Ariel Posen

Singer/songwriter. Internationally-renowned guitarist. Producer. Solo artist. Member of the Juno Award-winning band, The Bros. Landreth.

A lifelong musician, there are few roles Ariel Posen hasn't played.

Although born in Winnipeg, Posen spent much of his childhood on the road, traveling from show to show with his musician parents. He began playing guitar at 9 years old, kicking off a career that eventually found him traveling the globe for his own gigs, including shows as a member of the roots-rock band, The Bros. Landreth. The group built its audience on the road, opening for Bonnie Raitt one minute and performing with John Oates the next. Not long after winning a Juno Award for their debut album, Let it Lie, they began working on a follow-up record. Coincidentally, they chose the same studio in which a young Posen used to watch his parents record their own albums.

An all-star instrumentalist, Posen's guitar playing has attracted attention outside of the band, as well. His soulful slide work, use of open tunings, and improvisational approach to the instrument are on full display in the online videos he's recorded for the UK-based, Andertons Music Company. In addition to leading guitar workshops and clinics, he's become a sought-after sideman, co-writer and producer for multiple artists, leaving his mark on numerous genres — including country, blues, rock, pop, jazz, and folk — in the process.

A similarly diverse thread runs through Posen's own work as a solo artist. He's an autobiographical songwriter, exploring the sounds he was raised on — including rootsy blues and R&B — while making room for influences like The Beatles, Jimmie Vaughan, Prince, Steve Wonder, and Bill Withers to name a few.

"The guitar is a tool to get the music out," he says. "Always serve the song first. Otherwise, you're just playing an instrument."

Mark Lettieri Music

Mark Lettieri is a guitarist, composer, and producer based in Fort Worth, TX. Proficient in a multitude of styles, he records and performs in virtually every genre of popular music with both independent and major-label artists. He also composes and produces original instrumental music under his own name.

Born in the San Francisco Bay Area, Lettieri came to Texas via Texas Christian University (TCU), studying advertising and public relations, and competing in track and field. A passionate guitarist since middle school, he began his music career in the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex area upon graduating from TCU.

Playing in the vibrant Metroplex gospel and R&B scene led Lettieri to join jazz/world group Snarky Puppy in 2008, where he contributes as guitarist, as well as arranger and composer. The group has earned three GRAMMY Awards: Best R&B Performance ("Something" feat. Lalah Hathaway in 2014), and Best Contemporary Instrumental Album (Sylva in 2016, and Culcha Vulcha in 2017). Snarky Puppy tours constantly, having performed on every continent except Antarctica.

Aside from the Pups, Lettieri has spent time on the road with neo-soul icon Erykah Badu, gospel singer/actress Tamela Mann, and American Idol: Season 11 winner Phillip Phillips. He's also performed with a myriad of other artists, including Anthony Evans, Chrisette Michele, Myron Butler, N'dambi, Bilal, and even Pat Boone.

An in-demand session guitarist, recent work includes David Crosby, 50 Cent, Snoop Dogg, Eminem, Adam Levine, Kirk Franklin, Fred Hammond, Ledisi, Anthony Evans, Eric Roberson, Lecrae, Lupe Fiasco, Keyshia Cole, Xzibit, as well as numerous radio and television jingles. Lettieri is also a member of Team SKP, a production collective led by GRAMMY Award-winning producer Symbolyc One (Kanye West, Beyonce).

Since 2010, he has been a member of the house band for the Marcus & Joni Show, a Christian morning talk/variety show broadcast in 200 countries on the Daystar Television Network.

Lettieri has released three albums as a leader, Knows in 2011, Futurefun in 2013, and most recently, Spark and Echo in 2016 (Ropeadope Records). Spark and Echo climbed to #11 on Billboard's Jazz Albums Chart, and #2 on iTunes' Jazz Chart. Through tours with Snarky Puppy and social media network shares, these records have created a sizable buzz among fans of instrumental music worldwide. He performs frequently in a trio setting featuring a revolving rhythm section of world-class Dallas musicians, and has begun touring this music in the U.S., Europe, and Asia.

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The Sanctuary Music & Events 6633 Virginia Parkway
McKinney, TX 75071
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