Minneapolis-based funk guitarist Cory Wong brings his second solo album ‘The Optimist’ to the UK with shows in Glasgow, Leeds, Manchester, London and Bristol in February and March 2019.
The Vulfpeck rhythm guitarist and multi-instrumentalist will present his second solo album The Optimist at his biggest UK solo shows to date, taking place February – March 2019. The Optimist follows Wong’s critically-acclaimed debut solo LP, 2017’s Cory Wong and the Green Screen Band which introduced the world to his unique blend of outstanding musicianship and eccentric visuals.
With the prolific American funk collective Vulfpeck and recent spin-off group The Fearless Flyers, Cory Wong has been central to the revival of classic funk and R&B rhythms and styles through viral YouTube videos, modelled after live TV performances from the 1970s and 1980s.
Dubbed “The most famous Minnesota musician you’ve probably never heard of”, by Minnesota Public Radio station The Current, his masterful playing has seen him work on NBC’s The Voice and collaborate with the likes of Ben Rector, Gene Simmons, Questlove, The Blind Boys of Alabama, and Bootsy Collins.
The Optimist UK tour sees Cory Wong play his first shows in Glasgow, Leeds and Bristol, plus his biggest shows in Manchester and London, with his full band.