Joel Hoekstra: joins night ranger, plus tour dates


Joel Hoekstra (Guitar) has done well for himself since honing his skills at GIT. He is currently lead guitarist (alongside Brad Gillis) with multi-platinum pop-metal hitmakers Night Ranger and plays a high-profile band role in the guitar-centric Broadway hit musical Rock of Ages. You may also have seen him on PBS performing on Jim Peterik’s multi-act Worldstage concerts or lending his skills to the star-studded Scrap Metal nostalgia concerts put on by Matt and Gunnar Nelson.

Hoekstra is also in demand by ’60s rock acts, with tours under his belt for the Turtles and Big Brother & the Holding Company as well as a whopping 1,400 performances of the popular Janis Joplin-themed Broadway musical, Love, Janis. When not on the road or Broadway, he has found the time to turn out solo recordings produced by MI instructor-engineer-guitarist-singer extraordinaire T.J. Helmerich. Check out Joel and his music online at

tour dates:
05/09/09 Phoenix Event Complex Phoenix, Arizona
05/16/09 Wildflower! Arts & Music Festival Richardson, Texas
05/22/09 Rib America Fest St. Louis Saint Louis, Missouri
05/23/09 Celebrate De Pere - Voyager Park De Pere, Wisconsin
05/30/09 Sunset Station Hotel & Casino Henderson, Nevada
06/06/09 Old Shawnee Days Shawnee, Kansas
06/13/09 Jamesville Balloon Fest Jamesville, New York
06/25/09 Sonoma-Marin Fair Petaluma, California
06/26/09 Downers Grove Heritage Festival Downers Grove, Illinois
06/27/09 Taste of Joliet Joliet, Illinois
06/28/09 Stars & Stripes Festival Mount Clemens, Michigan
07/03/09 Alameda County Fair Pleasanton, California
07/10/09 Rocklahoma Pryor, Oklahoma
07/11/09 Northern Wisconsin State Fair Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin
07/17/09 North Central State College Mansfield, Ohio TBA
07/18/09 Linn County Fair Albany, Oregon
08/12/09 Wisconsin State Fairgrounds West Allis, Wisconsin
08/13/09 Waterfest Concert Series Oshkosh, Wisconsin
08/14/09 Altoona Railroaders Memorial Museum Altoona, Pennsylvania TBA
08/15/09 Mohegan Sun Casino Wolf Den Uncasville, Connecticut
08/17/09 B.B. King's Blues Club New York, New York
08/28/09 Benton Franklin Fair & Rodeo Kennewick, Washington
09/04/09 Rib America Fest Indy Indianapolis, Indiana
11/04/09 Epcot Center Orlando, Florida