The world’s greatest legends performing over two nights in Dallas
Widely considered one of the world’s all-time greatest guitarists and known amongst his peers as a great collaborator, Eric Clapton has announced the fifth installment of the Crossroads Guitar Festival. The festival, which has become legendary in its own right for hosting performances and impromptu collaborations from the world’s most legendary guitar players, will take place September 20-21st in the city that hosted the first-ever Crossroads Guitar Festival, Dallas Texas at the American Airlines Center.
Clapton will gather the past, present and future of guitar music onto one stage for an unparalleled musical event. Billy Gibbons, Bonnie Raitt, Jeff Beck, Vince Gill, Sheryl Crow, Susan Tedeschi, Jimmie Vaughan, Gary Clark Jr., Joe Walsh, Buddy Guy Band, Derek Trucks and more are among the weekend performers. Not all artists will perform both days. All profits from the Festival will benefit The Crossroads Centre in Antigua, a treatment and education facility founded by Clapton for chemically dependent persons.
Since its inception, Clapton’s vision for the Crossroads Guitar Festival has been to create an event where his friends and contemporaries can have fun and perform together for the benefit of a good cause. This year’s Festival will feature two-nights of musical performances with once-in-a-lifetime guitar collaborations. Known as pioneers in their field, the roster of artists spans old and new. The audience can expect unrivaled entertainment, brilliant guitar work, surprise guests and impromptu jams that are the hallmark of these performers.
The first Crossroads Guitar Festival, in June 2004 at the Cotton Bowl in Dallas, was an unprecedented collection of guitar icons from blues, rock and contemporary music. The sold out show was chronicled in a double DVD set that has since gone on to become one of the world’s top-selling music DVD’s. The Crossroads Guitar Festival 2007 and 2010 were the second and third such concerts by Clapton and were staged at Toyota Park in Chicago. Both Festivals were filmed for DVDs and met similar acclaim and achieved multi-platinum status. The fourth Crossroads Guitar Festival in 2013 brought the world’s best guitar players to the world’s most famous arena, Madison Square Garden in New York and met with huge critical acclaim.
In addition to the concerts, the Guitar Center Festival Village will be featured on Victory Plaza adjacent to the arena. Some of the world’s best guitar and gear manufacturers, including Ernie Ball, Fender, Gibson, Martin, PRS, and more, will host interactive exhibits where guitar enthusiasts can plug in and play new products and classic favorites. In addition, Guitar Center Festival Village Stage Presented by Ernie Ball will host master guitar clinics and solo performances by main stage artists, next generation guitar virtuosos, and special surprise guests. The Guitar Center Festival Village will be open from noon until 8 pm each day and is free to all ticket holders.
Citi cardmembers will have first access to purchase pre-sale tickets beginning Tuesday, April 2nd at 10 am CT through Wednesday, April 3rd at 10 pm CT via citientertainment.com. General Public On-Sale will begin Friday, April 5th at 10 am CT via ticketmaster.com.
Author: Buddy Iahn
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