Legendary guitarist Eric Clapton will host the third Crossroads Guitar Festival on June 26 at Chicago’s Toyota Park, an all-day musical event that features the past, present and future of guitar music on one stage.
“The Crossroads Festival is the realization of a dream for me, to gather a group of amazingly talented musicians to perform on one stage,” said Clapton. “The Crossroads performers are all musicians I admire and respect.”
Some of those respected artists include Crossroads veterans such as Jeff Beck, Robert Cray, Buddy Guy, B.B. King, James Burton, John Mayer, Jimmie Vaughan and Sheryl Crow, and newcomers like the Allman Brothers and Brazilian bossa nova legend Joao Gilberto.
Surprise guests, brilliant guitar work and impromptu jams and collaborations have become staples at Crossroads, an event Clapton tells Rolling Stone is different from other musical festivals because “it comes from the heart of a musician. It’s not a business deal, and there is an enlightenment in that. People realize we really love what we do.
“And hopefully,” Clapton adds, “it gets better every time. That’s the deal.”
Presented by TMobile, Crossroads will benefit the Crossroads Centre, the addiction-treatment facility that Clapton founded in Antigua.
Tickets for the Crossroads Guitar Festival will go on sale to the public on Saturday, February 20, 2010 at 10 AM Central Time via TicketMaster or the Toyota Park Box Office. Tickets will be priced at $100 plus parking and applicable fees.
For more information go to www.crossroadsguitarfestival.com