Joe Bonamassa bringing blues to Paso Robles
Albert King, B.B. King and Freddie King classics will be highlighted in a celebration of blues heritage as part of Keeping The Blues Alive’s tribute concert series
Celebrated blues rock master Joe Bonamassa is gearing up to deliver a musical tribute to the Three Kings of Blues: Albert, B.B., and Freddie. The “Three Kings Tour” will make a stop at the Vina Robles Amphitheatre on Aug. 24. This is the Grammy-nominated guitarist and singer-songwriter’s first U.S. amphitheater tour. The show will feature songs and blues covers from the Three Kings, performed by Bonamassa. Tickets go on sale Saturday, Feb, 7 at 10 a.m.
Bonamassa will be backed by a band of blues musicians including Anton Fig (drums), Michael Rhodes (bass), Reese Wynans (piano, Hammond organ), Lee Thornburg (trumpet, horn arrangements), Paulie Cerra (saxophone), and Nick Lane (trombone). A portion of the proceeds from this tour will go to the Keeping the Blues Alive (KTBA) foundation, a non-profit Bonamassa founded in 2011 and oversees to promote the heritage of the blues to the next generation, fund music scholarships, and supplement the loss of music education in public schools.
As Bonamassa enters his 25th year as a professional musician, he continues to blaze a remarkably versatile artistic trail, and amass an authentic, innovative and soulful body of work. Bonamassa’s career began onstage opening for B.B. King in 1989, when he was only 12 years old. Today, he is hailed worldwide as one of the greatest guitar players of his generation, and is an ever-evolving singer-songwriter who has released 16 solo albums in the last 14 years, all on his own label, J&R Adventures.
In 2013, Bonamassa earned his first Grammy nomination for Best Blues Album, and with the release of 2014’s new studio record Different Shades Of Blue, he debuted at #8 on Billboard’s Top 200, a career high, and received his thirteenth #1 Billboard Blues Album, more than any other artist. On January 23 and 24, 2015, he fulfilled a childhood dream when he headlined two shows at New York City’s Radio City Music Hall.
Tickets are $128.00, plus applicable service charges. The Vina Robles Amphitheatre is located at 3800 Mill Rd, Paso Robles, CA 93446, (805) 286-3680.