Eric Clapton, the legendary guitar virtuoso, unleashes a string-shredding extravaganza with the announcement of the 6th Crossroads Guitar Festival, set to electrify Los Angeles with a star-studded lineup, jaw-dropping performances, and a guitar lover’s dream come true.
Legendary guitarist Eric Clapton has just announced the highly anticipated return of the Crossroads Guitar Festival, set to take place on September 23rd and 24th at the esteemed Crypto.com Arena in Los Angeles, CA. This star-studded event, known for its iconic performances and impromptu collaborations among the world’s most renowned guitarists, promises to be a once-in-a-lifetime experience for music aficionados.
Clapton, a true icon in the world of rock music, has curated an unparalleled lineup of notable guitarists and friends to grace the festival stage. Joining him for this epic musical celebration are luminaries such as Albert Lee, Andy Fairweather Low, Buddy Guy, Vince Gill, Sonny Landreth, Sheryl Crow, Robert Randolph, Robbie Robertson, Jimmie Vaughn, Stephen Stills, and ZZ Top, among others. With such a stellar roster of talent, fans can expect nothing short of jaw-dropping performances and electrifying collaborations that will leave them begging for more.
Tickets for the Crossroads Guitar Festival go on sale this Friday, April 21, at 10:00 a.m. local time via Ticketmaster. It’s important to note that each day of the festival will be sold as a separate ticket, as there will not be 2-day passes available. Clapton fans and guitar enthusiasts alike are encouraged to secure their tickets early, as this is an event that promises to sell out fast.
But the Crossroads Guitar Festival is not just about the concerts. Guitar Center, a long-time co-sponsor of the festival and a dedicated supporter of the Crossroads At Antigua Foundation, will once again host the Guitar Center Festival Village on-site at L.A. LIVE. This immersive experience will feature interactive exhibits from some of the world’s best guitar and gear manufacturers, including Fender, Gibson, Martin, BOSS, D’Angelico, Ernie Ball, Focusrite, Ibanez, Mark Bass, Marshall, Mitchell, PRS, Shure, Yamaha, and more. Festival-goers will have the opportunity to plug in and play new products and classic favorites, while also getting up close and personal with Guitar Center’s multi-million dollar Legends Collection, which includes Clapton’s iconic “Blackie” Strat and cherry ES-335, as well as Stevie Ray Vaughan’s beloved “Lenny” Strat.
As a special treat for guitar enthusiasts and collectors, Guitar Center, in partnership with Eric Clapton, will unveil the 25th Anniversary Crossroads Guitar Collection. This rare series of meticulously crafted, limited-edition guitars is based on vintage, iconic instruments that Clapton played early in his career with Cream, Blind Faith, and Derek and the Dominos. With profits from the collection going towards the aid of Crossroads Centre at Antigua, this is a unique opportunity to own a piece of music history while supporting a worthy cause.
The Guitar Center Festival Village will open at 9:00 a.m. on both Saturday and Sunday, with exclusive access limited to Crossroads concert ticket holders. Festival-goers can also look forward to nonstop live performances on the outdoor Village Stage on Xbox Plaza, featuring main stage artists, other world-renowned guitarists, and next-gen virtuosos throughout both days. And with local food trucks offering a tantalizing selection of Southern California cuisine, as well as Toyota joining as an exhibitor in the Village, attendees are sure to have a memorable and immersive experience.
Since its inception, Clapton’s vision for the Crossroads Guitar Festival has been to create a space where his friends and contemporaries can come together, have fun, and perform for the benefit of The Crossroads Centre at Antigua, a treatment and education facility founded by Clapton for chemically dependent persons.
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