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Joe Bonamassa brings blues and rock to Beaver Creek

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Joe Bonamassa, recognized as one of themost skilled guitarists of his time, brings his rock-infused blues to Beaver Creek's Vilar Center on Aug. 28.
Rick Gould | Special to the Weekly |

If you go ...

Who: Joe Bonamassa.

Where: Vilar Performing Arts Center at Beaver Creek.

When: 8 p.m. Thursday.

Cost: $98/$128.

More information: www.vilarpac.org.

BEAVER CREEK — Success struck guitarist Joe Bonamassa at the age of 12, when he opened for the legendary B.B. King in 1989. Now in his 26th year as a professional musician, Bonamassa continues to blaze a remarkably versatile artistic trail and amass an authentic, innovative and soulful body of work.

The singer-songwriter has released 15 solo albums in the past 13 years, all on his own label, J&R Adventures, and he is arguably one of the most skilled guitarists of his generation.

Catch Bonamassa at the Vilar Performing Arts Center at Beaver Creek on Thursday, Aug. 28, at 8 p.m. Tickets are $98 or $128 depending on seating and can be purchased at http://www.vilarpac.org or by calling 970-845-8497.

Bonamassa recently earned his first Grammy nomination for Best Blues Album, his 12th No. 1 Billboard Blues Album (more than any other artist), and his DVD “Joe Bonamassa: Live At The Royal Albert Hall” featuring Eric Clapton went platinum.

‘RAW TALENT’

“No one on the scene today plays with as much passion, has as much finesse and raw talent, has reverence for those who came before him, and has as much passion for his craft as Joe Bonamassa,” wrote Classic Rock Revisited.

Inspired by music legends Eric Clapton, Stevie Ray Vaughan and B.B. King, Bonamassa was destined to be an incredible rock star.

THINKING OUTSIDE THE BOX

His tour schedule consistently hovers at around 150 shows worldwide each year, and a heaping handful of markedly diverse side projects keep him thinking outside the box and flexing every musical muscle he has.

He founded and oversees the nonprofit Keeping The Blues Alive Foundation to promote the heritage of the blues to the next generation, fund music scholarships and supplement the loss of music education in public schools.

This concert will feature music from Howlin’ Wolf, one of the most influential Chicago bluesmen of all time, and Muddy Waters, “the father of modern Chicago blues.” Bonamassa will also play music from his own extensive catalog.


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