Great Performances: Eric Clapton Crossroads Guitar Festival 3 will premiere on the Arkansas Educational Television Network (AETN) Tuesday, June 7, at 9 p.m.
In June 2010, Eric Clapton gathered a veritable Whos Who of the worlds most talented guitar players at the third Crossroads Guitar Festival, an 11-hour celebration of the six-string that attracted a sold-out crowd of more than 27,000 music fans to Chicagos Toyota Park. All profits from this daylong display of guitar virtuosity benefited The Crossroads Centre in Antigua, a treatment and education facility Clapton founded to help people suffering from chemical dependency.
Clapton notes, The Crossroads Festival is the realization of a dream for me, to gather a group of amazingly talented musicians to perform on one stage, and adding The Crossroads performers are all musicians I admire and respect.
Actor-comedian Bill Murrayhost of the second Crossroads Festival in 2007returns as MC, and supplies the festivals nonmusical highlights with his inimitable style. The 2010 edition features blues-infused performances by Sonny Landreth, Gary Clark, Jr., Keb Mo and Buddy Guy. The rock contingent is also well represented by ZZ Top, Jeff Beck, the John Mayer Trio, Doyle Bramhall II, the Derek Trucks & Susan Tedeschi Band, Warren Haynes and Steve Winwood, who teamed with Clapton for several performances including a cover of Jimi Hendrixs Voodoo Child.
Other artists making appearances include: Sheryl Crow, Ronnie Wood, Robert Randolph, Jonny Lang, Joe Bonamassa, Pino Daniele, and Los Lobos David Hidalgo and Cesar Rosas.
Great Performances: Eric Clapton Crossroads Guitar Festival 3 will repeat on Sunday, June 26, at 1:30 p.m.
Major funding for Great Performances is provided by the Irene Diamond Fund, The National Endowment for the Arts, Vivian Milstein, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, and public television viewers.
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