Tuesday, March 23, 2010

João Gilberto set to perform in Boston & NY, but cancelled his concert at Eric Clapton's Crossroads Guitar Festival

An event titled "An Evening With Joao Gilberto" has just been announced to happen @ Boston Symphony Hall, on June 25, 2010, 8:00 pm. No further comments needed...
Gilberto was also invited to perform, also in June, in NY's Carnegie Hall, in a date yet to be confirmed (probably June 22) as part of the official program of George Wein's new CareFusion Jazz Festival (former JVC Fest). http://www.nycjazzfestival.com/index.php?Event=14
João Gilberto was scheduled to perform also at Eric Clapton's Crossroads Guitar Festival 2010, on June 26 at the Toyota Park in Chicago, but he already cancelled his performance.
Clapton's Crossroads Guitar Fest will be a day-long musical celebration featuring collaborations by Eric and his friends including Allman Brothers Band, BB King, Buddy Guy, Jeff Beck, John Mayer, Sheryl Crow, Steve Winwood, Vince Gill, ZZ Top, and more.

“I wanted to open it up a little,” Clapton had declared sometime ago, “so it’s not so much about virtuosity as roots. I'm especially excited by the booking of the reclusive Joao Gilberto, who rarely performs abroad. The whole thing was an excuse for getting him out of Brazil,” Clapton said. But, he adds, “a festival about guitar doesn’t have to be all heavy metal or all rock. It would probably surprise a lot of people who don’t play that someone like me or Derek Trucks [of the Allmans] can admire and enjoy someone like Gilberto."

The following artists are confirmed to participate in this unique event to benefit Crossroads Centre Antigua:
Albert Lee
Allman Brothers Band
BB King
Bert Jansch
Buddy Guy
David Hidalgo and Cesar Rosas of Los Lobos
Doyle Bramhall II
Earl Klugh
Eric Clapton
Gary Clark Jr.
Hubert Sumlin
James Burton
Jeff Beck
Jimmie Vaughan
Joe Bonamassa
John Mayer
Jonny Lang
Keb Mo
Robert Cray
Robert Randolph
Sheryl Crow
Sonny Landreth
Stefan Grossman
Steve Winwood
Vince Gill
ZZ Top

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