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You could visit all the legendary clubs of Beale Street to the blues
haunts of the Mississippi Delta, and you’d still come up short of the
incredible lineup assembling together this Memorial Day Weekend Sunday
at Allen Event Center, 200 E. Stacy Rd. Allen, Texas. The Robert Cray Band, Jimmie Vaughan, Robert Randolph and The Family Band, the original Ian Moore Band and Tyler Bryant & the Shakedown are all set to take the stage during the first true festival event held at the arena.
Additional attractions include Beer Garden performances by local blues guitarist and vocalist, Joey Love, and several unique exhibits in the concourse. Extremely rare memorabilia which will be on display courtesy of the Texas Musicians Museum include:
Additionally, The Guitar Sanctuary,
the McKinney-based retailer of boutique guitars, basses, amps and other
musical accessories, will be raffling off a Standard Stratocaster
Guitar in Brown Sunburst with Maple Fretboard in conjunction with Fender Guitars. All proceeds from the raffle will benefit the Love Life Foundation (Lovelifefoundation.org)
– a non-profit organization committed to promoting life and saving
lives through community revitalization, leadership and development.
At the very top of the bill, Robert Cray is a five-time Grammy Award
winner and a 2011 selectee to the Blues Hall of Fame. Along with his
Grammy wins, Robert Cray has released twenty award winning
multi-platinum albums, received 15 Grammy nominations, and with the
Robert Cray Band has performed thousands of sold-out shows worldwide. He
has performed alongside blues titans Albert Collins, Buddy Guy, Muddy
Waters, Eric Clapton, B.B. King and John Lee Hooker. He has also worked
with Tina Turner, Keith Richards, Chuck Berry, Bonnie Raitt, Stevie Ray
Vaughn and Willie Dixon to name a few and his songs have been covered by
many including BB King, Clapton and Tony Bennett.
One of the
truly great guitar players, Cray has own line of Fender Signature
Guitars. Hailed as “the most talented bluesman of his generation,” by
the London Times, Cray is known for delving into a variety of musical
traditions including Delta blues, rock, rhythm & blues and Caribbean
Vaughan, the older brother of Stevie Ray Vaughan, was born in Dallas,
and has been a fixture on the Texas blues scene for nearly 40 years. In
1969, at 18 years of age, Vaughan’s band opened for The Jimi Hendrix
Experience in Fort Worth. In the mid-‘70s, he founded The Fabulous
Thunderbirds, a band considered one of the most important blues bands of
all time. Since that time, Vaughan’s reputation as a formidable
guitarist has grown exponentially. His technique and talent have earned
the praise of Eric Clapton, BB King and Bonnie Raitt.
Robert Randolph and the Family Band
One of Rolling Stone’s “100 greatest guitarists of all time,” Robert
Randolph’s over-the-top gospel-infused pedal steel playing burns with
desire, frequently veering into Jimi Hendrix territory. That passion and
musicianship has earned Robert Randolph and the Family Band wide
praise, including that of the The New York Times, which applauds
Randolphs “rip-roaring virtuosity and his gift for making his instrument
sing without a word.” Robert Randolph has collaborated with B.B. King,
Buddy Guy, Albert Lee, The Allman Brothers Band, Dave Matthews, Ben
Harper, Leon Russell and Doyle Bramhall II among many others.
Ian Moore Band
Legendary guitar virtuoso, Ian Moore, is reuniting his original Austin
band for the Allen City Blues Festival. Moore is known for such soulful
Billboard-topping songs as "Blue Sky", "Satisfied", "How Does it Feel"
and many more. Milestones include playing “Like a Rolling Stone” on the
road with Bob Dylan, trading guitar riffs with Keith Richards on tour
with the Rolling Stones, performing “Whisky River” with Willie Nelson,
singing a duet with Emmylou Harris and collaborating with artists as
divergent as Roky Erikson and Jason Mraz. Moore’s skilled musicianship,
incredible guitar playing and soulful voice continue to earn the praise
of the blues community and his legions of fans.
Tyler Bryant & The Shakedown
Tyler Bryant is a 20 year old guitar prodigy from Honey Grove, Texas,
who has shared the stage with Aerosmith, Jeff Beck, Heart, REO
Speedwagon, Paul Simon, BB King, Pat Benatar, The Arc Angels, Vince Gill
and many others. At age 15, Tyler won the Robert Johnson Blues
Foundation's New Generation Award, which recognized him as one of the
most promising new artists on the music scene. He has also performed at
Eric Clapton's Crossroads Guitar Festival in Chicago, and Tyler Bryant
& The Shakedown recently performed a showcase in March at South by
Southwest in Austin.
Doors will open for the Allen City Blues Festival at 3 p.m. on May 27
with live music all afternoon and into the night. Get your tickets at ticketmaster.com or at the Allen Event Center Box Office.