Eric Clapton’s Crossroads Guitar Festival Gets Underway

Clapton’s US tour culminates in two-night festival at Madison Square Garden


By Alex Baker


Eric Clapton will conclude his US tour with a two-night festival that kicks off tonight at New York’s Madison Square Garden.


Clapton will be joined by a truly dazzling array of guitar talent that includes Jeff Beck, B.B. King, Buddy Guy, Gary Clark Jr., the Allman Brothers, Jimmie Vaughan, and Robert Cray. Proceeds from the festival will benefit the Crossroads Centre, an addiction treatment center that Clapton founded in Antigua.


The Crossroads Festival will also feature a Legends Guitar Walk exhibition on the terrace level of MSG that will include many of the most valuable and iconic instruments from rock and roll’s history. Guitars that will appear in the exhibition include two of Clapton’s signature Fender Strats: “Blackie” and “Brownie,” as well as Stevie Ray Vaughans Fender Strat, “Lenny.”


The festival will also feature interactive exhibits put on by Fender, Gibson, Martin, and Ernie Ball Strings.


“The Crossroads Festival is the realization of a dream for me,” said Clapton. “To gather a group of amazingly talented musicians to perform on one stage. The Crossroads performers are all musicians I admire and respect.”


This is a complete list of the performers that will appear over the two nights of the festival:


Albert Lee
Allan Holdsworth
Allman Brothers Band
Andy Fairweather Low
B.B. King
Blake Mills
Booker T
Buddy Guy
Citizen Cope
Dave Biller
Doyle Bramhall II
Earl Klugh
Eric Clapton
Gary Clark Jr.
Jeff Beck
Jimmie Vaughan
John Mayer
John Scofield
Jonny Lang
Keb Mo
Keith Urban
Kurt Rosenwinkle
Los Lobos
Matt “Guitar” Murphy
Robbie Robertson
Robert Cray
Robert Randolph
Sonny Landreth
Steve Cropper
Taj Mahal
Vince Gill


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