The Guitar Village at The Crossroads Guitar Festival on July 28, 2007 at Toyota Park in Chicago will feature interactive guitar exhibits, hands-on demonstrations and classic guitars on display. In a rare historic showing, three of the world’s most infamous originals Eric Clapton’s Blackie and 335 guitars and Stevie Ray Vaughan’s Lenny will be showcased. In addition, fans can get the first glimpse of the brand-new limited edition Eric Clapton Crossroads Stratocaster.
Set to open at 9am when Festival gates open, the Village will entertain fans all day long and feature clinics for wanna-be guitar gods on a Village stage. As with the first festival in 2004, the Crossroads Guitar Festival will benefit the Crossroads Centre in Antigua, a treatment and education facility founded by Clapton for chemically dependent persons. The facility will also have a tent in the Village so fans can better understand this important charity.
Tickets for the Crossroads Guitar Festival are sold out. Current ticket holders are encouraged to arrive early to be part of the Village experience.
Current Village participants include the following:
The Crossroads Centre, Antigua
Founded in 1998, Crossroads Centre, Antigua was created to provide treatment and education to chemically dependent persons, those with other compulsive addictive behaviors, their families and their significant others. Treatment is provided through residential care, family and aftercare programs. The pathway to recovery is founded on the movement toward a change in lifestyle. Crossroads Centre, Antigua also operates a 16-bed halfway house in Antigua called the Bevon House (exclusively for Antigua residents) and facilitates a school-based education series, Breaking the Cycle, in all Antiguan schools. The Crossroads Centre has recently expanded its programme to offer transitional living for men, in line with the Crossroads Centre’s philosophy on recovery, at The Sanctuary in Delray Beach, Florida, for those who have completed a residential treatment programme.
Ernie Ball Proudly Presents Play Crossroads!
Continuing their long-standing tradition of providing opportunities for musicians to play live and fulfill their dreams, Ernie Ball has made it possible for one band to have the opportunity to play live at the 2007 Eric Clapton Crossroads Guitar Festival via uploading of bands best MP3’s at ww.playcrossroads.com. The chance to win was made available to all musicians with the winner performing on the Village Stage.
Fender Musical Instruments Corp.
To honor and support the philanthropic efforts of legendary guitarist Eric Clapton, Fender is working closely with Eric to create and release a very special limited edition set of guitars and amps the Eric Clapton Crossroads Stratocaster and Crossroads 57 Twin-Amps . The Eric Clapton Crossroads instruments are a limited run of 50 guitar and amplifier sets, along with 50 guitars. Both packages will be on display in the Village and all profits from the project will benefit the Crossroads Centre, Antigua. Each guitar will be crafted to Eric’s specification and bear a unique Crossroads Antigua graphic designed and originally hand-drawn by Clapton himself. Master-built in Fender’s Corona, Calif., Custom Shop, the Eric Clapton Crossroads Stratocaster guitar was created under Eric’s guidance and supervision by the very same artisans who handcraft Eric’s personal instruments. Also in the Guitar Village, Fender will provide interactive Fender guitar and amp set-ups of other Crossroads artists including Jeff Beck, John Mayer, Jimmie Vaughan, Robert Cray, Sheryl Crow, Vince Gill and Buddy Guy, allowing fans to play like the pros for the ultimate hands-on guitar experience.
Gibson is proud to support this year’s Eric Clapton Crossroads Guitar Festival. We are dedicated to providing a high quality music experience for musicians worldwide. We are thrilled to be part of such a premiere guitar event with a whose who of the world’s greatest guitar players and aspiring newcomers. We are gratified to support Eric Clapton’s Crossroads Centre in Antigua through our donations to this worthy charitable event and look forward to creating memorable experiences for music fans at our Gibson Guitar tent.
Guitar Center is proud to continue the history of support it has had for Eric Clapton’s Crossroads Guitar Festival this year following its huge success in 2004. We are excited about bringing three of rock’s most infamous guitars– Blackie, 335 and Lenny — to Crossroads to kick off a traveling display for all music fans to enjoy at their local Guitar Centers.
Blackie – Photo courtesy christies.com
Crash 3 – Photo Jill Furmanovsky/Star File
Lenny – Photo courtesy christies.com
Guitar Center is proud to co-sponsor the Village Stage and to showcase the 2007 Guitar Center King of the Blues winner, Aaron Loesch, who will have the once in a lifetime experience to showcase his talents with the amazing lineup of artists on the main stage.
Harman Music’s DigiTech/DigiTruck
DigiTech a leader in guitar signal processing is showcasing their new marketing tool the ’digiTruck at the Crossroads Guitar Festival. After long planning and lots of hard work, DigiTech has completed this self contained rolling monster to spread the word of DigiTech and all other Harman products including dbx, Lexicon, BSS, Crown, Soundcraft, JBL and AKG. The DigiTruck contains a controlled environment product room, lounge and more that needs to be seen.
Limelight Galleries and Rolling Stone Authentic
CURRENT ARTIST LISTING CONFIRMED FOR MAIN STAGE PERFORMANCES
Doyle Bramhall II
Alison Krauss and Union Station featuring Jerry Douglas
Robert Randolph & The Family Band
The Derek Trucks Band featuring Susan Tedeschi
2004 Crossroads Guitar Festival in Dallas – Photo by Jarrod Vrazel : zrock.com
The first Crossroads Guitar Festival, in June 2004 at the Cotton Bowl in Dallas, featured an incredible collection of guitar icons from blues, rock and contemporary music. The sold-out show was chronicled in a 2-disc Crossroads Guitar Festival DVD that has since gone on to become one of the world’s top-selling music DVD’s, recently achieving the 8x platinum mark in the United States alone.
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