Sunday, March 11, 2007

Dickey Betts, Chris Isaak to fry frets at James Burton & Friends concert 7 pm, Sat, Mar 31, Municipal Auditorium

Dickey Betts and Chris Isaak are among 12 headliners announced for the James Burton International Guitar Festival, said Burton.

Other performers include Ed King of Lynyrd Skynyrd, Rick Derringer (who is no stranger to Shreveport), and emcee John Goodman (not a stranger in Natchitoches).

March 30: Party on the Plaza in Shreveport’s Festival Plaza. Talent from Shreveport-Bossier City and the region, 6 pm to midnight.

March 31, Festival Plaza, 11 a.m.: the Guitar Showdown for local talent hosted by the festival and Tipitina’s Shreveport Music Co-op. Admission is $3 both days.

March 31 at Municipal Auditorium: the James Burton & Friends Concert: 7 p.m. Slated to perform are actor Steven Seagal; Monte Montgomery, named one of the “Top 50 Guitarists of All Time”; Rick Vito, part of Fleetwood Mac from 1987 to 1991; Thom Bresch, named one of the “100 Greatest Acoustic Guitarists”; The Cox Family, Grammy-Award winning family from Cotton Valley; and Lee Roy Parnell, Texas country musician whose hits include “If The House is Rockin’.”

Tickets:, as above.

The concert raises money for the James Burton Kids R Rockin’ program, which donates guitars and hosts special training programs for young musicians.

Last year, the foundation donated 600 guitars to students in 23 Caddo Parish schools, says Burton.

April 1, 2 pm, Municipal Auditorium: 600 students will close the festival with Burton and a surprise special guest. Tickets for the April 1 concert: $10 at the door.


trudeau said...
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trudeau said...

In a recent Mardi Gras presentation at Youree Drive Middle School I asked music teacher Krista Fanning to have her guitar students join me on stage to accompany a recording of the Dixie Cups' Iko Iko. I'm not sure whether Youree was given guitars by Burton or Peavey, but it was a good experience.

Guitars in school rule.

Noma said...

From what I understand, Burton gave the money to start up the partnership with Little Kids Rock, and Peavey donated the guitars. But it's a group effort to get guitars into the hands 600 kids, so who cares which came first, the chicken or the egg?

trudeau said...

Of course, many of us scrounged guitars. I traded a used cornet to the neighbors for a used, brown Silvertone/Harmony acoustic. The Black Diamond strings were like cheese slicers. The bridge was not glued down, so trying to tune it was misery. Not that I knew how to tune it.

Lynne said...

You write very well.