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: www.jamesburtonmusic.com, 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.