Sunday, August 1, 2021

Joe Bonamassa Power Trio Live

No April Fools Day joke, on the first  of that month, Joe Bonamassa will perform a specially curated set from Austin City Limits Live, alongside Late Night With David Letterman TV show’s Anton Fig on drums and legendary bass player Steve Mackey (Arcade Fire, Pulp etc), as a rare three-piece blues rock power trio

Available as a live stream concert, it will be available on-demand for one month after the live airing to anyone who purchases tickets. Fans who purchase the virtual live stream ticket will have the chance to watch the entire concert for repeated viewings until May 2021. 

Austin is one of the first spots Bonamassa originally performed at as a three-piece, years ago at legendary Antone’s, and the city saw the rise of guitar visionary Stevie Ray Vaughan. Austin City Limits Live is a national landmark in the USA and known there as “music’s best address,” it was awarded Best New Major Concert Venue by Pollstar when it opened.
Austin has been home to some incredible artists over the years, including the likes of as B.B. King, Willie Nelson, Santana, Paul McCartney, Peter Frampton, as well as Bonamassa himself. Austin City Limits Live itself where the guitarist will plat has a world-class stage.

The event goes out especially to fans, who – via social media – have made their stamp on the evening, selecting their favourite Bonamassa tunes from his extensive catalogue of 24 #1 studio albums and countless productions, to create a very special set list. It will be a new and exciting celebration of some searing hits from his earliest influences as well as original compositions embodying the guitar mastery that he is best known for. A highly curated set that should delight long-time super fans and  captivate new ones.

There are a variety of pricing levels available for fans worldwide to be a part of this special “audience.” Tickets to the livestream event starts at $30. Fans may also purchase a $44.99 package that includes a limited-edition commemorative t-shirt, or upgrade to the Deluxe package for $64.99 that also features the Ultimate Video Collection, a 1-year all pass for Bonamassa’s on-demand service that includes 17+ concert releases from Joe Bonamassa, Black Country Communion, and Rock Candy Funk Party – Available at any time on most devices.

Fans also have the option to purchase a Commemorative VIP ticket. Those ticket holders will have their photo and name featured in the livestream credits and DVD credits as a virtual audience member. 

Joe Bonamassa has become one of the most celebrated musicians performing today. Hailed internationally as one of the greatest guitar players of his generation, Guitar World has called him “the world’s biggest blues guitarist.” The two-time GRAMMY-nominated artist is chief among those who have brought the blues rock genreinto the mainstream. Bonamassa recently received his 24th #1 album on the Billboard Blues Chart with the studio album Royal Tea, a nod to his British heroes, recorded at the legendary Abbey Road Studios.

Amidst the pandemic, Bonamassa performed the Royal Tea album in entirety before its release last September at the iconic Ryman Auditorium in Nashville with over 17,000 virtual tickets sold, reaching 44 different countries. The event also raised over $32,000 for Bonamassa’s Fuelling Musicians Program, presented by his non-profit Keeping the Blues Alive Foundation (KTBA). Now he is ready to hit the stage again for an even more exciting, fan-curated experience at Austin City Limits Live. Each ticket purchase for the livestream will include a $1 donation to Fueling Musicians.

Bonamassa has been working hard to raise money for musicians affected by the coronavirus crisis. The Fuelling Musicians program is an emergency relief fund designed to support musicians by providing immediate cash payments for essential living expenses of $1,500 to help them stay afloat and get back on the road again when it is safe.

To date, they have raised over $380,000 and distributed the money to over 230 artists. In fact, they are getting checks delivered to some folks who have yet to even receive their support from the government stimulus. As someone who has spent most of his life on the road, Joe knows the clear and evident impact of the crisis on his entertainment community. For those interested in donating, visit here.

While much of the applause Bonamassa receives should be credited to his sheer talent, some part of his success needs to be attributed to Joe and his business partner for having the foresight and ability to become some of music’s savviest entrepreneurs. Bonamassa, now 43, and his partner Roy Weisman, have together devised a 360-degree independent business model that has survived and thrived during one of the music industry’s most uncertain eras, particularly considering the challenges created by the current pandemic. 

Live stream tickets and packages are available by clicking here.


Paul H Birch
RAMzine Senior Writer - Writer of fiction, faction and fact, has edited several newsstand magazines. He declares himself a hack for hire but refuses to compromise on the subject of music.

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