Battle of the Blues’ Showdown At Club Nokia This Saturday

This year’s Guitar Center Battle of the Blues takes place on Saturday night the 18th at Club Nokia at LA Live. If you aren’t familiar with this event, it is the culmination of a nationwide search for the the best undiscovered blues guitars in the land (meaning, America). The six regional finalist duke it out with the axes with one being crowned the champ. I experienced one of these Battles a few years back and all the guitarists were extremely talented. This year’s competitors are Daniel Newell (West), Jason l. Christensen (North Central), Rebecca Laird (Southwest), Daniel T France Jr. (Northeast), James Antony Sims and Edward Ricco (both from the Southeast).

Dr. John

Besides this crop of up-and-coming guitar-slingers, this Battles features some pro performances too. The legendary Dr. John and guitar whiz Joe Bonamassa will be playing at this concert, showing the kids how it is done. If you are not familiar with Bonamassa’s name, he is one of the best young guitar players out there.

Joe Bonamassa

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About Michael Berick

I am a longtime writer, and lover, of music and pop culture. I have written for Entertainment Weekly, the Los Angeles Times, the LA Weekly, the San Francisco Chronicle, Cleveland Scene and more places (that I wouldn't take up more of your time mentioning now).
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