CLAPTON’S CROSSROADS FESTIVAL CHICAGO ENCORES ON THIRTEEN/WNET NEW YORK’S GREAT PERFORMANCES ON PBS
Credited throughout his career with creating super sounds in super groups, Eric Clapton offers his ultimate collaboration in Eric Clapton Crossroad Guitar Festival Chicago, encoring Wednesday, March 19 at 9 p.m. (ET) on Thirteen/WNET New York’s GREAT PERFORMANCES on PBS (check local listings). A follow-up to his groundbreaking, all-star Crossroads Guitar Festival 2004 at the Cotton Bowl in Dallas, the event drew nearly 28,000 fans to Chicago’s Toyota Park July 28, 2007.
Like its predecessor, the Chicago event was a benefit for Clapton’s Crossroads Centre in Antigua, a drug and alcohol education and treatment facility.
On tap for the historic afternoon: Jeff Beck, Doyle Bramhall II, Robert Cray, Sheryl Crow, Vince Gill, Buddy Guy, B.B. King, Sonny Landreth, Albert Lee, Los Lobos, John Mayer, John McLaughlin, Willie Nelson, Robert Randolph and the Family Band, Robbie Robertson, Hubert Sumlin, The Derek Trucks Band featuring Susan Tedeschi, Jimmie Vaughn, Johnny Winter, Steve Winwood, and host Bill Murray.
“Clapton’s jam sounds sweet,” wrote The New York Daily News when the program premiered November 28. “It’s good stuff watching Clapton team up with Robertson or hearing Crow and Mayer mix in with Cray, Sumlin and Winter.”
The program is executive produced by John Beug, Rhino Entertainment senior vice president-home video. Utilizing 12 cameras and shooting in HighDefinition/5.1 SurroundSound, Martyn Atkins directs.
GREAT PERFORMANCES is funded by the Irene Diamond Fund, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, public television viewers, and PBS. Additional funding for this telecast was provided by the Starr Foundation.