Antioch’s El Campanil Theatre will host the 12th Annual Delta Blues Festival Benefit Concert on Saturday, March 4. Headlined by international blues musicians Kirk Fletcher and Guy King, festival proceeds will benefit youth music programs and scholarships in the local community.
Fletcher and King are heavyweights in the blues world. Event organizers say that for this year’s three-hour concert, they listened to past event attendees’ requests and have booked just the two headliners, giving them more stage time. The two blues fan favorites will perform both separately and together (with a few “surprise guests” appearing, organizers say).
Los Angeles-born and Nashville-based Fletcher has been called “one of the best blues guitarists in the world” by Joe Bonamassa. He released his seventh album, Heartache by the Pound, in 2022. “Every time I pick up a guitar, I get down to business and play with a whole lot of soul,” Fletcher said in a benefit press release.
Chicago-based King’s unique blend of blues, jazz, soul, rock, and R&B has taken him to performance venues around the world. His latest album, Joy is Coming, is an autobiographical compilation of 10 songs, all of which King wrote or co-wrote. King was named “Chicago’s Latest Royalty” by Vintage Guitar magazine.
About the Delta Blues Festival Benefit Concert
The DBF Benefit Concert has long been associated with The Delta Blues Festival, a free outdoor event that was started by creator David Williamson in 1999 and held each fall at Waldie Plaza. In 2010 organizers started the indoor, reserved-seat benefit concert to help fund the fall event. While the outdoor festival is no longer held, the indoor event continues to be a popular yearly celebration of blues music — so far, over $63,000 in grants and scholarships have been awarded.
The DBF is a nonprofit organization run solely by volunteers. The benefit concert has been supported by the El Campanil Theatre Preservation Foundation. The nearly century-old theater, located along the
waterfront in downtown Antioch was refurbished and reopened to the public in 2004.
Showtime is at 7 p.m., and the doors open at 6:30 p.m. Ticket prices range from $30 to $50, plus a processing fee. There is a VIP Pre-Party that is limited to 60 guests (the VIP event appears to be sold out). The benefit concert will follow COVID-19 guidelines for the El Campanil Theatre. For more information, visit deltabluesfestival.net.
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