SCRANTON – The Masonic Temple Scranton Cultural Center has announced its 6th annual Winter Blues Guitarmageddon scheduled for February 25 and will continue as an overnight blues festival featuring an eclectic mix of local touring artists , regional, national and international. Nominated for the Grammy Awards, six times winner of the Blues Music Award and inducted into the Blues Hall of Fame, Joe Louis Walker is confirmed on the front page.
“We’re excited to be back this year as a one-night mini-festival, with plans to expand to a weekend event in 2023,” says organizer Maria Santomauro. “The past two years have been tough, but we are grateful that we can once again bring live music to the great areas of Northeastern Pennsylvania!
With a career spanning more than 50 years, headliner Joe Louis Walker is regarded by NPR as a “Legendary limit pushing back the icon of modern blues” and is a true guitar powerhouse with a distinctive voice. He’s toured the world’s most renowned music festivals, sharing the stage with Muddy Waters, Thelonious Monk, Ronnie Woods, John Lee Hooker, Willie Dixon, Charlie Musselwhite and John Mayall, to name a few.
In addition to his own 25 albums, Walker has performed on Grammy-winning records from BB King and James Cotton and has collaborated with a diverse group of leading artists including Branford Marsalis, Tower of Power, Bonnie Raitt, Buddy Guy. , Taj Mahal, and Clarence “Gatemouth” Brown.
His latest album “Electric Electric”, offers a varied mix of original blues-stomping and horn as well as some unusual covers, such as “The werewolves of London” (Warren Zevon) and “Hotel Californie” (Eagles).
Returning by popular demand, King Solomon Hicks following his Scranton debut at Winter Blues Guitarmageddon: Next Generation in February 2020, is added to the lineup. At that time, he was just getting out his last job, “Harlem” which received the award for best emerging artist album at the Blues Music Awards. The album was produced by three-time Grammy winner Kirk Yano, who has worked with Miles Davis, Public Enemy, Mariah Carey and many others.
Rounding out the lineup are local blues rock trio Dustin Douglas & The Electric Gentlemen and soulful Philadelphia-based Deb Callahan Duo with Allen James.
The concert will be held in the Grand Ballroom of the Scranton Cultural Center at 7:00 p.m. and the doors will open at 6:30 p.m. Seating is reserved and tickets range from $ 40 to $ 50 in advance and $ 45 to $ 55 per hour. day of the show. They can be purchased at the Fidelity Bank box office at SCC in person or by calling (570) 344-1111, or through Ticketmaster.
The 6th Winter Blues Guitarmageddon is sponsored by UGI Utilities, Inc. and LT Verrastro. It is supported by Lackawanna County and the PA Council on the Arts.
Masks are mandatory for all clients, regardless of their vaccination status. They can be removed to eat or drink in the designated area, which will be located on the lower level. For more information on CSC’s current COVID-19 mitigation policies, visit SCCMT.org/COVID.
For more information and a full schedule of events, visit SCCMT.org.
The 2021-2022 Masonic Temple Scranton Cultural Center is sponsored by Fidelity Bank and LT Verrastro and supported by the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, and the Lackawanna County Bureau of Arts and Culture, and Commissioners Jerry Notarianni , Debi Dominick, Esq. and Chris Chermak. Special thanks to its media partners: Access NEPA, Allied Services, Audacy, Citizens’ Voice, Lamar Advertising, MAC Signs, The Times-Tribune, Times Shamrock Communications and Eyewitness News – WBRE / WYOU – pahomepage.com.