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Eric Clapton's third Crossroads Guitar Festival coming to Chicago on June 26

February 10, 2010 | 11:27 am

Eric Clapton Hollywood Bowl 2004 Shepler

Eric Clapton is hosting his third Crossroads Guitar Festival on June 26 in Chicago, inviting many of the same stellar guests who appeared at the first two events. This year’s lineup includes B.B. King, Jeff Beck, Buddy Guy, John Mayer, Vince Gill, Steve Winwood, Robert Cray and ZZ Top.

The event, benefiting Clapton’s  Crossroads Centre in Antigua for people with chemical dependencies, also will include Sheryl Crow, the great Brazilian jazz guitarist João Gilberto, James Burton, Albert Lee, Keb’ Mo’,  the Allman Brothers Band, Los Lobos’ David Hidalgo and Cesar Rosas and  Italian musician Pino Daniele.

The first Crossroads Festival in Dallas in 2004 and its successor three years later in Chicago both were filmed and released on DVD. In addition to the main-stage performances, the festivals encompass music workshops, demonstrations and various forums for interaction among fans and participating musicians.

Tickets are $100 and go on sale Feb. 20 through Ticketmaster.

-- Randy Lewis

Photo: Eric Clapton at the Hollywood Bowl in 2004. Credit: Los Angeles Times