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James Burton Guitar Festival set for this weekend

(courtesy of Tom Pace)

Story by Tom Pace, Executive Editor and host of the “Talk of the Town”

The Historic Shreveport Municipal Auditorium will be rockin’ as country music superstar Vince Gill will be yet another performer on the stage to help celebrate guitar icon James Burton on his 75th birthday for his 2014 International Guitar Festival Aug. 22-24.

The addition of Gill to Burton’s star-studded lineup was confirmed this weekend by James’ wife, Louise Burton. The Vosburys (Robin, Cole, and grandmother Nita Lynn) will also be among the 18 guest stars for the 7:30 p.m. concert, this Saturday, August 23.

One of the founding members of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Shreveport native James Burton is best-known around the world as “The Man Who Made the Fender Telecaster Famous.”

Burton officially turns 75 this August 21st, and this will be a big birthday celebration in his hometown to honor him.
The 18 artists in the official lineup are: James Burton, Trace Adkins, Priscilla Presley (Special Guest) Vince Gill, Paul Shaffer (David Letterman Show) Richie Furay, Noel Haggard, Rob Haynes, Gunner Nelson, Lee Rocker, Ann Wilson, Mike Wolfe, Jimmie Vaughn, Rick Vito, The Vosburys, Billy Burnette, Doyle Dykes, and Lincoln Brewster.
Tickets for the Saturday concert are available at www.ticketmaster.com or 1-800-745-3000.

James Burton International Guitar Festival Official Schedule:

  • Friday, August 22, 2014 “Cheers to 75 Years!” (James’ Official Birthday Celebration)

5 pm – Midnight Red River District – Under the Texas Street Bridge
Free Admission – Donations Accepted
James Burton Cake Cutting Birthday Celebration 8p-9p

  • Saturday, August 23, 2014: Rockin’ Guitars & Cars

11am-5 pm: Sat. Aug. 23rdRed River District–Under the Texas Street Bridge
Featuring live music and Classic Cars Free Admission – Donations Accepted
Entertainment lineup announced soon.

Talent Show: 3:30pm-4:30pm Elementary, Middle, High School Competition
Rules to be announced soon – Winners announced 4:30 pm – 5:00 pm

Car Show Aug. 23rd, 11 am – 4:30 pm Cast your ballot for “Best of Show”
Winners announced 4:30 pm – 5:00 pm
Cars will be on display on Commerce Street and then Elvis Presley Avenue before the James Burton & Friends Concert

VIP Reception Sat. Aug. 23rd,6 pm – 7:15 pm Municipal Auditorium
705 Elvis Presley Avenue
For ticket information, call 318-424-5000 or jamesburtonfest@aol.com

James Burton & Friends Concert: Saturday, August 23rd: 7:30 pm
Municipal Auditorium
705 Elvis Presley Avenue
Tickets Now on Sale www.ticketmaster.com

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