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KSPS has Tickets to Blues Rock Guitarist, Joe Bonamassa
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Blues rock guitarist, Joe Bonamassa

Joe Bonamassa, the American blues rock guitarist, singer, and songwriter is coming to Spokane to play at the INB Performing Arts Center on October 10th, and KSPS is offering advance tickets as a thank you to viewers who make a pledge in the month of March.

***UPDATE: Joe Bonamassa will play Edmonton and Calgary, and KSPS offers tickets to those shows as well!***

The tickets (which will retail for $135-$175 per seat) are being offered by KSPS as thank you gifts to new pledges of $150 or more. An additional semi-private pre-show meet'n'greet with Joe, himself, was also available to viewers who pledged $200 or more. (These special tickets have sold out.) As always, your pledge to Friends of KSPS, a 501(c)(3), goes to support public television programming.

Call 800-735-2377 for tickets.

Grammy-nominated Bonamassa has played with Eric Clapton, Foreigner, Stephen Stills, Blondie Chaplin, Steve Winwood, Warren Haynes, and Buddy Guy. At just 12 years old, Bonamassa opened for B.B. King. He's put out 15 solo albums, 11 of which have hit #1 on the Billboard Blues charts.

Instead of American artists, Bonamassa's influences are Irish and British blues acts. He elaborated on his influences in a 2007 interview:

You know, my heroes were the Columbia guys – Paul Kossoff, Peter Green, Eric Clapton. There’s so many – there’s Gary Moore, Rory Gallagher – another Irish musician who played the same things, but don't tell him that. But those guys were my guys – Jeff Beck, Jimmy Page. There's a certain sophistication to their approach to the blues that I really like, more so than the American blues that I was listening to. B.B. King's a big influence – he's probably my biggest traditional influence. I love Muddy Waters, Robert Johnson and T-Bone Walker and stuff like that, but I couldn't sit down. I was always forcing myself to listen to whole records by them, where I'd rather listen to Humble Pie do "I'm Ready" than Muddy Waters, you know? I think, the English interpretation of the blues just hit me a lot better, you know?

In 2008 he said:

When I heard Kossoff playing "Mr. Big" and when I heard Clapton playing "Crossroads" and when I heard Rory Gallagher playing "Cradle Rock", I was like, 'This is way cooler'.... "British blues are my thing. When I heard Rod Stewart and the Jeff Beck Group singing "Let Me Love You", it changed my life. I knew exactly what I wanted to do. Those are my influences.

Call 800-735-2377 for tickets.