Great South Bay Music Festival

 Joe Bonamassa

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Performing: Thursday July 18
Stage: Main
Set Time: 8:30 – 10:00PM


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Blues-rock superstar Joe Bonamassa is one of the most celebrated performing musicians today. A three-time GRAMMY nominee, Bonamassa earned his 25th No. 1 on the Billboard Blues Album Chart with his latest studio album Time Clocks. Now, Bonamassa is gearing up to release Tales Of Time, a sprawling and expansive live concert film and album, shot at the breathtaking Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Colorado in August 2022. Joe’s been featured in publications like The Wall Street Journal, Esquire, Rolling Stone, American Songwriter and Parade, as well as on the covers of Guitar World, Guitar Player, Vintage Guitar, Acoustic Guitar and Classic Rock Magazine.

Only in his mid-40s, Bonamassa has become a living legend with an astounding multi-genre catalog. Collectively, Bonamassa has released more than 40 albums including studio and live recordings, collaborative albums with blues sensation Beth Hart, and his adventurous side projects: Black Country Communion and Rock Candy Funk Party. A prolific writer who’s always on the hunt to expand his eclectic musical horizons, Bonamassa has a limitless work ethic whether it’s in the studio, on the road, or working with other artists to spur new music. As a producer, he’s helped create career-defining albums for a wide range of artists, including ‘Crown’ by the blues legend Eric Gales. The album was nominated for “Best Contemporary Blues Album” at the 2023 GRAMMY Awards and “Best Blues Rock Album” at the Blues Music Awards, and the lead single “I Want My Crown” was nominated for “Song of the Year.” “Blues Without You” by Larry McCray was also nominated for “Best Contemporary Blues Album” at the BMAs.

The New York state native opened for B.B. King when he was only 12 years old and has since played alongside artists like Eric Clapton, Stephen Stills, John Lee Hooker, Warren Haynes, Steve Winwood, Peter Frampton and Buddy Guy, among others. B.B. King might not have guessed it at the time, but that 12-year-old prodigy would go on to become an industry powerhouse.

Cited by Guitar World as “arguably the world’s biggest blues guitarist,” Bonamassa is known for taking risks and venturing into uncharted territory throughout his wide-ranging career. In 2021, he found a new way to surprise his fans and music lovers with his latest studio album Time Clocks, his most raw and rocking album yet, featuring his unmatched vocals and playing skills. The album rediscovers Bonamassa at a newfound peak, with heartfelt songwriting and an unparalleled Blues Rock prowess, with American Songwriter sharing, “Bonamassa pushes into fresh territory while staying within a blues-based framework,” and “there is more than enough proof in this sprawling set that Bonamassa doesn’t intend to rest on his laurels or take his star status in the blues-rock genre for granted.”

Bonamassa’s upcoming live release ‘Tales Of Time,’ featuring material from ‘Time Clocks,’ captures a stratospheric performance by the blues-rock titan, as his virtuoso guitar style and unique technique and flair elevate the evening to an almost heavenly high. Produced by long-time collaborator and producer Kevin Shirley (Led Zeppelin, Iron Maiden, Journey), the live performance features a stunning

visual backdrop that served to highlight the beauty of Red Rocks Amphitheatre and the magnitude of the music.

Over two decades ago, Bonamassa and manager Roy Weisman created J&R Adventures, their own record label, management, marketing, and concert promotion company. Together, the two mavericks devised a 360-degree independent business model that has survived and thrived during one of the music industry’s most uncertain eras.

Journeyman LLC, the newest endeavor between Bonamassa and Weisman, is a full-service artist management, record label, concert promotion, and marketing company that builds awareness for independent artists worldwide. Journeyman provides the infrastructure needed to jumpstart the careers of exceptional independent artists, who are too often overlooked by the major labels or concert promoters while circumventing the resistance of typical “gatekeepers” who don’t support indie acts. Bonamassa is passionate about leveraging his experience to pay it forward and help other artists navigate the industry’s murky waters, setting Journeyman apart as the true market maker for its roster.

Bonamassa also runs Keeping the Blues Alive Foundation, a non-profit that promotes music education and blues music by funding scholarships and providing music education resources to schools in need. To date, the foundation has raised over $2,000,000 in donations and supported schools and teachers in all 50 states which has positively impacted 90,000 students. Bonamassa hosts a bi-annual music festival cruise “Keeping The Blues Alive At Sea,” one of the foundation’s largest fundraisers, selling out the last eight years since its inception. In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic that placed the entertainment industry on hold, Bonamassa created the Fueling Musicians Program, raising money for musicians affected by the shutdowns. The initiative started as an emergency relief plan designed to support musicians by providing immediate cash payments of $1,500 to help them stay afloat and get back on the road again. Bonamassa recognized that to truly support these artists, necessary funding was crucial to maintain their livelihoods during the crisis, as well as helping them get back on the road as live music events were permitted. KTBA has now made the Fueling Musicians Program a permanent part of the organization to help touring musicians get back out on the road. To date, they’ve raised over $560,000 and distributed funds to over 350 artists.

Bonamassa’s Keeping The Blues Alive Records (KTBA Records) has released albums for many artists, including musical icon Dion’s 2020 Blues With Friends and 2021’s Stomping Ground. In 2021, Bonamassa teamed up with Josh Smith to produce Chicago “Queen of Guitar” Joanna Connor’s 4801 South Indiana Avenue and Joanne Shaw Taylor’s The Blues Album, all of which debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Blues Charts. 2022 was no less busy and this dream team producing duo released Larry McCray’s Blues Without You, Jimmy Hall’s Ready Now and Joanne’s Blues From The Heart Live and new studio album Nobody’s Fool. Most recently the label released S.O.S. 4: Blues For Your Soul by the acclaimed soul singer Marc Broussard which also debuted at #1 on the charts. Bonamassa plans to produce and release more artists on KTBA Records as their roster continues to grow.

In 2020, Bonamassa launched his video podcast interview series “Live From Nerdville,” which finds him interviewing a wide array of renowned musicians, industry leaders, legendary entertainers, and more. With over 80 episodes recorded, “Live From Nerdville” broadcasts to more than 5 million fans on Bonamassa’s social channels, as well as on all podcast platforms. Past guests include Dion, Paul Stanley, John Oates, Brad Paisley, Jeff Garlin, Ben Folds and Peter Frampton.

Bonamassa is an enthusiastic live performer, and his shows are one of the biggest parts of his career, with Pollstar listing him as having one of the highest-grossing ticket sales in the world. Typically on the road about 200 days out of the year, his tours have sold out iconic venues across the globe, including Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Morrison, CO, The Greek Theatre in Los Angeles, CA, Radio City Music Hall in NYC, Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, TN and The Royal Albert Hall in London, England.

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