PERFORMANCES & TICKETS
GEORGE THOROGOOD and THE DESTROYERS Rock Party Tour 2017
Sunday, September 17, 7:30 p.m.
TICKETS: Res. $59 | Standing Room Only $62 | Lawn $39 | Child (1-12) Lawn $29
GATES OPEN: @ 5:45 Early Entry | 6:00 General Public
ALCOHOL: Patrons will not be permitted to bring in outside alcohol during this performance
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It’s that moment when the house lights go down and the audience erupts: a drumbeat punches through the darkness, and the stage lights – almost blindingly bright at first – reveal a killer band ready to unleash a catalog of classic hits like none other. That familiar snarl of a slide guitar rips open the room, and you know you’re about to experience a bad-to-the-bone icon at his very best. George Thorogood And The Destroyers are throwing a Rock Party for 2017, and you’re invited.
“The thing is,” Thorogood says with a laugh, “it all started with a birthday party.”
For any kid growing up in the ‘60s, the first sightings of live rock & roll on TV were mind-bendingly seismic. “Ask Bruce Springsteen, Tom Petty, John Mellencamp or Chrissie Hynde, and they’ll tell you the same thing,” George says. “The Beatles on The Ed Sullivan Show and The Rolling Stones on Shindig -- we all saw that and said, ‘That’s it. That’s what I want to do.’” Almost immediately, teens across America, including the suburbs of Wilmington, Delaware, started to put together bands. “I didn’t know how to play guitar then, but the band up the street needed a singer,” he remembers. “And because I knew the words to a bunch of songs, I said I’d give it a try. The first show we ever played was a party for my twin sisters’ birthday. I was 15 years old and got paid $20. That was the day I became a professional rock performer.”
From a birthday party in Wilmington to concert stages around the world, it’s been one of the most credible and uncompromising rides in American music. Today, one badder-than-ever guitar-slinger and his band are back to play like they still have something to prove. For George Thorogood And The Destroyers – as well as for millions of fans old & new – the Rock Party starts now.
Guest Artist: Terry Robb
Terry Robb is one of the top acoustic blues guitarists of our time. His signature fingerpicking style has earned him international acclaim from worldwide audiences, music critics and his distinguished peers. Incorporating elements from the Mississippi Delta music tradition, ragtime, country, swing and free jazz, Robb has built a unique blues sound that has made him a legend in his prolific music career spanning more than four decades.
The multitude of awards Terry Robb has received speak to his seminal talent as a blues guitarist. Robb has been inducted into both the Oregon Music Hall of Fame and the Cascade Blues Association Hall of Fame. He single-handedly defined the Muddy Award for Best Acoustic Guitar, winning the honor 19 consecutive years from 1992 until 2011. Upon his retirement from the competition in 2011, the award was renamed the “Terry Robb Best Acoustic Guitar” Muddy Award to honor his landmark contributions to blues music.
Robb was born in British Columbia, raised in the United States and currently resides in Portland, Oregon. He achieved greatness at an early age, performing with Ramblin’ Rex of Frank Zappa / Captain Beefheart fame, Canned Heat’s Henry Vestine, and steelstring guitar icon John Fahey. At age twenty-four, Robb produced and played accompaniment on Fahey’s 1984 release “Let Go,” which received a four-star review by Rolling Stone and led to numerous subsequent collaborations for which Robb served as Fahey’s producer and session guitarist.
As an acclaimed producer and session guitarist, Robb has contributed to many award-winning projects. He produced Alice Stuart’s 2002 release “Can’t Find No Heaven,” nominated for Grammy and W.C. Handy awards. With more than 15 releases under his name, Robb’s recording feature collaborations with John Fahey, Eddy Clearwater, Maria Muldaur, Ike Willis, Curtis Salgado, and Glen Moore. He has toured nationally with Buddy Guy and Steve Miller and performed alongside B.B. King, Albert Lee, Joe Cocker, Robert Cray, Leo Kottke, Rick Wakeman and many more all-stars.
Steeped in Americana ethnomusicology, Robb has been featured in numerous documentary films, books and articles profiling American roots and blues music and the luminaries with whom he has worked, such as the 2007 film “Touch Me Someplace I Can Feel” about the late cartoonist John Callahan, the 2010 film “Portland Mojo: How Stumptown Got the Blues,” and the 2014 book “Dance of Death: The Life of John Fahey, American Guitarist.”
Pre-concert music: Step It Up & Go
Begins in the Britt Performance Garden at 6:00 p.m.