Eric Clapton has announced a three-day Crossroads Guitar Festival to take place Friday, June 4 through Sunday, June 6 at the Texas State Fairgrounds in Dallas. This one-time event, created for music enthusiasts around the globe, will raise money for Crossroads Centre Antigua, the treatment and education center founded in 1997 by Eric Clapton and now an independently run entity.

This unique event at the Texas State Fairgrounds will launch on Friday, June 4 with the opening of the Guitar Center Village, the national retailer of musical instruments. The festival will be the first of its kind to create a unique bridge between fans and musicians via leading guitar manufacturer exhibits and guitar clinics. The festival will allow attendees once-in-a-lifetime opportunities to be in an intimate setting as artists give fans the ultimate look into their craft. The Guitar Center Village activities continue on Saturday, June 5 and include live music performances on three stages. Sirius Satellite Radio, as a supporting sponsor will host one of these stages and will broadcast from the Festival.

The Crossroads Guitar Festival culminates on Sunday with an All-Star special benefit concert event at the Cotton Bowl Stadium. The concert, which will begin at 1:00 p.m. and continue through Sunday evening will include performances by Eric Clapton and Doyle Bramhall II,J.J. Cale, Larry Carlton, Robert Cray, Buddy Guy, David Hidalgo, Eric Johnson, B.B. King, Sonny Landreth, Brian May, Robert Randolph, Otis Rush, Carlos Santana, Hubert Sumlin, Dan Tyminski, Steve Vai, Jimmie Vaughan and Joe Walsh. The extraordinary "house bands" will be none other than Booker T & The MG's, Jimmy Vaughn's band and Eric Clapton's band. Other artists will be announced as details are confirmed.

About Crossroads:
Founded in 1997, Crossroads Centre, Antigua was created to provide treatment and education to chemically dependent persons, those with other compulsive addictive behaviors, their families and significant others. Treatment is provided through residential care, family and aftercare programs. The pathway to recovery is founded on the movement toward a change in lifestyle. Crossroads Centre, Antigua also operates a 16 bed halfway-house called TheBevon House (exclusively for local Antiguan residents) and facilitates a school-based education series, Breaking the Cycle, in all local schools.

Festival Hours:
Friday, June 4
2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Guitar Center Village open to designated guitar enthusiasts and VIPs
4:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. Guitar Center Village open to the public
Saturday, June 5
11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Guitar Center Village open to designated guitar enthusiasts and VIPs
1:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. Live entertainment on three stages plus Guitar Center Village open
Sunday, June 6
11:00 a.m. Guitar Center Village opens to the public and doors open to stadium
1:00 p.m. – TBD Cotton Bowl Concert

Tickets to each day of the Crossroads Guitar Festival will be sold separately and will be available starting March 6 through Ticketmaster at

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[Published on: 2/26/04]

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