Ellnora – The Guitar Festival | Illinois | Pics
Ellnora – The Guitar Festival :: 09.08.11-09.10.11 :: Krannert Center for Performing Arts :: Champaign-Urbana, IL
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Festival highlights included choice billing featuring Taj Mahal with the Carolina Chocolate Drops and Alvin Youngblood Hart, a rocking Opening Night set from Daniel Lanois’ Black Dub, a pickin’ party from bluegrass renegades Chris Thile and Michael Daves, and a Latin-infused dance set from Marc Ribot and Los Cubanos Postizos, among others. Veteran progressive-rock guitarist Adrian Belew also provided an inside look into his pioneering past with his Keynote Address followed by a rousing solo acoustic performance at the Krannert’s Center’s intimate outdoor amphitheater.
Luther Dickinson rounded out the festival lineup as Ellnora’s first Artist-in-Residence, sitting in with Malian guitar great Vieux Farka Toure, Memphis bluesman Alvin Youngblood Hart, Brooklyn’s instrumental outfit Redhooker and lap-steel master Robert Randolph. Dickinson also sat down at Ellnora to read a few handpicked passages from the soon-to-be-published memoirs from his late father, Jim Dickinson.
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