The live stream event supports the non-profit organization Keeping the Blues Alive, and is sponsored jointly by the Fender guitar company and Volkswagen.
Joe Bonamassa, a prodigy who opened for B.B. King at the age of 12, also will showcase some of his personal vintage Fender guitars and discuss each one.
The performance supports musicians unable to work due to the COVID-19 pandemic through Bonamassa’s Fueling Musicians Program, an emergency relief plan organized by his Keeping the Blues Alive non-profit organization.
The program provides financial assistance for essential living expenses along with pre-paid fuel cards to qualified musicians in need.
The Joe Bonamassa event is Thursday, May 14 at 8 pm EST.
To watch, visit the VW Facebook page here
“My sincerest thanks and gratitude to both Volkswagen and Fender Premium Audio for their generous support of our Fueling Musicians Program,” said Bonamassa in a press release to NYC on the Cheap.
“Musicians have a tough road ahead and this will help them regroup until they can head out on the road again when everyone gets the green light.”
To watch the event, visit the VW Facebook page here on Thursday, May 14 at 8 pm EST.
To donate to the Fueling Musicians Program or to complete an application for assistance, visit www.KTBA.org.
- photo of Joe Bonamassa by Christie Goodwin via Volkswagen
Every year, the BAM Gala honors top names in the theater community in an event that includes entertainment by top artists and groups.
This year, the glittering event goes virtual, performances by St. Vincent and the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater.
BAM Virtual Gala 2020 honor actress Cate Blanchett, author Zadie Smith and philanthropist and producer Jeanne Donovan Fisher.
It’s FREE to attend virtually, but since this is a fund-raiser help ensure BAM’s place as Brooklyn’s leading home for adventurous artists, audiences, and ideas, donations are encouraged.
10% of donations made during the gala will go to The Brooklyn Hospital Center, which is playing a crucial role saving lives of patients suffering from Covid-19.
More About Joe Bonamassa
As a professional musician for over 30 years, Joe Bonamassa continues to blaze a remarkably versatile artistic trail, and amass an authentic, innovative and soulful body of work. Bonamassa’s career began onstage opening for B.B. King in 1989, when he was only 12 years old.
Today, he is hailed worldwide as one of the greatest guitar players of his generation and is an ever-evolving singer-songwriter with over 30 albums to date including studio and live recordings, collaborative albums with blues sensation Beth Hart, and the adventurous side projects Black Country Communion and Rock Candy Funk Party, all under his own label, J&R Adventures.
He founded and oversees the non-profit Keeping the Blues Alive Foundation to promote the heritage of blues music to the next generation, fund music scholarships, and conserve the art of music in schools and beyond.
Bonamassa has received two GRAMMY® nominations, and recently achieved his 22nd #1 Billboard Blues Albums (more than any other artist) with the release of LIVE AT SYDNEY OPERA HOUSE in 2019.
On average, Bonamassa tours some 200 days a year and has most recently released a new single “A Conversation With Alice” from his new studio album due to be released in late 2020, which was recorded at the legendary Abbey Road Studios.
Read more at www.JBonamassa.com
About Fender Musical Instruments Corporation
Since 1946, Fender has revolutionized music and culture as one of the world’s leading musical instrument manufacturers, marketers and distributors. Fender Musical Instruments Corporation (FMIC), whose portfolio of brands includes Fender®, Squier®, Gretsch® guitars, Jackson®, EVH® and Charvel®.
Since 2015, Fender’s digital arm has introduced a new ecosystem of products and interactive experiences to accompany players at every stage of their musical journey.
This includes innovative apps and learning platforms designed to complement Fender guitars, amplifiers, effects pedals, accessories and pro-audio gear, and inspire players through an immersive musical experience.
Founded in 1955, Volkswagen of America, Inc. is an operating unit of Volkswagen Group of America and a subsidiary of Volkswagen AG, with headquarters in Herndon, Virginia.
The VW factory in Chattanooga is the world’s first LEED certified green manufacturing facility.
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Volkswagen’s operations in the United States include research and development, parts and vehicle processing, parts distribution centers, sales, marketing and service offices, financial service centers, and its state-of-the-art manufacturing facility in Chattanooga, Tennessee. The Volkswagen Group is one of the world’s largest producers of passenger cars and Europe’s largest automaker.
Volkswagen sells the Arteon, Atlas, Atlas Cross Sport, Golf, Golf GTI, Jetta, Jetta GLI, Passat, and Tiguan vehicles through more than 600 independent U.S. dealers. Visit Volkswagen online at www.vw.com or media.vw.com to learn more.
Fender Premium Audio offers top-end audio systems on select trims of Volkswagen vehicles such as the Passat, Golf GTI, Atlas, Atlas Cross Sport, and Tiguan, featuring a 480-watt, 12-channel amplifier with 12 speakers in total.