Every three years Eric Clapton holds a festival of truly massive proportions, one that highlights some of the finest guitarists of our time. Eric Clapton’s Crossroads Guitar Festival boasts acts ranging from the legendary Buddy Guy and Gregg Allman to contemporary greats like Derek Trucks and Gary Clark Jr., Clapton showcases a smooth blend of blues, country and classic rock in a laid-back jam oriented arrangement. While tickets for the 2013 edition of the festival sold out two nights of Madison Square Garden in a matter of minutes, fans across the country will get the chance to witness this monumental event in another large-scale unique setting.
On Aug. 13, 500 cinemas across the country will present some of the standout performances from this year’s festival as part of a one-night event that will bring some of the most highly lauded musicians together once more. The two-and-a-half hour film will premiere at 7:30 pm local time across the country and will provide a slew of backstage footage and star-studded performances from the April 12 and 13 concerts. You can check for cinema locations at Fathom Events’ website.
The film will feature performances from the Allman Brothers Band, Blake Mills, Booker T., Buddy Guy, Derek Trucks, Doyle Bramhall II, Eric Clapton, Gary Clark Jr., Gregg Allman, Jeff Beck, John Mayer, Keith Richards, Keith Urban, Los Lobos, Robert Cray, Sonny Landreth, Vince Gill and Warren Haynes.
Check out our exclusive peek at the Gary Clark Jr.’s performance from the festival below. Clark gives a captivating performance of “Next Door Neighbor Blues,” evoking memories of blues legend Son House’s “Death Letter Blues.” With a bare-boned drum set at his feet, Clark stomps away while sliding and shredding through a stellar performance.