New Blues Festival in Allen

The inaugural Allen City Blues Festival begins strumming at 4 p.m., May 27, at the Allen Event Center, in Allen, featuring artists that include Robert Cray, Jimmie Vaughan and legendary guitarists Robert Randolph, Ian Moore and Tyler Bryant.

Five-time Grammy award-winner and a 2011 electee to the Blues Hall of Fame Robert Cray performed with blues titans like Eric Clapton and B.B. King, and has also worked with greats such as Tina Turner, Keith Richards, Chuck Berry, Bonnie Raitt and Stevie Ray Vaughn.

Texas native and blues veteran Jimmie Vaughan began his run in 1969 opening for The Jimi Hendrix Experience, in Fort Worth. Later, he founded The Fabulous Thunderbirds, which is regarded as one the most influential blues bands.

Robert Randolph, one of Rolling Stone magazine’s 100 greatest guitarists of all time, will play with his Family Band, a combined style of multicultural American funk and soul. Guitar virtuoso Ian Moore, a recipient of the Robert Johnson Blues Foundation New Generation award, is reuniting his original Austin band for the festival. Guitarist and Texas native Tyler Bryant will perform with his band, The Shakedown.

Location: 200 E. Stacy Rd., Allen. For more information, call 972-678-4646 or visit AllenEventCenter.com.

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