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Derek Trucks and Susan Tedeschi combine forces

by jmaloni

Husband and wife duo headline free concert July 13

Thu, Jul 8th 2010 11:00 am

The newly formed Derek Trucks and Susan Tedeschi Band, promise to deliver a high energy night filled with new and familiar grooves on July 13 at the "First Niagara presents Tuesday in the Park" free concert series at Artpark. Both Trucks and Tedeschi performed at the venue as solo acts in past "Tuesday in the Park" seasons. The guitar-slinging couple have recorded on each other's albums and toured together with their respective bands, but this new musical adventure reveals the two side by side leading one amazing ensemble.

Four-time Grammy-nominated singer, guitarist and songwriter Tedeschi has won a large and loyal audience for her ability to craft elements of classic blues, rock, R&B, folk and gospel into a distinctly individual style that honors rootsy musical traditions.

Trucks, already a veteran in his early 30s, has had a remarkable career starting with his own band, which he founded at the age of 15; being a full time member of the Allman Brothers Band since 1999; sharing the stage with Eric Clapton as a featured soloist; and now his collaboration with Tedeschi.

USA Today hails Trucks as "possibly this generation's greatest rock guitarist," while the Wall Street Journal concurred that "he is the most awe-inspiring electric slide guitar player performing today." 

Opening the show is British bluesman Matt Schofield, who is rated in the "Top Ten British Blues Guitarists of All Time" by Guitar and Bass Magazine.

All concerts in the "Tuesday in the Park" series begin at 6:30 p.m. with free hands-on art activities for children beginning at 5:30 p.m.

Artpark's Outdoor Amphitheater opens to the public at 4 p.m. on event nights, and can be accessed via the upper park's Portage Road entrance off of Center Street or through South Fourth Street nearest the Mainstage Theater. Carry-ins (food and beverages) are prohibited at Artpark events while on-site parking is available. The New York state parking fee is $10.

For a full schedule of 2010 events, call the Artpark Box Office at 754-4375 or visit www.artpark.net.

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