There apparently was never any question what blues rock artist Joe Bonamassa was meant to do with his life when he was born, because he started doing it soon thereafter.
At age 12, the Hartford native opened for B.B. King, and was playing regularly around upstate New York. The child prodigy would grew up to be a seasoned artist, blues musician and a prolific writer of music. In the last 13 years, Bonamassa has put out 17 solo albums, 14 of which have reached No. 1 on the Billboard Blues charts.
The guitar virtuosos will perform at 8 p.m. Monday, May 9, at the Mayo Civic Center auditorium.
“They’re calling him the future of blues, but they’re wrong,” Classic Rock Magazine reported once. “Joe Bonamassa is the present; so fresh and of his time that he almost defines it.”
Bonamassa will be backed by strong musical cast: Anton Fig (drums), Michael Rhodes (bass), Reese Wynans (piano, Hammond organ), Lee Thornburg (trumpet, horn arrangements), Paul Cerra (saxophone) and a group of background singers.
Now in his 26the year as a professional musician, Bonamassa continues to build on an impressive body of work. In 2013, Bonamassa earned his first Grammy nomination for Best Blues Album and, in 2015, his 14th No. 1 Billboard Blues Album with the release of “Muddy Wolf At Red Rocks.” His 2014 album “Different Shades of Blue” debuted at No. 8 on Billboard’s Top 200 and was his highest charting album, first top 10 and biggest sales week ever.
In January, Bonamassa played two nights at New York’s Carnegie Hall with world-renowned musicians from a variety of backgrounds. He is coming off international touring as well as a summer tour in the U.S. that was called “Three Kings of Blues: Albert, B.B. and Freddie,” in tribute to the blues greats.
One of his career highlights included performing at Royal Albert Hall in London. Bonamassa also runs a nonprofit organization, the Keeping the Blues Alive Foundation, whose mission it is to further music education by funding scholarship and providing music education resources to schools in need.
What: Joe Bonamassa in concert
When: 8 p.m. Monday, May 9
Where: Mayo Civic Center auditorium
Ticket prices: $126/$100/$90/$80/$70
Student discounts available at the Box Office with valid student ID.