Hard Rock Cafe® locations nationwide will show the highly-anticipated Crossroads Guitar Festival on Friday, September 20 and Saturday, September 21 through a partnership with Joe Hand Promotions in association with RRE, LLC.

Widely considered one of the world’s all-time greatest guitarists and known amongst his peers as a great collaborator, Eric Clapton will perform the fifth installment of his Crossroads Guitar Festival, on Friday, September 20, and Saturday, September 21 from the American Airlines Arena in Dallas, TX. Performances are available at 5 p.m. PDT on Friday September 20th and 4 p.m. PDT on Saturday, September 21st for a live simulcast at Hard Rock Cafe and other music venues, bars, restaurants and performing arts centers across North America through Joe Hand Promotions.  It will be shown free of charge to the public on the 3rd floor of the Hard Rock Cafe and on the Cafe’s new 20ft 4k digital screen.

The festival promises two nights of “performances and impromptu collaborations from the world’s most legendary guitar players” with a different line up each night that includes Eric Clapton, John Mayer, Jeff Beck, Joe Walsh, Bonnie Raitt, Sheryl Crow, Peter Frampton, Robert Cray, Vince Gill, and the Tedeschi Trucks Band, among others. Both nights are expected to be at least a four-hour performance.

All profits from the Festival will benefit The Crossroads Centre in Antigua, a treatment and education facility founded by Eric Clapton for chemically dependent persons.

Live music venue owners and promoters, and bar owners and operators are encouraged to contact Joe Hand Promotions at 1-800-557-4263 or visit to arrange for a showing of Eric Clapton’s Crossroads Guitar Festival at their establishment. Participating locations will be included on Joe Hand Promotions’ Bar Finder search on the company’s website.

To find a Hard Rock Cafe or other participating bar or restaurant showing Eric Clapton’s Crossroads Guitar Festival, visit

“The highly-anticipated Eric Clapton’s Crossroads Guitar Festival brings together many of the world’s top musicians for two fantastic nights of live music,” said Joe Hand, Jr., President, Joe Hand Promotions. “Music fans from across North America can experience the sights and sounds of the Crossroads Festival with their friends and other music fans at their favorite dining establishment or live music venue. We’re excited to work with RRE in bringing the live simulcast to millions of music fans across the country.”

“Hard Rock Cafe is an iconic, internationally recognized dining and entertainment brand, known for its deep connection to music,” added Hand. “With Hard Rock Cafe, the highest-profile group within this segment, we expect other bars and restaurants to want to jam with Clapton and his guests and show Crossroads at their establishment.”

The Crossroads Guitar Festival features two different nights of live music with Clapton performing on both nights with special guests on different nights. The line-up of confirmed guests includes:

John Mayer, Alan Darby, Albert Lee, Andy Fairweather Low, Billy Gibbons, Bonnie Raitt, Bradley Walker, Buddy Guy Band, Daniel Santiago, Doyle Bramhall II, Gary Clark Jr., Gustavo Santaolalla, James Bay, Jeff Beck, Jerry Douglas, Jimmie Vaughan, Joe Walsh, Jonny Lang, Keb Mo, Kurt Rosenwinkel, Los Lobos, Pedro Martins, Peter Frampton, Robert Cray, Robert Randolph, Sheryl Crow, Sonny Landreth, Tedeschi Trucks Band, Tom Misch, and Vince Gill.

Joe Hand Promotions, the leading provider of live content to bars, restaurants, and dining establishments, in partnership with RRE, is making Eric Clapton’s Crossroads Guitar Festival available at Hard Rock Cafe, and other bars, restaurants and live music venues. Joe Hand Promotions has been bringing fan communities together to watch sporting events since 1971. Joe Hand Promotions has presented more than 25,000 events to establishments while boosting their food and beverage sales, expanding their customer base, and increasing their late-night revenues. Joe Hand Promotions provided live music venues with the Grateful Dead’s three-show Fare Thee Well from Chicago in 2015.

About Hard Rock®:

With venues in 74 countries spanning 248 locations that include owned/licensed or managed Hotels, Casinos, Rock Shops® and Cafes – Hard Rock International (HRI) is one of the most globally recognized companies. Beginning with an Eric Clapton guitar, Hard Rock owns the world’s most valuable collection of music memorabilia at more than 83,000 pieces, which are displayed at its locations around the globe. In 2018, Hard Rock International was recognized as a Forbes Magazine Top Employer for Women and Land Operator of the Year at the Global Gaming Awards. In 2019, Hard Rock International was honored as one of Forbes Magazine’s America’s Best Large Employers, Forbes Magazine’s Top Employers for Women and No. 1 in J.D. Power’s 2019 North America Hotel Guest Satisfaction Study among Upper Upscale Hotel Chains. Hard Rock destinations are located in the world’s greatest international gateway cities, including its two most successful flagship properties in Florida and home to the world’s first Guitar Hotel® in South Florida, where its headquarters are located. The brand is owned by HRI parent entity The Seminole Tribe of Florida. For more information on Hard Rock International visit or

Big Blues Bender Announces Daily Music Lineups; Single Day Tickets Now On Sale

Big Blues Bender Announces
Daily Music Lineups;
Single Day Tickets Now On Sale

6th annual festival to be held
at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Las Vegas
Sept. 5 – 8, 2019


Daily music lineups have been announced for Big Blues Bender, the 6th annual, only-in-Vegas hotel takeover at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Las Vegas Sept. 5 – 8, 2019. Single day tickets for the four day event are now also available for purchase, giving Blues fans the opportunity to see the biggest names in Blues at an intimate venue held in the “Entertainment Capital of the World.”

The daily lineups for Big Blues Bender are as follows:

Thursday, Sept. 5: Gov’t Mule, Larkin Poe, Southern Hospitality, Jimmy Hall with Bender Brass, Popa Chubby, Joanne Shaw Taylor, Chris Cain, Doug MacLeod, Leon Blue, Bender Brass Band, Rev. Billy C. Wirtz, Chris Tofield Band, Red Young with Bender Brass, Kevin Burt, Jon Shain (2019 IBC Solo Winner), Jonathon Long and Howl at the Moon Jam

Friday, Sept. 6: Robert Cray, Ronnie Earl and The Broadcasters, Colin James, Larkin Poe, Victor Wainwright & The Train, Johnny Sansone & Friends, Popa Chubby, Joanna Shaw Taylor, Damon Fowler, Doug MacLeod, Chris Cain, JP Soars and The Red Hots, Nick Schnebelen with Bender Brass, Joanna Connor, Leon Blue, Alexis P. Suter with Bender Brass, Jonn Del Toro Richardson & Friends, Bender Brass Band, Ben Rice, Steve Strongman, Ally Venable, Ida Mae, Eric Johanson, The Moanin’ Blacksnakes, Jon Shain (2019 IBC Solo Winner), Jonathon Long, High Noon Jam and Howl at the Moon Jam

Saturday, Sept. 7: Little Steven And The Disciples of Soul, Tab Benoit, Victor Wainwright & The Train, Albert Castiglia, Gary Hoey, Chubby Carrier and the Bayou Swamp Band, Johnny Sansone with Bender Brass, Guitar Shorty, Vanessa Collier, Doug MacLeod, Damon Fowler, JP Soars and The Red Hots, Joanna Connor, Bender Brass Band, Kirk Fletcher, Jimmy Carpenter Band, Ghost Town Blues Band, Kevin Burt, Ally Venable, Rev. Billy C. Wirtz, Frank Bang & The Cook County Kings, Ms Hy-C and Fresh Start (2019 IBC Band Winner), Jon Shain (2019 IBC Solo Winner), Steve Strongman, Ida Mae, The Vegas Strip Kings, High Noon Jam and Howl at the Moon Jam


Sunday, Sept. 8: Tab Benoit’s Bender Ramble, One Night on Yasgur’s Farm, Allman Betts Band, Ruthie Foster, Chubby Carrier and the Bayou Swamp Band, Gary Hoey, Vanessa Collier, Sarah Grace (from NBC’s “The Voice”) with Bender Brass, Guitar Shorty, Doug MacLeod, Monster Mike Welch with Bender Brass, Kirk Fletcher, Anne Harris & Friends, Ghost Town Blues Band, Sunday Gospel with Ms Hy-C and Fresh Start, Jon Shain (2019 IBC Solo Winner), Kevin Burt, Rev. Billy C. Wirtz, Leon Blue, Ben Rice, Dennis Jones, Frank Bang & The Cook County Kings, High Noon Ham and Bender Brass Wrap Party

*Lineups are subject to change.

Single Day tickets for Big Blues Bender are on sale now, starting at $125. Single day, four-day, VIP and “Big Daddy Baller” packages are available for purchase at All ticket prices are subject to additional taxes and fees.

Big Blues Bender has become a festival favorite among Blues fans and artists alike, making it a “bucket list” event for all who attend. Attracting fans from all 50 states and more than a dozen countries, the annual sell out event features the most talented and sought-after Blues artists touring today, performing on multiple stages with everything an elevator ride away.

As the Blues’ most artist-friendly festival, the Bender will once again feature its popular fundraising event “Bender Party with HART!” on Wednesday, Sept. 4. Featuring a star-studded musical review and live auction, the event benefits the H.A.R.T. (Handy Artist Relief Trust) Fund.The Blues Foundation established the H.A.R.T. Fundfor Blues musicians and their families in financial need due to a broad range of health concerns impacting artists. The Fund provides for acute, chronic and preventive medical and dental care as well as funeral and burial expenses. Big Blues Bender proudly produces the “Bender Party with HART!” at no expense to the charity. All production costs and artist fees are paid for by Big Blues Bender so that 100-percent of the proceeds benefit the community of artists in need, totaling more than $80,000 raised to date.

Big Blues Bender features four days and nights of music and accommodations, with “Everything, An Elevator Ride Away.®” In addition to single and four-day tickets, rooming packages starting at $799 per person are still available for purchase. VIP and “Big Daddy Baller” packages, which include suite accommodations, upgraded concert sightlines, unlimited premium drinks at all venues, and more, are also available. To purchase tickets and room packages, visit


Grammy-Winning Bluesmen Robert Cray Band Return to The Orleans Showroom February 28-March 1


Grammy-Winning Bluesmen Robert Cray Band Return to The Orleans Showroom February 28-March 1

Renowned rhythm and blues musician Robert Cray and his band will perform at The Orleans Showroom February 28 and March 1.

Originally formed in 1974, the Northwest-based Robert Cray Band played gigs in Portland and Eugene, Ore.,  before branching out to Seattle and the San Francisco area. Early on, the band toured with guitar great Albert Collins, and by 1983, they were sharing the stage at Carnegie Hall with the likes of John Lee Hooker and Willie Dixon.

Credited by Rolling Stone with reinventing the blues with his “distinct razor-sharp guitar playing,” rock blues icon Robert Cray “introduced a new generation of mainstream rock fans to the blues” with his album “Strong Persuader” in 1986.

Since then, Cray has recorded sixteen Billboard-charting studio albums and received 15 Grammy Award nominations, of which he won five. His most recent album, “In My Soul,” was released in 2014 and spent 20 weeks on the Billboard Blues Albums chart, peaking at #1.

Not only known for his guitar skills, this multi-talented singer, songwriter and producer has played with a cross-section of legendary musicians, including Chuck Berry, Keith Richards, Eric Clapton and Tina Turner.

Cray was inducted into the Blues Hall of Fame in 2011. At 57, he was one of the youngest living recipients of the prestigious honor.

The members of The Robert Cray Band include Les Falconver on percussion, Dover Weinberg on keyboards and Richard Cousins on bass guitar.

Showtime is 8 p.m. Tickets are available starting from $29.95, plus tax and convenience fees, and can be purchased at any Boyd Gaming Box Office, by calling 702.284.7777, or visiting

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About The Orleans Hotel and Casino
Located at 4500 W. Tropicana Ave., The Orleans offers more than a dozen restaurants, an 18-screen movie theater, 70-lane bowling center, 827-seat showroom featuring theater-style seating, and a 9,500-seat Orleans Arena. The property has more than 1,800 guest rooms and a 135,000-square foot casino with 60 table games including Blackjack-21, Roulette, Baccarat, Craps and Pai Gow. Guests will also find more than 2,800 slot and video poker machines. Additionally, The Orleans includes a poker room, keno lounge and race and sports book. More information on The Orleans Hotel and Casino can be found at, on Facebook (, and Twitter (@orleanscasino). The Orleans Hotel and Casino is a property of Boyd Gaming. Headquartered in Las Vegas, Boyd Gaming is a leading diversified owner and operator of 22 gaming entertainment properties located in Nevada, New Jersey, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana and Mississippi. Additional news and information on Boyd Gaming can be found at