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Vince Gill, Willie Nelson, Alison Krauss play at upcoming Eric Clapton guitar fest

Friday, March 23, 2007 – Vince Gill, Willie Nelson and Alison Krauss will participate in the 2007 Crossroads Guitar Festival, scheduled for July 28 at Toyota Park in Chicago, hosted by Eric Clapton. This year's festival will feature a full day of musical performances with many guitar collaborations.

Other performers include Jeff Beck, Doyle Bramhall II, Robert Cray, Sheryl Crow, Buddy Guy, B.B. King, Alison Krauss and Union Station, Sonny Landreth, Albert Lee, Los Lobos, John Mayer, John McLaughlin, Robert Randolph; Hubert Sumlin, Derek Trucks, Jimmie Vaughan and Steve Winwood.

Tickets for the Crossroads Guitar Festival will go on sale to the public on Saturday, March 31 at 10 a.m. central time (11am EST) via www.ticketmaster.com or Ticketmaster phone charge at 312-559-1950 or Ticketmaster retail outlets. Both reserved and general admission tickets will be available for this event. All tickets will be priced at $90 plus applicable ticketing/service charges. The ticket price includes parking for the day and the concert begins at noon.

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