UpperWest Music Group Presents
ACROSS THE GREAT DIVIDE
A Benefit Concert for
The Americana Music Association & The Blues Foundation
at The Ace Theatre in Los Angeles
on Friday, October 19
Stellar lineup to feature Americana, roots rock and blues stars including
John Prine, Bob Weir, Lucinda Williams, Lee Ann Womack, Shemekia Copeland, Doyle Bramhall II, Larkin Poe, Joe Louis Walker, Tash Neal and Surprise Guests
August 20, 2018–New York, NY – UpperWest Music Group is proud to present ACROSS THE GREAT DIVIDE, a benefit concert for The Americana Music Association and The Blues Foundation at the Ace Theatre in Los Angeles on Friday, October 19. This will be the first time that these two outstanding music organizations join forces to shine a light on the deep connectivity between The Blues & Americana Music.
“It’s an honor to have a small part in helping the Americana Music Association and The Blues Foundation,” said Greg Williamson, concert producer and founder of UpperWest Music Group. “These two organizations represent some of the most significant artists in American music.”
ACROSS THE GREAT DIVIDE will bring together a stellar lineup featuring some of the leading names in Americana, Roots Rock, and Blues today including John Prine, Bob Weir, Lucinda Williams, Lee Ann Womack and Joe Louis Walker alongside younger contemporaries including Shemekia Copeland, Doyle Bramhall II, Larkin Poe, and Tash Neal, plus surprise guests. The superb house band will be led by musical director Jimmy Vivino from The Conan O’ Brien show.
“The intersection of Americana and the Blues is a place of integrity, passion, and love of American roots traditions,” said Jed Hilly, Executive Director of The Americana Music Association. “We are so grateful for Greg Williamson and UpperWest Music Group for their support and passion for the music we love. It’s a perfect partnership.”
“The Blues Foundation is most appreciative of UpperWest Music Group and Greg Williamson for creating an evening to celebrate the ties between The Blues and Americana music,” said Barbara Newman, President & CEO, The Blues Foundation, “Each of our organizations and the genres we represent are intricately linked. While The Blues Foundation and the Americana Music Association have had a strong working relationship behind the scenes for many years now, I am especially excited for this opportunity to publicly spread the word of our missions together during what I know will be a unique and special night of music.”
Pre-sale tickets will go on sale on THURSDAY AUGUST 23 at 12 Noon ET/9:00 am PT and tickets for the public will go live on FRIDAY AUGUST 24 12 Noon ET/9:00 am PT. All tickets can be purchased through AXS.COM.
About the Americana Music Association:
The Americana Music Association® is a professional not-for-profit trade organization whose mission is to advocate for the authentic voice of American roots music around the world. The Association produces events throughout the year; including AMERICANAFEST®: The Americana Music Festival & Conference and the critically acclaimed Americana Honors & Awards program. The Americana Music Association® receives enormous support from the Tennessee Department of Tourism, Nashville Convention & Visitors Corp, Lagunitas Brewing Company, RAM, Mountain Valley Water, ASCAP, BMI, SESAC.
About The Blues Foundation:
The Blues Foundation is Memphis-based but world-renowned as THE organization whose mission is to preserve blues heritage, celebrate blues recording and performance, expand worldwide awareness of the blues, and ensure the future of this uniquely American art form. Founded in 1980, The Blues Foundation has over 4,000 individual and business members and 187 affiliated local blues societies representing another 50,000 fans and professionals around the world. Its signature honors and events – The Blues Music Awards, Blues Hall of Fame, International Blues Challenge, and Keeping the Blues Alive Awards – make it the international center of blues music. Its HART Fund provides the blues community with medical assistance for musicians in need while Blues in the Schools programs and Generation Blues scholarships expose new generations to blues music. The Blues Hall of Fame Museum, located in Memphis, TN, offers the opportunity for music lovers of all ages to interact with the music and the history.
Support The Blues Foundation by becoming an affiliated blues society, blues business associate, or individual member, or by making a charitable donation. The Blues Foundation is a 501C-3 not-for-profit organization and your donations are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law.
About UpperWest Music Group:
The UpperWest Music Group curates. produces, and executes exceptional, one-of-a-kind concerts nationwide. Entrepreneurial and philanthropic at our core, we concept and produce rock ‘n’ roll, soul, blues, roots and funk marquee concerts. All of our shows feature world-class artists who have a deep respect for each other’s craft and musicianship. We are deeply passionate about every project we take on, and the experience, cause, and purpose are always of the utmost importance to us.