Recently the music world lost a legend with the passing of Johnny Winter, one of the best Blues guitarists the world has ever known. Next month, what was originally slated as Rock'n'Blues Fest to be headlined by Johnny Winter will now be a tribute in his honor featuring brother Edgar, Vanilla Fudge, Peter Rivera (formerly of Rare Earth) and Savoy Brown's Kim Simmonds. The “Rock’n’Blues Fest – A Tribute to Johnny Winter” will take place on August 23, 2014 at 7:30 p.m. at the Cannery Casino & Hotel located at 2121 East Craig Road in North Las Vegas.
Edgar Winter and his wife, Monique, expressed their sentiments in this statement: "My wife, Monique, and I are shocked at the suddenness of Johnny's passing, especially since I was so looking forward with such joy and anticipation to seeing him again and playing together. I know his body is departing this physical realm, but his presence, his music, and his spirit are undiminished, and alive as ever in my heart. Johnny has always been, is now, and will forever remain my greatest musical hero of all time. But more than all that, he's my brother - in family, in music, in life and beyond. I will do my best to carry on in honor of his memory and the Winter name."
"Rock'n'Blues Fest - A Tribute to Johnny Winter" will mark the third annual version of the tour with a show that will feature separate performances by all of the artists who will be performing their greatest hits interspersed by a selection of Johnny Winter songs.
Rick Derringer, a longtime friend of Johnny Winter and a veteran of the Rock'n'Blues Fest tours, will be a special guest at the performance in Las Vegas. Derringer's biggest solo hit, "Rock and Roll, Hoochie Koo," was originally recorded by Johnny Winter, with a band that featured Derringer.
All of the artists appearing are looking forward to sharing some of Johnny Winter's memorable music with fans with a combination of rock and blues.
Tickets start at $24.95 and can be purchased online at www.ticketmaster.com or by calling the Cannery Casino & Hotel box office at (702) 507-5757.