New York Guitar Festival

Fantastic Negrito, photo by Lyle Owerko

New York Guitar Festival kicks off its 20th anniversary celebration with a tribute to blues legend Memphis Minnie. The free, outdoor concert will take place at the Waterfront Terrace on June 1 from 7 to 8:30 pm.

Memphis Minnie was one of the first blues artists to go electric in 1942, and is considered a crucial link connecting acoustic Delta blues with the electrified Chicago sound. Bonnie Raitt called her “one of American musical history's most vibrant and pioneering artists." Her song When The Levee Breaks was redone in 1971 by Led Zeppelin. That version of the song has now been sampled more than 100 times, by artists including Dr. Dre, Beyonce and Eminem. 

The concert will feature an array of diverse musicians including Rafiq BhatiaKaia KaterJontavious WillisBrandon RossAmythyst KiahBrandee YoungerNicole AtkinsBinky GriptiteAlsarah and the Nubatones, Abdoulaye Alhassane Toure, Banning EyreDavid BrombergKevin BreitDJ Spooky, and GRAMMY Award-winners Vernon Reid and Fantastic Negrito.

Visit newyorkguitarfestival.org for more information.