Joe Bonamassa tour saluting ‘Three Kings’ coming to NJ

Joe Bonamassa will perform in Holmdel and Camden this summer.

CHRISTIE GOODWIN

Joe Bonamassa will perform in Holmdel and Camden this summer.

In 1989, Joe Bonamassa opened for B.B. King when he was just 12 years old. This year, the blues singer-songwriter-guitarist will play songs associated withKing as well as two other blues giants — Albert King and Freddie King (no relation)— on a summer tour that will kick off with two New Jersey shows: Aug. 7 at the Susquehanna Bank Center in Camden and Aug. 8 at the PNC Bank Arts Center in Holmdel. Tickets go on sale Feb. 7, and there will also be a presale Feb. 4 for City cardmembers. For information, visit ticketmaster.com.

The tour follows a tribute to Muddy Waters and Howlin’ Wolf titled “Joe Bonamassa: Muddy Wolf at Red Rocks” that was presented at the Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Morrison, Colo.last summer.

Bonamassa’s band on the tour will include drummer Anton Fig, bassistMichael Rhodes, keyboardistReese Wynans, trumpeterLee Thornburg, saxophonistPaulie Cerraand trombonistNick Lane. The last show, at the Greek Theatre in Los Angeles Aug. 29, will be filmed for release on DVD.

Some of the tour proceeds will go to theKeeping the Blues Alivefoundation, founded by Bonamassa to promote blues education.

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