Saturday May 24, 2014
Event Information
Section: General
Col. Bruce Hampton, Ret.

When: May 24, 2014
08:00 PM to 11:30 PM
Where: Mars Theatre
Phone: 912-754-1118
Address: 109 S. Laurel Street
Springfield, GA 31329
Cost: $20

Description: Doors open 1 hr prior to showtime Within musical circles, Hampton is known as the father of Atlanta�s rock scene, as well as the father of the whole �jam band� phenomenon. He�s also a Yoda-like figure for some of the greatest living guitarists: Derek Trucks, Warren Haynes, Oteil Burbridge, Jimmy Herring, Tinsley Ellis. He learned about blues music from a woman who was born a slave. He bought his first guitar from a neighborhood kid named John Huey, who grew up to be the editor in chief of Time Inc. As a teenager visiting New York City, he was befriended in a coffee shop by a guy clad in a bathrobe, who turned out to be Frank Zappa. He was so close to Duane Allman that he can recount in precise detail the late guitarist�s amplifier modifications. In the 1970s, the Colonel became friends with a drummer from Arkansas who later decided to turn to movies; that would be Billy Bob Thornton. Hampton once played weekly poker games with a college professor named Newt Gingrich and touch football with Stan Kasten, who later became president of the Atlanta Braves and Hawks and just bought the Los Angeles Dodgers with Magic Johnson. RuPaul was once his roadie. By -Scott Freeman


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