On May 1, one day after the 70th birthday of Atlanta’s legendary musician, bandleader and mystic Col. Bruce Hampton, an all-star lineup of artists will gather at his hometown’s Fox Theatre to pay tribute to Hampton as part of Hampton 70: A Celebration of Col. Bruce Hampton.
Appearing at the event are many of Hampton’s musical compatriots from his days helping start H.O.R.D.E. tour and leading the iconic Aquarium Rescue Unit. The list of special guests currently includes Widespread Panic members John Bell, Dave Schools, Duane Trucks and Jimmy Herring, formerly of ARU, plus R.E.M.‘s Peter Buck, Phish’s Jon Fishman, Warren Haynes, Chuck Leavell, Karl Denson, Leftover Salmon’s Drew Emmitt and Vince Herman, Blues Traveler’s John Popper, Brandon “Taz” Niederauer, T. Hardy Morris, Oliver Wood of The Wood Brothers, Rev. Jeff Mosier, Darick Campbell, Drivin’ N Cryin’ leader Kevn Kinney, Johnny Knapp, Kevin Scott, Matt Slocum, Denny Walley, Emil Werstler and more, including Hampton’s Sling Blade co-star Billy Bob Thornton and San Francisco Giants pitcher Jake Peavy.
The event will be a benefit, with proceeds going toward the Fox Theatre Institute, which helps to support Georgia’s arts community, and “other musician-focused charities.”
Tickets for Hampton 70 go on sale this Friday, March 17. More information can be found here.