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Joe Bonamassa 

When: Tue., April 28 2015

When he was just 12 years old, Joe Bonamassa opened for B.B. King. Now, 25 years later, he's taken to opening for himself. The blues-rocker's current tour begins each night with a 45-minute acoustic set, followed by a 15-minute break and then the main attraction, a 90-minute electric set that puts his fans in touch with their inner air-guitarists. Born and raised in upstate New York, Bonamassa has always drawn heavily upon the musical influences of Irish and English guitar gods like Rory Gallagher and Eric Clapton, who were in turn largely influenced by American blues artists. The circle is, for the most part, unbroken, and you can hear for yourself tonight at the Pikes Peak Center (190 S. Cascade Ave., pikespeakcenter.com). Tickets are $79 to $99, showtime is 8, and you'll probably want to get there on time for the opening act. — Bill Forman

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