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Back when B.B. King discovered him nearly 30 years ago, Joe Bonamassa was a teenage guitar prodigy. Today, he’s the only blues/rock guitar slinger popular enough to perform two nights at the Fox Theatre. Bonamassa has had 22 No. 1 albums on the Billboard blues chart and was one of the first indie musicians, self-releasing his own records. Bonamassa returns to Atlanta for shows Friday and Saturday with his arsenal of vintage Gibson Les Pauls, along with a Stratocaster and Telecaster or two. In an interview with ArtsATL, Bonamassa talked about his early years playing at Smith’s Olde Bar. “I remember hauling gear up those 35 steps in the back of the building,” he said with a laugh. “Atlanta’s always been a good town for us. I’m looking forward to getting back to the Fox.”


The Vista Room continues its “Dining Room Sessions” series at 7:30 p.m. Monday with singer/songwriters Diane Durrett and Michael Tolcher. Durrett released her first album in 1993 and has become one of the city’s most endearing vocalists with a sound that owes much to Janis Joplin and Bonnie Bramlett. Tolcher has toured with Blues Traveler, Dave Matthews and Sister Hazel. But his focus is licensing his music for television and commercials.


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