Jimmy Thackery summer concert at Ellington’s

This just in from Ellington’s in Lynchburg…

Blues Legends Jimmy Thackery and The Drivers

Live at the Ellington

June 22, 8:30 PM

The Detail

Jimmy Thackery perfected his craft playing onstage with the legendary Muddy Waters. He is a founder of the iconic blues band The Nighthawks. He travels the world making music, playing about 300 live shows a year.

And on June 22, Jimmy Thackery and his band The Drivers bring their “2013 As Live as it Gets World Tour” to the stage of the Ellington for a show beginning at 8:30 PM. The Ellington doors open at 7:30.

The Boston Globe refers to Thackery and his band as “four-hour” performers. “That’s not how long he plays,” the Globe continues, “but how long one should travel to see him. He’s a phenomenal guitarist, one of the best we’ve seen.”

Thackery’s explosive guitar and original music is featured on a dozen albums on such blue-chip record labels as Blind Pig and Telarc. He learned his craft not from CDs or DVDs, but from in-person, first-hand road time with the masters.

Thackery has lived the life of a true road warrior; he’s absorbed the artistic lessons of life and filtered them into his guitar playing and song writing. He met all the right people and they have had a permanent influence on him.

It was Thackery’s time on stage with Muddy Waters that is branded deep within his musical soul. “Muddy was one of those guys who was constantly encouraging. He never told you what to do, but he always told you what you were doing wrong. He never minced words about that.

“The first time on stage with Muddy, I was in such awe of him that I just kept my eyes and ears open and just picked up on everything he did. It was the dynamics they had that became so ingrained in us. We heard it on the records and then stood on stage and saw how it worked.”

The Ellington doors open at 7:30 with music at 8:30. Tickets for this show are $20 in advance and $25 at the door. Advance tickets can be purchased online at LynchburgTickets.com or at High Peak Sportswear, Lynchburg Music, Angler’s Lane, Outdoor Trails, or Blue Marlin Seafood.

Under the Ellington’s age policy, anyone under 21 must be accompanied by a parent, and no children under 12 are admitted.

The Basics

Jimmy Thackery and the Drivers

8:30 PM, Saturday, June 22

(Doors open 7:30 PM)

Tickets: $20 advance at LynchburgTickets.com, High Peak Sportswear, Lynchburg Music, Angler’s Lane, Outdoor Trails & Blue Marlin Seafood

$25 at the door

No children under 12, under 21 with parent.


 Coming up on the Ellington schedule:

Hoppie Vaughan & the Ministers of Soul – Saturday, July 27, 8:30 PM

The Skip Castro Band – Saturday, September 21, 8:30 PM

The Ellington is located at 421 Rivermont Avenue in Lynchburg. It is a 501(c)3 nonprofit arts organization that receives partial funding from the Virginia Commission for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts.

Go to theellington.org for more info.


For more information, go to theellington.org on the Web.



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