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McClinton returns to area for concert at Imperial

The Blind Willie McTell Blues Festival and the Imperial Theatre are pleased to announce Grammy Award-winning Delbert McClinton in a very special appearance at the historic Imperial Theatre in downtown Augusta on Friday, August 17, 2007, at 7:30 p.m.

"We felt we owed this opportunity to Delbert's many, many fans in the CSRA - especially since his show at the Blind Willie Festival was cut short by a terrible thunderstorm," said Blind Willie McTell Festival spokesman Don Powers. "We were hoping to get him back here just as quickly as we could, when the happy coincidence of an opening in his schedule and the availability of the Imperial - a perfect venue for Delbert and his great band - happened. We're very pleased to present him now, for just the second time, in the CSRA. And we don't expect weather to be a problem!"

Defying musical categories, Mr. McClinton is an American music treasure whose hell-raisin' blues and gospel sound has been lauded by music critics from The New York Times to Rolling Stone.

He has taken home three Grammy Awards, including Best Contemporary Blues Album for Cost of Living (2005), and has had the honor of having his songs covered by such legendary musicians as Emmylou Harris, Trisha Yearwood, and the Blues Brothers.

All seats are reserved. Ticket prices begin at $15, and they are available at the Imperial Theatre box office, online at, or by calling 706-722-8341.

Built in 1917, the historic Imperial Theatre in beautiful downtown Augusta was home to vaudeville in its early days. (The legendary Charlie Chaplin was among the performers who graced its stage.)

Later, it became a much-beloved movie theater.

Today, it is Augusta's premier site for live performance.

Home to the Augusta Opera, Augusta Ballet, Augusta Players, and Storyland Theater, it is also a presenter of a wide range of musical performances - everything from classical to rock, bluegrass to hip hop - and a favorite of performers from all over the world.

Web posted on Thursday, July 26, 2007

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