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McClinton to play Imperial on Aug. 17

The 2007 Blind Willie McTell Blues Festival may have been cut short by rain and lightening, but it isn't over yet.

The Thomson McDuffie Activities Council was able to book the festival's headliner, Delbert McClinton, to return to the area on Friday, Aug. 17.

"I was disappointed, but now we get to make it up," Mr. McClinton said in a telephone interview with The Mirror.

To assure that there won't be a repeat of weather-related disappointment, the Activities Council partnered with the Imperial Theater in Augusta to host the concert there.

"It is a slow part of the season for them with regard to facility use," said Don Powers, who helps organize the annual blues festival. "We are bringing in additional sound to make the Imperial a perfect spot for a show like Delbert's. Tickets are expected to move pretty fast."

According to Mr. McClinton's biography on his record label's website, the Lubbock, Tex., born musician "became immersed in a whirl of Western swing, blues, jazz, rock and country sounds that abounded in dance halls and honky tonks" in Fort Worth where he grew up.

"I'm glad we get to come back to Georgia," Mr. McClinton said. "We need to be down there more, I think."

Mr. McClinton said he only gets to perform in Georgia once or twice a year, and it's always in Atlanta.

In addition to playing in dance halls and honky tonks, Mr. McClinton has played along side many of his heroes such as Lightnin' Hopkins, Joe Turner, Sonny Boy Williams, Jimmy Reed, B.B. King and Bobby Blue Bland.

The concert is at 7:30 p.m. and all seats are by reserved ticket. Prices start at $15 and are available at the Imperial Theater box office, online at, or by calling 706-722-8341. The Imperial Theater is located at 749 Broad Street in downtown, Augusta.

Web posted on Thursday, August 02, 2007

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