Joe Bonamassa is a blues guitarist, singer and composer from Utica, New York. Bonamassa opened for B.B. King at the age of 12 and has continued to perfect his blues-rock sound since then. He's known for his rough voice and his precise, yet twangy guitar playing. In 2000, he released his debut album, A New Day Yesterday.
Based on Edmond Rostand's Les Romantiques, The Fantasticks follows the story of two young lovers as they wind through the events of their lives. The two grow up as neighbors, and their fathers, hoping they fall in love, build a wall between their houses knowing a child's desire for the forbidden. They do fall in love, but after discovering their fathers' plot, decide to separate and figure out their lives on their own terms. With a score by Harvey Schmidt and lyrics by Tom Jones, the off-Broadway production has been running for decades, starting in 1960, making it the longest run of a musical in the world. Now considered a lasting classic, The Fantasticks evokes several great love stories of the ages as it explores independence and the will to love with simplicity, style and heart.