Guitarmageddon with B.B. King

Legendary blues guitarist B.B. King will be headlining the grand finals of Guitar Center's 2006 guitar competition, Guitarmageddon: King of the Blues. GRAMMY award winning artist John Mayer is also scheduled to appear as a special guest during B.B.'s set. The Guitarmageddon: King of the Blues grand finals will take place Thursday, June 8, at the world famous House of Blues Chicago. "Who better to represent the roots of guitar playing at our grand finals competition than the king of the blues himself, B.B. King, " said Jack Sonni, vice president of marketing communication for Guitar Center.

For the opening act, Guitar Center has assembled a group of L.A.-based hip-hop musicians to perform a special, one-time set featuring classic blues samples orchestrated by DJ J Rocc. In addition, the King of the Blues grand finals will showcase the top six undiscovered blues guitarists in the country as they battle for the crown and a prize package worth more than $40, 000. As a special element, each of this year's finalists will perform on stage with a full band led by GRAMMY winning producer and guitarist Pete Anderson.

Guitar Center has partnered with some of the nation's leading brands for this year's competition, including Toyota Scion, SoBe Adrenaline Rush, Levi's, Napster, Gibson, Guitar World, Practice Tracks, Little Dog Records, and The Guitar Center Credit Card.

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