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ACM@UCO to Host Award-Winning Blues Musician Joe Bonamassa for Pre-Concert Master Class

joe-bonamassaThe Academy of Contemporary Music at the University of Central Oklahoma (ACM@UCO) will welcome award-winning blues musician Joe Bonamassa for a master class for its guitar students at 3 p.m., Friday, March 26 in the Civic Center Music Hall.

The class comes right before Bonamassa's concert at the Civic Center, scheduled for 8 p.m. Friday, with students attending the class getting free tickets to the show.

"I think Joe will relate well with our guitar students. He's just over 30, is a successful, touring musician, runs an independent record label.these are things our students want to do," said Scott Booker, ACM@UCO CEO.

"Connections with artists like Joe expand our students' concepts of what's achievable in the music industry."

Bonamassa is regularly compared to guitar legends like Stevie Ray Vaughan and Jimi Hendrix, and was recently voted "Best Blues Guitar" player for the third consecutive year by Guitar Player magazine readers.

His Oklahoma City show is in support of his tenth studio album "Black Rock," released this week. His last album, "The Ballad of John Henry," debuted at number one on the Billboard Blues Chart in 2009.

A child prodigy, Bonamassa opened shows at age 12 for blues legend B.B. King, who said of him, "The kid's potential is unbelievable.he's one of a kind."

Since the announcement of its creation in 2008, the ACM@UCO, also known as the "School of Rock," has generated worldwide buzz for its innovative, ground-breaking approach to music education - the first of its kind in the United States.

The ACM@UCO builds on the reputation of the original Academy of Music in Guildford, England, as a leading school for rock and pop musicians in Europe, providing unique educational opportunities for students who aspire to have a career in the music industry, with targeted, innovative classes in both performance and production taught by professionals with real world industry experience.

The ACM@UCO opened to its first class of 160 students last August at its Bricktown facility in the Oklahoma Hardware Building, just off Flaming Lips Alley.

For more information on the ACM@UCO, visit

Regular tickets to Joe Bonamassa's concert are $45 and available through the Civic Center box office. To purchase, call (405) 297-2264, visit the box office at 201 N. Walker in Oklahoma City or go to

Student tickets are $22.50 and available only at the Civic Center Box Office. Special offer for students under age 18 or with College ID are allowed to purchase two tickets one of which can be used by an accompanying adult.

Learn more about Bonamassa at