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Joe Bonamassa

Joe Bonamassa performs at "Icon: The Life And Legacy Of B.B. King" at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts in 2016 in Beverly Hills, Calif. 

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Blues-rock guitarist Joe Bonamassa will play Pinewood Bowl on Aug. 20.

Bonamassa is touring in support of “Blues of Desperation,” his latest studio album, and will be backed by a stellar band that includes drummer Anton Fig, who anchored the “Late Night with David Letterman” band, keyboardist Reese Wynans, who was a member of Stevie Ray Vaughan’s Double Trouble, and bassist Michael Rhodes along with horns and backing vocalists.

Influenced by Vaughan and British blues-rock guitarists like Eric Clapton, the 39-year-old Bonamassa was taught by guitar legend Danny Gatton, formed his own band at age 12, then opened for B.B. King. Bonamassa released his first album in 2000.

With last year’s “Live at the Greek Theatre,” Bonamassa has had 17 albums hit No. 1 on the Billboard blues charts, more than any artist in history. The live album also earned Bonamassa his second Grammy nomination.

Known for his fiery performances, Bonamassa plays about 100 shows a year. The Lincoln performance is part of an 11-show August tour that will wrap up on Aug. 23 at Red Rocks, near Denver.

Tickets for Bonamassa’s show are $89 and $125 and will go on sale at 10 a.m. March 10. Tickets will be available at the Pinnacle Bank Arena ticket office,, Ticketmaster outlets and at (800) 745-3000.

Bonamassa’s concert is the eighth announced show at the Pioneers Park amphitheater this summer. The other shows, which are now on sale, are: The 1975, May 19; Willie Nelson and Dwight Yoakam, June 7; Styx and the Little River Band, June 9; Toby Mac & Crowder, June 16 Modest Mouse, June 10; 2 Cellos, July 26; and Jim Gaffigan, July 28.

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Entertainment reporter/columnist

L. Kent Wolgamott is an entertainment reporter and columnist.

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