Tinsley Ellis

By Center for the Arts Crested Butte (other events)

Monday, March 12 2018 8:00 PM 11:00 PM

Southern blues-rock guitar wizard, vocalist and songwriter Tinsley Ellis is among the blues world’s most revered, respected and well-travelled. Since his Alligator debut 30 years ago, he’s performed in all 50 states, Canada, Europe, Australia and South America with his arsenal of molten licks, melodic riffs and rousing, intense solos. A guitarist’s guitarist, he’s taken his cues from the greats – performing dynamics from B.B. King; thrilling concerts from James Brown; extended instrumental jamming from The Allman Brothers. Sharing the stage with legends from Buddy Guy, Albert Collins, Otis Rush and James Cotton, to their contemporary counterparts such as Derek Trucks & Susan Tedeschi, Gov’t Mule and Widespread Panic, Tinsley plays with grit, soul and unbridled passion. Jonny Lang recorded his song “A Quitter Never Wins,” he won “Rock / Blues Album of the Year” from Blues Blast Magazine and has made numerous “Best Of” lists in publication countdowns such as DownBeat. Rolling Stone praises, “Feral blues guitar … and non-stop gigging has sharpened his six-string to a razor’s edge … his eloquence dazzles … he achieves pyrotechnics that rival early Jeff Beck and Eric Clapton,” while the Los Angeles Times boasts, "Ellis unleashed a torrent of dazzling musicianship pitched somewhere between the exhilarating volatility of rock and roll and the melancholic passion of urban blues."

Doors: 7:30 p.m.

Show:  8:00 p.m.

Early Bird through 3/5/18: $15

Regular: $20

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  • 13 or older.
  • No outside food or beverages allowed.
  • All ticket sales are final. All tickets are non-refundable/exchangeable, except for canceled events which are not rescheduled. 
  • The Center for the Arts reserves the right to sell overage capacity seating for any event. Please arrive when doors open if you would like to be guaranteed a seat.
  • Doors open 7:30 PM.

Mailing Address

PO Box 1819 Crested Butte, CO 81224