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Cedric Burnside

Cedric Burnside

Event Type
ELLNORA | The Guitar Festival
Colwell Playhouse
Sep 18, 2021   10:00 pm  
Advocate 30 / Standard 10 / SC 8 / STU 8 / UI & YTH 8
Originating Calendar
Krannert Center

The blues is music for all time—past, present, and future—and few artists can channel those multiple moments of the genre like North Mississippi’s Cedric Burnside. The Mississippi Hill Country blues guitarist and singer/songwriter contains within him the legacy and future of the region’s sound stories. At once African and American and southern and Mississippian, these stories tell about love, hurt, connection, and redemption in the South. Grandson of blues luminary R.L. Burnside, he was on the road by age 13 making music with his grandfather and developing the next, electric generation of the Hill Country sound. Since then, he has played with the North Mississippi Allstars (Luther Dickinson gave him his first electric guitar.), Widespread Panic, Jimmy Buffett, Bobby Rush, Hubert Sumlin, Black Joe Lewis and the Honeybears, and the Jon Spencer Blues Explosion. Burnside has thoroughly established himself as a collaborative and innovative artist, “one whose music is deeply informed by the past without being dictated or limited by it” (Rolling Stone).


If you can, show your love for the arts by purchasing an “Advocate” ticket; the additional ticket cost directly benefits Krannert Center.


Tickets for this event will go on sale to the public at 10am on Tuesday, August 31. Tickets will be sold online only, not by phone or at the Ticket Office counter. Before the on-sale date, please visit Krannert Center’s online ticket office to ensure you have or can create an active account. To learn about early ticket-buying opportunities, please contact Krannert Center’s Advancement team: 217.333.6700 or


As part of the University of Illinois, Krannert Center follows U of I guidelines regarding face coverings and other COVID-19 safety protocols. These guidelines change as conditions change, so we will continue to adjust our practices and keep you informed throughout the season. At this time, face coverings are required in indoor university spaces such as Krannert Center. In addition, people who are NOT fully vaccinated are required to wear a face covering outdoors when they cannot practice social distancing.

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