August Events

August 4th kicked off three days of celebration for the James Burton Foundation.
Friday evening, August 4th at Artspace, Wrecking Crew members James Burton and Joe Osborn gave an artist talk about their legendary careers to inspire a new generation of players.
Afterward, they jammed with some very lucky young guitarists, all in support of the foundation.

Saturday, August 5th, began with a classic car show with some amazing vehicles, an artist talk with James and Roy Orbison Jr. regarding Roy Orbison and his amazing career.
Afterward, a screen was set up in the middle of the street downtown and those attending were treated to a viewing of Roy Orbison’s ‘Black and White Night’ live concert video with Roy Jr.

On Sunday, August 6th The James Burton Foundation was thrilled to team up with ‘Guitars for Good’ and hand out guitars to those in need including students and veterans.
Overall, it was an incredible finish to an amazing weekend and art exhibit.

Thank you for supporting the James Burton Foundation!

Paul McCartney

On July 15th, we were honored to have our friend Sir Paul McCartney donate a VIP meet and greet with him as a fundraiser for the James Burton Foundation.
What an amazing show he put on. Paul explained that James has always been one of his heroes.
Those in attendance had an unforgettable time. If you have a chance to see this legend live, be sure and go.

James Burton & Paul McCartney

Artspace artist talk went great!

Artspace Artist Talk with James and Gunner Nelson

We had a fantastic turnout for the ‘artist talk’ at Artspace with James Burton and Gunnar Nelson, sharing stories of Ricky Nelson and their music careers. Be sure not to miss the next one on August 5th with James and a special guest
and be sure to check out the ‘Art of the Guitar’ exhibit running through August 19th at Artspace.
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James Burton and friends to headline KTBS 3’s ‘Independence Day Festival’ on downtown riverfront

On July 4, Festival Plaza will come alive with the annual KTBS Independence Day Festival.
In honor of the United States military, this celebration features food, music, fireworks and fun for the whole community.

This July 4th, James Burton and friends will be the headlining artists for the KTBS Independence Day Festival 4th of July program live show on Shreveport’s Riverfront.

It will be an hour and a half long concert before the fireworks finale’.
James’ hometown will be treated to many classics, including hits from James’ career and some other very special surprises.

You won’t want to miss this very special event!
This is an event for the ENTIRE FAMILY.

The concert will also be televised locally by KTBS/KPXJ.

The James Burton Foundation is also offering some great door prizes at the show:
1st prize: 3hrs studio time in Studio B
2nd prize: a Yamaha Acoustic Guitar
3rd prize: James Burton Foundation merchandise basket

Make your plans now to attend this great festival and come ‘rock on the Red’ with us July 4th.

Many thanks to KTBS for putting on this great event.


‘The Art of the Guitar’
James Burton – Master of the Telecaster Art Exhibit
Opening June 2nd in Shreveport, Louisiana

THE ART OF THE GUITAR… nobody illustrates it in bolder “living color” than “The Master of the Telecaster,“ James Burton. From vivid pink paisley to flaming red hot, Burton’s guitars and his unmistakable riffs and soft bending sounds have defined rock ‘n roll for more than six decades and have made him one of the world’s greatest musical legends. So get ready to see Burton burn up the fret board because it’s gonna be a hot time in the city that art built this summer when Shreveport guitar legend, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member and Grammy award winner James Burton opens his guitar collection to the public in a never-before-seen exhibition. Additionally, area Guitar Collectors bring their one of a kind Guitars for display. Some are pure celebrity–autographed by stars like Mick Jagger–and others are delightfully “artistic” such as the mosaic tile Art Guitars or the Cigar Box Guitar that really plays! The Shreveport Regional Arts Council (SRAC) presents the two Exhibits as the “ART OF THE GUITAR,” opening, Friday June 2, 2017, from 5:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at Artspace in downtown Shreveport.

James Burton will open the night with a “riff or two” on his guitar to set the stage for 12 weeks of dynamic programming and entertainment. Burton and wife Louise are curating the exhibit, selecting from James’ guitar collection, celebrity “guest guitars” from friends, and memorabilia from his legendary Rockabilly life. Burton has been playing professionally since he was 14 years old and has racked up an impressive list of artists with whom he has performed including Ricky Nelson, Elvis Presley, John Denver, Glen Campbell, Johnny Cash, Merle Haggard, Emmylou Harris, Waylon Jennings, Joni Mitchell, Jerry Lee Lewis, Keith Richards, Eric Clapton, Elvis Costello and Brad Paisley.

“I’m honored and excited about the ‘Art of the Guitar’ exhibitions and proud to present “James Burton: Master of the Telecaster” at Artspace. What a wonderful organization this is! They do an incredible job of bringing culture to the area,” said honoree James Burton.