Skip Navigation

Top performers join Eric Clapton for a legendary festival in Dallas

Join one of the world’s all-time great guitarists as he presents the legendary festival in Dallas.

  • Fred Vigeant
Eric Clapton's Crossroads Guitar Festival on Friday, September 20, 2019 at the American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas.

Courtesy of Cooper Neill

Eric Clapton's Crossroads Guitar Festival on Friday, September 20, 2019 at the American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas.

Watch Eric Clapton’s Crossroads Guitar Festival 2019 Monday, November 30 at 9:30pm on WITF. You can stream WITF TV live on our website and through the PBS Video app on Roku, Apple TV and iPhone and Android smartphones. The program is also available on-demand through the PBS Video app.

 

Eric Clapton, one of the world’s pre-eminent blues/rock guitarists, summoned an all-star team of six-string heroes for his fifth Crossroads Guitar Festival in 2019. The two-day concert event raised funds for the Crossroads Centre in Antigua, a treatment and education facility founded by Clapton in 1988 for chemically dependent persons.

Following a six-year hiatus, the festival returned reenergized with outstanding performances by Clapton, Jeff Beck, Doyle Bramhall II, Gary Clark Jr., Sheryl Crow, Andy Fairweather Low, Peter Frampton, Lianne La Havas, Los Lobos, John Mayer, The Marcus King Band, Bonnie Raitt, Jimmie Vaughan and more.

Occasionally during the show, Clapton shared the stage with others to perform some of his best-known songs, including “Layla” with John Mayer, plus acoustic versions of “Wonderful Tonight” and “Lay Down Sally” with Andy Fairweather Low. Clapton also paid tribute to his late friend George Harrison with a searing rendition of “While My Guitar Gently Weeps” with Peter Frampton. For the encore, Clapton led an ensemble performance of Prince’s “Purple Rain.”

The first Crossroads Benefit Concert took place in 1999 at Madison Square Garden in New York City. The Crossroads Guitar Festival made its debut in 2004 at the Cotton Bowl in Dallas. Since 2004, The Crossroads Guitar Festival has been held every three years except in 2016.

Watch Eric Clapton’s Crossroads Guitar Festival 2019 Monday, November 30 at 9:30pm on WITF.  This program repeats Saturday December 5 at 10:00am.

Support for WITF is provided by:

Become a WITF sponsor today »

Up Next
Programs

A look back at 50 years of Masterpiece