Cincinnati Blues guitarists unite for Play It Forward charity concert

Cincinnati Guitar Festival at Madison Theater features players like Doug Hart, Marcos Sastre, Jimmy D. Rogers, Johnny Fink and many more

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Several area Blues guitar players are teaming up for a good cause Friday at Covington’s Madison Theater. The Cincinnati Guitar Festival is a benefit for Play It Forward, the local organization co-founded by Cincinnati radio legend and music booster Gary Burbank that assists area musicians with financial and medical needs. Visit for more on the “musicians helping musicians” group.

Guitarists scheduled to perform at this year’s fest (which debuted last year as Mackfest, in honor of the late regional guitar great Lonnie Mack) include Doug Hart, Marcos Sastre, Jimmy D. Rogers, Chuck Sullivan, Johnny Fink, Brad Myers, Tom Kaper, Bob Hermann, Lance Boyd, Kelly Walker, Leo Clarke, Brian Tarter and Scotty Bratcher.

Craig Comer and Seth Forster will serve as the fest’s rhythm section, The SoulFixers horn section will provide horns and special singers include Leroy Ellington and Noah Hunt, longtime vocalist for the Kenny Wayne Shepherd Band.

Showtime is 8 p.m. Friday. Tickets are $15 in advance or $20 at the door. Find more info at and get tickets/more show details at


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