Blackberry Smoke to play acoustic at the Coronado Performing Arts Center


ROCKFORD – Blackberry Smoke will perform a series of stripped down shows this spring as part of their newly confirmed, “Break It Down Tour,” the band’s first-ever acoustic tour. Blackberry Smoke will be making a one night stop at the Coronado Performing Arts Center on Sunday, March 24.

The show celebrates the release of Blackberry Smoke’s new acoustic EP, The Southern Ground Sessions, which was released last fall. Created as a companion to the band’s latest full-length album, Find A Light, the EP was recorded at Southern Ground studio in Nashville, Tenn. and features stripped-down versions of five album tracks as well as a rendition of Tom Petty’s “You Got Lucky” featuring Amanda Shires. The EP, which was recently named one of the “10 Best Country EPs of 2018” by Rolling Stone, continues to receive critical acclaim. Guitar World praises, “With the new EP, a band that has defied critics to pigeonhole them have further proven that there is no one genre that can contain their versatile sound,” while Rolling Stone Country declares, “Blackberry Smoke’s crunchy Southern rock may be made for fuzzed-out electric guitars, but their songs sure do translate well to being played acoustically.”

Since their debut in 2004, the band has independently released six full-length records and has toured relentlessly, building a strong and loyal community of fans. In addition to their work as musicians, Blackberry Smoke remains committed to charitable work and has raised nearly $200,000 benefiting children’s cancer research.

Tickets for Blackberry Smoke are available at Ticketmaster.com, the BMO Harris Bank Center and Coronado PAC box offices, and by phone at (815) 968-5222. For more information, please visit coronadopac.org.