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12-year-old guitar prodigy Quinn Sullivan.

Blues for the Blue Welcomes Special Guest Quinn Sullivan


On Saturday, March 5th,12-year-old guitar virtuoso Quinn Sullivan will join Neal McCarthy and Friends for the Blues for the Blue concert at the Ocean Explorium. “We are happy to highlight Quinn and his extraordinary talent”, said Jen Costa, coordinator of the event. “It’s not every day that a gifted 12-year-old graces the stage, and we are proud to present him at our event.”

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Quinn picked up his first guitar at the age of three and has been stunning audiences ever since. In 2006 he caught the attention of the country when he appeared on the Ellen Degeneres Show to perform his version of “Twist and Shout.”  In 2007, Quinn’s world was turned upside down when he met Grammy Award-winning blues legend Buddy Guy at the Zeiterion Theater in New Bedford. Buddy called him onstage, and Quinn hasn’t looked back since.

12-year-old guitar prodigy Quinn Sullivan.

Sullivan is set to take the music world by storm with the March 22 release of his debut CD, Cyclone.  With the help of Buddy Guy and Grammy nominated producer Tom Hambridge, Quinn is poised to make his mark on the music industry. When asked about his plans for the future Quinn said, “I see myself doing this for a long, long time. I can’t wait for Cyclone to be released and to start touring this spring!!”

Blues for the Blue will begin at 7 pm at Tifereth Israel Congregation in New Bedford. Neal McCarthy and Friends return with Classic Blues, while Santa Mamba adds their signature “Latin Roots Rock” to this second annual concert to benefit the Ocean Explorium.

Tickets are $30 in advance and $25 for Ocean Explorium Members.  All tickets will be $35 at the door the night of the concert. Tickets may be purchased in person at the Ocean Explorium,online at the Ocean Explorium website, or by telephone at (508)994-5400. Tickets are also available at Baker Books, Black Bass Grille, CV General Store, Down to Earth Natural Foods, Hot Music, The Book Stall, and The Green Bean.

explorium logoBlues for the Blue proceeds support ongoing education programs at the Ocean Explorium, where over 10,000 students have participated in formal science education school field trips.

The Ocean Explorium is located at 174 Union Street in downtown New Bedford, and is handicap-accessible via the rear entrance.  Hours of operation are Thursday through Friday, from 10 AM- 4 PM.

If you are interested in hearing young Quinn Sullivan play his guitar, there are links to YouTube clips here (on Ellen),  here (with Buddy Guy, covering an Eric Clapton song), and here (instrumental with Buddy Guy and B.B. King).

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