Days After Giving His Best Kenergy, Slash Announces S.E.R.P.E.N.T. Blues Festival

Slash performs on stage during the Slash ft Myles Kennedy and The Conspirators Living The Dream Tour at Spark Arena on January 26, 2019 in Auckland, New Zealand
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World-renowned guitarist Slash is at it again! He just announced the upcoming S.E.R P.E.N.T. Festival, which stands for Solidarity, Engagement, Restore, Peace, Equality N’ Tolerance. The festival includes a star-studded lineup including Warren Haynes Band, Keb’ ‘Mo, Christone “Kingfish” Ingram, Robert Randolph, Samantha Fish, Eric Gales, ZZ Ward, Jackie Venson, and Larkin Poe.

Just days after making a surprise appearance during a performance of “I’m Just Ken” at the Oscars and announcing his sixth solo album titled Orgy of the Damned (which comes out on May 17), Slash confirmed the new festival tour. It will kick off in Bonner, Montana, and travel around the country to cities such as Denver, Los Angeles, and New York City. Slash formed the festival as a way to bring fans of the Blues together and share his love of the genre, all while donating to several charities. Not only is Slash collaborating with incredible artists for his tour, but with his new album as well. The new album will feature artists such as Brian Johnson from AC/DC, Steven Tyler, Billy Gibbons, Chris Stapleton, Iggy Pop, Paul Rodgers, Gary Clark Jr., Chris Robinson, and Demi Lovato.

Slash S.E.R.P.E.N.T Festival tour dates

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Slash shared, “The S.E.R.P.E.N.T. tour is a celebration of blues and rock ‘n’ roll music, and a celebration of unity and togetherness in these uncertain and divisive times. S.E.R.P.E.N.T is a vehicle to help support and uplift people and communities suffering from the injustices of racism and equal rights violations, as well as to support children adversely affected by war and poverty across the world. So, we are contributing a portion of every ticket and VIP package sold from the tour to those ends. S.E.R.P.E.N.T. will also provide an environment where folks can get together for a day of great music and hang out and have a good time.”

Slash with his Gibson ES-335 - Photo credit Gene Kirkland

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Tickets go on sale on Friday, March 15 at 10 a.m. local time. Check out all of the information and dates on the festival’s website. Each ticket sold donates part of the proceeds to The Equal Justice Initiative, Know Your Rights Camp, The Greenlining Institute, and War Child Charities. Will you be attending the festival this year?

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