The Tony Rice performance at the Ellnora Guitar Festival has been canceled due to the death last month of Rice’s Step-Son John Christian Scott.
“The Krannert Center was deeply saddened by this news and join fans and friends all over the world in supporting the Rice family during this time,” said David Spelman, artistic adviser to the festival.
The Tony Rice Unit had been scheduled to perform at noon on Friday for the all-guitar event.
John Christian Scott, the stepson of Tony Rice, died last month in a head-on motorcycle collision in Burlington, NC.
Replacing Rice in the free noon-hour concert will be string virtuoso Steve Dawson on acoustic guitar. Spelman said Dawson had been on the Ellnora wish list for some time. Dawson will be joined by several as-yet-to-be-named guests. The festival opens tonight and features 20 plus, half of them free.