Jimi Hendrix’s Personal Photographer, Ron Raffaelli, will give his personal account of his interaction working with both Jimi Hendrix and Eric Clapton and will showcase some of his iconic rock photography at an anniversary concert of an event that helped shape music history: when Jimi Hendrix met Eric Clapton 50 years ago to the date on October 1, 2016. The tribute concert will feature performances by local artists Rafael Espinoza and Travis Maxey at 7:30pm at the Big Sandy Music Hall located at 100 S. Tyler St. in Big Sandy, Texas.

On October 1st, 1966, Guitar Giant Eric Clapton & his band “Cream” performed at London England’s Royal Polytechnic. An unknown artist named James Hendrix showed up to the gig and asked to sit in. No one had ever asked Cream if they could sit in because they had already achieved legendary status. With a lot of hesitation, Clapton finally agreed to let this guy on the stage. Hendrix ripped through a romp stompin’ blues number and completely blew away Clapton and Cream! They had never seen a force of nature like this. James would later be known as Jimi Hendrix and he and Eric would become great musical admirers of each other and become the top 2 greatest guitar icons of the 20th century! The rest as they say is history.

Rock photographer, Ron Rafaelli, was hand-selected by Jimi Hendrix to personally document his first and only US tour with The Experience. Raffaelli went on to photograph many of Rock Music’s iconic artists including Blind Faith, The Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin, Fleetwood Mac, Grace Slick, The Family Stone and many more. Raffaelli shot and produced more than 100 iconic posters and album covers and toured with the elite performers of the classic rock era.

Please join us at The Big Sandy Music Hall, 50 years later to the day on Saturday October 1st, 2016 at 7:30pm as Travis Maxey & Rafael Espinoza honor this historic night and pay homage to their guitar heroes! Ron Rafaelli will open the show with his personal account of the meeting of these two guitar legends: Jimi Hendirx and Eric Clapton.

Tickets are $10 In Advance or $15 At The Door and may be purchased online at, calling 903-345-4289, or in person at Big Sandy Music Hall in Big Sandy, Texas (business office at back entrance of building) or The Rafael Espinoza Music Academy in Mineola, Texas.

The Big Sandy Music Hall is an historic church building built in 1922 that is now used as a live music venue and event center. The Hall hosts world-class musical acts, local talent and special events. The mission of the Big Sandy Music Hall is to use this beautiful landmark building to create an entertainment venue to be used by the entire community and to bring people together through music. The venue is actively seeking sponsors to help attract nationally and internationally known acts. Interested sponsors should contact Andrew Kirby at 90-345-4289 for more information.