Celebrate vintage R&B and rocking soul with Jimmy Wallace and the Stratoblasters at 7:30 p.m. Friday, October 21, at the Allen Public Library. Wallace and the members of his band Lynx made quite a name for themselves touring in the ’70s with some of the hottest acts of the day, such as Styx and Kansas. Wallace joined Bugs Henderson & the Stratoblasters in the ’80s. Performing with Todd Rundgren, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Stephen Stills, Johnny Winter, Willie Nelson, Albert King, and Gregg Allman, Jimmy Wallace is a Texas musical legend.
Sponsored by the Allen Public Library, the concert is free.
After six years of playing with Bugs, Jimmy elected to take the name Stratoblasters with him. “The Stratoblasters were originally Bugs Henderson & the Stratoblasters, with Bugs, Junior Clark, and myself. When I left the band Bugs gave me permission to keep using the name, and there we went,” Wallace explained.
Jimmy Wallace and the Stratoblasters have played at the T-Bone Walker Blues Festival in Longview, Big Sandy Music Hall. and at the induction of T-Bone Walker and Blind Lemon Jefferson into the Dallas Songwriters Hall of Fame at The Sons of Herman Hall.
Jimmy is also the owner of the Dallas International Guitar Festival. From its humble beginnings in a small meeting room of a Dallas hotel in 1978, to 140,000 square feet of display space at Dallas Market Hall today, the Dallas International Guitar Festival celebrates the bringing together of guitar dealers, manufacturers, collectors, celebrities and music enthusiasts. Today there are more than 2,000 guitar shows and festivals staged around the world, but the Dallas show is one of the world’s biggest.