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Buddy Guy

Friday, October 24, 2014 | 7:30 PM
$65 | $55 | $45

BUY EARLY, TICKET PRICES INCREASE MONDAY, OCTOBER 20.

For almost 50 years, Buddy Guy has performed flamboyant live concerts of energetic blues and blues rock, predating the 1960s blues rockers. As a musician, he had a fundamental impact on the blues and rock n' roll, influencing a new generation of artists.

Guy has been called the bridge between the blues and rock n' roll. He is one of the historic links between Chicago electric blues pioneers Muddy Waters and Howlin' Wolf and popular musicians like Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck, Jimi Hendrix and Jimmy Page; as well as later revivalists like Stevie Ray Vaughan, who stated that, "Without Buddy Guy, there would be no Stevie Ray Vaughan."

"Without Buddy Guy, the blues, not to mention rock as we know it, might be a heckuva lot less interesting today," commented Guitarist magazine. "Take the blues out of contemporary rock music-or pop, jazz and funk for that matter-and what you have left is a wholly spineless affair. A tasteless stew. Makes you shudder to think about it..."

While Guy's music is often labeled Chicago blues, his style is unique and separate. His music can vary from the most traditional, deepest blues to a creative, unpredictable and radical gumbo of the blues, avant rock, soul and free jazz that morphs at each night's performance.

"Mr. Guy mingles anarchy, virtuosity, deep blues and hammy shtick in ways that keep all eyes on him," said New York Times music critic Jon Pareles. "[Guy] loves extremes: sudden drops from loud to soft, or a sweet, sustained guitar solo followed by a jolt of speed, or a high, imploring vocal cut off with a rasp.... Whether he's singing with gentle menace or bending new curves into a blue note, he is a master of tension and release, and his every wayward impulse was riveting."

 

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