Buddy Guy - Damn Right Farewell w/ Ally Venable

Friday, June 23, 2023
7:00 PM9:45 PM

Gates open 75 minutes prior to show time, times subject to change

  • Cost: Members $77 | Non-Members $79
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At age 86, Buddy Guy is a Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductee; a major influence on rock titans like Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton, and Stevie Ray Vaughan; a pioneer of Chicago’s fabled West Side sound; and a living link to the city’s halcyon days of electric blues. He has received eight Grammy Awards, a 2015 Lifetime Achievement Grammy Award, 38 Blues Music Awards—the most of any artist, the Billboard Magazine Century Award for distinguished artistic achievement, a Kennedy Center Honor, and the Presidential National Medal of Arts. Rolling Stone magazine ranked him No. 23 in its "100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time." Though Buddy will forever be associated with Chicago, his story actually begins in Louisiana. One of five children, he was born to a sharecropper’s family and raised on a plantation near the small town of Lettsworth, 140 miles northwest of New Orleans. He was 7 years old when he fashioned his first makeshift “guitar”—a two-string contraption attached to a piece of wood and secured with his mother’s hairpins. In honor of his 85th birthday, PBS American Masters released the documentary “Buddy Guy: The Blues Chase The Blues Away,” following his rise to becoming one of the most influential guitar players of all time. Buddy remains a genuine American treasure and one of the final surviving connections to an historic era in the country’s musical evolution.