Two words: Buddy Shows!
I know the Weekend Live Blues Pick is a little early this week, but that’s because you might want to make a decision today. Once again this January, Buddy Guy has chosen to stay off the road, to remain here in his own town and play his own club, Buddy Guy’s Legends. For 16 nights! The shows begin tomorrow and continue every Thursday through Sunday all month.
Ronnie Baker Brooks once told me he goes to see Buddy play wherever and whenever he can, and I’ve pretty much adopted his policy. Buddy, along with B.B. King, are the two true living legends of the blues. Along with being a recording artist who has just released a new album (Buddy Guy Live at Legends), Buddy is already working on the next. Buddy’s live shows are dynamic and exciting. What I’m saying is that Buddy Guy is a blues star of the here and now. But, he’s more than that. When Buddy arrived in Chicago in 1957 he was a young man who had just made 21. He soon found himself playing with the blues cats that were a generation older than he was; Muddy Waters, Sonnyboy Williamson, Howlin’ Wolf, Little Walter and John Lee Hooker among them. Buddy Guy is our link to the great artists of the era when Chicago Blues was invented. Buddy has a little of each of those artists in him, but when you see him live you’ll also be witnessing the influence of Louisiana’s great Guitar Slim. Slim was a showman! He would enter the room on a man’s shoulders, dressed in bright clothes, and plugged in with a hundred foot chord that would allow him to roam the room he was playing, and beyond. When you left after a Guitar Slim show, you remembered it, and when you leave a Buddy Guy show, you’re going to remember that, too.
Buddy’s January shows ticket sales have been following a pattern for years, and this year’s sales have been following the same pattern. Now that it’s January, all of the Friday and Saturday shows are sold out. The next show that is likely to sell out is Sunday the 20th, because that’s the night before the Martin Luther King holiday, so it’s not a “school night” for a lot of people. If there is one show of the 16 that doesn’t sell out, it will be tomorrow, the first Thursday, as the procrastinators have not yet acted. But by the end of this weekend it’s likely that all remaining shows will be sold out, especially considering all of the attention Buddy has been getting recently. You have been warned!
The Thursday and Friday shows begin with the opener at 9:00pm, Saturday, a half hour later, Sunday and hour and a half earlier. Additional information is on the legends website at BuddyGuy.com. Also look for the FAQ’s.
Happy New Blues Year!
(Photo of Buddy at Legends by Todd McCollister)