When: Sat., July 21 - Doors: 7 p.m. | Show: 8 p.m.
Legendary blues guitarist Buddy Guy and next generation guitar superstar Jonny Lang will co-headline at Union Bank & Trust Pavilion on Saturday, July 21. The show starts at 8 p.m., and doors open at 7 p.m.
At 81, Buddy Guy is a Rock ‘n’ 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. Buddy Guy has seven Grammy Awards, a 2015 Lifetime Achievement Grammy Award, 37 Blues Music Awards (the most any artist has received), 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 #23 in its "100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time."
With a style similar to B.B. King, Buddy Guy is both a popular session player and a successful solo artist. Jimi Hendrix admitted to being profoundly influenced by Guy, while Eric Clapton calls him the greatest blues guitarist ever. In fact, few blues musicians today can match Guy's ability to make a guitar solo the ultimate blues statement.
At 36 years old Jonny Lang has already had a successful career for two decades. He released his first platinum record at 15, an age when many young people are just beginning to play music. Lang’s talent transcends the crop of blues prodigies.
No flashy re-hasher of classic blues licks, Lang is a full-blown artist with a style of his own. What began as a bluesy sound influenced by electric guitar pioneers like Albert Collins, B. B. King, and Buddy Guy evolved into a modern R&B style closer to Stevie Wonder and contemporary gospel music.
Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m., Friday, Feb. 9 at the Union Bank & Trust Pavilion Box Office and all Ticketmaster locations, charge by phone at 800.745.3000 or purchase online at ticketmaster.com.