Buddy Guy at Buddy Guy’s Legends – Chicago, IL – January 08, 2015
I’ve wanted to see Buddy Guy play at his own club for almost twenty years. He does a residency at his club each January and all his shows normally sell out. I’ve never been able to work out the dates with my work schedule or the shows would be sold out by the time I learned of the dates. This year, however, the stars aligned and I was able to buy a ticket and make the trip.
The show wasn’t a complete sell-out due to it being on a Wednesday night and the bone-chilling cold and miserable weather in the Windy City that night. Half-hour commutes from the suburbs were stretched out to at least three times that length. I managed to snag a seat and order a catfish po’ boy. The sandwich was okay. The show was outstanding.
The living blues legend did not disappoint. Mr. Guy came out in a fly purple fedora and overalls, an outfit only he could pull off, and cracked open the set with “Damn Right I Got the Blues.” It instantly sparked the crowd and got people howling.
What followed was a fun set of blues and soul classics like “Mustang Sally, “Fever,” “It Feels Like Rain,” “I’m a King Bee,” and more. Guy’s backing band is lights-out good and could stop and change songs on a dime. Guy still shreds on a guitar like few can and didn’t show signs of tiring. He walked offstage and strolled through the crowd at one point, playing a long solo that meandered through his club, out onto South Wabash Avenue, back into the club, and to a seat at the bar where he finished the song and started another.
One particular highlight was “74 Years Young,” in which Guy extols the joys of his long life and how he plans to party even with St. Peter. He stopped before the end of the song and told us how he’d cut the track four years earlier. The 78-year-old legend then made his guitar practically beg for mercy as he ripped through another solo.
Guy was kind enough to stick around after the show and sign posters and CD for fans. Not many people of his status would bother. He is a class act and needs to be seen. He still tours at age 78. Catch him if you can.
~ NIk Havert
Nik Havert is a writer, DJ at WSND 88.9FM University of Notre Dame, harmonica player, martial arts instructor, comic book publisher, crime fighter,music lover, cult movie enthusiast, and modern day Renaissance man. He hopes to shark cage dive sometime in the next few years and enjoys travel and good natural root beer. Visit his web site at http://www.picklepress.net.
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