Buddy Guy & The Rides
April 6 @ 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm
The Pompano Beach Amp and AEG Live are proud to present the legendary Buddy Guy. The 80 year old singer/guitarist is a Rock and 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.
Adding to the excitement will be Guy’s very special guests Stephen Stills, Kenny Wayne Shepherd and Barry Goldberg as The Rides. Two bands, one stage, two full sets for one sizzling night!
Buddy Guy’s fans know his list of accolades could fill pages, but here are a few highlights: 7 GRAMMY Awards, a 2015 Lifetime Achievement GRAMMY Award, 34 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. In addition, Rolling Stone Magazine ranked him #23 in its “100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time.”
Still influencing the musical landscape, Buddy Guy released his brand new studio album “Born To Play Guitar” on July 31, 2015 via Silvertone/RCA Records, which debuted at #1 on Billboard’s Top Blues Albums chart. This was a follow-up to his 2013 first-ever double disc release, “Rhythm & Blues,” which also debuted at #1 on Billboard’s Top Blues Albums chart.
Though Buddy Guy will forever be associated with Chicago, his story actually begins in Louisiana. One of five children, he was born in 1936 to a sharecropper’s family and raised on a plantation near the small town of Lettsworth, located some 140 miles northwest of New Orleans. Buddy was just seven 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 1957, he took his guitar to Chicago, where he would permanently alter the direction of the instrument, first on numerous sessions for Chess Records playing alongside Howlin’ Wolf, Muddy Waters, and the rest of the label’s legendary roster, and then on recordings of his own. His incendiary style left its mark on guitarists from Jimmy Page to John Mayer. “He was for me what Elvis was probably like for other people,” said Eric Clapton at Guy’s Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction in 2005. “My course was set, and he was my pilot.”
Seven years later, July 2012 proved to be one of Buddy Guy’s most remarkable years ever. He was awarded the 2012 Kennedy Center Honor for his lifetime contribution to American culture; earlier in the year, at a performance at the White House, he even persuaded President Obama to join him on a chorus of “Sweet Home Chicago.” Also in 2012, he published his long-awaited memoir, When I Left Home.
Guy’s very special guests will be blues super group The Rides, whose recent album charted # 1 on The Billboard Blues charts. The group consists of Stephen Stills (of Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young), multi-award winner Kenny Wayne Shepherd, who holds the record for the longest running album on the Billboard Blues chart and Barry Goldberg, who has played alongside everyone from Muddy Waters to Bob Dylan.
Date(s) – 04/06/2017
8:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Pompano Beach Amphitheater