July 09--Chicago blues legend Buddy Guy will bring his "Stone Crazy" style to the Lerner Theatre in October.
The six-time Grammy winning guitarist and vocalist is known for his showmanship and his influence on musicians like Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton and Stevie Ray Vaughan.
Guy made a big impression on The Lerner general manager, David Smith, who has been a fan since seeing him live at a 1987 blues festival.
"I'm a huge Buddy Guy fan and wanted him at The Lerner since I got the job," Smith said. "He's amazing."
Guy was house guitarist for Chess Records in Chicago 1960 to 1967 and recorded with the father of Chicago blues, Muddy Waters. He's made waves in the genre since he started playing with Waters in the late '50s.
"He's just a master of the guitar," Smith said. "There's a lot of people out there who think Jimi Hendrix was the epitome of blues rock guitar, but the reality is Jimi Hendrix was imitating things Buddy Guy was doing."
Guy was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2005 by Eric Clapton and B.B. King. He also was named one of Rolling Stone's "100 Greatest Guitarists."
Guy released a new album last year called "Rhythm and Blues," which featured musicians such as country singer Keith Urban and blues musician Gary Clark Jr.
Elkhart is Guy's only Indiana stop on a July through November tour. He'll perform at 8 p.m.Oct. 25 at The Lerner.
Lerner Theater tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday, July 11. Prices range from $35 to $75.
Tickets are available online or at the Lerner box office by calling 293-4469.
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