Influential blues musician Buddy Guy to play at The Lerner Theatre

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From The Lerner Theatre:

On Saturday, October 25, the historic Lerner Theatre hosts one of the most influential artists in the history of blues and rock ‘n roll.

Six-time Grammy Award winner and Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Buddy Guy will electrify an Elkhart audience with guitar licks and edgy vocals that simply defy human ability.

How important is Buddy Guy in the history of blues and rock music? Among those who cite (or cited) him as a primary influence are: Eric Clapton, Jimmy Page (Led Zeppelin), Jimi Hendrix, Jeff Beck, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Bill Wyman, Slash (Guns N’ Roses), John Mayer, and many, many more.

Rolling Stone ranks Buddy Guy 23rd on its list of the 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time, exalting: “Buddy Guy got used to people calling his guitar style a bunch of noise – from his family back in rural Louisiana, who chased him out of the house for making a racket, to Chess Records heads Phil and Leonard Chess, who, he says, ‘wouldn’t let me get loose like I wanted’ on sessions with Muddy Waters, Howlin’ Wolf, and Little Walter.

But as a new generation of rockers discovered the blues, Guy’s fretwork became a major influence on titans from Jimi Hendrix to Jimmy Page.

Guy’s flamboyant playing – huge bends, prominent distortion, frenetic licks – on such classics as “Stone Crazy” and “First Time I Met the Blues”… raised the standard for six-string fury.”

Blues and rock aficionados fortunate enough to have attended Buddy’s concerts or visited his Chicago blues joint are left in awe at his stage presence and showmanship.

Playing the guitar behind his head or picking the strings with his teeth, novices may think he’s imitating Hendrix. The truth is just the opposite: Back in the 60s, Hendrix got those tricks from watching Buddy Guy!

Jeff Beck commented, “I once saw him throw the guitar up in the air and catch it in the same chord.”

Fans of the British supergroup Cream (Eric Clapton, Jack Bruce, Ginger Baker) also owe Buddy Guy a big thank you. Clapton says he got the idea for a blues-rock power trio while watching Buddy Guy’s trio perform in England in 1965. Cream went on, of course, to lay the foundation for much of the blues-rock and hard rock of the 60s and 70s.

Is this a concert you’d want to see? Take it from the legends themselves:

• "Without Buddy Guy, there would be no Stevie Ray Vaughan.” – Stevie Ray Vaughan

• “I didn’t know a Strat could sound like that… He transcended blues and started becoming theater. It was high art, kind of like drama theater when he played, you know.” – Jeff Beck

• “Buddy Guy was to me what Elvis was for others… He is by far and without a doubt the best guitar player alive… If you see him in person, the way he plays is beyond anyone. Total freedom of spirit, I guess. He really changed the course of rock and roll blues.” – Eric Clapton

• “Buddy Guy is an absolute monster… There were a number of albums that everybody got tuned into in the early days. There was one in particular which featured Buddy Guy. He just astounded everybody.” – Jimmy Page

In 2005, Buddy Guy was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame – appropriately by Eric Clapton and B.B. King. He received the National Medal of Arts in 2003 and the Kennedy Center Honors in 2012, the same year he performed at the White House and got President Barack Obama to sing a few bars of Sweet Home Chicago.

Don’t miss national treasure Buddy Guy when he lifts the roof off the historic Lerner Theatre in downtown Elkhart on Saturday, October 25th!

Tickets go on sale Friday July 11th at 10am and range from $35 - $75.

Secure your seats by visiting or contacting The Lerner box office at 800 -249-8223.

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