Legendary blues guitarist Buddy Guy will be performing at the Palace Theatre on Wednesday, October 11.Guy was a pioneer of Chicago’s west side sound, earning dozens of awards throughout his career, including a Lifetime Achievement Grammy Award, The Presidential National Medal of Arts, 37 Blues Music Awards, 7 Grammy Awards and much more.
Guy is one of the few remaining artists with a distinct connection to many legendary musicians no longer with us.
“I worry a lot about the legacy of Muddy, Wolf, and all the guys who created this stuff,” said Guy. “I want people to remember them. It’s like the Ford car. Henry Ford invented the Ford car, and regardless how much technology they got on them now, you still have that little sign that says ‘Ford’ on the front.”
Guy is helping younger generations to understand the importance of blues, and how big of an impact it had on music in the 20th century. He even has a protégé, 18-year-old Quinn Sullivan.
“One of the last things Muddy Waters told me – when I found out how ill he was, I gave him a call and said ‘I’m on my way to your house.’” And he said, ‘Don’t come out here. I’m doing alright. Just keep the damn blues alive,’” said Guy.
“They all told me that if they left here before I did, then everything was going to be on my shoulders. So, as long as I’m here, I’m going to do whatever I can to keep it alive.”
Tickets for Buddy Guy’s Columbus performance can be purchased here. Ticket prices start at $28.50. The show starts at 7:30 p.m. at the Palace Theatre on October 11.