Buddy Guy keeps the Chicago blues alive during his annual January residency at his very own Legends.
Imagine being just 18 years old, and getting to perform on the same stage as Buddy Guy. Then imagine that this is your tenth year of performing at Buddy Guy’s Legends. Quinn Sullivan is one such lucky soul who caught the eye of Mr. Guy at a very young age. Each night during Buddy’s January residency, a different artist has the honor of opening for him. Tonight that honor falls on Quinn.
As Quinn takes to the stage, the sold-out Legends is busting at the seams as people strain to see. Straight off the bat, it is easy to see that Quinn knows his way around the guitar more than many twice his age. He clearly warms the eager audience up for the night ahead, and picks up some new followers along the way, judging at the crowd who flock to get signed CDs and meet him at the merch stand after his set. Particular shout out has to go to his impressive performance of “Cyclone,” an intricate instrumental which showcases a talent far beyond his years.
By the time 11 pm rolls around, the audience is more than ready for the legend himself to take to the stage. At 81 years old, he is showing no signs of slowing down. Entertaining on through to the early hours, Buddy once again proves why he is considered one of the Blues greats.
There’s nothing more special than getting to see the iconic musician in his own club. Year after year, without fail, he performs four nights a week throughout the whole of January. Despite the arctic blasts, the crowds still flock to see him. Originally hailing from Louisiana, it is clear to see that his adopted home of Chicago has taken him in as one of their own.
Buddy likes to bring special guests up on stage with him and tonight is no exception. First to join him is Quinn Sullivan, shortly followed by Leilani Kilgore, who remains unphased despite facing some technical difficulties which results in her being handed Buddy’s iconic polka dot Strat to play instead. Who could pass up an opportunity like that?! Proving the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree, Buddy’s son, Greg Guy, also join the trio on stage meaning there is an abundance of talent on the modest stage.
After having performed as part of Quinn’s band earlier in the night, Buddy’s producer, Tom Hambridge, also takes his turn to join him on stage to sing alongside the Blues legend.
Buddy’s signature walk through the adoring crowd whilst playing his guitar takes a different turn as he takes it outside the front of Legends, and into a cab that is lined up at the curb. But this isn’t the end of the evening, as he takes it back inside for a few more songs before calling it a night.
The smile on Buddy’s face throughout the night says it all – this man was born to perform, and nothing is going to stop him from doing just that. Something that we are all very glad about.
Event Date: 20-JAN-2018