If you have never heard of Lil’ Ed & The Blues Imperials, I would highly recommend to check them out! They are not only playing the blues but living the blues. Their live shows are full of energy, joy and electrifying sound. They are performing everywhere around the USA and worldwide, but I have seen them in their hometown Chicago at Buddy Guy’s Legends. It was a night full of smiles, great music and fun! I really hope to see them again!
A very talented young musician Quinn Sullivan usually joins his mentor Buddy Guy on stage at Legends during Buddy’s residency in January, this year wasn’t an exception! Also Quinn was playing his own set, opening for Buddy. It’s a great pleasure to see him performing, he is a great blues guitar player, but he also tries to mix different music styles, improvising and always developing his skills. Quinn is 19 years old, but he has already shared the stage with Eric Clapton, Buddy Guy, Joe Bonamassa and opened for B.B. King. It seems that he is playing guitar all the time, on and off stage, which makes him a great professional! Quinn definitely enjoys playing for the audience, and the audience definitely enjoys seeing him play, listening to his music.
Buddy Guy’s Birthday Bash was a really great sold out event which took place at Buddy’s club in Chicago.
The Legend turned 81 young, but he is still touring all year, traveling all over the world, recording new music and his live performances are the greatest I have ever seen.
When Buddy is around, the place is filled with smiles, happiness and great vibes!
Many great musicians were playing that night, Marty Sammon and his band played an amazing show, everyone at the club absolutely enjoyed it, actually Marty was playing pretty much the whole night, filling the venue with real blues!
The rising star Quinn Sullivan was jamming with great guitarist Carmen Venderberg.
Then another young and super talented guitar player Leilani Kilgore appeared on stage with Earl Slick.
Jamiah Rodgers took the stage with a solo performance. It was really amazing to be surrounded by so many talented musicians, who absolutely enjoy what they are doing.
The show was continued by the two absolutely great musicians Toronzo Cannon and Kate Moss.
Gary Clark Jr. came to Chicago to celebrate Buddy’s Birthday too but unfortunately he didn’t play that night.
Buddy usually doesn’t play during his Birthday celebrations but this time he appeared on stage. The audience immediately began to dance and sing along!
Overall it was an awesome night of Blues! Buddy is still keeping blues alive, he is an inspiration to so many great musicians!
Buddy Guy plays at his Legends club in Chicago every January, Thursday-Sunday. I was lucky to see 8 his shows out of 16. Buddy is truly a Legend and amazing artist! He played more than 2 hours every night and seems that he wanted to play even longer. He sounds absolutely great and he always finds time to chat with the audience. He looks like he’s having a great time, and really enjoys what he’s doing. He smiles a lot, and the audience smiles back to him. Buddy’s band sounds fantastic too! It’s impossible to get tired of them, and even 8 shows weren’t enough for me!
Buddy also has some surprise guests who join him on stage. Susan Tedeschi and Derek Trucks joined Buddy for a great jam session.
And another blues Legend Bobby Rush, who just won Best Traditional Blues Album at the Grammys, joined Buddy on stage for 2 nights in a row. They performed a couple of songs together, both of them are great showmen!
A very talented young musician Quinn Sullivan usually joins his mentor Buddy Guy on stage at Legends during Buddy’s residency in January, this year wasn’t an exception!
I saw Buddy’s concerts before, but nothing can be compared with shows at his club. It’s his home and I felt like at home there. I hope he will continue his annual residency next year, I will be there for sure!
“Meet me in Chicago where Buddy gotta play the blues..”