Buddy Guy – Virginia Beach, VA – Aug. 22, 2017

Buddy Guy
With Special Guest Quinn Sullivan

Tuesday, August 22, 2017
Sandler Center For The Performing Arts
Virginia Beach, VA

Tickets On Sale Now:
Tickets available at YnotTix.com, by phone at 877-966-8849, and at the Sandler Center Box Office.

Ticket Prices:
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Doors: 7:00pm
Show: 8:00pm

Presented by NS2

Buddy Guy

At age 79, Buddy Guy is a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee, a major influence on rock titans like Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton, and Stevie Ray Vaughan, a pioneer of Chicago’s fabled West Side sound, and a living link to the city’s halcyon days of electric blues. Buddy Guy has received 7 GRAMMY Awards, a 2015 Lifetime Achievement GRAMMY Award, 34 Blues Music Awards (the most any artist has received), the Billboard Magazine Century Award for distinguished artistic achievement, a Kennedy Center Honor, and the Presidential National Medal of Arts. Rolling Stone Magazine ranked him #23 in its “100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time.”

Buddy Guy released his brand new studio album Born To Play Guitar on July 31, 2015 via Silvertone/RCA Records, which debuted at #1 on Billboard’s Top Blues Albums chart. The follow-up to his 2013 first-ever double disc release, Rhythm & Blues, which also debuted at #1 on Billboard’s Top Blues Albums chart, Born To Play Guitar is produced by GRAMMY Award winning producer/songwriter and Buddy’s longtime collaborator Tom Hambridge. The new release features guest appearances by Van Morrison, Joss Stone, Kim Wilson and Billy Gibbons.

Though Buddy Guy will forever be associated with Chicago, his story actually begins in Louisiana. One of five children, he was born in 1936 to a sharecropper’s family and raised on a plantation near the small town of Lettsworth, located some 140 miles northwest of New Orleans. Buddy was just seven years old when he fashioned his first makeshift “guitar”—a two-string contraption attached to a piece of wood and secured with his mother’s hairpins.

In 1957, he took his guitar to Chicago, where he would permanently alter the direction of the instrument, first on numerous sessions for Chess Records playing alongside Howlin’ Wolf, Muddy Waters, and the rest of the label’s legendary roster, and then on recordings of his own. His incendiary style left its mark on guitarists from Jimmy Page to John Mayer. “He was for me what Elvis was probably like for other people,” said Eric Clapton at Guy’s Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction in 2005. “My course was set, and he was my pilot.”

Seven years later, July 2012 proved to be one of Buddy Guy’s most remarkable years ever. He was awarded the 2012 Kennedy Center Honor for his lifetime contribution to American culture; earlier in the year, at a performance at the White House, he even persuaded President Obama to join him on a chorus of “Sweet Home Chicago.” Also in 2012, he published his long-awaited memoir, When I Left Home.

These many years later, Buddy Guy is a genuine American treasure and one of the final surviving connections to an historic era in the country’s musical evolution. He keeps looking to the future of the blues through his ongoing work with his 16-year-old protégé, Quinn Sullivan.

“I worry a lot about the legacy of Muddy, Wolf, and all the guys who created this stuff,” he says. “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.

“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 all right. Just keep the damn blues alive.’ 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.”

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Quinn Sullivan

On the heels of the release of Midnight Highway, his third album and first for Provogue through the Mascot Label Group, Quinn Sullivan has announced that will soon be hitting the road for a 27-date tour that will take him up and down the East Coast starting next month. Beginning in Ajax, Ontario the night before his 18th birthday, the tour includes a string of North and South Carolina dates with Jonny Lang. The tour will also feature four dates shared with Buddy Guy, Quinn’s mentor, as well as two European festival dates at Switzerland’s Blues Festival Baden and Norway’s Notodden Blues Festival. Quinn, it should be noted, is just back from Mumbai, India where he, along with ZZ Top’s Billy Gibbons and Shemekia Copeland headlined the Mahindra Blues Festival earlier this month.

“I can’t wait to get back out on the road and perform the songs from Midnight Highway,” Sullivan said. “I’m looking forward to seeing old friends and making new ones and this is only the beginning. More dates dates will be announced soon.” In advance of the new tour dates, Quinn will be heard on SiriusXM’s BB King’s Bluesville Channel in a live in-studio performance. The concert debuts on Wednesday, March 8 at 12 Noon/Eastern and will be repeated five times thereafter through the weekend.

Quinn Sullivan has been a music professional for more than 75 percent of his life. He has traveled the world and shared stages with Buddy Guy, Eric Clapton, Los Lobos, The Roots, Derek Trucks & Susan Tedeschi and Joe Bonamassa. He even opened for B.B. King, who later invited him to play his treasured “Lucille” guitar. He has performed on concert and festival dates throughout the United States – including at storied venues like Hollywood Bowl, RFK Stadium and Madison Square Garden – traveled overseas – performing at the Montreux Jazz Festival, North Sea Jazz Festival and twice at the Mahindra Blues Festival. He’s also appeared on national TV, with guest appearances on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Oprah, Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, Conan and twice on The Ellen DeGeneres show.

Sullivan has packed some extraordinary experience into his decade-long career, and that’s even more remarkable when you consider his youth. Midnight Highway, was produced by multi GRAMMY® winner Tom Hambridge – who also does double duty as Quinn’s studio and road drummer. The album is yet another milestone in Quinn’s extraordinary journey, which began with his jamming with a children’s music combo T at age three, appearing on Ellen when he was six, and being taken under the wing of blues legend Buddy Guy at age eight, whose protégé he remains to this day.

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