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Posted: Thursday, April 12, 2018 10:03 pm

This weekend I had the privilege of seeing a Blues legend in concert, seven time Grammy Award winning blues guitarist Buddy Guy played at The Broward Center.

Buddy Guy is 81 years young and a product of Chicago Blues since his first time on stage in 1953 at age 17. In the 1960s, Guy played with Muddy Waters as a house guitarist at Chess Records and began a musical partnership with the harmonica player Junior Wells.

Not only a guitarist, but a great singer & songwriter too, Buddy has influenced such legendary guitarists as Eric Clapton, Jimi Hendrix, Jimmy Page, Keith Richards, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Jeff Beck and John Mayer (just to name a few). Guy was ranked 30th in Rolling Stone magazine's “100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time” and he was inducted into The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame on March 14th, 2005 by Eric Clapton & B.B. King.

On Sunday night, we got to our seats just as the lights were going down and immediately they introduced the opening act, Jimmie Vaughan & The Tilt-A-Whirl Band.

Jimmie and his band started the night out with some driving Texas Blues covers, a couple of Fabulous Thunderbirds tunes, some recent originals, and a few songs from his late younger brother, guitar legend Stevie Ray. After a terrific, hour long set, there was a 15 minute intermission (smoke break).

As we returned to our seats, the lights went down and the band took their places on stage, then they introduced Buddy Guy and he came out in a red satin shirt & a white ball cap, with his signature “polka dot” guitar strapped on... He started out his set with “Damn Right, I've Got The Blues”, one of his more famous originals, followed by a few covers like, “She's Nineteen Years Old”, “Feels Like Rain” & “Mustang Sally”.

After a couple more originals, he brought 19 year old Quinn Sullivan on stage to play with him. Quinn made his guitar playing debut on the Ellen Degeneres show when he was 6 years old and has since been mentored by Buddy Guy. They played Quinn's original “She Gets Me”, then Buddy called Jimmie Vaughan back out for a finale of Buddy's instrumental “Rememberin' Stevie”... What an awesome show!!

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