B.B. King & Buddy Guy

These two legends need no introduction. For over five decades, B.B. King (pictured) and Buddy Guy have been among the most revered blues musicians, their influences extending far beyond the genre. King's sophisticated, uptown style—relying on his impassioned voice and the saccharine tones of his beloved guitar, Lucille—earned him the broadest-reaching appeal of any blues singer and an unequivocal place in the annals of American music. Guy, with his high-energy guitar slinging, histrionic singing, and explosive, sometimes Jekyll-and-Hyde performances, was long overlooked beyond a devoted group of followers including Eric Clapton, Jimi Hendrix, and Stevie Ray Vaughn. It was only fairly recently, with a string of Grammys beginning in the early '90s, that he also earned the recognition his work deserves. Now both elder statesmen, King and Guy making this appearance together offers a rare chance to see two giants from an increasingly scarce, and all the more precious, generation.
Sat., Feb. 20, 8 p.m., 2010

 
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