The autobiographical "74 Years Young" kicked off Chicago blues icon Buddy Guy's last album, the Grammy-winning Living Proof. Even if we've added another year to that tally, forget the numbers. Listen to the searing, eloquent authority peeling off Guy's Stratocaster and the passionate intensity of his vocals, and that old Satchel Paige line seems particularly apropos: Age is a matter of mind over matter; if you don't mind, it don't matter. What does matter is that Buddy Guy is still at the top of his game, running his Legends Windy City club and playing with a fire people a quarter his age would envy. Guy still plays guitar with ferocious power, as he proves with shredding solos on nearly every assured, gritty blues on Proof, palpable evidence of his enduring influence on generations of such high-caliber guitarists as Clapton, Hendrix, and Stevie Ray. Buddy Guy returns to the State with his five-piece road band, which will also back opener Quinn Sullivan, a 12-year-old guitar prodigy and Guy protégé who released his first album last year. (Photo by Christian Lantry)
Fri., March 2, 8 p.m., 2012
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