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Buddy Guy

  • Capitol Theater 201 State Street Madison, WI, 53703 United States (map)

After 60 years of being one of the most influential guitarists in the world, Buddy Guy doesn't have much to prove. He pretty much invented overblown, high-octane shredding; played on countless legendary recordings; and has outlived his contemporaries in the 1960s Chicago blues scene. It'd be easy for him to rest back and phone in the rest of his career. Instead, he maintains a tour schedule that'd be grueling for someone half his age. Because he's now the elder statesman of the blues, it's easy to forget that Guy's playing was initially dismissed by management of Chess Records as pure noise; it's hard to imagine the blues today without the imprint of his raucous guitar work. Though he's released tons of albums, Buddy Guy's heart has always been in live performance. You can tell he loves being up on stage, flirting with the audience, playing with a live band and showing off what he can do to an electric guitar. His showmanship and virtuosity are still intact after all these years. If you can handle Overture Center ticket prices, this is your best chance to see an 81-year-old man play the guitar with his teeth. —Ian Adcock

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