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Blues Superstars BUDDY GUY & JIMMIE VAUGHAN
Friday, April 5, 2019 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm MST
Danny Zelisko Presents proudly welcomes Buddy Guy & Jimmie Vaughan to Celebrity Theatre’s circular stage at 8 p.m. on Friday, April 5th.
Buddy Guy was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2005 by B.B. King and Eric Clapton, who once described him as “the best guitar player alive.” The title of Buddy Guy’s latest album says it all: The Blues Is Alive and Well. The legendary blues artist’s 19th solo LP and follow-up to 2015’s Born to Play Guitar showcases his raw and unadulterated sound. It’s 15 tracks are a true pleasure for aficionados and genre newcomers alike. As the 7-time Grammy award winner pushes forward with his astounding career, he’s careful not to forget his late contemporaries who inspired him along the way. “I went to sleep yesterday and woke up and all the great blues players are no longer with us. Muddy, Wolf, B.B.—they’re all gone. Before they passed away, when they were in their prime, we used to have a drink and a laugh and talk about how when one of us is gone, the others have to keep it going. I’m trying to do something to keep this music that I love so well alive.” And with The Blues Is Alive and Well, it’s clear that the music—and Guy himself—ain’t going away anytime soon.
Jimmie Vaughan is far more than just one of the greatest and most respected guitarists in the world of popular music. As Guitar Player magazine notes, “He is a virtual deity–a living legend.” After all, Vaughan provides a vital link between contemporary music and its proud heritage, as well as being a longtime avatar of retro cool. Since releasing his first solo album in 1994, he has set the standard for quality modern roots music. Now, with his third solo release and Artemis Records debut, Do You Get The Blues?, Vaughan has fashioned his most compelling and appealing musical statement yet. Do You Get The Blues? travels through a virtual galaxy of musical moods and modes across its 11 vibrant selections. Highlights include a fusion of vintage R&B and jazz on “Don’t Let The Sun Set” and a classic Texas blues shuffle with “Robbin’ Me Blind.” Jimmie offers a glimpse of the continuing Vaughan legacy on “Without You,” co-written by his son, rising Austin musician Tyrone Vaughan, who plays guitar with Jimmie on the track.
Buddy once proclaimed about Jimmie, “He’s unbeatable when it comes to the blues. He just plays it like it’s supposed to be played.” Even Stevie Ray Vaughan acknowledged that when people would compare his playing to that of his brother, there was really no contest. “I play probably 80 percent of what I can play. Jimmie plays one percent of what he knows. He can play anything.”
Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Reserved tickets ($40, $65, $95) are still available at Celebrity Theatre, 440 N. 32nd St., in Phoenix, or online at www.celebritytheatre.com. To charge by phone, call 602-267-1600 ext. 1. All tickets are subject to sale tax, facility and ticketing surcharges. All ages welcome.
About Danny Zelisko Presents: Danny Zelisko has been bringing shows to Arizona since 1974. He founded and ran the legendary Evening Star Productions starting in 1976 and helped make Arizona and the Southwest a viable stop on most contemporary tours, producing thousands of shows over the years. After years of practice, DZP promotes about 150 shows annually in Arizona, New Mexico and Las Vegas. For more information visit: www.dannyzeliskopresents.com
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