Music: Buddy Guy


Guy to Receive First Annual Great Performer of Illinois Award

Blues guitarist Jimmie Vaughan will headline a special tribute concert on July 20, 2008 honoring Chicago blues legend Buddy Guy during the Great Performers of Illinois festival in Millennium Park. Guy, an internationally acclaimed blues guitarist and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee, will receive the first Great Performer of Illinois award for his outstanding contributions to popular music and American culture.

The free concert, which will begin at 8 p.m. at the Jay Pritzker Pavilion in Chicago’s Millennium Park, will feature Grammy-award winning Jimmie Vaughan and the Tilt A Whirl Band and Lou Ann Barton. Other special guest artists will pay tribute to Guy.

The tribute will be the highlight and finale of the annual Great Performers of Illinois festival, three days of free entertainment, July 18-20, by more than 50 performers from throughout the state presenting pop, rock, blues, Latin, folk, classical, and spoken word performances.

For more information about Great Performers of Illinois, call 312.742.1168 or visit Great Performers of Illinois 2008, the third annual celebration of the arts unique to Illinois, is presented by the Illinois Arts Council, the Chicago Office of Tourism, and the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs.

Located in downtown Chicago on Michigan Avenue between Randolph and Monroe Streets, the 24.5-acre Millennium Park is an unprecedented center for world-class art, music, architecture and landscape design. Among the park's prominent features are the Frank Gehry-designed Jay Pritzker Pavilion, the most sophisticated outdoor concert venue of its kind in the United States; the interactive Crown Fountain by Jaume Plensa; the contemporary Lurie Garden designed by the team of Gustafson Guthrie Nichol, Piet Oudolf and Robert Israel; and Anish Kapoor's hugely popular Cloud Gate sculpture. For more information, visit

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5X Grammy Award Winning Buddy Guy to be Inducted in the 2005 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Grammy-Winning Silvertone Artist Buddy Guy will be inducted in the 2005 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame it was announced today. Buddy will join U2, Percy Sledge, The O'Jays and The Pretenders at the 20th Annual Induction Ceremony to be held March 14th in New York City.

The Foundation's nominating committee, composed of Rock and Roll historians, selects nominees each year in the "artist" category. Ballots are then sent to an international voting body of about 700 rock experts. Past inductees include: Chuck Berry, Fats Domino, Elvis Presley, Bob Dylan, Cream, Bruce Springsteen and The Rolling Stones.

Buddy is currently working on a new album with producer John Porter (The Smith, Los Lonely Boys and B.B.King). Carlos Santana as well as other surprise musical guests will join Buddy for this late 1st quarter release.

Buddy Guy is an internationally renowned blues guitarist, singer and showman who is considered the master of Chicago-style electric blues. In a career spanning more than 45 years, he has received five Grammy Awards, and a Billboard Century Award. The Chicago's blues king has influenced rock guitar greats Jimi Hendrix, Stevie Ray Vaughn, Keith Richards, Jeff Beck and Eric Clapton. He is also the proprietor of Buddy Guy's Legends, a blues nightclub in downtown Chicago established in 1989.

2003 was an amazing year for Buddy whose new acoustic CD Blues Singer was released on June 3rd to rave reviews. Blues Singer earned Buddy his 5th Grammy in 2003. Buddy Guy was the recipient of the Medal of Arts, which was presented by President George W. Bush in November 2003. The Medal of Arts, established by Congress in 1984, is awarded by the President to those who have made extraordinary contributions to the creation, growth and support in the arts in the United States. Buddy also received his 21st W.C. Handy Award, the most any one artist has ever received.

Buddy Guy was also honored by the Recording Academy's Chicago Heroes Award on November 6, 2003. Recording Academy President Neil Portnow gave a short call of musicians Buddy Guy has performed with, as well as the guitarists he inspired, such as Jimi Hendrix Stevie Ray Vaughan and Eric Clapton. "Buddy is a living example of excellence: a thrilling instrumentalist, a soulful singer, and a peerless stage performer," Portnow said.

Source: The Zomba Label Group
NEW YORK, Dec. 13, 2004 /PRNewswire/ --

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