Buddy Guy, “A Year In Pictures” takes place at The Elephant Room Gallery, 704 South Wabash Ave., Chicago (next door to Buddy Guy’s Legend) July 28th through the 30th. The gallery featuring over 40 portraits will auction and sell photos to benefit PCa Blue, a national organization saving lives from prostate cancer. Buddy is the National Spokesman for the organization which works with the bluesc community to provide education and awareness about prostate cancer. This exhibit is a tribute to Buddy’s brother, Phil Guy, and all of the bluesmen who have died from the disease including, Big Daddy Kinsey, Raful Neal, Barrelhouse Chuck, David Maxwell. This is a disease that, when found early has a chance for cure.
The collection of photos are unique performance shots of Buddy Guy and his band, family and friends over a one year period of time. The exhibit captures Buddy on stage at his club, Legends, and at his annual concert at Ravinia Festival in Highland Park, Illinois. Photographer, Allen Winkler and publicity director for PCa Blue, photojournalist & Blues DJ, Lynn Orman Weiss had a front row seat capturing every night’s performance.
Buddy sets up shop for 16 concerts each January at his club. He graces the stage with 16 opening acts, masters and rising stars each night. Opening night 2018 featured two legends on stage together for one great cause, to support PCa Blue in their efforts to raise prostate cancer awareness. Grammy Award winning and Blues Hall of Fame inductees, Bobby Rush and Buddy Guy connected the dots to blues and the prostate cancer cause.
Fans from around the world brave the frigid zero degree weather each January and wait outdoors for hours to secure a prime seat to see Buddy Guy. Every night Buddy enchants his audience wearing his signature polkadot attire in an exploding palate of colors – from his derby hat to his stratocasters the man has style and class and holds court like a king. Fans and Super Fans from as far as Brazil, Sweden, and Japan arrive to be seated up front for all 16 nights.
The celebration continues on Tuesday, July 31 at Buddy Guy’s Legends, 700 South Wabash when Buddy returns home from his world tour celebrating his 82nd birthday and the release of his new studio album, “Buddy Guy the Blues is Alive and Well” on Silvertone/RCA Records. Among special guests on the album include The Rolling Stone’s Mick Jagger and Keith Richards. It’s at #1 on the Billboard chart with the song, “Cognac” featuring, Jeff Beck and Keith Richards perched at the top. Other guests include vocalist James Bay and Chicago’s very own, harp extraordinaire Billy Branch.
The birthday show on Tuesday, July 31 includes performances by Mr. Sipp and the NuBlu Band Featuring Carlise Guy. The evening celebrates Buddy’s birthday with plenty of surprises and special guests throughout the night. Tickets include a free commemorative snifter class and a free shot of cognac.
Tickets at Buddyguy.com