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08/26/2011 B.B. King, Buddy Guy (Canandaigua, NY @ CMAC)

By Eric | September 20, 2011 1:18 pm

All these years later and my first real concert with my parents! Dad’s been a blues fan for quite awhile, and I figured this would be the perfect show to hang out with the folks and do it up. I scored 6th row seats, so they got a real nice experience for the show.

Buddy Guy was on first, and at 75 years old, struts around the stage like a man half his age. And through the crowd, which he did halfway through the set, taking a walk up to the edge of the lawn and still jamming away! I wasn’t really familiar with too many of his songs, but it really didn’t matter. Both Buddy and his backing band were top notch, clearly in tune and in sync with one another. About 2/3 of the way through the set, Buddy brought out 12-year-old guitar prodigy Quinn Sullivan, whom Guy met a few years prior and has nurtured the kid’s career ever since. Quinn played two of his songs with Buddy’s band, before the man himself came out and the two jammed on some standard blues covers to end the show. A very uptempo set, a very appreciative crowd, and a great way to start the night!

Nobody Understands Me but My Guitar
Hoochie Coochie Man / Nineteen Years Old / Love Her With a Feeling
Someone Else is Steppin’ In (Slippin’ Out, Slippin’ In)
Fever (Little Willie John cover)
Hip Hop Blues
Skin Deep
74 Years Young
Drowning on Dry Land (Albert King cover)
Use Me / Boom Boom / Strange Brew
Mojo Hand (Lightnin’ Hopkins cover)
Steal Away
Feels Like Rain
Sunshine of Your Love (Cream cover)
Little By Little
Do Your Thing (Isaac Hayes cover)
On the Road


Now it was time for the King. The large band made their way on stage first, played essentially a two-song soundcheck, and then the man himself was helped to his seat at the front of the stage. B.B. is now 85 years old, and while its starting to show physically, he’s still got it mentally, voice-wise and guitar-wise. There’s something about seeing a musical legend playing right in front of you, and B.B. still has that aura. Again, I’m not familiar with a ton of the songs, but again, it didn’t matter. B.B. sounded great, the band behind him sounded even better, and we had a wonderful night of the blues with two absolute legends and one young up-and-comer.

I Need You So
Every Day I Have the Blues (Pine Top cover)
Blues Man
Rock Me Baby
You Are My Sunshine (The Pine Ridge Boys cover)
The Thrill Is Gone (Roy Hawkins cover)
Nobody Understands Me But My Guitar
Hoochie Coochie Man (Willie Dixon cover)


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