Without him, Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton and Stevie Ray Vaughan might have chosen to play the violin or the ukulele instead of the electric guitar. At 82, Buddy Guy continues to influence all guitarists who wish to play 12-bar blues.
West Chicago sound pioneer and guitar hero before his time, George Buddy Guy, born on 30 July 1936 in Lettsworth, Louisiana, might as well have written the holy book on blues guitar. His touch, velocity and spectacular playing have influenced some of the best masters of six chords that have ever lived. However, Buddy Guy is not one to rest on his laurels despite five decades of electric blues excellence and devotion to the cause: indeed, he continues to record albums to this day.
Take the aptly named Born To Play Guitar, which became no. 1 top-seller in its category as soon as it was released in 2015. Even though his most renowned mentees, including Eric Clapton, are thinking about retiring, Buddy just keeps going as if he’s never going to stop!
His guitar sound is just as flamboyant and his voice has withstood the wear and tear of time. Could he have made a pact with the legendary crossroads demon?! We're thrilled to see him again on stage - more electrifying than ever - at Salle des Etoiles in October for another legendary concert.
With the authorisation of Gérard Drouot Productions
Johnny Gallagher and the Boxtie Band
Widely acknowledged as one of the best guitarists in Ireland and the UK, Johnny Gallagher is first and foremost a stage performer with an explosive talent beautifully expressed on the stage.
His concerts are a savvy mix of original songs and personal takes on songs by Pink Floyd, The Band, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Peter Green and Jimmie Rodgers. Come hear his unrivalled and expressive voice at Salle des Etoiles, as the opening act for Buddy Guy and Manu Lanvin on 27 October.
Manu Lanvin and the Devil Blues
A singer, guitarist and exceptional stage performer, Manu Lanvin has undeniably made a name for himself on the French blues-rock scene. With six albums to his name including three with his power trio, The Devil Blues, Manu has given over 500 concerts since 2012 in prestigious venues in Europe and the US, including L’Olympia, Apollo Theater, Montreux Jazz Festival, Solidays, and Cognac Blues Passion.
Widely acclaimed and respected by his peers such as Quincy Jones, Manu ‘the devil’ Lanvin embodies the genre’s comeback, having perfected an explosive style of rock blues over the years that have more and more people attending his concerts. The album Blues, Booze and Rock ’n’ Roll, released in October 2016, earned him praise in the music press and the recognition of fellow music professionals. The album was voted ‘Best Album of the Year’ and his show was one of the “Best Performances of the year” in the magazine Rock & Folk.
He will be performing from his new album, which revisits several classic blues pieces and presents original songs recorded with his favourite musicians: Jimi Montout (drums), Nicolas Belanger (bass), Diabolo (harmonica), Mike Latrell (keyboards) and Jérémy Lacoste (slide guitar). The result is Grand Casino, a pure blues ‘n’ roll album that includes several tasty duos with prestigious friends, including Taj Mahal, Beverly Jo Scott, Johnny Gallagher and Popa Chubby who all answered ‘present’ when the devil called their names...