Buddy Guy Gallery Spotlight: Chicago, IL - Jan. 30, 2010
Blues legend Buddy Guy is beloved the world over, but perhaps nowhere more than in Chicago. So when Guy opened his club Buddy Guy's Legends in the city's South Loop neighborhood in 1989, it was an instant hot spot attracting iconic names in music like a magnet.
Artists who've performed at Buddy Guy's Legends have included Bo Diddley, Willie Dixon, ZZ Top, David Bowie, Jeff Beck, Greg Allman, Billy Corgan, The Black Crowes and The Rolling Stones. In 1994, Eric Clapton even played a three-day gig to promote his 1994 blues album, "From the Cradle."
When word got out that the venue was moving, more than a few eyebrows were raised. Last week, Guy announced that the venue would relocate to a spot just a few blocks away and, according to the Chicago Sun Times, he plans to accept Carlos Santana's offer to help christen the new location this summer. Both also will also be performing alongside Jeff Beck, Steve Winwood, B.B. King and Derek Trucks as part of Eric Clapton's second Crossroads Guitar Festival taking place at Toyota Park in nearby Bridgeview, IL, the same week.
SoundSpike photographer Lyle A. Waisman attended Buddy Guy's last show at the original Buddy Guy's Legends on Saturday night (1/30), and here are some of his best shots.