Tuesday, May 30, 2023

Buddy Guy making Wilmington stop on farewell tour

Buddy Guy is known to play his electric guitar in multiple creative ways during his live shows: with towels, his clothes, behind his back, under his chin and more. He will be touring through Wilson Center this fall. (Courtesy castromusicfreak‘s YouTube video of the Pleasure Island Seafood, Blues, and Jazz Festival, see video below)

WILMINGTON — A blues legend will be coming through the Port City in November as part of his Damn Right Farewell Tour.

Lifetime Achievement Grammy Award-winning recording artist Buddy Guy will perform at Wilson Center on Nov. 12, 7:30 p.m. Guy’s music career spans seven decades, his musical aptitude beginning at age 7 in Louisiana, when he taught himself guitar out of makshift instruments. He crafted a two-string diddley bow, an instrument incremental in the founding of blues.

Guy got his start on the Chicago blues scene and became revered for his “West Side sound.” He has played with icons such as Howlin’ Wolf and Muddy Waters and has been hailed as major influencer of rock ‘n’ roll stalwarts Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton, and Stevie Ray Vaughn.

The musician has scored eight Grammys during his tenure and won 38 Blues Music Awards. He is also an inductee of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and recipient of the Billboard Magazine Century Award for Distinguished Artistic Achievement, Kennedy Center Honor, and Presidential National Medal of Arts.

Having last played Wilmington in 2018 at Greenfield Lake Amphitheater and before that as part of the Pleasure Island Seafood, Blues and Jazz Festival in 2013, Guy is returning to the area as he turns 87 this summer.

His tour kicked off at the Mahindra Blues Festival in India in February.

“We’re going to make it to many places we’ll probably never play again,” said Buddy Guy in an interview discussing the tour with Billboard.com.

His Damn Right Farewell tour has had sold-out shows; tickets to Wilmington’s stopover go on sale Wednesday, May 10, to members of Wilson Center. They will open to the general public on Friday, May 12, 10 a.m., online here. The box office is open for telephone and in-person sales Monday through Friday, from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. —  910-362-7999.

[Ed. note: The post has been updated to reflect Guy’s GLA concert five years ago.]

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Shea Carver
Shea Carver
Shea Carver is the editor in chief at Port City Daily. A UNCW alumna, Shea worked in the print media business in Wilmington for 22 years before joining the PCD team in October 2020. She specializes in arts coverage — music, film, literature, theatre — the dining scene, and can often be tapped on where to go, what to do and who to see in Wilmington. When she isn’t hanging with her pup, Shadow Wolf, tending the garden or spinning vinyl, she’s attending concerts and live theater.

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