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Buddy Guy


Buddy Guy

Bluesman Buddy Guy to perform at JCCC

Buddy Guy
Buddy Guy
Quinn Sullivan
Quinn Sullivan

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. – Bluesman Buddy Guy, who has been a major influence on rock greats such as Jimi Hendrix and Eric Clapton, will perform at 8 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 6, at Johnson County Community College.

Tickets for the show, which will take place in the Carlsen Center’s Yardley Hall, will be $125, $62 and $52. They are available by calling the JCCC Box Office at 913-469-4445 or visiting

Appearing with Guy will be guitar prodigy Quinn Sullivan. The teen-ager has played with Guy and B.B. King and has appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live!, NBC’s Today Show, Ellen and Oprah.

At age 78, Guy has received six Grammy awards, 28 Blues Music Awards, the Billboard magazine Century Award for Distinguished Artistic Achievement and the Presidential National Medal of Arts. He is a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee and Rolling Stone ranked him in the top 25 of its “100 Guitarists of All Time.”

In 2012, Guy released his first double-album set called “Rhythm and Blues.” The 21 tracks feature contributions from several guests, including Steven Tyler, Joe Perry and Brad Whitford of Aerosmith and Kid Rock.  

Also in 2012, Guy published his memoir, “When I Left Home,” and released “Live at Legends,” which was nominated for Best New Recording in the Living Blues Awards.

Guy, one of five children, was born to a sharecropper’s family and raised on a plantation near the small town of Lettsworth, Louisiana, about 140 miles northwest of New Orleans. He was 7 when he fashioned his first guitar – a two-string contraption attached to a piece of wood and secured with his mother’s hairpins. In 1957, he took his guitar to Chicago and began the making of his career.