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The Shaw's Oyster Fest Block Party block party takes place on Friday, October 18h from 3:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. This annual bash ($30 entry fee, with a portion going to the Shedd Aquarium and the Special Olympics) offers attendees the chance to enjoy the freshest oysters on the half shell and boat-loads of delicious food provided by Shaw’s Crab House, ice cold beer from Goose Island, wine, and live music.
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"When I was 21,” says Buddy Guy, "some of my older friends, who are no longer with us, they’d say, 'You’re still a baby.' And then they said the same thing when I was 31, then 41, and I thought, ‘Man, when do I get old?’ I've been hearing that ever since I first went to Chicago—'You’re still wet behind the ears.' So when do I get dry?"
With his new album, Living Proof, Guy takes a hard look back at a remarkable life. At age 74, he’s a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee, a major influence on rock titans like Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton, and Stevie Ray Vaughan, a pioneer of Chicago’s fabled West Side sound, and a living link to that city’s halcyon days of electric blues. He has received 5 Grammy Awards, 23 W.C. Handy Blues Awards (the most any artist has received), the Billboard magazine Century Award for distinguished artistic achievement, and the Presidential National Medal of Arts. Rolling Stone ranked him in the top 30 of its "100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time."
Yet as the album's opening track declares, today Buddy Guy is "74 Years Young," still searching for new sounds and fresh ideas. The start of each new decade always seems to inspire him (see 1981’s Stone Crazy, 1991’s Damn Right, I Got the Blues, and 2001’s Sweet Tea), and on Living Proof, such songs as "Thank Me Someday" and "Everybody's Got to Go" are strikingly personal meditations on his past, his legacy, and his mortality.
"The life I’ve lived is what we’re singing about," he says. "These songs are exactly what I came up through in my life, what I’ve experienced." He credits producer/drummer Tom Hambridge (who co-wrote all the songs on Living Proof, and has previously worked with such artists as Johnny Winter, Delbert McClinton, and Susan Tedeschi) with helping to capture and preserve his innermost thoughts. "He would come in with a pad and a pencil," says the guitarist, "and while we were having conversations, he was writing down things I said and making songs out of them."
Still stinging from the restrictions that the legendary Chess Records put on him during his youth ("they said I was just playing noise, and wouldn't let me get loose like I wanted to"), Guy also says that his music continues to benefit from the support of his record company and the team around him. “These guys said, ‘It’s your guitar, your studio, you just go be Buddy Guy’—and I’ve been trying to be that for 50 years,” he says. “I had the freedom of playing with only me to say, ‘Let me try that again.’”
Though Buddy Guy will forever be associated with Chicago, his story actually begins in Louisiana. One of five children, he was born in 1936 to a sharecropper’s family and raised on a plantation near the small town of Lettsworth, located some 140 miles northwest of New Orleans. Buddy was just seven years old when he fashioned his first makeshift “guitar”—a two-string contraption attached to a piece of wood and secured with his mother’s hairpins.
On “Thank Me Someday,” he recounts his early efforts with the instrument, and his ability to keep his faith when his family chased him out of the house for making a racket. “I would go out in the yard, on the levee, to practice,” he says. “We didn’t have electric lights or running water—you could hear that guitar a mile away in the country, so I’d have to go a long way away so they didn’t say ‘Get out of here with that noise!’”
In 1957, he took his guitar to Chicago, where he would permanently alter the direction of the instrument. His incendiary style—still in evidence all over Living Proof—left its mark on guitarists from Jimmy Page to John Mayer. “He was for me what Elvis was probably like for other people,” said Eric Clapton at Guy’s Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction in 2005. “My course was set, and he was my pilot.”
Though the name Buddy Guy will always be associated with the blues, this set of songs illustrates the true range of his playing. Songs like “Much Too Soon” and the blistering instrumental “Skanky” come directly out of the roadhouse rhythm & blues tradition. To Guy, though, such genre distinctions are meaningless afterthoughts.
“Before the ‘60s, we were always just R&B players,” he says. “Then they branded us—there was Chicago blues, Memphis, Motown, and so we were considered blues players. But in Chicago, if you wanted to keep your gig, you had to be able to play all the top tunes on the jukebox, whether that was Lloyd Price or Fats Domino or Ray Charles. Now if you play a Little Richard song, the audience looks at you like you’re crazy, but we always had to do that for a black audience back then.”
Perhaps the most significant landmark on Living Proof is that, for the first time, the incomparable B.B. King stopped by to play and sing on a Buddy Guy album. The two giants reel off the introspective “Stay Around a Little Longer” like the old friends they are—but Guy still doesn’t take his relationship with the King of the Blues for granted.
“B.B. created this style of guitar we all play,” he says. “I grew up listening to people like him, T-Bone Walker, Muddy Waters, and I still take 95% of my playing from him. So to have someone like that in the room with you makes chillbumps come up on your skin.”
The only other guest on the mostly stripped-down Living Proof is Carlos Santana, who joins Guy on the slinky “Where the Blues Begins.” Noting that he and Junior Wells covered Santana’s “Vera Cruz” more than three decades ago, Guy says, “When I’m playing with someone that good, I just have to close my eyes and say, ‘Here I come!’”
Asked what exactly it is that he considers himself Living Proof of, Buddy Guy answers modestly—he doesn’t mention his talent or his influence, but focuses instead on his perseverance. “Do you know how many guys I started out with who just threw up both hands and quit?” he says. “My first wife said to me, ‘It’s me or the guitar,’ and I picked up my guitar and left. We still laugh about that. But I’m still picking away at it, I don’t know nothing else.”
“The other day, I heard B.B. King say, ‘I can’t slow down, because I still think there’s somebody out there who doesn’t know who I am yet.’ But, you know, blues players don’t stop, they just drop. It’s like my mother used to say about religion—I’m too far gone to turn around!”CLOSE [X]
13 Year old guitarist/singer/songwriter Quinn Sullivan has just finished recording tracks for his new CD in Nashville with Producer/Drummer Tom Hambridge. He is excited to begin his Spring/Summer tour with Buddy Guy which will include performances in Las Vegas, Los Angeles, New York as well as the world renowned Montreux Jazz Festival.
Last year Quinn performed throughout the the US and Canada in support of his debut CD "Cyclone" which peaked at #7 on the Billboard Blues Album chart in July 2011. He had the time of his life performing at venues like the Hollywood Bowl, Red Rocks Ampitheater, Blues festivals in Quebec and Ottawa, Austin City Limits Festival, and hometown shows in Boston and New Bedford Massachusetts. He enjoyed touring the country with his friend and mentor Buddy Guy and meeting all the fans who helped propel CYCLONE on to the Billboard Charts.
In addition to the release of his first cd and tour, 2011 saw Quinn performing his single "My Sweet Guitar" on Jimmy Kimmell Live to great reviews and a standing ovation from the audience. He also became one of the youngest official Fender artists in September and performed at their new visitor center in Corona CA . (www.fender.com/artists/quinnsullivan). In February 2012 Quinn was honored to be invited on stage at the historic Apollo Theater in New York at a tribute to the great Hubert Sumlin. He performed with Buddy and that same evening Buddy introduced Quinn to Eric Clapton. Another dream fulfilled.
Quinn was given his first guitar at the age of 3 and quickly developed skills way beyond his years. His natural ability combined with exposure to many kinds of music and musicians alike, led Quinn into the national spotlight with an appearance on the Ellen Degeneres Show in 2006. He blew the audience away with his rendition of "twist and shout!"
In 2007 he met his idol, Blues Legend Buddy Guy at a concert in his hometown. Buddy was so impressed with Quinn's guitar playing that he invited him to play on his Grammy nominated cd "Skin Deep" where he met future producer and song writing partner Tom Hambridge.Quinn plays a solo on the track "Who's Gonna Fill Those Shoes".
Quinn continued to hone his guitar and vocal skills over the next couple of years and would sit in with Buddy whenever possible. He continued to appear on local and national TV programs including Oprah and TheToday Show. Buddy Guy independently released Quinn's first cd in 2011 and brought him along as opening act for his 2011 Spring /Summer tour. Buddy recently said in a PBS interview "you don't come across talent like this every day…people called Ray Charles a genius….I think you got another one here".
Quinn is looking forward to the next leg of his journey and is so grateful for the opportunity to travel the world and perform his music. He is proud to be continuing his collaboration with Buddy Guy and producer Tom Hambridge. Look for Quinn "live" this Summer in a city near you.CLOSE [X]
Pat GreenTexas native Pat Green got his start in country music while still attending college in the mid-'90s. As a teenager, Green quickly took to the sounds of several Lone Star State performers like Robert Earl Keen, Waylon Jennings, Jerry Jeff Walker, and Willie Nelson. He started writing songs at age 18 while studying at Texas Tech, and Green was eager and earnest in making something happen. He convinced his parents to loan him some money to record an album. The independently released Dancehall Dreamer appeared in 1998 just as Green was becoming a hot performer on the local bar scene. A year later, Green wowed an audience of 2,000 people at Willie Nelson's July 4th picnic, and that magnetic event was captured for his second album, Live at Billy Bob's Texas. Green continued to write and record as the decade came to a close. Songs We Wish We'd Written was issued in 2001, and in five years' time, Green had sold over 200,000 copies without major-label support. Republic was so impressed with Green's grassroots approach that they inked him a deal before Christmas. Three Days marked his first proper release. Two years later, Green joined producer Don Gehman (Hootie & the Blowfish, R.E.M., Nanci Griffith) for Wave on Wave, and in 2004 Lucky Ones came out. In 2006, after a move to RCA imprint BNA, Cannonball was issued, followed by What I'm For in 2009, which found Green working with producer Dann Huff. ~ MacKenzie Wilson, RoviCLOSE [X]
1. Nightly preliminary rounds to take place October 14, 15, 16, and 17, 2013 at Shaw’s locations in Chicago and Schaumburg. Final preliminary round to take place Friday October 18, 2013, 6pm at Shaw’s Chicago only.
2. Preliminary rounds limited to the first 15 participants to sign up. Each participant must execute a waiver and full release of liability.
3. Winners of preliminary rounds must be available to participate in Championship round 7:30pm October 18, 2013 at Shaw’s Oyster Fest Block Party one block east of Shaw’s Crab House, 21 East Hubbard St. Chicago, Illinois 60611
a. Winners of a preliminary round will advance to the Championship round. If there is only one sign up for a preliminary round, the contestant will advance to the Championship round.
b. Grand prize is ONE THOUSAND DOLLARS ($1,000.00).
5. Contest Protocol
a. Participants will be given one dozen oysters to eat without the use of their hands.
b. Participants may “Prep” their oysters prior to eating but once prepared, they must remain in their shell and on the plate until eaten.
c. Winner is determined by who is the fastest to eat their oysters without the use of their hands. Winner will be the first to say, “Royster” after swallowing all oysters
d. Shaw’s Crab House has final say in determining the winner.
6. Grand Prize Redemption - Winner will be presented with a check in the amount of one thousand dollars ($1,000.00) at the conclusion of the contest.
7. Sign up online only.
8. Participants assume any and all risks from participating in the contest and will agree to release Shaw’s Schaumburg LLC, Just B’Claws Inc., Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises, Inc. and their respective affiliates, employees, officers, and owners from any liability from injury or damages resulting from participation in the contest.
9. Must be 21 or older to participate.
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