On Friday, Oct. 27, worldwide Blues legend and six-time Grammy winner Buddy Guy will take the stage at the historic Park Theatre in Cranston. Thirteen-year-old Blues guitar prodigy Quinn Sullivan of New Bedford, Mass. will perform as Guy’s opening act.
For nearly 50 years, Guy has electrified audiences with his high-energy performances and well-known Chicago Blues sound. Throughout his career, Guy has influenced some of the most notable musicians of his generation, including Eric Clapton, Jimi Hendrix, and Stevie Ray Vaughan. Inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2005 by Clapton and B.B. King, Clapton said of Guy, “He was for me what Elvis was like for other people.”
This December, Guy will receive the prestigious Kennedy Center Honors alongside Led Zeppelin, Dustin Hoffman, David Letterman, and Natalia Makarova. Since its inception in 1978, the Kennedy Center Honors have redefined America's perception of its artistic legacy and reinvented the way the nation recognizes its artists. The Honors have been compared to a knighthood in Britain and the French Legion of Honor.
Quinn Sullivan was given his first guitar at age 3 and quickly developed skills way beyond his age. By the age of 6, Quinn gained national attention for his talent after appearing on the Ellen DeGeneres Show and wowing the audience with his rendition of “Twist and Shout.” In 2007, he met his idol, Buddy Guy, during a concert in his hometown and was invited on stage. In 2008, Quinn became Guy’s opening act for his East Coast Tour and also performed on the blues legend’s Grammy-nominated album, Skin Deep, where he met future producer and songwriting partner Tom Hambridge. Together again, Quinn will take the stage with Guy at the Park Theatre later this month.
The performance of Buddy Guy with special guest Quinn Sullivan will be held at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 27. Tickets are priced at $35, $45 and $55 and are currently on sale. Tickets may be purchased through the Theatre’s website www.ParkTheatreRI.com or by calling the Box Office at 467-7275. The Park Theatre is located at 848 Park Ave., Cranston. Free parking is available for all shows.