The Center for the Arts, University at Buffalo, presents Buddy Guy with special guest Tom Hambridge at 8 p.m. Friday, April 21. Tickets are $49.50.
At age 80, Guy is a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee, a major influence on rock titans such as Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton and Stevie Ray Vaughan, a pioneer of Chicago's fabled West Side sound, and a living link to the city's halcyon days of electric blues. He has received seven Grammy Awards, a 2015 Lifetime Achievement Grammy, 34 Blues Music Awards (the most any artist has received), the Billboard Magazine Century Award for distinguished artistic achievement, a Kennedy Center Honor, and the Presidential National Medal of Arts. Rolling Stone magazine ranked him No. 23 in its "100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time."
He released his latest studio album, "Born To Play Guitar," in 2015 on Silvertone/RCA Records. It debuted at No. 1 on Billboard's top blues albums chart.
The album was produced by Guy's longtime collaborator Tom Hambridge. A Buffalo native, Hambridge is a two-time Grammy-winning producer AND songwriter. He has also worked with B.B. King, Susan Tedeschi, Chuck Berry, Johnny Winter and Delbert McClinton to name a few.
As a songwriter, Hambridge has had more than 500 of his songs recorded by such diverse artists as Eric Clapton, B.B. King, Jonny Lang, ZZ Top, George Thorogood, Joe Bonamassa, Lynyrd Skynyrd and Devon Allman. As a solo artist, he has released six critically acclaimed albums.
Tickets are available at the Center for the Arts box office (noon to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Friday) and online at tickets.com. To charge tickets, call 1-888-223-6000. For more information, call 716-645-2787 or visit www.ubcfa.org or www.buddyguy.net or www.hambridgetunes.com.