I have been in Chicago for over a year now. I have been trying to be the best "Chicagoan" I can be by taking in all the must do's that Chicago has to offer.
I will admit that I am lax in a lot of things that I should be experiencing here in this fantastic city. There is just SO much to do here - and all of it is a must. Working just seems to get in the way of my experiencing this city in any sort of reasonable amount of time.
That said - I FINALLY went to see Buddy Guy play at Buddy Guy's Legends.
If you are not aware of who he is, Buddy Guy is a five-time Grammy award winning Blues and Rock guitarist - originally from Louisiana. He moved to Chicago in 1957, and it seems that this city has claimed Buddy for its own.
He has been an influence to performers such as Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton, and The Rolling Stones among others.
I guess it's safe to say he is pretty good.
Heck - he has his own club - which is a nice bonus here in Chicago. It is a medium sized bar-type venue, which also serves food. If you get in early enough for dinner, you can grab a seat in front of the stage and hang out for hours until the show begins and have a front and center seat for the show.
The stage at Legends has hosted such great performers as John Mayer, Eric Clapton, Bo Diddley, David Bowie, and the Pointer Sisters (you read that right).
But when the winter slams itself into Chicago - the only thing to melt these winter blues is what takes place at Legends.
Buddy plays sold out shows during the winter at Legends. The size of the club, coupled with the performer himself, make for a nice intimate performance. Always engaging the crowd, Buddy sings to you, not at you - and his ambling around the packed floor (and out the front door) while playing is, although not unique, quite fun to watch.
That is until 10 minutes into it, when you have lost track of exactly WHERE he is ("Is he still in the club? Did he go into the lady's room? Is he ordering food to go?"). At that point, I felt as thought my $50 would have been better spent on a massage - I could listen to Buddy Guy while getting the massage and have the same, albeit more relaxing, experience.
But, when you see the camera flashes are actually coming your way, you know he is returning to the stage where he is best experienced. And, you are reassured that yes, the $50 was well spent.
If you are a blues lover, and have not seen Buddy Guy perform live, I would tell you to make it an experience worth while - come see him at HIS club, on HIS stage, and in HIS city - Sweet Home, Chicago ~ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lbLuBZrWm-M&feature=related
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