Sure, we write much on the fantastic South Loop happenings such as a new exhibit at the Field Museum, a nearby restaurant opening or a film premier at our very own ShowPlace ICON, but have you taken advantage of the many opportunities to enjoy world class music in your own neighborhood? Among the many venues, only one is home to an international superstar and genre pioneer: Buddy Guy’s Legends, located at South Wabash and East Balbo Avenues. This month, we’re congratulating our most talented neighbor on his Kennedy Center Honors, awarded earlier this month in Washington D.C.
The Kennedy Center Honors are awarded to performers, personalities and/or artists for their contributions to American culture. Recognized alongside Guy were some more familiar faces, including Dustin Hoffman, David Letterman and the surviving members of England’s Led Zeppelin. The full ceremony will be played on CBS the evening of December 26. You can catch Buddy Guy throughout the month of January at his Legend’s club. For complete dates, visit his website.
Born in 1936 in Louisiana, Guy moved to Chicago at the age of 20, and immediately fell in with other Windy City blues greats. At that time, the South Loop was a mecca for the progressive art of the Blues. Chess Records–the seminal blues label, located on 21st and South Michigan Avenue–was once home to American greats such as Muddy Waters, Bo Diddly, Howlin’ Wolf, Etta James, Chuck Berry, and of course, Buddy Guy. The studio is currently operated by the Blues Heaven Foundation, who provide tours Monday-Saturday during the day. Give them a call: (312) 808-1286.
Photo credit: U.S. Department of State