Buddy Guy at the Tryon Festival Centre

His charisma made everyone at the Ellnora Guitar Festival cheery!

Written by Cesar Diaz Blanco

Entrance to the theatre

Saturday night. This time of the week, usually accompanied by a craving for celebration, was in my case accompanied by cough, congestion, and more symptoms from the flu.

Fortunately, Buddy Guy was there to save me, and I didn’t even know about him before going to the Krannert Center. I entered the lounge and immediately perceived the spirit of the Ellnora Guitar Festival. After getting my ticket I made a quick search on Buddy Guy and expected a non-stop show with extraordinary guitar solos.

Buddy Guy returns to the scenario after interacting with the audience

Somehow, the show was more than that. The experience and control that Buddy has over his guitar completely shadows any other performance I have seen.

The show was more than music. It constantly became a theatrical scene in which Buddy gave life to his guitar and battled with it in every possible way: he would poke it with a drum stick or even scrub the strings against his suit.

He would then turn our attention from the guitar to the piano and finally to the pianist, whose hands went from the left to right in seemingly random ways that enriched the melody.

When all this wildness didn’t work to captivate the audience, the show would become a comedy skit with a nicely performed percussion in the back.

End of his awesome performance

This show challenged what I knew about music performances and I am so glad I had the opportunity to enjoy it.

I can’t wait for the upcoming events and visits to museums.

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