by MJ Peters
Stern Grove welcomed American blues guitarist and singer Buddy Guy this past Sunday. Blues rock guitarist Eric Gales accompanied Guy. The afternoon began with a jaw-dropping performance by Gales, who showcased his raw talent by playing a mix of originals and covers (Jimi Hendrix, Led Zeppelin & more). All while playing the guitar upside down. To cap off his standing ovation, Gales brought out the newest member of his family, a teacup poodle by the name of “Crown.”
Some things truly never change, an elation swept the crowd the moment Buddy Guy stepped on stage. At 87 years of age, Buddy Guy has influenced generations of guitarists, including Stevie Ray Vaughan, Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton, and more. He has received 8 GRAMMY Awards, a 2015 Lifetime Achievement GRAMMY Award, 38 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. Stern Grove was extremely fortunate to be in the presence of such a remarkable artist.