Blues Legends Unite: Buddy Guy’s Electrifying Farewell Tour at Westbury Music Fair

Legendary blues guitarist Buddy Guy graced the stage of Westbury Music Fair on April 14, as part of his highly anticipated “Damn Right Farewell Tour.” The evening was a celebration of a storied career that has spanned decades, marked by electrifying performances and soulful melodies that have captivated audiences around the world.

Buddy Guy and Bobby Rush

The tour, which kicked off in February 2023, encountered a brief hiatus in September of the same year due to what was described as a “standard medical issue.” However, Guy returned stronger than ever, picking up the tour in April 2024 to the delight of fans eagerly awaiting his return.

Opening the evening was the incomparable Bobby Rush, whose set warmed up the crowd and set the stage for an unforgettable night. Rush’s performance featured an array of blues classics, including “Let Me In Your House,” “Chicken Heads,” “Garbage Man,” and “Got Me Accused,” showcasing his remarkable talent and stage presence.

Bobby Rush

As excitement mounted, Buddy Guy stepped onto the stage, met with a resounding wave of applause and cheers from the audience. Despite the specter of retirement on the horizon, Guy’s fervor and dedication to the blues remain unwavering as he delved into a setlist brimming with cherished hits and enduring classics.

From the heartfelt melody of “Damn Right I Got the Blues” to the famous guitar riff of “Hoochie Coochie Man,” Buddy Guy’s performance showcased his exceptional skill in blues guitar. Every note he played seemed to carry the same intense emotion and depth that has characterized his remarkable career.

Buddy Guy

Buddy’s band rocked the stage with skill and unity. Drummer Tom Hambridge set the beat, while guitarist Ric Hall added soulful solos. Keyboardist Dan Souvigny added depth, and bassist Orlando Wright kept the groove steady. Together, they made Buddy Guy’s performance shine, showing how well they worked together.

During the encore, the stage was graced by the presence of both Bobby Rush and Buddy Guy’s son, Greg Guy. Together, they delivered a powerful rendition of Willie Dixon’s “The Same Thing,” creating a moment that resonated with the audience and highlighted the familial bond shared between Buddy Guy and his son. The addition of Bobby Rush added an extra layer of excitement and camaraderie to the performance.

Buddy Guy and Bobby Rush

Following this captivating collaboration, the night reached its climax with Bobby Rush and Buddy Guy teaming up on stage for a soulful rendition of “Got My Mojo Working.” Their chemistry was electric as they traded licks and shared the spotlight, leaving the audience energized and wanting more.

At Westbury Music Fair, Buddy Guy showed why he’s seen as one of the best guitarists ever. Every chord and lyric reminded everyone why he’s a legend, leaving a lasting impression on everyone who saw him play.

Setlist: Damn Right, I’ve Got the Blues, Hoochie Coochie Man/She’s Nineteen Years Old, I Just Want to Make Love to You, Rock Me Baby, Fever, Five Long Years, Love Her With a Feeling, Feels Like Rain, Sunshine of Your Love, Mary Had a Little Lamb, Boom Boom, Down the Road, How Blue Can You Get, The Same Thing, Got My Mo-Jo Working, Outro Jam

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