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Blues pioneer Buddy Guy comes to F.M. Kirby Center in Wilkes-Barre

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Influential blues man Buddy Guy brings the West Side sound to the F.M. Kirby Center.
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WILKES-BARRE — Rock and Roll Hall of Famer and blues legend Buddy Guy performs at 8 p.m. Sept. 30 at the F.M. Kirby Center, 71 Public Square.

The 79-year-old is regarded as a pioneer of Chicago’s West Side sound and a major influence on blues icons who came after him like Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton and Stevie Ray Vaughan.

Guy is the most recognized musician in the history of the Blues Music Awards with 34 awards. He’s received seven Grammy awards and a lifetime achievement Grammy in 2015.

His newest studio album “Born to Play Guitar” debuted at No. 1 on Billboard’s Top Blues Albums chart when it was released in July 2015. The album features collaborations with Van Morrison, Joss Stone, Kim Wilson and Billy Gibbons.

Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. Thursday and are available at the Kirby Center box office, by phone at 570-826-1100 and online at kirbycenter.org. A pre-sale for Kirby members begins at 10 a.m. June 22. Ticket prices are $45, $55, $65 and $99 plus fees.

Reach Matt Mattei at 570-991-6651 or Twitter @TLArts

Times Leader staff reports

Influential blues man Buddy Guy brings the West Side sound to the F.M. Kirby Center.
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