Guy Davis: Turn a Kid on to the Blues!

Turn a kid on to the blues...Guy Davis is a master!

Turn a kid on to the blues…Guy Davis is a master!

Schools out!  Time for fun!  The Earlville Awesome House presents Guy Davis, a blues man who’s ready to enlighten young people with the vibrant storytelling kind-of-music that’s deeply rooted in American culture with two free Earlville Awesome House events on Friday, July 26th at 11 am and 7pm.  The Colgate Inn generously sponsors Guy Davis.

Guy Davis is a musician, composer, director, actor and writer – but most importantly Guy Davis is a blues man. He is a fabulous artist to introduce your family to the blues!  Over the years, Guy has been nominated for nine W.C. Handy awards including ‘Best Traditional Blues Album,’ ‘Best Blues Song,’ and ‘Best Acoustic Blues Artist.’ In 2004 NPR chose his album, Legacy, as one of the Best CDs of the Year.

“Like the best early blues men, Guy Davis is, at heart, a storyteller. A master at setting intimate, richly nuanced tales to stomping acoustic blues backing, often with folky accompaniment from mandolin, banjo, and accordion, he helped revitalize the state of country blues in the 1990s with a string of critically acclaimed albums for Red House Records.” –Blues Revue

Dedicated to reviving the long tradition of acoustic blues, Guy blends his knowledge of the great blues masters and African American Stories into his original songs. “His sound is so deeply drenched in lost black traditions that you feel his songs must predate him. But no, they don’t. He created them.” The Village Voice

Guy Davis grew up hearing stories about the South from his parents and grandparents, which became the material for his songs and stories later in life. Many may remember his famous parents, actors Ossie Davis and Ruby Dee.  Don’t miss these family style performances with this master of the blues! The 11 am and 7pm performances are Free Earlville Awesome House events for youth and families and a fun way to introduce them to the blues! 

Like the best early blues men, Guy Davis is, at heart, a storyteller….

Like the best early bluesmen, Guy Davis is, at heart, a storyteller. A master at setting intimate, richly nuanced tales to stomping acoustic blues backing, often with folky accompaniment from mandolin, banjo, and accordion, he helped revitalize the state of country blues in the 1990s with a string of critically acclaimed albums for Red House Records.” –Blues Revue

Dedicated to reviving the long tradition of acoustic blues, Guy blends his knowledge of the great blues masters and African American Stories into his original songs. “His sound is so deeply drenched in lost black traditions that you feel his songs must predate him. But no, they don’t. He created them.” The Village Voice

Take a listen!

Rolling in my Sweet Baby’s Arms http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=poPRsV8jOWE

The Chocolate Man http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hl6TSiHJUbI

Railroad Story http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wdtXiTFC-e4

Candy Man http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WThLyWt9QJw

Sweetheart Like You http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vwfkn6sQWRo

Over the years, Guy has been nominated for nine W.C. Handy awards including ‘Best Traditional Blues Album,’ ‘Best Blues Song,’ and ‘Best Acoustic Blues Artist.’ In 2004 NPR chose his album, Legacy, as one of the Best CDs of the Year.

Over the years, Guy has been nominated for nine W.C. Handy awards including ‘Best Traditional Blues Album,’ ‘Best Blues Song,’ and ‘Best Acoustic Blues Artist.’ In 2004 NPR chose his album, Legacy, as one of the Best CDs of the Year.

Don’t miss an evening with this master of the blues! A Free Earlville Awesome House event for youth and families to introduce them to the blues!

The morning performance is about 50 minutes and will be done in time for lunch or a picnic.

The evening performance is two 45 sets with an intermission (really young children can come to the first set and still be home by bedtime).  Don’t forget to visit the East and West Galleries and our Arts Café! The café is always open before the performance and during intermission, and serves delicious desserts, refreshing summer drink classics, as well as hot coffee/tea.

Children who come a half hour early to either of these shows can get a press pass and become a Roving Reporter for after the show.  Before the show, they get a chance to talk to a real reporter to find out what it’s really like. The EOH Theater is wheelchair-accessible with a ramp and a lift.  For more information, or to reserve your seats, call 315-691-3550. Please let us know the number of youth/adults in your party and your county of residence when you place your ticket order.

HOW TO GET YOUR TICKETS:  These free events are ticketed so please reserve ahead.  Any unreserved tickets will be available at the door. For more information, or to reserve your seats, call 315-691-3550 or email the office. Please let us know the number of youth/adults in your party and your county of residence when you place your ticket order.

This performance is supported in part by a grant though the NYS Office of Children and Family Services through the Madison County Youth Bureau.

EOH events are made possible, in part, with public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, and through the generosity of EOH members.

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