The Stuart Steiner Theatre hosts multi-talented bluesman, Guy Davis on Friday, April 16 at 8:00 p.m. Davis has dedicated himself to reviving the traditions of acoustic blues by bringing them to a wide audience through the material of the great blues masters, African American stories and his own powerful, original songs, stories and performance pieces.
A self-taught guitarist, Davis learned by listening to and watching other musicians. He is not only an accomplished six- and twelve-string guitarist, but is equally proficient on the banjo, blues harp, washboard, and the digeradoo. His influences are varied, finding inspiration in such diverse musicians as Fats Waller, Harry Belafonte, and Mississippi John Hurt. His debut album, "Stomp Down Rider" released in 1995 and captured Davis in a stunning live performance. That album landed on top 10 lists all over the country, including the Boston Globe and Pulse.
His sophomore attempt, "Call Down the Thunder" paid tribute to the blues masters and once again, was named a top 10 album of the year in the Boston Globe and Pulse. Acoustic Guitar magazine called it one of the thirty essential CDs from a new generation of performers. "You Don't Know My Mind," which was chosen as 'Blues Album of the Year' by the Association for Independent Music, followed and was soon joined by "Butt Naked Free" and "Give In Kind." Davis's latest CD, "Chocolate to the Bone" has been nominated as "Best Acoustic Album" for the 2004 WC Handy Awards.
Music critic Dave Marsh wrote, "Davis never loses sight of the blues as good time music, the original forum for dancing on top of one's sorrows. Joy made more exquisite, of course, by the sorrow from which it springs." He has contributed songs on a host of tribute and compilation albums, including collections on Charley Patton and Robert Johnson. Davis has played alongside performers like Bonnie Raitt, Jackson Browne, and Bruce Springsteen for a collection of songs written by legendary folksinger, "Uncle" Pete Seeger.
Frank Mayo, professor of Speech & Theatre Arts at Genesee Community College, and member of the Fine Arts Committee, has been bringing folk and blues artists to the Stuart Steiner Theatre for 14 years. "After each of these concerts, I've been greatly pleased to hear comments from patrons regarding the superb acoustics of our venue and the totally entertaining experience shared with seasoned, genuine interpreters of folk, blues, Celtic and bluegrass artists," Mayo says. "Guy Davis will charm everyone with his wit and anecdotal material as well as hold the audience spellbound with his authentic blues style."
Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased by calling the Genesee Center for the Arts Box Office at 585-345-6814 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Audiences from outside Genesee County are encouraged to book overnight accommodations through Genesee County Chamber of Commerce's Create-A-Getaway packages and receive special discounts on a variety of area attractions, including the Guy Davis concert. For more information on Genesee County's Create-A-Getaway packages go to: http://www.geneseeny.com.