Buddy Guy
Buddy Guy

Musicians always put their biggest hits at the end of the show, usually in the encore that satisfies an audience waiting all night to hear their favorite songs.

Organizers of the Lowell Summer Music Series did just that.

The final act announced for the 2017 lineup is a biggie. A real biggie. And he's no stranger to Boarding House Park.

Buddy Guy comes to town Friday, Aug. 18, at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $47 in advance and $147 for premium seating, and go on sale Friday, May 19, at 9 a.m., at www.lowellsummermusic.org.

The 80-year-old Guy (who turns 81 a couple of weeks before the August show) is a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee, a seven-time Grammy Award winner, a 2015 Lifetime Achievement Grammy Award winner, a Kennedy Center Honor recipient, and a 2003 recipient of the National Medal of Arts from President George W. Bush. He has won 34 Blues Music Awards (more than anyone) and Rolling Stone magazine ranked him No. 30 on its list of 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time.

This is Guy's third appearance at the Lowell Summer Music Series, having played Boarding House Park in 2007 and 2013. He's touring behind his 2015 studio album "Born to Play Guitar," which debuted atop Billboard's blues albums chart and won the 2016 Grammy for best blues album.

He is an active touring and recording musician who continues to push forward rather than live off the legacy he has created in a career that began way back in 1953, when he was just 17.

"Living legend" is a term tossed around a bit much these days, but much like Willie Nelson in country music or Tony Bennett in the world of jazz, Buddy Guy is a legend when it comes to the blues.


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Don't miss your chance to see him live.