"The Blues." Simply stated, without the blues, there is no jazz. Nor, for that matter, so much of the popular music that America has exported to the world, from R&B, rock 'n' roll and funk, to soul, hip hop and rap. With this show, we bring two generations of blues stars to the Arsht Center stage.

Buddy Guy is a five-time Grammy winning blues legend, whose unique, wailing electric guitar sound has influenced virtually every major blues and rock guitarist, from Jimi Hendrix and Eric Clapton to Stevie Ray Vaughan. While his music originated in the Chicago blues school, Buddy's playing has transcended that genre, creating a style that defies categorization.

Shemekia Copeland literally grew up surrounded by the blues, as the daughter of the late, great "Texas Twister," guitar legend Johnny Copeland. With a big, brash voice influenced by blues divas like Etta James, Ruth Brown and Koko Taylor, she has kept the family tradition alive and thriving.

Season 2009-2010