Legendary Bluesman Buddy Guy, along with protégé Quinn Sullivan, unleashed an arsenal of guitar riffs on The Colosseum Stage to kick off the first show in the Caesars Windsor Concerts For A Cure Series on Wednesday night, Oct. 3, 2018.
The 6th annual Concerts for a Cure is an innovative social awareness campaign that is raising funds for five local cancer-related charities. Organizations benefiting include the Windsor-Essex Cancer Centre Foundation, In Honour of the Ones We Love, Transition to Betterness, Canadian Cancer Society (local chapter) and The Hospice of Windsor.
This year a new interactive addition to the campaign is utilizing social media to engage the community. Throughout October and November, Caesars Windsor is encouraging their social media followers on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter to like, share or comment on the #ConcertsforaCure “heart-hand” photos that are posted. For every social media engagement on these photos, Caesars Windsor Cares will donate $1 for each interaction.
Quinn Sullivan has the honour of being the first performer to take the stage in the Concerts For A Cure campaign and he thrilled the crowd. Quinn and Buddy met a decade ago when at only seven years old, the young musical virtuoso was called on stage at a Buddy Guy show to demonstrate his unbelievable singing and guitar skills. Trading lick for lick, Quinn was able to match the Legend’s ability, impressing him with his natural talent. Quinn has described that first encounter as ‘magical’. Since then, he has been taken under Buddy’s wing, remaining his protégé to this day and joining him on tour throughout his career.
After Sullivan warmed up the crowd, Chicago’s electric blues legend, singer and guitar master, seven time Grammy Award winner, and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee, the one and only Buddy Guy thrilled the crowd.
Buddy Guy is ranked 30th in Rolling Stone magazine’s “100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time.” Buddy Guy broke boundaries between musical genres, influencing an impressive roster of legendary musicians throughout his career including Eric Clapton, Jimi Hendrix, Keith Richards, John Mayer, Slash and more. An outstanding live performer, audiences are intrigued by his unique ‘Chicago blues’ style that bridges rock and blues. Guy’s guitar technique has heavily influenced rock and roll, pioneering distortion and feedback techniques, long solos and shifting between volumes and texture. His sound features the deepest traditional blues to a more edgy flair, blended with rock, soul and free jazz. His song “Stone Crazy” was ranked 78th in the Rolling Stone’s 100 Greatest Guitar Songs of All Time.
The day after the show Caesars Windsor posted a #ConcertsforaCure “heart-hand” photo of Buddy Guy performing on The Colosseum Stage as part of their fundraising campaign.
In a press release, Kevin Laforet, Regional President, Caesars Entertainment, said, “We are proud of the ongoing success of the annual Concerts For a Cure campaign in raising over $100,000 in the past 5 years. Our community investment helps to provide much needed resources to our non-profit partners that improve the health of our community and help raise awareness.”
Since the beginning, 1994, Caesars Windsor Cares has donated over $8 million towards the fight against and prevention of cancer.
#ConcertsforaCure posts also feature videos highlighting the great work of the charity beneficiaries, their volunteers and facilitators as well as their important programs that have touched so many lives in the region.
In total over $13 million in funding and in-kind resources to support non-profits in their missions to positively impact the greatest number possible, in the Health and Wellness, Environment Sustainability and Conservation, Community Enrichment and Seniors.
Photos by Kevin Blondin
Kevin Blondin is an aspiring photographer studying public relations at the St. Clair College Mediaplex. He is dedicated to promoting artists, entertainment and events in the Windsor-Detroit area. Kevin has recently launched Sound & City Photography which can be found on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.