Masterful showman Buddy Guy pulled out all the stops at his August show at the Hollywood Bowl as the legendary blues guitarist turned his guitar inside and out. One of the highlights was a star turn by Christone “Kingfish” Ingram, the Mississippi-raised wunderkind who stood out from the rest of the crowd of guest guitarists. The 20-year-old guitarist pried out of his ax restrained, subtly expressive solos that felt inventive and passionate instead of generic and clichéd. He definitely rocks hard on his debut album, Kingfish, but he also demonstrates his soulful, wiser-than-his-years presence on bluesy ballads like “Been Here Before.” “I was born at the turn of the century/lucky to be born at all,” he muses on the prophetic “Before I’m Old.” “But I’ve seen a lot, and I done a lot/Too young to lay down in that hole.”
With The Cerny Brothers at El Rey Theatre, 5515 Wilshire Blvd., Miracle Mile; Fri., Sept. 13, 9 p.m.; $20. (323) 936-6400, www.theelrey.com. With Jonathan Butler at Warner Grand Theatre, Sat., Sept. 14, 6 p.m.; $75. (310) 548-2493, www.brownpapertickets.com.
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