Many modern musicians treat the blues as some sterile relic taken from a museum exhibit or, even worse, water down its passion as a background soundtrack for frat-boy partying in a soulless sports bar. But there’s a new generation of artists — such as the powerful stylist Gary Clark Jr., the astonishing young blues-guitar phenom Christone “Kingfish” Ingram and the insightful local blues-punk iconoclast Sunny War — who pump up the ancient genre with newfound passion and non-clichéd expressions. But the blues doesn’t get any wilder or more satisfying than when it’s delivered by Buddy Guy. The Louisiana native and longtime Chicago-blues stalwart can rip it up in numerous ways on guitar, segueing from a coolly blue late-night groove into a ferocious and fiery hard-rock attack. As a guitarist, Guy is unrivaled, and his singing is just as soulfully evocative. With Tom Hambridge. Buddy Guy also performs at the Coach House, Thursday, March 12.
The Saban Theatre, 8440 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills; Sun., March 8, 7 p.m.; $68-$148. (888) 645-5006, https://wheremusicmeetsthesoul.com/saban-beverly-hills.
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