Illinois Entertainer January 2014 - Page 18

By Rosalind Cummings-Yeates A BLUES LOSS A T U E S D AY, D E C 3 1 New Year's Eve with B ecca Kauffman Orchestra rmed with standout charisma and dynamic guitar chops gleaned from blues masters, at 41-yearsold, Eric "Guitar" Davis represented the next generation of Chicago blues. He avoided blues stereotypes and tired classics, preferring to stay true to his own bandana-wearing, tattoo-flashing sensibilities. Influenced by hip hop as well as traditional blues, he played on the upbeat instead of the downbeat, creating an excit- young children who he had been grooming in the blues as his father, noted drummer Bobby "Top Hat" Davis had done with him. "I nearly raised Eric, I knew his daddy, Bobby Davis, well. He came from a family of musicians, he was well educated in the blues," says legendary Chicago bluesman Eddie Shaw. "It's tragic to lose him at this point. It takes 20-25 years to mold a blues musician. You can't just jump up and be a blues musician. You can't be Photo: Monaghan Photography T H U R S D AY, J A N 2 Eric "Guitar" Davis The Salty Dogs, The Fat Babies F R I & S AT , J A N 3 & 4 T H FitzGerald's 33rd Anniversary shows Marcia Ball Band F R I D AY, J A N 1 0 Jonas Friddle & The Majority, The Howlin' Brothers, Michele McGuire T U E S D AY, J A N 1 4 VoiceBox with Cathy Richardson Stories Inspired By Songs Inspired By Stories! F R I D AY, J A N 1 7 Tributosaurus Becomes Bob Dylan... plus Terry White & Pat Brennan F R I D AY, J A N 2 4 8pm 9:45 pm Dolly Varden Phil Angotti Band S AT U R D AY, J A N 2 5 Willie Nile plus Jefferson Gizzard F R I D AY, J A N 3 1 Big Sandy and His Fly-Rite Boys S AT U R D AY, F E B 8 Webb Wilder plus special guests The B elvederes Coming Feb 15 : Tommy Castro & The Painkillers ing "new school" sound that was destined to make a mark in contemporary blues. His performances brimmed with energy and he always interacted with his audience, joking and hopping off stage to g