The renowned bluesman will perform a public concert on Saturday, Sept. 29, at 7:30 p.m., following his music residency with students at Beaufort Academy, presented by ARTworks and funded by the National Endowment for the Arts.
Davis’ appearance in Beaufort is just the latest in his astounding career of music, acting and composing. Davis is the son of actors Ruby Dee and Ossie Davis. He made his Broadway musical debut in 1991 in the Zora Neale Hurston/Langston Hughes collaboration “Mulebone,” which featured the music of Taj
Mahal. Davis also arranged, performed and co-wrote the music for the Emmy award-winning film “To Be a Man.”
In the fall of 1995, his music was used in the national PBS series, “The American Promise”, and in 2003 he toured with Jethro Tull at the invitation of Ian Anderson. His discography ranges from his first album “Dreams about Life” in 1978, all the way through to this year’s “The Adventures of Fishy Waters: In Bed with the Blues.”
As an educator, Guy has performed residency programs for the Lincoln Center Institute, the Kennedy Center and the State Theatre in New Jersey. He works with “Young Audiences of NJ,” doing classroom workshops and assembly programs all across the country, and in Canada, for elementary, high school and college students.
Throughout his career, Davis has dedicated himself to reviving the traditions of acoustic blues and bringing them to as many ears as possible through the material of the great blues masters, African American stories, and his own original songs, stories and performance pieces.
Tickets are $17; students and groups of 10 or more, $12; children under 12, $7. For more information, call 843-379-2787 or visit www.artworksinbeaufort.org. Beaufort Academy is located at 240 Sams Point Road, on Lady’s Island.