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February 17. 2013 9:44AM

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WILKES-BARRE -- The F.M. Kirby Center for the Performing Arts has announced that blues legends Buddy Guy and Jonny Lang will co-headline a show on Saturday, Feb. 23.

Tickets go on sale Oct. 19 at 10:00 a.m. and will be available at the Kirby Center Box Office, charge by phone at (570)826-1100 and online at

The show starts at 8 p.m.

Guy, a six-time Grammy Award winner and a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, is a pioneer of the Chicago blues sound and has served as an influence to some of the most notable musicians of his generation, including Eric Clapton, Jimi Hendrix and Stevie Ray Vaughn.

Ranked 30th in Rolling Stone magazine's list of the "100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time", Guy is known for his showmanship on stage - playing his guitar with drumsticks or strolling into the audience while playing solos. His song "Stone Crazy" was ranked 78th in Rolling Stone's list of the "100 Greatest Guitar Songs of All Time."

In addition to his six Grammy Awards, Guy has also won the National Medal of Arts and Billboard magazine's The Century Award. In 2005, Clapton and B.B. King inducted Guy into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. This past February he performed at the White House for President Barack Obama, and successfully encouraged the President to sing a few bars of "Sweet Home Chicago." Later this year, Guy will receive the Kennedy Center Honors.

Lang first started playing guitar at the age of 12, and released his debut album, Smokin', just two years later. He has since released five more studio albums, including the Grammy-winning Turn Around in 2006.

In more than 10 years on the road, Lang has toured with the Rolling Stones, Aerosmith, B.B. King, Blues Traveler, Jeff Beck and Sting. In 1999 he was invited to play for a White House audience, including President and Mrs. Clinton. Lang also made a cameo appearance in the film Blues Brothers 2000.

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