Quinn Sullivan Stands Among Giants
Young blues phenom Quinn Sullivan, who is turning 18 later this month, has announced a mix of headline dates, gigs with Jonny Lang and Buddy Guy, and festival appearances.
The Massachusetts native just got back from playing Mahindra Blues Festival in India with Billy Gibbons and Shemekia Copeland. He recently released his third album, Midnight Highway, and the shows he is performing at will feature tunes off that project.
Sullivan must be used to the big stage by now. At 6 years old he performed on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show,” which explains the claim that he has been playing music professionally for 75 percent of his life. Check out his rendition of “Little Wing” at last year’s Western Maryland Blues Festival:
The first upcoming show is March 25, the day before his birthday, in Ajax, Ontario. Following a run of three appearances with Jonny Lang in North and South Carolina, Sullivan has performances lined up with his mentor, Buddy Guy, in the Northeast, along with solo headline shows. More dates are still promised.
Festivals on Sullivan’s spring and summer itinerary include Western Maryland Blues Festival, Levitate Music Festival, and Notodden Blues Festival.
March 25 – Ajax, Ontario, St. Francis Centre
April 19 – Charlotte, N.C., Neighborhood Theatre (Jonny Lang)
April 20 – Charleston, S.C., Charleston Music Hall (Jonny Lang)
April 21 – Raleigh, N.C., Lincoln Theatre (Jonny Lang)
April 22 – Vienna, Va., Jammin’ Java
April 29 – Westbury, N.Y., NYCB Theatre At Westbury (Buddy Guy)
April 30 – Cranston, R.I., RI Center for the Arts at Park Theatre (Buddy Guy)
May 4 – Northampton, Mass., Iron Horse Music Hall
May 6 – New York, N.Y., HighLine Ballroom
May 7 – Fairfield, Conn., Fairfield Theatre StageOne
May 10 – Boston, Mass., Brighton Music Hall
May 17 – Red Bank, N.J., Count Basie Theatre (Buddy Guy)
May 18 – Rochester, N.Y., Highland Park (Lilac Festival)
May 19 – Portland, Maine, Aura
May 20 – Salisbury, Mass., Blue Ocean
May 26 – Baden, Switzerland, Various Venues (Blues Festival Baden)
June 3 – Hagerstown, Md., Downtown Hagerstown (Western Maryland Blues Festival)
June 15 – Meridian, Miss., MSU Riley Center
June 17 – Baton Rouge, La., Manship Theatre
June 23 – Teaneck, N.J., Mexicali Live
June 24 – Pawling, N.Y., Daryl’s House
June 25 – Saratoga Springs, N.Y., Saratoga Performing Arts Center (Freihofer’s Saratoga Jazz Festival)
July 8 – Marshfield, Mass., Marshfield Fairgrounds (Levitate Music Festival)
Aug. 5 – Notodden, NorwayFestival Grounds (Notodden Blues Festival)
Tickets to select dates are on sale now. Learn more about the young shredder at QuinnSullivanMusic.com.