13-year-old guitar prodigy to open Fairfield concert

Pictured:Bobby Paltauf, 13, of Redding, performed with Buddy Guy at Ridgefield Playhouse last year.

Guitairst Bobby Paltauf is only 13, but he shreds like a seasoned rock star.

Paltauf, of Redding, will show off his skills when he opens for blues guitarist and former fellow child prodigy Lucky Peterson at Fairfield Theater Company on Stage One on Sunday, Dec. 16.

Paltauf, an eight grader at John Read Middle School in Redding, previously performed with Buddy Guy at the Ridgefield Playhouse. Paltauf had attended the concert last year hoping to get his guitar signed by the blues master. But when Guy heard him playing in a hallway backstage, he invited the then 12-year-old to jam with him on Stevie Ray Vaughan’s “Texas Flood.”

Paltauf also has opened for, or played with, America, Dumpstaphunk,  Russ Les Paul Jr,  Lou Pallo,  Andy Aledort, Danny Draher,  Roxy Perry and  Eran Troy Danner, among others.

Next year, Patlauf will represent the Connecticut Blues Society at the International Blues Challenge youth showcase in Memphis, Tenn. Prior to the performance, he will host a fundraiser for his trip at Cobs Mill Inn in Weston on Jan. 9.

Scott Gargan