MEET ME WITH YOUR BLACK DRAWERS.... Besides the festivities at Blues Heaven, there also are a couple of local fall fests this weekend to consider:
LAKEVIEW FESTIVAL OF THE ARTS
This is the 15th anniversary of this fun two-day street fest that offers a little more blues than most:
SAT, 9.14–Mississippi Gabe Carter and Memphis Mhoon on the Garden Stage at 11am
SUN, 9.15–Ellen Miller Blues Explosion at 230pm on the main stage and Corey Dennison Band at 3pm on the Garden Stage. CRABBY NOTE TO THOSE WHO DO THE SCHEDULING:
Why, why, why are the only two BLUES ACTS on Sunday scheduled so I cannot see BOTH bands do their whole acts–unless of course Ellen Miller is only playing for 30 minutes? Yeah, right. THE ENTIRE LINEUP
WATER SPORTS FOR A CAUSE. The 2019 Chicago Regatta at the Chicago Yacht Club is Saturday, Sept. 14. We are most interested in the afterparty–the Sweet Home Chicago Dock Party featuring the Sons of Chicago at the Yacht Club's Monroe Station. The Regatta raises money for three Chicagoland charities: the University of Chicago Comer Children’s Hospital, SOS Children’s Villages Illinois and the Chicago Yacht Club Foundation. Tickets to the afterparty are $60. Note that this will be the 9-piece version of the Sons of Chicago (which includes Brian Lupo and Sam Cockrell).
AND MORE AWARDS. Both the Blues Blast Music Awards (FRI in Rockford) and the Chicago Blues Hall of Fame Awards (Sunday afternoon at Legends) are also this weekend. Good luck to all.
(ALMOST) TOO MANY CHOICES. If you wonder why we live in Chicago, check out the options for this coming Thursday night (9.19) in the GET OUT SECTION–and that is just a sample of the options to get your blues on.
OCT 6 @ City Winery (1230-2pm) Amy Black's Heart & Soul:
A Classic Rhythm & Blues Review
Nashville's Amy Black is back at City Winery with a special blues and classic R&B Brunch show. Black is a powerful performer who enjoys introducing delighted audiences to the music of her roots, where blues and soul seamlessly converge. A portion of ticket and merch sales for this show will be donated to the nonprofit Magdalene House Chicago to further their work with survivors of human trafficking.
SUBJECT LINE (DO NOT CHANGE or your entry will be voided): Amy Black Has Heart and Soul
THE CLOCK IS TICKING
DEADLINE TO ENTER: FRIDAY, SEPT 20 @ midnight
SEPTEMBER 30 @ City Winery Toronzo Cannon's CD Release Party
You might run into Toronzo doing his day job driving a CTA bus or, if you are lucky, find him doing what he we think he really does best: playing contemporary Chicago blues in front of an adoring audience. Join him at City Winery to celebrate his latest Alligator release, The Preacher, The Politician or the Pimp. You know it's gonna be a great party if Toronzo is in the house.
SUBJECT LINE (DO NOT CHANGE or your entry will be voided): I WANT TO PARTY WITH TORONZO
A SPECIAL NOTE: If you don't win these tickets and you are a CTA employee, you get a special 50% discount for this show and also the 2nd CD Release show, which will be in the burbs at FitzGerald's in Berwyn on Tuesday, Oct. 1.
9.7.19 @ BEVERLY BLOCK PARTY Smiley Tillmon Band
If you don't know Jeff Pinzino's name, it is likely you will soon. Pinzino started the nonprofit, Chicago Blues Revival, to bring the music he loves into more neighborhoods and introduce it to young people. We stopped by one of the block parties that featured the Smiley Tillmon Band to see how it was going. With Smiley Tillmon on the stage, how could we not have a good time? Pinzino is booked for 2019, but is working on block party booking for the 2020 season. Contact him if you want to bring blues to your block next year. That would be a really good thing, dontchathink? CHECK OUT OUR PHOTOS