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SEPT 13–19 2019
ONLINE CALENDAR  |  FESTIVALS
FORWARD TO A FELLOW BLUES LOVER
THINKING OUT LOUD 
PITCH A WANG DANG DOODLE. It's a big weekend at Willie Dixon's Blues Heaven Foundation in the historic Chess Records Building at 2120 S. Michigan. First of all, tonight (THUR, SEPT 12 @ 6pm) is the last of performance of the RECORD ROW CONCERT SERIES for 2019–and it's  big one. John Primer and the Real Deal Blues Band will be there with special guests Bob Corritore, Tail Dragger, Jimmy Johnson and Lurrie Bell. Then on SAT, SEPT 14, a photo exhibit featuring the blues photography of Eric Kriesant will open, with music provided by Lurrie Bell. The poster does not have a time on it, but assume it is 12-4pm, which are the hours the Foundation is open. I am also seeing two different numbers how many photos will be featured...so it will be at least 40 and maybe 50 (who's counting?). Finally, Kriesant will be selling a portfolio book of 12 images (11x14) that will only be available at Blues Heaven Foundation. Also not sure when the exhibit will close, but that is what the phone is for: Call (312) 808-1286 to find out and plan your outing.
John Primer photo © Chicago Blues News/Karen Murphy

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
  • DES PLAINES FALL FEST
Amazingly, in the "go big or go home" approach to small fest booking, this suburban fest has Toronzo Cannon (you heard me) playing from 4-530pm on SAT, SEPT 14. Not bad–especially considering the rest of the lineup. I am afraid to even know what The Boy Band Night means. Is that a band or just a bad idea? And, frighteningly, they (it?) are preceded by The Hair Band Night. Help me.
TAKE A LOOK
Ellen Miller photo © Chicago Blues News/Karen Murphy

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.

R.I.P. Mississippi soul blues singer Pat Rush Brown died Sept. 5, just short of her 70th birthday. 
READ HER MERIDIAN STAR OBIT
HERE'S PAT BROWN AT CHICAGO BLUES FEST (2103)


THE LATE GREAT KOOZETTA
(aka PurpleKweezer)
SEZ:
So what if it's Friday, the 13th tomorrow? I've got more than enough Black Cat Bones  and a mojo, too. What you got in your bag o' tricks?
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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.

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Amy Black Has Heart and Soul

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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

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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.

OUT AND ABOUT
Smiley Tillmon © Chicago Blues News/Karen Murphy

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

CONTACT
Jeff Pinzino
jpinzino@chicagobluesrevival.org
773-419-2719
chicagobluesrevival.org

READ THE BEVERLY REVIEW ARTICLE
GET OUT
So many choices, so little time. Know about a show I don't? Tell Me About It...please.
ONE MORE THING: Always call before you go if you have your heart set on a particular show...things can change.


ONLINE CALENDAR  |  FESTIVALS
FRI, SEPT 13
Keb' Mo', Jontavius Willis

North Shore Center for the Arts, Skokie

Chicago Blues Angels
Joliet Area Historical Museum

Donna Herula
Smoke Daddy

Larry McCray, Jake Kershaw
Legends

Paul Kaye and the Blues Cartel
The Water Hole

SAT, SEPT 14
BLUES AND BREWS BRUNCH
Peaches Staten

River Roast

Buddy Guy
The Venue at Horseshoe Casino
Hammond, IN

DES PLAINES FALL FEST
Toronzo Cannon (4pm)

Lake Park, Des Plaines

Linsey Alexander, Cadillac Dave & The Red Hots
House of Blues

Dan Carelli
Smoke Daddy

SUN, SEPT 15
Jimmy Johnson

Lagunitas Tap Room (420pm)

Sheryl Youngblood Blues Band
Blue Chicago

Ronnie Hicks & Masheen Co.
BLUES
MON, SEPT 16
Dave Specter

House of Blues

Vance Kelly and the Backstreet Blues Band, Corey Dennison
Kingston Mines

TUES, SEPT 17
Gerry Hundt

Smoke Daddy Wrigleyville (4pm)

Andrew Diehl
Shaw's Crab House

WED, SEPT 18
Lurrie Bell with Dan Carelli

Rosa's Lounge

JW Williams with Laretha Weathersby
Blue Chicago

THURS, SEPT 19
AFTERWORK BLUES
Michael Damani

River Roast

CD/LP RELEASE PARTY
Johnny Burgin with Aki Kumar and Rae Gordon

Martyrs'

Cedric Burnside
SPACE

Chris Duarte Group
The Venue, Aurora

Doug Deming and the Jeweltones
Smoke Daddy Wrigleyville (4pm)

Nick Moss Band
House of Blues
PLAN AHEAD
SAT, OCT 26
Davy Knowles  
Hey Nonny, Arlington Heights

THURS, DEC 19
BLUES-ISH: JD McPherson
with Joel Paterson
SOCKS: A Rock n' Roll Christmas Tour

Thalia Hall
Tickets on sale Friday, SEPT 13 
JAN 4, 2020
Albert Lee
SPACE, Evanston
Tickets went on sale Wednesday.
September 14
Freddie Dixon

September 15
Motor Row Bob
Phil Berkowitz
(Lucky Losers)
September 16
Billy Boy Arnold

September 17
Sam Cockrell
BELATED WISHES 
If I missed your birthday, more cake for you. Please let me know the date for next year so I can add you to the list. 

BELATED REMEMBRANCE
SEPT 11
Robert "Wolfman" Belfour
BIRTHDAY REMEMBRANCES
SEPT 12
Gus Cannon

SEPT 13
Charles Brown

SEPT 15
Silas Hogan
Snooky Pryor


SEPT 16
B.B. King
Little Willie Littlefield
SEPT 17
Eddie Burks

SEPT 18
Louis Myers

SEPT 19
Brook Benton
Lovie Austin


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