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APR 26–MAY 2, 2019
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THINKING OUT LOUD 
R.I.P. Cash McCall 
1.28.41–4.20.19
Cash McCall (aka Morris Dollison Jr.) lost his battle with lung cancer on April 20. At press time, there were no funeral arrangements posted.

McCall recently recorded a new CD with his buddy, Benny Turner, called Goin' Back Home.
Have a listen to one of the songs.

LEARN A LITTLE ABOUT CASH

TWEAKING, NOT TWERKING. I did a little minor tweaking of the Chicago Blues News website this week. The biggest changes:
  • I moved the navigation bar from the TOP to the left side to allow more flexibility with links.
  • I FINALLY got some Festivals listed on the Festivals page. It is a work in progress so there will be constant updates. It is not meant to be comprehensive, but includes festivals within a reasonable driving distance of Chicago AND those that impress me with their lineups.

SPEAKING OF FESTIVALS....The Germans are taking over Daley Plaza for a week for the aptly named Germany Week. You should care not just because there will be a beer garden and lots of other German stuff, but there also will be some blues-related activities:
  • 2–330pm | Original Chicago Blues All Stars will join forces with Fernando Jones’ Blues Kids from Chicago and Scott Cvelbar’s Blues Project from Valpo, IN, to perform music from the original American Folk Blues Festival (AFBF)
  • 4–530pm  | Consul General and blues aficionado Herbert Quelle will discuss with Chicago’s three-time Grammy nominee Billy Branch, author Terry Abrahamson (The Belly of the Blues) and Klaus “Mojo” Kilian from Frankfurt the impact of Horst Lippmann’s and Fritz Rau’s American Folk Blues Festival on the music scene in Europe
  • 6–730pm | Concert by Berlin-based boogie woogie pianist Frank Muschalle  
  • 8–10pm | Screening of The Soul of a Man, a documentary that includes both fictional sequences and rare archival footage by Wim Wenders about Blind Willie Johnson, Skip James and J.B. Lenoir
In conjunction with Germany Week, there also will be an exhibition running through May 11 (TUES-SAT Noon–4pm) at Blues Heaven Foundation with AFBF posters, photos and letters about the relationship between the American blues musicians and the German promoters. Wunderbar!

ANOTHER ONE BITES THE DUST? Details are a bit sketchy, but it appears that the Harbor's Edge in Waukegan (where they held Blues on the Water) is closed–and not just temporarily, as Yelp says. Stay tuned. Hopefully, the blues event will find another nice home. Stay tuned.

ROAD TRIP. Milwaukee's Summerfest  (JUNE 26–30 and JULY 2–7) has so many acts, I almost had to take a nap between viewing the 11-day lineup. Good news for the geezers among us: Tickets are just $10/day for Seniors and kiddies (3–10). There is another price, though, for the Amphitheater shows.  Unlike Lollapalooza, I actually know quite a few of the bands–and there are a few blues shows (see PLAN AHEAD for the two best IMO). LEARN MORE
 

A REASON TO GO TO JAZZ FEST. I have had no inclination to bother with jazz fest since the one year that I went and thought the musicians were tuning up when they were actually playing. So....this year might be different since at 4:15pm on Friday, Aug. 30, Billy Branch will join world-renowned guitarist George Freeman. You know that anywhere Branch shows up, a party will surely ensue.
FYI: Freeman is celebrating his 92nd birthday with  a recent release on Chicago's Southport Records, called George The Bomb!
Billy Branch Photo © Chicago Blues News/Karen Murphy

#$%@!^ HAPPENS. The blind proofreader goofed again. Last week, In the blurb about the Ann Arbor Blues Fest, it should have said Harper and the Midwest Kind, NOT Midwest King. Of course, it doesn't help that I had no idea who that band was so Midwest King seemed OK to me. In case you care,  Harper is Peter D. Harper, a U.S.-based Aussie who sings what he calls World Blues, which is described as a rich musical stew yada yada yada. The Midwest Kind is a Detroit-based band featuring Brent Baxter Barrett (guitar), James Norris (bass) and Jim Pryor (drums). World blues may not be for me...but I think this Luther Johnson performance is.
 

A NON-BLUES WORD OF CAUTION. Despite knowing better and being rather smug about my online street smarts, this week I lost my mind and clicked on a link that quickly took away at least six hours of my life. The link told me that to view the page I was trying to look at I needed to update my Adobe Flash player. And then I immediately descended into hell. What was creepy is that it changed my browsers (all of them) so they opened with a search engine page called WeKnow. We know what
2019 Chicago Blues Festival
June 7–9, 2019 | Millennium Park

Apparently, only in my fantasy world will Curtis Salgado be at blues fest this year since he will be in Europe. That's OK. There's much to love this year.

PLAN YOUR BLUES FEST WEEKEND
PHOTO: Mike Welch © Chicago Blues News/Karen Murphy

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APRIL 24, 2019  @ SPACE, Evanston
Otis Rush Birthday Tribute

Otis Rush's wife Masaki funded this wonderful tribute (produced by Dick Shurman) to her late husband, who (as you should already know) is one of Chicago's legendary blues guitarists. The 15-piece band, which included out-of-town guests Curtis Salgado, Janiva Magness and Mike Welch, performed songs from 1956–1958 Cobra sessions album. Performers also were asked to share a remembrance of Otis–and Salgado even brought a few mementos (see images above): a photo of him (left in the photo he is holding) with Otis Rush and the album Otis signed for him. Masaki and her kids and grandchildren also briefly took the stage and touched the audience's hearts with their love for Otis.

There were a LOT of musicians on the stage for the first part of the show. Since I chose a table (accidentally) that was right in front of the horn section and their music stands, photography was challenging at best since I decided to enjoy the show rather than jockey for the best shot.  

IN CASE YOU DIDN'T KNOW....
  • Otis Rush passed away Sept. 29, 2018, the result of complications from a stroke suffered in 2003. His funeral was private.
  • April 29 would have been Otis' 85th birthday.
  • Otis was elected to the Blues Hall of Fame in 1984.
  • He is #53 on Rolling Stone's 2015 list of the 100 Best Guitarists (above Albert Collins, Rory Gallagher, Peter Green, Johnny Winter, T-Bone Walker and Robert Johnson).
  • Stevie Ray Vaughan named his band after Rush's Double Trouble recording.
  • Otis was actually Otis Rush Jr.
Read the beautifully written NY TIMES article on Otis Rush by Carlo Rotella.

MORE PHOTOS NEXT WEEK
TICKET GIVEAWAYS
PHOTOS: (l-r) Corky Siegel, Toronzo Cannon and Lynne Jordan © Chicago Blues News

THURS, JUN 6 @ City Winery
DEADLINE TO ENTER: MON, MAY 20 @ Midnight

PRE-BLUES FEST BASH
Featuring Corky Siegel, Chamber Blues, Lynne Jordan, Toronzo Cannon and some special surprises
Start your blues fest weekend in fine style with some of Chicago's best.

HOW TO ENTER
EMAIL SUBJECT: Get the Blues Fest Party Started

BODY OF EMAIL: Your name, email address & phone
ENTER RIGHT NOW 
(But first read the additional rules under the Bromberg contest).
LAST CALL!
WED, MAY 15 @ City Winery
DEADLINE TO ENTER: WED, MAY 1 @ Midnight

David Bromberg Quintet
He's been called an American icon by none other than Dr. John and is a renowned violin expert with a shop called David Bromberg's Fine Violins in Wilmington, DE.  His musical journey began with blues–and that is where he has returned. 

HOW TO ENTER
EMAIL SUBJECT: Bromberg plays the blues

BODY OF EMAIL: Your name, email address & phone
ENTER RIGHT NOW

YOU (SHOULD) KNOW THE SIMPLE RULES
NOTE: 
ONLY subscribers of Chicago Blues News can enter the contest. You can enter ONCE A DAY until the deadline. The drawing is a random drawing of all the entries. Winners will be notified via email and must respond within 24 hours or another winner will be chosen.
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, APR 26
JAZZIN' IN BRONZEVILLE
with Coffy Brookclausell and Band

Corpus Christi Hall
4910 S King Dr

Liz Mandeville
Nick's Beer Garden

Morry Sochat and the Special 20s
Untitled

Big James & The Chicago Playboys
Kingston Mines

SAT, APR 27
Corey Dennison

Mom's Place

Demetria Taylor, Red Sugar
Legends

Donna Herula Band
Smoke Daddy

SUN, APR 28
Billy Branch and
the Sons of Blues

SPACE, Evanston

Billy Flynn and Friends
BLUES

BLUES & BREWS BRUNCH
Tom Holland

River Roast

Mary Flower (3pm)
Old Town School of Folk Music

FUNDRAISER (3–9pm)
for Montford Point Marine Assn.
Low-reen and the Maxwell St. Market Blues Band, Ice Cold Blues
and Vernon St. Blues

The Water Hole
 
MON, APR 29
THE MONDAY BLUES
Ivy Ford

Untitled

TUES, APR 30
Jimmy Burns

Shaw's Crab House

Luca Kiella
Legends

Pete Galanis and Friends
Rosa's

Sheryl Youngblood Blues Band
Blue Chicago

WED, MAY 1
Funky Mojo Daddy

House of Blues

LITTLE WALTER BIRTHDAY TRIBUTE
with Billy Branch and
the Sons of Blues + many guests

Legends

JW Williams Blues Band 
with Laretha Weathersby

Blue Chicago

THURS, MAY 2
Dave Weld and
the Imperial Flames

Hey Nonny
Arlington Heights

Smilin' Bobby
Phyllis' Musical Inn

Rodney Brown, Tom Holland
House of Blues
PLAN AHEAD
OFFICIAL RIBFEST AFTERSHOW
FRI, JUN 14
Kingfish Ingram
Schubas

MILWAUKEE SUMMERFEST
JUNE 26
Elvin Bishop's Big Fun Trio
Otis Taylor & The Psychedelic
  Banjo Posse
THURS, JULY 11
BLUES-ISH: Dave Alvin
City Winery

FRI, AUG 16
Mindi Abair & The Boneshakers
City Winery
 
APR 25
William Homans
(aka Watermelon Slim) 

APR 26
Benjamin “Pistol Pete” Newell 
Ralph Kinsey
APR 30
Wayne Baker Brooks 

BELATED WISHES 
APR 19
Mike Flynn 

APR 22
Sammy Blue
BIRTHDAY REMEMBRANCES
APR 25
Albert King 

APR 26
J.B. Hutto 
Johnny Shines 
Ma Rainey 


APR 27
Michael Ledbetter 
Hop Wilson 


APR 28
Phil Guy 

APR 29
Otis Rush 
Frankie Lee 
Big Jay McNeely 

 
APR 30
Mabel Scott  
Rev.  Gary Davis 
Homesick James 
Frankie Lee Sims 
Jimmy Lee Robinson 


MAY 1
Little Walter
Ada Brown 
Big Maybelle Smith 


MAY 2
Connie Mack Booker

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