It's THAT TIME, blues fans!
In my dreams, I had more energy and more comments about this year's Chicago Blues Fest, but I have neither so let me just give you what you really want right now: a helping hand to make your own choices at Blues Fest.
TWO HANDOUTS (.pdf) THE BLUES FEST LINEUP
This is only what is happening in Millennium Park. Note that there are three stages: Mississippi, Rosa's Lounge and the Pritzker Pavilion. AROUND TOWN
This handout has as much I could find, which is more than you need. It also includes the lineups for the Blues Fest shows in the neighborhoods (Austin and Bronzeville) PLUS who's at Legends (not the full-day lineups from the past), and a few listings from the burbs. GET THE HANDOUTS
ONE MORE THING
In the "timing is everything" category, I found it amusing that Blues Fest is being held at the same time as the Illinois Cannabis Convention (June 10-11). if you want/need to go, it is at the McCormick Place Lakeside Center.
IN OTHER FESTIVAL NEWS
Like all other years pre-COVID, the Blues on the Fox festival follows the Chicago Blues Fest on Friday and Saturday, June 17 and 18. This year's lineup is a really good one. CHECK IT OUT
And, Blues on the Fox is followed on JUNE 24-26 by the Broad St. Blues and BBQ Fest in Griffith, IN. This fest, though, has decided to follow Chicago's 2022 approach and keep fans in suspense by not yet releasing a lineup (or answering requests for info).
THINKING OUT LOUD
WOMEN OF THE BLUES. Coinciding with the 2022 Chicago Blues Festival, Women of the Blues: A Coast-To-Coast Collection opens Wednesday, June 7 at the Epiphany Center for the Arts (201 S. Ashland). If you want to attend the opening reception, which will be held from 7-10pm, you must REGISTER. The exhibit will run through July 23.
SAY IT AIN'T SO. As blues fest fast approaches, it is hard to even think beyond this weekend. But, I have a little sad fest news to share: I learned recently that the Logan Center Blues Fest will not be held this year....or maybe ever again. Apparently, it was only funded by a three-year grant. Honestly, I thought The Logan Center was bringing blues back to the south side––and we all loved that. I guess I didn't realize it was only a temporary move. Some good news: There should be more Cafe Logan events hosted by Billy Branch.
FEEL THE MUSIC.Pearl's Rollin' With the Blues: A Night with Felicia P. Fields opens June 23 and runs through July 24 at the Alexandra C. and John D. Nichols Theatre in Glencoe. The show celebrates some of our greatest blues performers, including Bessie Smith, Big Mama Thornton and Howlin' Wolf. If you have never seen Felicia Fields do her thing, get ready! GET MORE INFO
BRAVO! The Mike Wheeler Blues Band has won the Chicago Music Award for best blues entertainer 2022. They also won the award in 2015. Congrats to everyone in the band.
BRAVO, PT. 2 World-renowned blues guitarist, vocalist, songwriter and Alligator Records recording artist Chris Cain has won the 2021 International Songwriting Competition in the Blues category for I Believe I Got Off Cheap. The song originally appeared on Cain's 2021 Alligator Records debut album, RAISIN' CAIN. HAVE A LISTEN
ANOTHER ONE BITES THE DUST...Well, not exactly. Shaw's Crab House will still be a restaurant, but apparently there is no current plan to bring back live music to the Oyster Bar.
COMING BACK. The Lagunitas Brewing Company taproom (2607 W. 17th St.) on the West Side will reopen late this year, according to recent reports. So far, no exact date has been announced.
LAST CALL. It is still not too late for subscriber and non-subscribers to vote in the 2022 Living Blues Awards. The deadline to vote is Wednesday, June 15. VOTE RIGHT NOW
MAY 8 Mamapalooza
with Ivy Ford and Demetria Taylor
Double Clutch Brewery, Evanston THE PHOTOS
MAY 26 Charlie Love and
the Silky Smooth Band
O'Neil's on Wells THE PHOTOS
MAY 22 Bad Influence Band
Buddy Guy's Legends THE PHOTOS
Epiphany Center for the Arts
Golden Hour Concert
The Golden Hour at Epiphany Center for the Arts is exactly that: Golden. There is no better place to unwind in the city, with good food (1/2 priced wine, $4 beer and 2 for 1 light bites), good music and good people. Bear Williams will be there again on FRI, JUNE 17.
WED-SAT, 5-8pm FREE
Fridays are R&B, Soul or Blues epiphanychi.com/golden-hour/
Another beautiful morning at City News Cafe with music by sax player Rodney Brown with Anthony Space on keys.
Your love is just like a cancer woman
Lord, eating away my life
But if your lovin' could kill me woman
Lord knows that I don't mind dyin'. ––Son Seals, Your Love Is Like a Cancer
I'm a Wild, Wild woman
and you're a lucky man.
GET YOUR WALLETS OUT
Shemekia Copeland Done Come Too Far RELEASE DATE: 8.19.22
Kenny Neal Straight From The Heart RELEASE DATE: 5.20.22
The Bennett Matteo Band Shake the Roots RELEASE DATE: 5.20.22
(Gulf Coast Records)
Jonny T-Bird & the MPs Play Time RELEASE DATE: 5.20.22
Albert Cummings 10 RELEASE DATE: 4.8.22
(Ivy Music Co.)
Kat Riggins Progeny RELEASE DATE: 6.24.22
(SoNo Recording Group)
Sass Jordan Bitches Blues RELEASE DATE: 6.3.22
(Stony Plain Records)
JUST TWO MORE
If you somehow missed the magic that was the Jelly Roll Kings, stop reading right now and find this incredible recording: Rockin' the Juke Joint Down, which was released in 1979 on Earwig. Honestly, it doesn't get much better that the triple threat of Frank Frost, Big Jack Johnson and Sam Carr.
Chickenbone Slim'sServe It To Me Hot is a new-ish release (came out 9.24.21 on VizzTone) that recently caught my attention, in part because of the musicians in his band–– internationally acclaimed guitarist Laura Chavez (2020 BMA Best Guitarist nominee), drummer Marty Dodson (Fabulous Thunderbirds) and longtime bassist Andrew Crane––and those who joined in for this release: Christoffer 'Kid' Andersen and his wife Lisa plus harp player Aki Kumar.
The next chicagoBLUESnews:
FRI, JULY 8– SEPT 1 (Mails on THURS JUL 7)
Know about a gig I don't?Give me a heads-up.
Updates to the calendar are made regularly––not just once a month and includes shows in nearby states and festivals all over the map that just look fun to me.