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JUNE 7–JULY 7 2022 
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CHICAGO BLUES FESTIVAL | JUNE 9–12 2022
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

City of Chicago Festival Website

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

BUY THE CD

 
MAY 13
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.
PONDER THIS...
 
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.

––Shemekia Copeland
GET YOUR WALLETS OUT
Shemekia Copeland 
Done Come Too Far
RELEASE DATE: 8.19.22
(Alligator Records)

Kenny Neal 
Straight From The Heart
RELEASE DATE: 5.20.22
(Ruf Records)

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's Serve 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.
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FRI, JULY 8– SEPT 1

(Mails on THURS JUL 7)
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CHECK THE ONLINE CALENDAR
 chicagoBLUESnews Online Calendar 
You know what you like. Do I have to plan your life for you?

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. 
BE FULLY VAXXED AND GO HEAR LIVE MUSIC!
 
BLUES IS A FEELING
A few fun listens....

Puddentane
Lula Reed

Another Mule Kickin' In Your Stall
Elvin Bishop's humorous twist on Muddy's famous lyric
JUNE 7 
Shirley Johnson
 
JUNE 8 
Joe Filisko
Derek Trucks
 
JUNE 9 
Bobby Murray
Anthony "Big A" Sherrod
Fruteland Jackson
Mondo Cortez
Janice Monti
 
JUNE 10 
Buzz Krantz
Kent Burnside
 
JUNE 11 
Frank Beard (ZZ Top)
Monster Mike Welch
 
JUNE 12
Kenny Wayne Shepherd
 
JUNE 14 
Sarah Marie Young 
 
JUNE 16 
Nolan Struck
Smiley Tillmon
 
JUNE 17 
Matt Hill
 
JUNE 18 
Jimmy Lee Tillman
Michael Peavy
Nathan Cavaleri
David Sims
 
JUNE 19 
Big Bill Morganfield
 
Harvell Thomas
 
JUNE 19  
Joan Gand 
 
JUNE 20
Grace Potter
Hambone (aka Scott Hammer, WDCB DJ)
JUNE 21
Sammy Avila
Marcy Levy (aka Marcella Detroit)
Nora Jean Bruso 

JUNE 23 
Joe Becker
 
JUNE 24 
Jeff Beck
Tad Robinson
 
JUNE 25 
Eddie Floyd
 
JUNE 26 
Steve Nardella
Terry "Harmonica" Bean
Pat Boyack
 
JUNE 29 
Michael Hill

JUNE 30 
Mike Wheeler  
Ms. Rodeo
 
JULY 1
Chris Strachwitz 
  (Arhoolie Records)
Dan Akroyd (aka Elwood Blues)
 
JULY 2 
David Glynn
 
JULY 3 
Lavelle White
Elle King
Anthony "Top" Topham
Sumito "Ariyo" Ariyoshi
 
JULY 4 
Linda Cain 
  (Chicago Blues Guide)
 
JULY 5 
Kenny Brown
Laretha Weathersby
 
JULY 7 
Sam Burckhardt
BELATED BIRTHDAY WISHES
MAY 9
Jontavious ("Quon") Willis

MAY 10
Phillip Panozza
 (Austin Community Tavern)
JUNE 5
Chuck Wasserburg

JUNE 6
Shawn Allen III
BIRTHDAY REMEMBRANCES
JUNE 8 
James Harman
Odessa Harris
 
JUNE 9
Skip James
Calvin "Fuzz" Jones
CeDell Davis
Johnny Ace
 
JUNE 10 
Howlin' Wolf
 
JUNE 11 
Clarence “Pinetop” Smith 
Bonnie Lee
Isaac Scott
 
JUNE 12 
Harmonica George Robinson
 
JUNE 14 
Queen Sylvia Embry
 
JUNE 15 
Aron Burton
 
JUNE 17 
Coot Grant
 
JUNE 18 
Sara Martin 
 
JUNE 18 
Jerry McCain 
Don "Sugarcane" Harris

 
JUNE 20 
Lazy Lester 
Louis “Kid Thomas” Watts 
 
JUNE 21 
Frank “Little Sonny” Scott
Johnny "Yard Dog" Jones 
 
JUNE 22 
Turner Foddrell

JUNE 23 
Katherine Henderson
Helen Humes 
Robert Hunter
Lucille Spann
 
JUNE 24 
Ransom Knowling 
Lester Williams 
Michael Coleman 

JUNE 25 
Clifton Chenier 
 
JUNE 26 
Big Bill Broonzy
St. Louis Jimmy Oden
 
JUNE 27 
Johnny "Big Moose" Walker 
 
JUNE 28 
David "Honeyboy” Edwards
 
JUNE 29 
Frank Kirkland
 
JUNE 30 
Bo Carter
 
JULY 1 
Willie Dixon
James Cotton
Syl Johnson
Thomas Andrew Dorsey
Paul "Wine" Jones
 
JULY 2 
Gene Taylor
 
JULY 3 
Paul Barrere
Bernard Abrams
 
JULY 4 
Champion Jack Dupree 
Alan Wilson (aka "Blind Owl")
 
JULY 5 
Smiley Lewis
Ron Thompson
 
JULY 7 
Pinetop Perkins
OOPS. In the last newsletter, I had a typo in one of the remembrance birthdays: Leonard "Baby Do" Caston should have been "Baby Doo."


TENTATIVE 2022 SCHEDULE
(Mailing date
is always THURS)

 



JULY 8–SEPT 1
SEPT 2–OCT 6
OCT 7–NOV 3
NOV 4–JAN 5, 2023

 
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