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FEB 22–28, 2019 
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FEB 3–10 2019

Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise #32

Michael Ledbetter would have wanted it this way. The community he loved and was a part of celebrated his amazing life and talent in grand style during this week-long cruise. Despite the many tears that could not be held back, there also was much joy and healing in the coming together. It was a beautiful thing–and I am pretty sure that we all had more fun than is allowed legally in many states.

I posted a LOT of unlabeled photos to prove exactly why you shoulda been there...and there will be more next week when my eyes stop screaming for rest. I will also have some brief commentary/observations next week.

In the meantime, as Bobby Rush says (but not about my photos), "Look." 
THINKING OUT LOUD 
BACK IN THE SADDLE. WHEW! As you can see, I am back–but my brain is still somewhere in the Caribbean so most of the coherent things I was going to say will have to wait until next week when I assume life will be back to some form of normal.

R.I.P. RON RICCI. Those of you who know singer Brenda Taylor should know by now that her husband, Ron, lost his battle with cancer and his funeral service was today. Send a little love her way.

A FEW MORE PASSINGS. While I was out, Kofi Burbridge (9.22.61–2.15.19), who played flute and keyboards in Tedeschi Trucks Band, also died following complications related to treatment for an ongoing cardiac issue.  He was 57. Peter Tork, of Monkees fame, also died this week, the result of cancer. He was 77. And yes, he was known to dabble in blues (no one is saying he was any good at it, but he he try).

DON'T START ME TALKIN'–That will be next week, along with a lot more photos, including those from the blues jam at Danny's Pizza after Michael Ledbetter's funeral.
 
OUT AND ABOUT
LEFT: Dave Weld;  RIGHT: Buddy Guy (l) and Bobby Rush (r)   © Chicago Blues News/Karen Murphy

TUES, FEB 19, 2019 @ Legends

FUNDRAISER FOR BOB FIORETTI (5-9pm)
featuring Bobby Rush and Buddy Guy
Dave Weld and the Imperial Flames (930pm)

These two events have nothing to do with each other, except they were back-to-back at Legends and we stayed for both of them. Buddy Guy is a big supporter of former Chicago 2nd Ward alderman Bob Fioretti, who is now a Chicago mayoral candidate running against a zillion other candidates, including, of course, a Daley. For my purposes, the music was wonderful at both events.
PHOTOS TO COME NEXT WEEK
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OUT AND ABOUT
FRANK BANG PHOTO © Chicago Blues News/Karen Murphy

WED, FEB 20, 2019 @ Buddy Guy's Legends

Frank Bang and Secret Stash
plus The Cook County Kings

After going to see Frank Bang and the Cook County Kings at Kingston Mines–twice!–I was thrilled that they were coming to Legends for three reasons:
  • they are one of my favorite bands;
  • the location is much closer to home; and
  • the joint was not jammed with (allegedly) drunken college students who were not completely sure what they are listening to, but dance with wild abandon anyway.
On this night the extremely talented Bang showcased his two bands: Secret Stash and the Cook County Kings. I lean to the Kings because they are more bluesy, but loved the entire evening, which was one long set.

Too bad there was hardly anyone there. You do know that the show was inside, right?  And that Frank used to be in Buddy's band? So what if it's February in Chicago. You have a coat.


PHOTOS TO COME NEXT WEEK
Too many photos to edit this week from the Blues Cruise (see above)
 
GET OUT
So many choices, so little time. Know about a show I don't? Tell Me About It...please.

ONLINE CALENDAR  |  FESTIVALS
 
FRI, FEB 22
Charlie Love and Jeff Stone

Tannins Wine Bar and Boutique
Elmhurst

Jonny Lang
Arcada Theatre, St. Charles

Low-reen and Jim Harpdog Hellen
Lagunitas Tap Room (530pm)

Rico McFarland Blues Band
BLUES (also Saturday night)

SAT, FEB 23
Billy Branch & The Sons of Blues, Eddie Taylor Jr.
Legends

BLUES BRUNCH
Windy City Rev Ups

River Roast

Brian Lupo Blues Band
Harlem Ave. Lounge, Berwyn

Mississippi Heat
Nick's Beer Garden

SUN, FEB 24
Luca Chiellini
Shaw's Crab House

Luke Pytel
with Laretha Weathersby

Blue Chicago

Chicago Blues Allstars
House of Blues
MON, FEB 25
Billy Flynn

Smoke Daddy

Rodney Brown, Joanna Connor
House of Blues

BLUE MONDAYS
Larry Taylor

The Water Hole

TUES, FEB 26
Gerry Hundt

Smoke Daddy

Tail Dragger and the All-Stars
The Water Hole

WED, FEB 27
Lurrie Bell with Melvin Smith

Rosa's Lounge

Funky Mojo Daddy
Legends

Corey Dennison, Mike Wheeler
Kingston Mines

THURS, FEB 28
Cash Box Kings

Legends

Guy King
House of Blues

Pistol Pete
BLUES

 
PLAN AHEAD
MAR 7
Danielle Nicole, Teddy Clyde
Martyrs'

APR 24
Otis Rush Birthday Tribute
SPACE, Evanston
MAY 25
Nick Moss Band 
SPACE, Evanston

AUG 1
John Mayall
City Winery
NOTE: Mayall is also scheduled to play July 31 at SPACE in Evanston, but that show is sold out.
CELEBRATE!
Birthdays will run THURSDAY – WEDNESDAY, even though the newsletter DATE is FRI – THURS (somehow this makes sense)
FEB 21
Marty “Big Dog” Mercer
Rhiannon Giddens

 
FEB 24
Carl Weathersby
 
FEB 25
Katherine Davis

FEB 27
Bobby Foster
Roosevelt Purifoy
Jimmy Burns
FEB 28
Laurance Glasser
Demetria Taylor

 
BELATED
FEB 17
Lee Ann Flynn
(photographer)

FEB 19
Linda Prozialeck 
(aka proud mom of Matt, who is the harp player for Erin Harpe and the Delta Swingers)
BIRTHDAY REMEMBRANCES
FEB 21
Francis "Scrapper" Blackwell
Nina Simone


FEB 22
Bill Jackson
Ernie "K-Doe" Kador


FEB 23
Johnny Winter
FEB 24
Elmon "Driftin' Slim" Mickle
Freddy Robinson
(aka Abu Talib)
Willie Kent
 
FEB 25
Ida Cox
Andrew Brown

 
FEB 26
Fats Domino
Bob “Bear” Hite
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