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."
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.
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
3.15.19 @ City Winery
Eilen Jewell with special guest Jordie Lane Eilen and her husband and bandmate, Jason Beek, passionately study American music. For their latest album. Down Hearted Blues, they present 12 vintage gems, written by the likes of Willie Dixon, Memphis Minnie and a few more obscure writers. Sounds like my kind of recording.
EMAIL SUBJECT: Eilen Jewell is Down Hearted BODY OF EMAIL: Your name, email address & phone DEADLINE TO ENTER:MON, MAR 4 @ Midnight
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.
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)