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MAR 15–21, 2019 
ONLINE CALENDAR  |  FESTIVALS
FORWARD TO A FELLOW BLUES LOVER
REST IN PEACE
EDDIE TAYLOR JR. (1972–2019)

Last week I reported that Eddie Taylor Jr. had a heart attack and had two procedures to address the issue. Sadly, Eddie passed away at 2am on Friday, March 8. Not only was Eddie Taylor Jr. the son of the great Chicago blues guitarist, Eddie Taylor, he was a respected musician in his own right, who could be seen regularly playing around town, including three days a week at Buddy Guy's Legends. Please keep the Taylor family in your thoughts during this difficult time.
NOTE: Funeral Arrangements have not yet been announced, but I will send an update when that information is available.

REMEMBERING EDDIE TAYLOR JR.

GoFundMe Campaign
to raise money for funeral services
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ABB LOCKE (1934–2019)


PHOTO: Dave Weld (l) with Abb Locke @ Legends © Chicago Blues News/Karen Murphy

Legendary sax player Abb Locke died March 9. No cause of death has been released. During his long career, Locke worked  and  recorded with many blues legends–including Howlin' Wolf, Muddy Waters, Elmore James, Memphis Slim, Willie Mabon, Magic Sam, Willie Dixon, Chuck Berry, Otis Rush, and later on, James Cotton, Koko Taylor, Buddy Guy, Eddy Clearwater, Lonnie Brooks and Albert Collins. He also spent 18 years with Dave Weld and the Imperial Flames, touring and recording for Delmark Records.

FUNERAL SERVICES
Memorial Service | Saturday, March 23 2019, 1-3pm
Repast | 3-5pm
Leak and Sons Funeral Home
18400 S. Pulaski
Country Club Hills, IL

DONATIONS
If you want to help pay for the memorial services
GoFundMe campaign

You can also send donations to:
Herbert Clark
8203 S. King Drive, Apt 2 South
Chicago, IL 60619 

LEARN MORE ABOUT ABB
DISCOGRAPHY
READ DAVE WELD'S ARTICLE ABOUT ABB

HAVE A LISTEN
Honky Tonk
Howlin' for My Darlin' 
Frosty 1983 (live) Albert Collins And The Icebreakers video
 
THINKING OUT LOUD 
SUMMER IN THE SUBURBS. Ravinia (Highland Park) has released its schedule for 2019 and the June 14 show is, IMO, the best one: It features Buddy Guy, Blues Traveler and Shemekia Copeland. Tickets for the pavilion, though, are a heart-stopping $100,  but you can sit among the "glamping" picnickers on the lawn for just $38. One minor issue: I believe it conflicts with  the opening night of Blues on the Fox–if you live for that fest.
THE COMPETE SCHEDULE

READING MATERIAL. Dick Waterman: A Life in Blues by Tammy L. Turner comes out May 15 from the University Press of Mississippi. Waterman founded Avalon Productions, the first booking agency specifically created to represent blues artists. He is also renowned as a blues photographer. You can see his photo work in Between Midnight and Day: The Last Unpublished Blues Archive, which was published in 2004 and contains Waterman's personal recollections and 120 color photographs of blues icons that include Son House, B.B. King, Otis Rush, Buddy Guy, Big Mama Thorton, Sippie Wallace and many more. And, if I remember correctly, we also can thank Waterman for getting Bonnie Raitt deep into the blues.
LEARN MORE ABOUT WATERMAN
Read the Smithsonian magazine article, Focus on the Blues (September 2003).

TEXAS GUITAR SLINGER. If you are a fan of Gary Clark Jr., it's not too late to get tickets to one of his weekend shows. Neither one is sold out. You also might like to read Patrick Doyle's interesting Rolling Stone article, where Clark talks about his latest recording and a lot of other topics that fuel his anger.

THE AWARDS KEEP COMING. Buddy Guy has worked hard to get where he is today–and now it seems like everyone wants to honor him. His latest award: Induction into the Austin City Limits Hall of Fame.  The two other 2019 inductees are Lyle Lovett and Shawn Colvin. The ceremony will take place Oct. 24 at the Austin City Limits studio, ACL Live, at The Moody Theater in Austin, TX. Portions of the show will air on PBS some time after the event and there will be tickets available for the public to attend. In case you wondered, here are the blues musicians who have been inducted in the past:
  • Stevie Ray Vaughan & Double Trouble (inaugural 2014 ceremony)
  • Bonnie Raitt and B.B. King (2016) and
  • Ray Charles and Marcia Ball (2018).
BACK TO THE BLUES. In 2016, the Rolling Stones did a blues covers album, Blue and Lonesome. Now Keith Richards is reissuing his 1988 LP, Talk is Cheap, with six unreleased tracks, including recordings of two blues classics: Big Town Playboy and My Babe. The reissue will be available in standard CD and vinyl versions in addition to a deluxe box set with an 80-page booklet that has a new interview with Richards. A "super deluxe" version, for those with $599 burning a hole in their pocket, comes in a real-wood case hand-built and aged by Fender in their Custom Shop, using the same materials as Keith’s iconic vintage Telecaster, Micawber.  For your $599, you also get a steel guitar pick and some other stuff I know I don't need. So...Richards has released a video for Big Town Playboy. For your listening pleasure, below are three versions of the song. I love Keith, but you decide which one hurts your ears the most.
Keith's version of Big Town Playboy

Big Town Playboy
Little Johnny Jones, Muddy Waters, Baby Face Leroy Foster (October 1949)

Big Town Playboy
Eddie Taylor, Big Walter Horton and Floyd Jones

Big Town Playboy
Eddie Taylor, Jimmy Reed and Vernell Fournier 

LAST CALL. You have just a few more days to see the August Wilson play, Ma Rainey's Black Bottom, at the Alexandra C. and John D. Nichols Theatre in Glencoe. The play closes on Sunday  (sold out), but there are a few tickets left for the Friday and Saturday performances.

MARK YOUR CALENDAR. The German Consulate General is planning an exhibition at Blues Heaven Foundation and a day of events at Daley Plaza on April 27 to examine The Significance of the American Folk Blues Festival (AFBF) in Europe 1962 to 1985 for the global reception of the Blues. Beginning at Noon on April 27 (and running until May 11–TUES-SAT, Noon-4pm), an exhibition of posters, photos and letters will be on display at Blues Heaven showing the relationship between the American musicians and the German promoters.

HIGHLIGHTS OF APRIL 27
@ Noon | Blues Heaven Foundation
Opening of exhibition (AFBF posters, photos and letters about the relationship between the American musicians and the German promoters). 

2pm-10pm | Daley Plaza  
2pm | Live concerts/jams with the Original Chicago Blues All Stars and young amateur musicians 
4pm  | Panel discussion between German and American experts on the AFBF impact 
6pm | Concert by Boogie Woogie pianist Frank Muschalle from Berlin 
8pm | Screening of The Soul of a Man, a film by Wim Wenders about Blind Willie Johnson, Skip James and J.B. Lenoir

If you wonder why the Europeans fell in love with the blues, just watch this video:
American Folk Blues Festival (1963)

Damn, I wish I coulda been there.

ONE MORE THING. There is no good reason–not even on St. Patrick's Day–to drink Green Beer. Sláinte!
 
TICKET GIVEAWAYS
PHOTOS: (l) Elmore James Jr. and Mary Lane and Mike Fauré (r) © Chicago Blues News/Karen Murphy

MON, MAR 25 | 5-10pm
The Quarry Entertainment Center

Legendary Night of the Blues
with Mary Lane and Elmore James Jr.

with guest appearances by Justice, Paris Walker and Lady C
HOST: WHPK DJ King George


We've got two VIP tickets to give away to this show. Note that the contest only runs until TUES, MAR 19 so enter right now. The VIP package includes: food and a private showing of the Mary Lane documentary, I Can Only Be Mary Lane, plus the performances, of course).


HOW TO ENTER
EMAIL SUBJECT: I WANT TO BE A VIP

BODY OF EMAIL: Your name, email address & phone
DEADLINE TO ENTER: TUES, MAR 19 @ Midnight

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.

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THURS, APR 4 @ City Winery
DEADLINE TO ENTER: SUN, MAR 25 @ Midnight

Tommy Castro & The Painkillers
SPECIAL GUEST: Kevin Burt
Tommy Castro is touring right now in support of his new live album, Killin' It, which was recorded at shows in Texas, New York, Michigan and California, with, Castro says, the "best band we have ever had." Everyone who has ever seen Castro live becomes a fan. It is a special treat that his opening act for this show is the wonderful Kevin Burt, who swept the 34th International Blues Challenge awards in 2018, winning all three awards he was nominated for: First Place Solo/Duo, Best Solo/Duo Guitarist, and the Lee Oskar Award for Best Harmonica Player.
LEARN MORE ABOUT TOMMY CASTRO

HOW TO ENTER
EMAIL SUBJECT: Kill My Pain, Tommy!

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.

PHOTO: Tommy Castro on the Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise #32 Feb. 3–10, 2019. © Chicago Blues News/Karen Murphy
OUT AND ABOUT
MARCH 9 @ Buddy Guy's Legends

Mary Lane CD Release Party
OPENING ACTS
Andre Taylor Band
Donna Herula and Harlan Terson


What a night on Wabash! It is not often that you get three great bands in a row when you go to a club. The great Mary Lane was having another CD party for her new CD, Travelin' Woman. Hard to believe, but this is Lane's first new CD in more than 20 years. Mary was in her usual fine form, joined on this night by Dan Carelli on guitar since her regular guitarist, Minoru Maruyama, was not available. Opening act, the Andre Taylor Band, was on fire, as you will see from our photos. And slide master Donna Herula, performing during the dinner set, was her usual wonderful self, joined on bass by Harlan Terson.

ONE MORE THING: Here's a nice review that will tell you all you need to know to convince you to buy the CD.

THE PHOTOS
Jamiah Rogers (l) and Billy Branch © Chicago Blues News/Karen Murphy

MARCH 11 @ Logan Center for the Arts, University of Chicago

SECOND MONDAY BLUES
with Jamiah Rogers and Billy Branch
Another great evening at the Logan Center, this time featuring the future of the blues. If you have ever seen Jamiah Rogers (or his buddy Kingfish) in action, you know the future is in capable hands. Did I say, another great FREE evening? 

For those who have not yet come down for Second Monday Blues, what are you waiting for? Right now, you have one more chance in this series:
MON, APRIL 8 @ 7pm
Billy Branch with guitarist Jimmy Burns 


HERE'S THE PHOTOS
FAVORITE LYRIC OF THE WEEK
"...if I go to hell
I'm gonna speak very highly of you
Yeah...If I go to hell
I'm gonna speak very highly of you
Cause you've done some things sweet mama
I don't believe that the devil would do."

–Roy Buchanan, Roy's Bluz
HAVE A LISTEN
GET OUT

So many choices, so little time. Know about a show I don't? Tell Me About It...please.

ONLINE CALENDAR  |  FESTIVALS
FRI, MAR 15
Gary Clark Jr.
Chicago Theatre
Also on Saturday

Eilen Jewell
City Winery

Foghat with Savoy Brown
Arcada Theatre, St. Charles

Tinsley Ellis
SPACE, Evanston

Larry McCray, Joanna Connor
Kingston Mines

SAT, MAR 16
BLUES AND BREWS BRUNCH
Dave Herrero & Anne Harris

River Roast

Charley Love
& The Silky Smooth Band
featuring Jeff Stone (7pm)

O'Hare's Pub, Barlett

Billy Flynn
Smoke Daddy Wrigleyville

John Primer
& The Real Deal Blues Band

Johnny's Blitz Sport Bar
Westmont

Willie Buck
Smoke Daddy

Joe Moss Blues Band
Harlem Ave. Lounge, Berwyn

Melvin Taylor and the Slack Band
Rosa's
SUN, MAR 17
Luke Pytel Band 
with Demetria Taylor

Blue Chicago

Jimmy Johnson
Lagunitas Tap Room (420pm)

Corey Dennison, Keith Scott
House of Blues

MON, MAR 18
THE MONDAY BLUES
Brother John Kattke

Untitled

BLUES JAM
with Jimmy Burns

Legends

TUES, MAR 19
Dave Specter, Breezy Rodio

House of Blues

Morry Sochat & The Special 20s
SPACE, Evanston

WED, MAR 20
Smiley Tillmon Blues Band

House of Blues

Willie Buck
Rosa's Lounge

Vino Louden
Legends

THURS, MAR 21
Mississippi Heat

Shaw's Crab House

Paul Kaye (solo)
The Berghoff (5-8pm)
PLAN AHEAD
SAT, MAR 23
SPRING FEST 2019
Doc Payne and the  Payne Relief Smooth Blues Band

plus many invited special guests
Motor Row Brewing

WHITE SOX FANS ALERT!
APR 4 @ 4pm
Dave Weld & The Imperial Flames

Opening Day Afterparty FREE!
Reggie's Music Joint
MAY 3
Guitar Shorty
Dave Weld & The Imperial Flames

Tailgaters Bar & Grill
Bolingbrook

JUL 18
Chris Duarte Group,
Jay O'Rourke Band

Reggie's Music Joint
MAR 16
Giles Corey 
Janet Mami Takayama (photographer)

MAR 18
Amy Brat 
Dave Riley 


MAR 19
Peaches Staten 
Clarence “Frogman” Henry 


 
MAR 20
Marcia Ball

MAR 20
Sam Lay 
Jimmie Vaughan 


BELATED WISHES
I must have missed someone...so hope it was happy!

EMBARASSINGLY BELATED
JAN 18
Luther Dickinson
(North Mississippi Allstars)
BIRTHDAY REMEMBRANCES
MAR 14
Robert Pete Williams

MAR 15
Bertha “Chippie” Hill   
Lightnin’ Hopkins 
Clarence Green  
MAR 16
Yank Rachell   

MAR 18
Wilson Pickett 
Big Daddy Kinsey 
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