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APR 12–18, 2019
ONLINE CALENDAR  |  FESTIVALS
FORWARD TO A FELLOW BLUES LOVER
2019 Chicago Blues Festival
June 7–9, 2019 | Millennium Park
The BIG NEWS this week is the city of Chicago's release of the complete 2019 Blues Festival lineup–and I am even more giddy than usual. IMO, there is really something for everyone on this schedule–especially for me: Roomful of Blues, Super Chikan, Mike Welch & Friends, Dave Alvin and Jimmie Dale Gilmore with The Guilty Ones, Cash Box Kings, Guy King with Chris Cain, Charlie Musselwhite and so much more. There are the usual four main stages, plus the popular Rosa's Lounge stage that runs 11am-9pm every day during the fest. There is also a stage at the Park Grill, where you can sit down and get served food instead of juggling a plate on your lap.

The city is also encouraging people to go over to the Maxwell Street Market  (800 S. Desplaines) on Sunday, June 9, to see Dave Herrero play between noon and 2pm. The market is open from 9am–3pm.

If you cannot find something you like on this year's fest schedule, Yanni or Kenny G must be playing somewhere.
PLAN YOUR BLUES FEST WEEKEND
THINKING OUT LOUD 
R. I. P. TIM AUSTIN
10.6.56–4.3.19

Here is the information for the services for Tim Austin, Buddy Guy's longtime drummer:
Friday, April 12, 2019 
VIEWING | 3-8pm

Wallace  Funeral Home | 2020 W. Roosevelt Rd., Broadview
708.344.1288

Saturday, April 13, 2019
WAKE | 10am
SERVICE | 11am

Proviso Baptist Church | 1116 S. 5th Ave., Maywood
708.865.7389
provisobaptistchurch.com/

Immediately following the services there will be a REPAST featuring an R&B jam to celebrate Tim Austin's life:
Je'Nia Banquet Hall | ​3840 W. Madison
708.253.3909
TIM AUSTIN PHOTO © Chicago Blues News/Michael Murphy

MORE FEST NEWS. Blues on the Fox, held in Aurora at RiverEdge Park a week after the Chicago Blues Festival, has also released its lineup–and this year's lineup IMO is much better than last year:
JUNE 14
Ana Popovic | 7pm
Taj Mahal Quartet | 9pm
JUNE 15
Jamiah Rogers | 3pm
Ronnie Baker Brooks | 5pm
Coco Montoya | 7pm
Robert Randolph & The Family Band | 9pm
The big selling point for this fest is the price: $10/day through May 31; $20/day beginning June 1. Tickets are online only through April 15.

BUY A RECORD OR TWO. It's Record Store Day on Saturday, April 13, and Bob's Blues & Jazz Mart is celebrating (1-230pm) with a performance by the Smiley Tillmon Blues Band featuring Kate Moss. Refreshments will be available. Go down and say hi to Bob (and buy something).

CELEBRATING A LIFE. There are two big celebration of life fundraisers coming up to celebrate the incredible life of local musician Mike Ledbetter and help raise money to support his family. The Chicago version will be Sunday, Apr 14 (730pm) at Buddy Guy's Legends. The Elgin version will be the next day (Monday, April 15, 6-1030pm) at Danny's on Douglas.

Both events will feature  an incredible lineup of musicians: The Nick Moss Band (with Patrick Seals and Taylor Streiff), Charlie Baty, John Primer, Rick Estrin, Lurrie Bell, Mike Welch, Jason Ricci, Rico McFarland, Dan Carelli, Kid Andersen, Laura Chavez, Kenny Smith, Nick Fane, Kate Moss, Blaze Thomas and more. There also will be a silent auction with signed guitars, CDs, t-shirts and other items.
NOTE: From the lists that I have seen, Jimmy Johnson will only appear at the Chicago event  and Anson Funderburgh and Danielle Nicole will only be at the Elgin show.
Tickets are $35 (VIP $150)
BUY TICKETS–CHICAGO
BUY TICKETS–ELGIN
MICHAEL LEDBETTER PHOTO © Chicago Blues News/Karen Murphy

DID YOU KNOW....The Association for Cultural Equity, a nonprofit organization founded by folklorist Alan Lomax in the 1980s, has digitized more than 17,400 songs and interviews recorded by Lomax beginning in the 1940s and continuing into the 1990s. Amazingly, the entire archive is online for free listening. The Global Jukebox is also kinda interesting, but it takes some effort to find the few blues songs included right now.
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LEND A HAND.  The Montford Point Marines, a group of African-American military veterans, are fighting to save their chapter's building in the 7000 block of South Vincennes after falling behind on taxes and building repairs. If you want show these vets a little love for their service, head down to The Water Hole on Sunday, April 28 (3-9pm). For your $10 donation, you will get entertainment from three blues bands (see PLAN AHEAD below) plus appetizers. There also will be a cash bar and the kitchen will be open if you want more food. 
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R.I.P. BARBARA LESHOURE. I just learned that blues diva Barbara LeShoure has passed. She had been living in Minnesota for many years and had several strokes in recent years. I was in the audience on many occasions when Ms. LeShoure took over the stage at Kingston Mines and blew the door off the joint. Her funeral is scheduled for Saturday, April 13:
Shiloh Temple
1201 W. Broadway
Minneapolis, MN
612.302.1463
www.shilohtemple.com
VISITATION: 10am
SERVICES: 11am-1pm

HAVE A LISTEN
Cryin'
Let It Rock

ONE MORE THING. ZZ Top, which has been known to get pretty bluesy now and then, is celebrating 50 years of being that "Lil' Old Band" with a stop at the Hollywood Casino Ampitheatre in Tinley Park on Saturday, Sept. 7. Opening act is Cheap Trick. As usual, I wish they would have picked a blues band to open a Chicago area show, but I understand many fans will be beside themselves with joy.
OUT AND ABOUT
Tommy Castro photo © Chicago Blues News/Karen Murphy

OUT AND ABOUT
APR 4 @ City Winery
Tommy Castro and the Painkillers
OPENING ACT: Kevin Burt

Tommy Castro
has a loyal following for the most obvious of reasons: He is a charismatic performer who puts on a great rockin' blues show. Add an opening act like Kevin Burt and you have a perfect pair.
THE PHOTOS
TICKET GIVEAWAYS
WED, MAY 15 @ City Winery
DEADLINE TO ENTER: WED, MAY 1 @ Midnight

David Bromberg Quintet
He's been called an American icon by none other than Dr. John and is a renowned violin expert with a shop called David Bromberg's Fine Violins in Wilmington, DE.  His musical journey began with blues–and that is where he has returned. His first release for Red House Records is The Blues, The Whole Blues, and Nothing But the Blues, a collection that spans a wide variety of blues styles from traditional to country and gospel-style blues. 

HOW TO ENTER
EMAIL SUBJECT: Bromberg plays the blues

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.
GET OUT
So many choices, so little time. Know about a show I don't? Tell Me About It...please.
ONE MORE THING:
Always call before you go if you have your heart set on a particular show...things can change.

ONLINE CALENDAR  |  FESTIVALS
FRI, APR 12
Joyann Parker, Tracee Adams
Legends

Paul Kaye & The Blues Cartel
The Water Hole

Studebaker John & The Hawks
Johnny's Blitz Sports Bar, Westmont

BLUES-ISH: Chris Smither
FitzGerald's, Berwyn

Lil' Ed and the Blues Imperials
BLUES

SAT, APR 13
BLUES BRUNCH (11am)
Will Tilson and John Kattke

River Roast

Chicago Rhythm & Blues Kings
House of Blues

Liz Mandeville
American Legion Post 973

Nick Moss & Friends
Smoke Daddy

Dave Herrero
Nick's Beer Garden

Rico McFarland
Rosa's Lounge

SUN, APR 14
Joe Moss, Doktu Rhute Muuzic

House of Blues

Pistol Pete
BLUES

Mike Ledbetter
Celebration of Life–Chicago

Many, many performers scheduled
Buddy Guy's Legends
MON, APR 15
Mike Ledbetter
Celebration of Life–Elgin

Many, many performers scheduled
Danny's on Douglas, Elgin
(6-1030pm)

THE MONDAY BLUES
Will Tilson

Untitled

TAX DAY
Do You Know Where Your Money Went?


TUES, APR 16
Guy King, Corey Dennison

House of Blues

Dave Weld and
the Imperial Flames

Hyatt Regency McCormick Place (730pm)

TUESDAY BLUESDAY
with Vance "Guitar" Kelly and
the Backstreet Blues Band

Beer Geeks, Highland, IN

WED, APR 17
Luca Chiellini

Smoke Daddy

Mississippi Heat, Keithen Banks
House of Blues

Blue Coast Band
Legends

THURS, APR 18
Devil in a Woodpile

The Hideout (6-730pm)

Jeremiah Johnson Band
Kankakee Valley Boat Club

Skip Towne & The Greyhounds
210Live, Highwood
PLAN AHEAD
SUN, APR 28 @ 3-9m
FUNDRAISER:
Montford Point Marine Assn.
Building Fund

featuring Ice Cold Blues,
Low-reen & The Maxwell St. Market
 Blues Band and
Vernon St. Blues
The Water Hole
WED, MAY 1 
Little Walter's Birthday (7pm)
with Billy Branch and
the Sons of Blues

and a cast of thousands
Buddy Guy's Legends

THURS, JULY 25
Reverend Peyton's
Big Damn Band

SPACE, Evanston
APR 11
Frank Krakowski           
Luther "Guitar Jr." Johnson       

APR 13
Roger Stolle     

APR 14
Joseph "Mojo" Morganfield  

APR 15
Tommy Castro       
 
APR 17
Kate Moss        
Dan Carelli       
Byther Smith    

BIRTHDAY REMEMBRANCES
APR 12
Hound Dog Taylor       
Shakey Jake Harris      
  

APR 15
Bessie Smith    
Frank Frost     
 

APR 16
Johnny Littlejohn         
Artie "Blues Boy" White  
APR 17
Theresa Needham        
Jimmy "T99" Nelson     
Clifford Gibson 
Jimmy Nelson  


APR 18
Little Brother Montgomery       
Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown   
BELATED WISHES 
I must have missed someone...but I am sure you celebrated without me.
 
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