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
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
Saturday, April 13, 2019
WAKE | 10am
SERVICE | 11am
Proviso Baptist Church | 1116 S. 5th Ave., Maywood
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.
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. LEARN MORE
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. CONTRIBUTE TO THE GO FUND ME READ THE SUN-TIMES STORY
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:
1201 W. Broadway
612.302.1463 www.shilohtemple.com VISITATION: 10am SERVICES: 11am-1pm
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
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
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.
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.