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SEPT 21–27, 2018 
ONLINE CALENDAR  |  FESTIVALS
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HOT TUNA ELECTRIC PHOTO © Chicago Blues News/Michael Murphy

OUT AND ABOUT
SEPT 10 @ Rialto Theatre, Tucson
Hot Tuna Electric
I know that the acoustic version of the band will be here in December at the Old Town School, but honestly I prefer the electric version and happened to be in the relative area of the Tucson show–give or take a hundred or so miles.

The show was as great as I expected it to be and I learned that the band has somewhat of a cult following when we met three guys who had  driven from New Jersey (you heard me!) to see them in Arizona (there must be more to the story that I wasn't told). They also caught the show at the Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts and declared the Scottsdale venue much better (of course it was...it's Snottsdale.) To be fair, the Rialto is old and in the process of being renovated.

HERE'S THE EVIDENCE
Big Jay McNeely playing on his back, Los Angeles, 1951 | by Bob Willoughby (Jazz Ascona, on Flickr)

R.I.P. Big Jay McNeely
4.29.27 – 9.16.18
One-of-a-kind tenor sax player Cecil “Big Jay” McNeely has died of advanced prostate cancer. He was 91. I only had the pleasure of seeing him once, when he appeared at the Chicago Blues Fest in 2007 and was already in his 80s. The way he blew off the stage and tore through the crowd was jaw-dropping. What a performer!
READ THE NY TIMES OBIT
READ THE LA TIMES OBIT

HAVE  LISTEN
2007 Chicago Blues Fest

Good Woman Blues 

Big Jay McNeely with David Drazin on piano
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Deacon's Hop, Big Jay McNeely and Detroit Gary Wiggins

Live in LA (1983)

1998 Burghausen, Big Jay McNeely  with Dana Gillespie and The Bad Boys 

Funky Bug
THINKING OUT LOUD 
BYE FOR NOW. After my super horrible Thursday and the fact that I never went on European hours this past summer, I will be taking a brief break after today's newsletter. Don't worry. I will keep the calendar up to date and will be back with a new newsletter and the same ol' attitude on OCT. 12. Be sure to go out and hear live music while I stare at the wall and regroup. If I have anything to say that cannot wait a few weeks, I will post it (UGH) on Facebook.

NOT DEAD YET. Last week, I inadvertently put Billy Boy Arnold in the Birthday Remembrance list rather than the Celebrate list. As I am sure you know, Billy Boy Arnold is still celebrating--at the age of 83 years young. In fact, you can see for yourself OCT. 5 at Rosa's Lounge.

HARD-WORKING MAN. Toronzo Cannon, who drives a CTA bus in addition to being one of Chicago's most electrifying blues guitarists, vocalists and songwriters, is one of a dozen CTA employees currently featured in a CTA ad campaign. The ad is below, buy you can also see it in and on buses, at elevated train and subway stations and inside train cars. 


THE NEW BLUES BROTHERS? The new indie comedy caper, Chasing the Blues, will be shown at the Siskel Film Center in Chicago on Oct. 12. Here's the plot summary from the promos: 
"Two rival record collectors attempt to con an old lady out of a rare but cursed 1930s blues record. When a series of unfortunate circumstances lands them in jail, the feud festers for over 20 years until they are released from prison and get a second chance at snagging the vinyl – this time from a more formidable foe."
The soundtrack mixes traditional and modern blues, which is enough to get me in the theater (I'm easy). Plus, I like two of the cast members: Jon Lovitz and Steve Guttenberg.
WATCH THE TRAILER
www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kr5aAvFLa8Y

LAST CALL (I THINK). The Original Chicago Blues All-Stars have been hosting a jam at the The Quarry Event Center (2423 E. 75th St.) all summer (I think). I never mentioned it before because no one told me (hint).  The last one seems to be this Monday, Sept. 24. I know, I am supposed to spend all my time scouring Facebook so I know about everything....
PHOTO COLLAGE © Chicago Blues News
(l-r) Freddie Dixon, Eddie Taylor Jr., Ivy Ford, Tomiko Dixon, Matthew Curry, Lurrie Bell, Mike Wheeler and Carlise Guy

 
HOT SHOW OF THE WEEK
SEPT 22-23 | Cermak Woods, Lyons
Windy City Blues Festival
Two stages, more than 40 acts featuring many of Chicago's finest and a few out-of-towners, plus plenty of food and drink. Can you really think of a better way to celebrate what could be the last gasp of summer in the city?
FIND OUT MORE
GET OUT
So many choices, so little time. Know about a show I don't? Tell Me About It...please.

ONLINE CALENDAR  |  FESTIVALS
Looks like there are a LOT of good options so be sure to always have too much fun!
REMEMBER: Always call first. Things change.
FRI, SEPT 21
Rockin' Johnny

The Mangy Dawg
Hanover Park

Luca Chiellini,
Lil Red and the Rooster

Legends

Sheryl Youngblood Blues Band
Blue Chicago

Omar Coleman Blues Band
Harlem Ave. Lounge, Berwyn

SAT, SEPT 22
BLUES-ISH: Gerald McClendon

210Live, Highwood

Goin' Down South
Fullers Pub

Ivy Ford Band
TR's Front Row, Waukegan

Shoji Naito, Tom Albanese
Cafe La Fortuna, Willowbrook

Giles Corey
House of Blues

SUN, SEPT 23
Luke Pytel with Demetria Taylor

Blue Chicago

Neil Rose Band
Maxwell St. Market (11am-2pm)

Skyla Burrell, Doktu Rhute
House of Blues
MON, SEPT 24
Breezy Rodio

Smoke Daddy

JW Williams and
the Chi-town Hustlers

Kingston Mines

TUES, SEPT 25
Big Dog Mercer

Shaw's Crab House

Erwin Helfer
Hungry Brain

Tail Dragger & The All-Stars
The Water Hole

WED, SEPT 26
Otis Taylor Band

SPACE, Evanston

Paul Kaye with
Trombone Dave Ramey

A Cuban Experience, Waukegan

BLUES-ISH
Marcus King Band,
Bishop Gunn

Thalia Hall

THURS, SEPT 27
Luke Pytel's Birthday Party

with Ronnie G
BLUES

Laura Rain
Legends
OUT AND ABOUT
SEPT 12 @ City Winery

Davina & The Vagabonds
The Claudettes

While it is a huge stretch to call this a blues show, Davina is definitely blues-ish with her old-timey approach and The Claudettes are...I'm not quite sure. It was certainly a different show that what I expected, but that's what makes this group interesting. That–and Johnny Iguana.

HERE'S THE PHOTOS
DAVINA LOZIER PHOTO © Chicago Blues News/Karen Murphy
PLAN AHEAD

ROAD TRIP
SAT, SEPT 29
Blues Blast Music Awards
Tebala Event Center, Rockford
LIST OF PERFORMERS

OCT 11-13
All-Inn Music Festival
One wristband gets you into all
the venues on Halsted's Musical Mile
(includes Kingston Mines and BLUES)
MORE INFO

WED, NOV 28
Joel Paterson’s Hi-Fi Christmas
with  Beau Samples, Chris Foreman & Oscar Wilson
SPACE, Evanston

SUN, JAN 15
Corky Siegel’s Chamber Blues 
featuring Tracy Nelson
City Winery

FRI, FEB 22, 2019
Jonny Lang
Arcada Theatre, St. Charles
Birthdays will run THURSDAY – WEDNESDAY, even though the newsletter DATE is FRI – THURS (somehow this makes sense)
CELEBRATE!
SEPT 22
Tomiko Dixon
Bobby Radcliff


SEPT 27
Bob Corritore
Andrew Ogrodzinski (Big Boss Band)

SEPT 30
Tail Dragger

OCT 2
Coco Montoya
Nick Gravenites


OCT 3
Guy King
Billy Branch
Rick Estrin


OCT 4
Oscar Wilson

OCT 5
Roy Book Binder

OCT 6
Dave Weld
JB Ritchie 
Tim Austin
(Buddy Guy's drummer) 
Little Sonny  (aka Aaron Willis)

OCT 8
Barbara Ballin Newman

OCT 10
Michael Jozwiak (photographer)
BELATED WISHES
SEPT 14
Dedrick Blanchard

SEPT 15
Phil Berkowitz (The Lucky Losers)

REMEMBRANCES

SEPT 23
Ray Charles
Fenton Robinson
Mighty Joe Young


SEPT 24
Chick Willis

SEPT 25
Roosevelt "Booba" Barnes

SEPT 28
Koko Taylor
Houston Stackhouse

SEPT 30
ZZ Hill

OCT 1
George “Wild Child” Butler
Albert Collins

OCT 3
Stevie Ray Vaughan

OCT 9
OV Wright

 

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