THE JOINT IS JUMPIN'. Logan Center for the Arts on the campus of the University of Chicago is the place to be in October. The Second Monday Blues series curated by Billy Branch kicks off the 2019–2020 series with John Primer on Monday, Oct. 14 (7–9 pm) at Café Logan. Get there early if you want a good seat...it's a popular FREE event. SHAMELESS PROMOTION ALERT: While you are there, you can check out the photo exhibition in the cafe...I mean café...and see my photo that was chosen (or you can scroll down a little and see it right here). CHECK OUT THE SECOND MONDAY SCHEDULE
MORE LOGAN NEWS. If you were wondering about the Logan Center Blues Fest, there is good news and bad news. The bad news? Not gonna happen this year. The good news is that you can mark your calendar for OCT 16–19, 2020, and get increasingly giddy with anticipation as the date draws near. That's all I know right now.
BUDDY ON FILM. The Chicago International Film Festival will be held Oct. 16–27. The reason you might care is that this year the closing night celebration will feature a movie about Buddy Guy called The Torch. It will be screened at AMC River East on Oct. 27 at 6pm. There is also an After Party. The director, Jim Farrell, will be at the screening along with Buddy Guy and Quinn Sullivan. Tickets for both events are pricey, but it's only money.
CHANGE THE DATE. It appears that the (blues-ish) David Bromberg show originally scheduled for FRI, FEB 21, 2020, has been move to SAT, MAY 2. Perhaps Bromberg remembered what our beloved city is like in February. I do see that he is in Key West in late January 2020.
BUY A BRICK.The Blues Foundation is still selling Brick(s) for The Blues. If you want to be part of the fun and see your name on the street in Memphis, you have until Thursday, Oct. 31, to buy a brick or two ($250 for a 4x8 and $500 for an 8x8). The second installation will be in December 2019. FIND OUT MORE
HOW DID I MISS THIS?Journey to the Heart of the Blueswas on the BBC in September and I am still confused if there is a film or if there is only the audio recording. It appears that you can listen to the audio (120 minutes) online (click on the link above).
JAMMIN' IN THE BURBS.Jimmy's Charhouse (1180 W. Devon) in Elk Grove Village has expanded its open blues jam (which I think is always hosted by Danny Baron) to two days a month (1st and 3rd Sundays, 5–830pm). Next one is Sunday, Oct. 20.
Blues Before Sunrise 2: Interviews from the Chicago Scene
by Steve Cushing
This is a new collection of interviews from Chicago's own Steve Cushing, who has hosted the acclaimed and nationally syndicated Blues Before Sunrise radio show for 40 years. The book comes out Nov. 16, and includes 37 black & white photos.
R.I.P. MR. GIPSON. Henry "Gip" Gipson, the longtime owner of Gip's Place, a blues club and juke joint he ran out of his own backyard in Bessemer, AL, died Tuesday, Oct. 8. He was 99 and had been in hospice for the last few months. READ MORE
If you missed him the last time he came to town, now's your chance to see one of Canada's top harmonica players (he was named harmonica player of the year in 2014). Harpdog Brown & The Uptown Blues Band has a new recording they're promoting–For Love & Money–and Dog will be giving away a Deluxe edition (Green vinyl) of the recording at each of his Chicago shows. The deluxe edition includes photos and lyrics inside plus a digital download of the whole album. Come on down!
HERE'S WHAT YOU DO TO WIN JUST SHOW UP–at either Smoke Daddy (on Division) or Lizards Liquid Lounge (NOTE: You MUST be at the show to win). ENTER THE CONTEST–Just throw you name in the hat (or whatever they are using), get a drink, enjoy the music and wait to hear your name called NOTE:If you don't win, I suspect they will have CDs on hand you can buy.
I took this photo of Toronzo Cannon at the opening of The Venue in Aurora on June 1, 2019. It is one of 18 (I think) photos that are part of the juried exhibition at Cafe Logan in the Logan Center on the University of Chicago campus.
Exhibitions runs through Sunday, Dec. 8, 2019.
FRIDAY, DEC 6 @ 6pm Artist Closing and Award Ceremony
Open to the Public
Come on down!
If I had the stamina to be out every night, this is where I would go. Sometimes, it's hard to choose, so there are two options. This is CHICAGO, so there are a LOT OF OTHER CHOICES if you don't like my ideas.
Just check the ONLINE CALENDAR.
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.
FRI, OCT 11 Andrew Duncanson &
The Gerry Hundt Three
I think this is the first time you will ever hear Specter sing–but probably not the last. Seriously.
Next issue, I promise there will be many more CDs to think about. The holiday buying season is fast approaching.
OUT AND ABOUT
The thing about doing the newsletter every OTHER week is that I have more time to be OUT AND ABOUT...and that is a good thing until photo editing time. This time, we went to a birthday bash, a blues fest, a CD release party, the Woodlawn Tap and Smoke Daddy (the one that doesn't force the band to play underneath the stairs).
Dave Weld usually goes to Buddy Guy's house (aka Legends) to celebrate his birthday–and Buddy usually gets on stage for a minute, too. This year was no different–EXCEPT that Dave and his band, the Imperial Flames, won the Chicago Blues Challenge the day before this party and will be heading down to Memphis in January to compete in the International Blues Challenge. It couldn't happen to a nicer bunch of musicians. Oh, yeah. There also was a lot of cake. CHECK OUT THE PHOTOS
The weather didn't cooperate like it should have, which likely contributed to the sparse crowd. Those of us who braved the weather were treated to a wonderful lineup of talent: Ax and the Hatchetmen
Kevin Purcell and the Nightburners
Bob Corritore's Chicago Blues Reunion with Tail Dragger, Willie Buck, Oscar Wilson and Lurrie Bell backed by Bob Stroger, Billy Flynn, Kenny Smith and Bob Corritore Tennessee Redemption–Brandon Santini and Jeff Jensen Annika Chambers
Robert Randolph & The Family Band
We didn't stay for the last band since even I have my limits for how long I can be cold and wet. I was amazed by Tennessee Redemption (okay, specifically Jeff Jensen) and yes, I took way too many photos of him. All that hair flinging gets me every time. Larkin Poe really is gonna have to up their hair-flinging game if they ever hope to compete with Jensen.
There also was another stage–at the other end of the stadium and up a steep flight of stairs–where they held this year's Chicago Blues Challenge. As mentioned above, Dave Weld and the Imperial Flames won the band competition and Long Tall Deb and Colin John took the Duo honors. Good luck in Memphis everyone!
CD RELEASE PARTY | SEPT 30, CITY WINERY TORONZO CANNON Toronzo is out promoting his latest CD, The Preacher, The Politician or The Pimp–and it doesn't seem to be a hard sell to his adoring fans. We've been watching Toronzo for a while now and, in addition to being a photographer's dream, he has it all: the talent, the charm and all the right moves. For this show, two of Chicago's reigning blues divas–Nora Jean Bruso and Lynne Jordan–also made brief appearances. CHECK OUT THE PHOTOS
We have tried to catch this group of old friends before, but seem to always show up when they have taken the week off. It's a great way to spend a Sunday afternoon before a new week begins. The usual suspects are Willie Greeson, Scott Dirks, Dave Waldman and Laurence Glasser. And you never know who else might drop by. From what Glasser is posting on his Facebook page, it seems like the SUNDAY SESSIONS at the Woodlawn Tap will be weekly (like they should be). There's no cover, cheap food and free parking. What's not to like? HERE'S A FEW PHOTOS
It seemed like the perfect place to take a few Floridians (OKAY, former Chicagoans) who were in town for the weekend and wanted to get some good grub and hear a little blues on a Thursday night. They LOVED it and we always love hearing Donna Herula and her many friends (in this case, Reverend Robert) do their thing. The lighting was challenging so these photos are all I got this time.
SUN, OCT 27 Marty Sammon's
New Orleans Blues Fling
featuring Lynne Jordan (6pm)
VFW 2791 Bremen Post, Tinley Park
SAT, NOV 2 Eric Lindell and
Anson Funderburgh Duo
The Venue, Aurora
MON, NOV 4 BLUES-ISH: Preservation Hall
Jazz Band–A Tuba to Cuba
FRI, NOV 29 Samantha Fish
with Nicholas David
SUN, DEC 15 BLUES-ISH: Marcus King Band
THURS, DEC 19 HOLIDAYSHOW
Chicago Blues SuperSession(730pm)
Hey Nonny, Arlington Heights
FRI, DEC 20 A BLUESCHRISTMAS
with Toronzo Cannon, Lil' Ed, Lynne Jordan and Matthew Skoller
Navy Pier, Aon Grand Ballroom
OCT 10 Michael Jozwiak
OCT 12 Frank Bang
OCT 13 Pierre Lacocque
OCT 14 Marty Sammon
OCT 16 Sugar Pie DeSanto
OCT 17 Holle Thee Maxwell
OCT 19 Brett Champlin
OCT 20 Vasti Jackson
OCT 21 Elvin Bishop
OCT 22 Bo Ricketts
OCT 23 Kathy Cahoon (partner of the late Michael Ledbetter)
OCT 24 Corky Siegel
Ice Mike Thomas
BELATED WISHES If I missed your birthday, more cake for you. Please let me know the date for next year so I can add you to the list.
OCT 9 O.V. Wright
OCT 10 Ivory Joe Hunter
OCT 12 Nappy Brown
OCT 14 Jimmy Liggins
OCT 15 Victoria Spivey
OCT 16 Big Joe Williams
OCT 18 Chuck Berry
OCT 19 William “Piano Red” Perryman
OCT 20 Jelly Roll Morton
John Dudley Moore
OCT 21 Doctor Ross
OCT 23 Rufus “Speckled Red” Perryman