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OCT 11–OCT 24 2019
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THINKING OUT LOUD 
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.
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HOW DID I MISS THIS? Journey to the Heart of the Blues was 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.

READING MATERIAL. Here's a couple of new books you might find interesting:
Mississippi Juke Joint Confidential: House Parties, Hustlers and the Blues Life
by Roger Stolle
Of course there are no reviews on Amazon, but you can buy it there for $21.99. I think that's a deal.

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.
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FREE STUFF
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. 


HERE'S PHOTOS FROM THE 2018 UPTOWN GIG
DOCUMENTING THE BLUES
Chicago Jazz & Blues: A Photographer's View 2019

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.

THE DEETS
Exhibitions runs through Sunday, Dec. 8, 2019.

FRIDAY, DEC 6 @ 6pm
Artist Closing and Award Ceremony
Open to the Public
Come on down!

GET OUT
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

Smoke Daddy

Shemekia Copeland
SPACE, Evanston
(only standing room left)

SAT, OCT 12
Joseph "Mojo" Morganfield
Johnny's Blitz Sports Bar
Westmont

Corky Siegel with Tracy Nelson
SPACE, Evanston

SUN, OCT 13
Smiley Tillmon Blues Band
with Kate Moss

Legends

MON, OCT 14
SECOND MONDAY BLUES
John Primer with Billy Branch

Cafe Logan, Logan Center
for the Arts, University of Chicago

TUES, OCT 15
Blue Coast Band
Legends

WED, OCT 16
BLUES JAM
Big Ray and Chicago's
Most Wanted

BLUES

THURS, OCT 17
AFTERWORK BLUES (530pm)
Mike Wheeler Band

River Roast

Coco Montoya
Club Arcada, St. Charles
FRI, OCT 18
Jamiah Rogers Blues Band
Harlem Ave. Lounge, Berwyn

SAT, OCT 19
BLUES 88s:
Mick Archer and John Talmadge

Skokie Theatre

RECORD RELEASE
Billy Branch and
The Sons of Blues

The Promontory

SUN, OCT 20
Paul Nelson
Legends

MON, OCT 21
Mike Wheeler Band
with Demetria Taylor

Blue Chicago

TUES, OCT 22
Vintage #18, Guy King
House of Blues

WED, OCT 23
Bear Williams
Legends

BLUES JAM
with Lowreen & the Maxwell
St. Market Blues Band featuring
Cadillac Rob

The Water Hole

THURS, OCT 24
Harpdog Brown and
the Uptown Blues Band

Lizards Liquid Lounge
NEW CD
There seems to be a lot of new music coming out. Here's just one you should consider:

DAVE SPECTER Blues from the Inside Out
featuring Jorma Kaukonen and Brother John Kattke

IMPORTANT DATES
WORLD RADIO PREMIERE: OCT 13 on WXRT's Blues Breakers hosted by Tom Marker
RELEASE DATE: OCT. 16
RELEASE PARTY: NOV 6 at SPACE, Evanston

TWO MORE THINGS:

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!


CHECK OUT THE HAIR-FLINGING AND OTHER PHOTOS
Nora Jean Bruso and Toronzo Cannon © Chicago Blues News/Karen Murphy

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.
PLAN AHEAD
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

Thalia Hall

FRI, NOV 29
Samantha Fish
with Nicholas David

Thalia Hall
SUN, DEC 15
BLUES-ISH: Marcus King Band
Thalia Hall

THURS, DEC 19
HOLIDAY SHOW
Chicago Blues SuperSession
 (730pm)
Hey Nonny, Arlington Heights

FRI, DEC 20
A BLUES CHRISTMAS
with Toronzo Cannon, Lil' Ed, Lynne Jordan and Matthew Skoller

Navy Pier, Aon Grand Ballroom
OCT 10
Michael Jozwiak
Sharon Lewis


OCT 12
Frank Bang   

OCT 13
Pierre Lacocque

OCT 14
Marty Sammon
Kenny Neal


OCT 16
Sugar Pie DeSanto

OCT 17
Holle Thee  Maxwell
Marvin Little
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. 
BIRTHDAY REMEMBRANCES
OCT 9
O.V. Wright

OCT 10
Ivory Joe Hunter

OCT 12
Nappy Brown

OCT 14
Jimmy Liggins
Son Thomas


OCT 15
Victoria Spivey
Robert Ward


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
Boozoo Chavis


OCT 24
Sonny Terry
Willie Mabon
Jimmy Dawkins
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