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MAY 3–MAY 9, 2019
ONLINE CALENDAR  |  FESTIVALS
FORWARD TO A FELLOW BLUES LOVER
OUT AND ABOUT
MAY 1, 2019 @ Buddy Guy's Legends
Little Walter Tribute

All I have the energy to say right now is, "You shoulda been there...and you shoulda stayed until the end."  The parade of talent that took the stage at Legends last night confirmed to me that Chicago is the undisputed capital of the blues–and the blues is in really good hands. The photos above don't even begin to tell the full story.

Stay tuned for many more photos next week.
THINKING OUT LOUD 
SAYING GOODBYE. If you are in Memphis on May 4, you can attend Cash McCall's  funeral. Cash lost his battle with lung cancer on April 20.
THE FUNERAL
Saturday, May 4, 2019
Wake: 10:30 am 
Funeral: Noon
The Healing Center Full Gospel Baptist Church
3885 Tchulahoma Rd., Memphis
901.370.4673
memphishealingcenter.com
LEARN A LITTLE ABOUT CASH
CASH McCALL PHOTO by Nola Blue Records

Don't forget that McCall recently recorded a new CD with his buddy, Benny Turner, called Goin' Back Home.  And Benny Turner will be at Chicago Blues Fest on Friday, June 7 at 12:15pm at the Crossroads Stage.

WELCOME BACK! Jim "Ang" Anderson, Kingsnakes lead singer who relocated to Asheville, NC, last year, is back in town for a short stay. While he is here, you can catch the Kingsnakes at the Harlem Ave. Lounge in Berwyn on Friday, May 3, and on Saturday, May 4 at Grape and Grain in Homewood with special guest Sonny Lee Tritt.

WAAAAAAAAH! It was a beautiful thing the last couple of summers when Buddy Guy's Legends sponsored the Wednesday night blues shows at the Miller Lite Beer Garden on Navy Pier. You could see blues from 515-9pm and then watch the fireworks. Not gonna happen this year. This year the free Live on the Lake! music series at Navy Pier will be on Saturdays–with three bands each week and just a few blues shows.

61 AND 49. It's been good for Mississippi tourism (yes, of course, I took a look when I had the chance) and the idea of selling your soul to the devil for certain powers certainly makes for good copy. It you want something closer to the real story, though, a new installment of the NetFlix ReMastered series, Devil at the Crossroads, reframes the Robert Johnson story using animation since there is no archival footage and only two photos of Johnson exist. Keith Richards, Keb' Mo', Taj Mahal, John P. Hammond and Johnson's grandson make appearances. Also part of the ReMastered series are films on Johnny Cash, Sam Cooke and Bob Marley.
FIND OUT MORE
READ KAHRON SPEARMAN'S ARTICLE ABOUT THE JOHNSON FILM
ONE MORE THING: Crossroads, the version of Johnson's Cross Road Blues recorded by Cream in the lates 1960s, is in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as one of the 500 Songs That Shaped Rock and Roll.  And Rolling Stone named it #3 on its list of the Greatest Guitar Songs of All Time, mostly because of a certain guitar player's licks. 

NEW BLUES. The International Songwriting Competition (ISC) has announced its 2018 winners –and not only did an R&B song  (by Reginald Lamar Williams Jr.,–aka R.LUM.R) win the Grand Prize, but there was a blues category and these are the winners:
First Place | Jack De Keyzer (Toronto)
My Love Has Gone
Second Place | Jim Allchin, Tom Hambridge, and Richard Fleming (Seattle and Nashville)
Two Bad Dreams featuring Bobby Rush
Third Place | Tommy Castro (San Rafael, CA)
My Old Neighborhood
Note that the blues judges included John Mayall, Joe Louis Walker and Bruce Iglauer (Alligator Records Boss).
LISTEN TO THE WINNERS
ENTER THE 2019 COMPETITION 
FYI: In 2018, the ISC received almost 19,000 entries from 140 countries.
TOMMY CASTRO PHOTO © Chicago Blues News/Karen Murphy

PEACE, LOVE AND ONE BIG CLUSTER$%#@! I wasn't planning to go to Watkins Glen, NY, in August to relive my youth– even though I would LOVE to see Country Joe McDonald again. That, apparently, was a good plan since, depending on who you believe, Woodstock50 is either DEAD or STILL GONNA HAPPEN (even though the main financier has pulled out).
AND ANOTHER
AND THE ROLLING STONE VERSION 
AND JUST FOR KICKS: THE LINEUP

If you care, there always is the other celebration being held at Bethel Woods that includes watching Woodstock: The Director's Cut on the historic field on Thursday, Aug. 15. Call me crazy, but my couch (with my emotional support cats by my side) sounds more comfy.

MAKE YOUR SUMMER PLANS. Now that I finally updated the Festivals page online, I will be adding new festival that look interesting to me on a regular basis–so check often so you don't miss anything supercool. By the way, the 2nd Annual Windy City Blues Fest is scheduled for SEPT 6–8, which (I think) might conflict with the Maxwell St. Blues Fest (no word on that one yet). The lineup is still being filled in, but looks pretty good, and includes a little authentic Mississippi Hill Country blues.

SCHEDULE CHANGE. Back in March, I mentioned that Guitar Shorty would be at Tailgaters Sports Bar & Grill in Bolingbrook on May 3. Apparently, the date has changed to Thursday, May 23. Dave Weld and the Imperial Flames will open (even though the Tailgaters' website seems to be keeping that a secret for now).

BLUES IN THE BURBS. The Venue, a new club opening June 1 in Aurora (21 S. Broadway Ave.), has already sold out its first show with Toronzo Cannon. The club will be booking "nationally recognized talent in all genres of music from blues and big band, to rock and world music, and everything in between." The new club is a part of the Fox Valley Music Foundation, a 501(c)3 nonprofit dedicated to music education and preservation.  The club is currently booking acts for the 2019-2020 seasons. Send band information to steve@fvmf.org.
OTHER SHOWS AT THE VENUE WE CARE ABOUT
June 14 Blues on the Fox Afterparty
Steepwater Band (BLUES-ISH)
June 15 Blues on the Fox Afterparty
Wayne Baker Brooks

ANOTHER DELAY.
Yes, those CD mentions are coming...next week (really).

2019 Chicago Blues Festival
June 7–9, 2019 | Millennium Park

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APRIL 24, 2019 
@ SPACE, Evanston
Otis Rush's 85th Birthday Tribute

Otis Rush's wife Masaki funded this wonderful tribute to her late husband that was produced by Dick Shurman. Otis Rush, as you should already know, is one of Chicago's legendary blues guitarists. The 15-piece band, which included out-of-town guests Curtis Salgado, Janiva Magness and Mike Welch, performed songs from 1956–1958 Cobra sessions album. You could feel the love for Otis throughout the room–coming from fans like me who loved his music, the musicians who either played with him or were influenced by him, and his loving family, who are still grieving the loss of their beloved.

THE PHOTOGRAPHIC EVIDENCE
APRIL 28, 2019
@ The Water Hole

FUNDRAISER 
Montford Point Marines Building Fund

featuring Ice Cold Blues, Low-reen and the Maxwell St. Market Blues Band and the Vernon St. Blues Band

We stopped by the fundraiser fro the Montford Point Marines, Chicago Chapter to show our support. They had fallen behind in their taxes and building repairs and were in danger of losing their building on the far South Side.

In case you wondered,  these Marines are WWII Veterans and the first African-Americans to serve in the Marine Corps from August 1942 through September 1949 at a segregated boot camp located in Camp Lejeune, NC. MPMA membership is open to all military veterans and active duty personnel, including a structure of support from their families within an Auxiliary and Society. 

According to info on their GoFundMe page, the marines were able to raise the money to keep their facility open. The page says, "Through...generous donations especially Susanna Mendoza’s of 141,550 dollars, we are able to meet our tax obligations and with an excess of 90,000 dollars we will begin our building repairs."

HERE'S A FEW PHOTOS
APRIL 27, 2019
@ Daley Plaza


GERMANY WEEK

We couldn't make it in time to catch The Original Chicago Blues All Stars  with Fernando Jones’ Blues Kids from Chicago and Scott Cvelbar’s Blues Project from Valpo, IN, but we did get there for the discussion about the Blues Perception in Europe lead by Consul General (and blues aficionado) Herbert Quelle and featuring Billy Branch, author/songwriter Terry Abrahamson (In the Belly of the Blues) and Klaus "Mojo" Kilian from Frankfort, Germany. The discussion focused specifically on impact of Horst Lippmann’s and Fritz Rau’s American Folk Blues Festival on the music scene in Europe. It was supposed to be followed by a concert by Berlin-based boogie-woogie pianist Frank Muschalle and a movie screening, The Soul of a Man. Instead, the terrible weather caused the event to be shut down after the panel discussion. As we were heading out to brave the icy sleet, Branch and Muschalle gave a mini-concert (very mini). Aaah, Chicago in the Spring.
HERE'S A FEW PHOTOS

NOTE: There is an exhibition  of posters, letters and photos from the American Folk Blues Festivals that will run through Saturday, May 11 (TUES–SAT, Noon–4pm) at Blues Heaven Foundation.

AND ANOTHER NOTE. Germany Week continues through Sunday. If nothing else, you should be able to go hang at the beer tent in Daley Plaza this weekend when the weather turns sublime.
TICKET GIVEAWAYS
PHOTOS: (l-r) Corky Siegel, Toronzo Cannon and Lynne Jordan © Chicago Blues News

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THURS, JUN 6 @ City Winery

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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, MAY 3
Elmore James Jr. and
the Broomdusters

The Water Hole

BLUES-ISH: The Modern Sounds
California Clipper

Mississippi Heat, Corey Dennison
House of Blues

John Primer and
the Real Deal Blues Band

Rosa's Lounge

Blue Coast
Smoke Daddy

The Kingsnakes
Harlem Ave. Lounge, Berwyn

SAT, MAY 4
BLUES AND BREWS BRUNCH
Nigel Mack

River Roast

Dave Weld and the Imperial Flames
Spectrum Bar & Grill

Pistol Pete Blues Band
Harlem Ave. Lounge, Berwyn

Sherman "Moody" Thomas
With special guest Tracee Adams and
Walter Scott and the World Band
Checkerboard Lounge Chicago

Sons of Chicago
The Weather Mark Tavern

Lil' Ed and the Blues Imperials
BLUES
SUN, MAY 5
BLUES AND BREW BRUNCH

Erica Korak
River Roast

Joe Moss Band, Tom Holland
House of Blues

Chicago Wind Blues Band
featuring Deitra Farr

Blue Chicago

MON, MAY 6
Anthony Moser

Smoke Daddy

Diamond Jim Greene Trio
Ward 8, Evanston

TUES, MAY 7
Carlos Showers

Legends

Dan Carelli
Shaw's Crab House

Nick Moss Band, Guy King
House of Blues

WED, MAY 8
Mary Lane

Rosa's Lounge

Morry Sochat & The Special 20s
Legends

Scott Dirks Duo
Smoke Daddy Wrigleyville (4pm)

THURS, MAY 9
Mz Peachez and the Casanovas

Kingston Mines

South Side Blues Review with Godfather
Ambrosia Room
PLAN AHEAD
MAY 23
Guitar Shorty
Dave Weld and
    the Imperial Flames

Tailgaters Sports Bar & Grill
This is rescheduled from the original MAY 3 date.
FRI, MAY 24
Couldn't Stand the Weather Tribute to Stevie Ray Vaughan featuring Tallan Noble Latz

Brauer House, Lombard

SAT, JUN 8
Eddie Vaan Shaw (7pm)
63rd St. Coffeehouse
The beach in Jackson Park
May 3
Frank Sennish (fan)
Freddie Roulette


May 7
Lazer Lloyd

May 8
Joe Bonamassa
Carlos Showers

 
May 9
Bob Margolin

May 10
Greg Piccolo

BELATED WISHES 
If I missed your birthday, let me know. It was not intentional and I trust you managed to celebrate without me.
BIRTHDAY REMEMBRANCES
May 2
Connie Mack Booker

May 5
Blind Willie McTell
Johnnie Taylor
 
May 6
Eddie C. Campbell  
 
May 7
Amos “Bumble Bee Slim” Easton  
 
May 8
Robert Johnson
 
 
May 9
Dave Prater
 A.C. Reed  
 
May 10
Ted Bogan
Larry Williams
NOTE: No, this is not OUR Larry Williams, who plays bass with Mike Wheeler. This is the guy from New Orleans, who was a good friend of Little Richard
AND A HAPPY ANNIVERSARY!
May 4
Kate and Nick Moss 
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