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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.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).
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.
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."
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.
THE CLOCK HAS BEGUN TO TICK
THURS, JUN 6 @ City Winery DEADLINE TO ENTER:MON, MAY 20 @ Midnight
PRE-BLUES FEST BASH
Featuring Corky Siegel, Chamber Blues, Lynne Jordan, Toronzo Cannon and some special surprises
Start your blues fest weekend in fine style with some of Chicago's best.
HOW TO ENTER
EMAIL SUBJECT: Get the Blues Fest Party Started BODY OF EMAIL: Your name, email address & phone ENTER RIGHT NOW Remember that only Chicago Blues News subscribers can enter...but you can do it once each day during the contest.
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.