WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW TUES, JUNE 4
with Tom Marker andWayne Baker Brooks
WDCB's Blues Time host Tom Marker will be out at FitzGerald's in Berwyn for the monthly Bluesday Tuesday concert. For this one, Wayne Baker Brooks will perform from 7-10pm and the first set (7-8pm) will be broadcast live on WDCB (90.9 FM Glen Ellyn–Chicago; 90.7 FM Chicago's West Loop). Be there–in person or on the airwaves.
WED, JUNE 5 6–10pm
GRAND OPENING: The Rolling Stones at Chess
Blues Heaven Foundation | 2120 S. Michigan Exhibit runs through Saturday, June 29 during regular Foundation Hours.
This photo exhibit celebrates the 55th anniversary of the Rolling Stones' 1st sessions at Chess. The photos (there were more than 2700 of the Stones) were taken by Bob Bonis, who was a talent agent at MCA and tour manager for the Rolling Stones' first five trips to the U.S. between 1964 and 1966 and also was the tour manager for all three of the Beatles' U.S. tours. He more or less threw the negatives in a box for almost 50 years, but now his estate has brought them out for all the world to see (and purchase limited edition prints).
RADIO BROADCAST: Delmark Blues Jam
with the Dave Specter Band and Friends
Live from Delmark's historic Riverside Studios in Chicago, Specter's performance will include a premier of one of the new songs from his upcoming album. Scott "Hambone" Hammer, host of WDCB's "Hambone's Blues Party," will host the live radio broadcast on WDCB (90.9 FM Glen Ellyn–Chicago; 90.7 FM Chicago's West Loop).
THURS, JUNE 6 The pre-party events are in full swing today. Noon–1pm
THE ART OF BLUES PIANO
with Erwin Helfer
Piano Forte Studios | 1335 S. Michigan
'DCB Jazz morning host Leslie Keros will host this live radio broadcast featuring Chicago's blues & boogie piano master Erwin Helfer. The event is free and open to the public.
AFTERWORK BLUES: Dave Herrero and Anne Harris
River Roast | 315 S. LaSalle
for the Hope Learning Academy
Bottom Lounge | 1375 W. Lake
featuring Joseph "Mojo" Morganfield & The Mannish Boyz, Mary Lane and the No Static Blues Band plus special guest Michael Damani NOTE: In last week's newsletter, it said Hope Academy, which is private Christian preparatory high school, when it should have said Hope Learning Academy,which serves children Kindergarten through 5th Grade on Chicago's West Side. GET A TICKET
RECORD ROW CONCERT SERIES
with Doktu Rhute Muuzic
Blue Heaven Foundation's Garden
This is the first concert of the 2019 season, which features weekly Thursday shows through early September.
WXRT BLUES BREAKERS BLUES FEST BROADCAST
with WXRT's Tom Marker and co-host Shemekia Copeland, and featuring The Kinsey Report and the Cash Box Kings
Buddy Guy's Legends | 700 S. Wabash
Will also be broadcast live on WXRT (93.1 FM)
PRE BLUES FESTS BASH
with Corky Siegel, Chamber Blues, Lynne Jordan, Toronzo Cannon and a few surprises!
City Winery | 1200 W. Randolph
BLUES FEST PRE-PARTY: ALL STAR HARMONICA BLAST
with Omar Coleman, Joe Nosek and Oscar Wilson, Rob Stone, Martin Lang, Mark Wydra, Willie "The Touch" Hayes, Brad Hayman and many special guests
Reggie's Music Joint | 2105 S. State
FRIDAY, JUNE 7 1–2pm
Maxwell Street: Capturing the Essence of a Remembered Forgotten Place
Chicago State University, Gwendolyn Brooks Library–Auditorium (9501 S. King Dr.)
Author Tim Cresswell will be discussing his book, Maxwell Street: Writing and Thinking Place with moderator Dr. Daniel Block, Chicago State Professor of Geography. It's free, open to the public and there will be food, too. MORE INFO
AND THEN THERE IS THE MAIN EVENT Like last year, I have created two one-sheets to get you through the weekend: a Festival Guide that lists all the acts on all the stages June 7–9 and an Around Town Guide that shows you what else is going on, during and after the fest ends each night. Unlike last year, I WILL NOT BE PRINTING OUT COPIES but you can easily print your own if you choose. You can even print extras for your friends. Note that they are .pdfs. THE 2019 CHICAGO BLUES FESTIVAL LINEUP
FROM THE CITY OF CHICAGO Their Tear Sheet and Map My lineup is organized by time and day; the city's version is by day and stage. Print what works for you.
IF YOU DRIVE(but please don't)
The Millennium Garages are located at Millennium Park Garage and Millennium Lakeside Garage
5 S. Columbus
Grant Park North Garage
25 N. Michigan
Grant Park South Garage
325 S. Michigan
VERY IMPORTANT NOTE:
Pre-purchase parking online andsave up to 50%off drive-up rates. WHO KNEW??????
AND ONE MORE THING
If you have not gone over to the Chicago History Museum to see AMPLIFIED: Chicago Blues, you have until Saturday, Aug. 10. Go...because that Chicago Blues Experience we keep waiting for (and were supposed to get this spring) has not yet materialized–and may never (yes, I am not always Pollyanna). If only the History Museum would keep the AMPLIFIED exhibit up until we had a real blues museum...Sorry, I was getting delusional again.
THINKING OUT LOUD
GOODBYE, LEON. Just as I was finishing up this newsletter, I read that Leon Redbone had died. Although he certainly wasn't classic blues, he was a little bit of everything. In keep with Redbone's style, the official announcement of his death said he was 127, but he was really 69. READ THE PEOPLE magazine story
GET A LITTLE ARTSY. The 57th St. Art Fair is this weekend (JUNE 1–2) and it seems like the weather might actually cooperate. Not only do you get to be in beautiful Hyde Park, thanks to Buddy Guy's Legends, there will be a little blues in the air. Go wander–and maybe even buy some art.
EXPANDING THE EMPIRE.Ron Onesti, operator of The Arcada Theatre and Cafe Arcada, Evanston Rocks and a few other venues, has taken on another project: the historic Des Plaines Theatre (1476 Miner Road in downtown Des Plaines), which has been closed since 2014. The plan is to re-open later this year with a 700-900 seat theatre, two restaurant spaces and a retail location. As long as there is some blues in the plan, we will be happy.
MAY 29 @ Rosa's Lounge Yoko Noge and the Osaka Blues Women
Rosa's Lounge was packed with fans of Yoko Noge, who made a rare appearance at Rosa's Lounge with a few of her Osaska friends. HERE'S A FEW PHOTOS
MAY 23 @ Chicago Cultural Center DIGGING OUR ROOTS:
A Listening Session
This was the last of a series of free listening sessions presented by the Jazz Institute of Chicago and the Jazz Journalists Assn. This one featured Billy Branch and WDCB DJ Leslie Keros discussing blues icons Junior Wells, Muddy Water, Howlin' Wolf and more with Howard Mandel, president of the Jazz Journalists Assn. Actually, it was more of a video viewing session than a discussion, but fun nevertheless. There was a lot to view so it definitely could have used a little more time. THE PHOTOS
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.
FRI, MAY 31
B.B. King's Blues Band
featuring Michael Lee
Arcada Theatre, St. Charles
Donna Herula Band
Jamiah Rogers Blues Band
Harlem Ave. Lounge, Berwyn
Nick's Beer Garden
Mac's on Slade, Palatine
SAT, JUNE 1 BLUES & BREWS BRUNCH
Original Chicago Blues All-Stars
1-3pm Lurrie Bell & Tail Dragger
with Frank Falduto
(Patio Daddi-o's) and Scott Dirks
Bob's Blues & Jazz Record Mart
Chicago Bound Blues Band
Willie Buck & The Thaddeus Krolicki Band
Smoke Daddy Wrigleyville
Rico McFarland Blues Band
SUN, JUNE 2 Note that Buddy Guy's Legends is closed today.
City News Cafe (Noon-2pm)
Shaw's Crab House
MON, JUNE 3
Smoke Daddy Wrigleyville
THE MONDAY BLUES
TUES, JUNE 4 BLUESDAY TUESDAY
with Tom Marker & Wayne Baker Brooks
Rockin' Johnny Burgin
Shaw's Crab House
WED, JUNE 5
JW Williams Blues Band with Laretha Weathersby
Lurrie Bell and Dan Carelli
Acoustic Blues Project
THURS, JUNE 6 BLUES FEST PRE-PARTY
All-Star Harmonica Blast
featuring Oscar Wilson
and Joe Nosek
plus many guests
Reggie's Music Joint
PRE-BLUES FEST BASH Corky Siegel & Chamber Blues, Lynne Jordan, Toronzo Cannon and surprises!
for the Hope Learning Academy
featuring Mojo Morganfield and the Mannish Boyz and Mary Lane and the No Static Blues Band plus special guest Michael Damani
The Bottom Lounge
WXRT BLUES BREAKERS BROADCAST (630-9pm)
Tom Marker with Shemekia Copeland plus The Kinsey Report and The Cash Box Kings
Buddy Guy's Legends
RECORD ROW CONCERT SERIES (6pm)
Doktu Rhute Muuzic
Blues Heaven Foundation Garden
THURS, JUL 18 Jon Cleary & The Absolute Monster Gentlemen
TUES, JUL 23 Greg Koch and Rick Vito
TUES, AUG 27 Robert Cray Band
JULY 26–27 MERCHANT STREET MUSIC FEST
Kankakee All these blues acts are on the Platform Stage
640pm | Sheryl Youngblood
8pm | Erin Harpe & The Delta Swingers
SAT, JUL 27
630pm | John Primer and the Real Deal Blues Band
750pm | Rockin' Johnny Burgin
920pm | Luke Winslow-King Trio merchantstreetmusicfest.com
MAY 30 Rick Holmstrom
JUNE 1 Rich DelGrosso (Mandolin player based in Houston)
JUNE 2 Luca Kiella Chiellini
JUNE 3 Tikyra Khamiir Jackson (Drummer, Southern Avenue)
JUNE 4 Tinsley Ellis
JUNE 6 Sugar Ray Norcia
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.