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MAY 31–JUNE 6 2019
ONLINE CALENDAR  |  FESTIVALS
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PEOPLE GET READY!
2019 Chicago Blues Festival
June 7–9, 2019 | Millennium Park

The big FREE blues party is just one week away so get some sleep now so you can take full advantage of Chicago at its most bluesy. 

ALL YOU REALLY NEED
2019 CHICAGO BLUES FEST LINEUP

2019 AROUND TOWN GUIDE

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW
TUES, JUNE 4
7–10pm
BLUESDAY TUESDAY
with Tom Marker and
Wayne Baker Brooks
FitzGerald's, Berwyn
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).

6–7pm
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.

530pm
AFTERWORK BLUES: Dave Herrero and Anne Harris

River Roast | 315 S. LaSalle

6–9pm
FUNDRAISER
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.
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6–730pm
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.

630-8pm
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)

8pm
PRE BLUES FESTS BASH
with Corky Siegel, Chamber Blues, Lynne Jordan, Toronzo Cannon and a few surprises!

City Winery | 1200 W.  Randolph

8pm
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
BOOK DISCUSSION:
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

THE 2019 AROUND TOWN GUIDE

OTHER INFO 
OUR BLUE FEST WEB PAGE

OUR ONLINE CALENDAR 

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 and save 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

HERE'S THE VARIETY STORY

Here's a little blues from Leon

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.

R.I.P. David Wright
10.13.53–5.26.19

David L. Wright, who had a blues show (Dave's Blues) on WEFT Community Radio in Champaign, IL, died May 26, He was  65. Wright was also a board member for Killer Blues Headstone Project
READ HIS OBIT
OUT AND ABOUT
Yoko Noge @ Chicago Blues News/Karen Murphy

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
 
The 2019 Billy Branch with Leslie Keros watching the young Billy Branch © Chicago Blues News/Karen Murphy

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
GET OUT
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 31
B.B. King's Blues Band
featuring Michael Lee

Arcada Theatre, St. Charles

Donna Herula Band
Smoke Daddy

Jamiah Rogers Blues Band
Harlem Ave. Lounge, Berwyn

Mississippi Heat
Nick's Beer Garden

Pistol Pete
Mac's on Slade, Palatine

SAT, JUNE 1
BLUES & BREWS BRUNCH
Original Chicago Blues All-Stars

River Roast

IN-STORE PERFORMANCE
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
Smoke Daddy

Willie Buck & The Thaddeus Krolicki Band
Smoke Daddy Wrigleyville

Rico McFarland Blues Band
BLUES

SUN, JUNE 2
Note that Buddy Guy's Legends is closed today.

Lurrie Bell
City News Cafe (Noon-2pm)

Omar Coleman
Shaw's Crab House

MON, JUNE 3
Luca Chiellini

Smoke Daddy Wrigleyville

THE MONDAY BLUES
Marty Sammon

Untitled
TUES, JUNE 4
BLUESDAY TUESDAY
with Tom Marker & Wayne Baker Brooks

FitzGerald's, Berwyn

Rockin' Johnny Burgin
Shaw's Crab House

WED, JUNE 5
JW Williams Blues Band 

with Laretha Weathersby
Blue Chicago

Lurrie Bell and Dan Carelli
Acoustic Blues Project

Rosa's

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!
City Winery

FUNDRAISER (6-9pm)
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

Rockin' Johnny
Smoke Daddy
PLAN AHEAD
THURS, JUL 18
Jon Cleary & The Absolute Monster Gentlemen
SPACE
Evanston

TUES, JUL 23
Greg Koch and Rick Vito
SPACE
Evanston

TUES, AUG 27
Robert Cray Band
Arcada Theatre
St. Charles
JULY 26–27
MERCHANT STREET MUSIC FEST
Kankakee

All these blues acts are on the Platform Stage
FRI, JUL26
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
Ronnie Hicks


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. 
BIRTHDAY REMEMBRANCES
MAY 30
King Ernest Baker

JUNE 1
Lafayette Leake

JUNE 2
Leonard "Baby Do " Caston
Othar Turner
JUNE 3
Memphis Minnie
Jimmy Rogers


JUNE 5
Robert "Washboard Slim" Young

JUNE 6
S.P.Leary
Raful Neal
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