ONE MORE THING:The song is on the new CD, Downey to Lubbock, which I would also highly recommend.
THINKING OUT LOUD
A PARENT'S NIGHTMARE. Amberly Stokes, who is well-known to everyone who has ever been to Rosa's Lounge and who does a little bit of everything there, is dealing with a parent's worst nightmare right now. Her 12-year-old son Jameson was on his way home from middle school when he was hit by a distracted driver on the phone. Jameson has been in critical care ever since facing a number of surgeries. Many members of the blues community have shown their hearts and stepped up to help out. Even though the GoFundMe goal was exceeded in just a few days, it is likely that Amberly and her son could use all the money that can be raised and all the emotional support you can offer. GIVE WHAT YOU CAN AFFORD
WEST SIDE RISING. Former 28th Ward Alderman Isaac "Ike" Carothers and his sister-in-law Sheila Mingo are working to open Ike's Place in the next four months. The new blues and jazz club will be located at 5847 W. Chicago Ave. in the Austin neighborhood. Mingo's current plans are for two shows a night Thursday–Sunday plus a gospel brunch on Sunday. Cross your fingers. READ ALL ABOUT IT Austin Weekly News The Chicago Tribune's 2017 story
BACK TO THE GLORY DAYS.Uptown Update is reporting that Dave Jemilo, who owns the Green Mill,is opening a blues club called Club Della Robbia in the former Crew storefront at 4804 N. Broadway, which is right next door to the Green Mill. The new club also will serve food along with its musical offerings. The name has an interesting history in the neighborhood (test your google skills). I would really love it if Jemilo would also revive the 2,500-seat outdoor sunken gardens that once hosted band concerts during the summer months but that's probably too much to hope for. OK...just the new blues club is the best news I have heard this month. READ THE STORY
BACK TO THE BLUES.I'm more than a little myopic when it comes to the blues, but I have noticed that there are quite a few musicians recording new CDs that have been described as strictly blues albums. Think Billy Gibbons, Boz Scaggs, Tony Joe White (see new CDs below), Rosie Flores, the Rolling Stones...and there are probably a few more I cannot think of right now. Interesting.
A NICE REMEMBRANCE. There was a nice obituary for Dancin' Perkins in the Friday, Aug. 31, edition of the Chicago Tribune. READ IT NOW
BIG SHOES TO FILL. Like his brothers, Big Bill Morganfield and Mud Morganfield, Muddy's youngest son, Joseph (aka Mojo) Morganfield has officially joined the family business and released his first CD, Mojo Risin'.It has two original tracks and two of Muddy's classics (Who's Gonna Be Your Sweet Man When I'm Gone and I Can't Get No Grindin'). Mojo has been playing often around town with a band he calls The Mannish Boyz. HERE'S JOE'S BAND AT CUZIN'S IN TINLEY PARK
LEND A HAND. The Windy City Blues Societyis looking for volunteers for its upcoming Blues Festival Sept. 22-23 at Cermak Woods in Lyons. If you volunteer, you'll get a staff t-shirt, food, non-alcoholic drinks, free entry to the fest and free parking. VOLUNTEER/GET MORE INFO
ROAD TRIP. The Blue Front Cafe, Mississippi’s oldest surviving juke joint, is celebrating its 70th anniversary SEPT 21-22 in Bentonia, MS. You know, of course, the music will be great. Here's a fun article about the place, if you decide to make the trip.
HOW DID I MISS THIS? I really do not remember knowing that Danny Kirwan, former member of Fleetwood Mac before they became a super-successful California pop band, died June 9, apparently the result of pneumonia. He was 68. Actually, I do know how I missed it...he died the opening day of Chicago Blues Fest. RIP Danny. READ THE NY TIMES STORY
@#$%! HAPPENS. Last week, I forgot my mea culpa over the misspelling of Jimmie Vaughan's name. I actually KNOW it's Jimmie, not Jimmy, but in a rush copied and pasted the name from somewhere else that I was linking to...and then my blind proofreader did the rest of the damage. It happens.
ONE MORE THING. Next week's SEPT 14–20 newsletter could be mailed on Friday, depending on how the week, and more specifically, THURSDAY, goes. There also will be a SEPT 21–27 newsletter and then two weeks of hibernation. In other words, there will be NO NEWSLETTER on SEPT 27 or OCT 4–unless I change my mind. Don't worry, the calendar will still be maintained. Got that?
FRI, SEPT 7
Elmore James Jr. and the Broomdusters
The Water Hole
Pistol Pete Blues Band
Harlem Ave. Lounge, Berwyn
Lurrie Bell, Mz Reese
Smiley Tillmon (530pm)
Lagunitas Tap Room
Shawn Holt & The Teardrops
SAT, SEPT 8 MAXWELL ST. MARKET
BLUES FEST (2-11pm) Billy Branch, Guy King,
Chicago Wind, Brother Jacob,
Voices of Youth Ensemble
with Bill McFarland
and the Chicago Horns
Windy City Rev Ups
SUN, SEPT 9 LAKEVIEW EAST
FESTIVAL OF THE ARTS (230pm) Ellen Miller's Blues Explosion
Matthew Skoller & Tom Holland
Maxwell St. Market (1pm)
MON, SEPT 10
Dave Specter's Adventures
in Guitar with Dave Herrero
TUES, SEPT 11
Frank Bang &
The Cook County Kings
Tail Dragger & The Allstars
The Water Hole
WED, SEPT 12
Davina & The Vagabonds,
THURS, SEPT 13
Evanston Rocks, Evanston
SUMMER CONCERT SERIES
Doktu Rhute Muuzic (6pm)
Blues Heaven Foundation NOTE: Last one for 2018!
SEPT 15 @ 730PM
On the Road with T Bone Burnett:
Stories, Music & Movies
Dominican University, River Forest
Accompanied by his guitar, film clips and decades’ worth of stories, T Bone Burnett covers everything from his early days touring with Bob Dylan and collaborating with some of music’s biggest stars to his love of Americana music and his work in film.
SEPT 29 BLUES-ISH: The Record Company
SAT, OCT 13
Take Me to the River – New Orleans LIVE! |
North Shore Center
for the Peforming Arts – Center East
Skokie NOTE:This is the New Orleans version of the original show that featured Charlie Musselwhite, Bobby Rush and others.
RANDOM NEW CDs
Jeremiah Johnson Straitjacket (Ruf) RELEASE DATE: Aug. 24
Produced by Mike Zito, this 12-track CD offers blues rock from one of St. Louis' rising stars. It sounds like it is blues-ish...offering blues with a bit of country twang. And when was the last time you heard a cover from Alvin Lee? Johnson covers Rock & Roll Music to the World here. Personally, though, my fave Lee song was Love Like a Man (not to be confused with the great Chris Smithers song, Love Me Like a Man).
Ana Popovic Like It On Top (Artistexclusive Records) RELEASE DATE: Sept. 14
If your mind is in the gutter, you will think the title of this CD means something different than what it does. It obviously really means Woman Power. The 10-track CD, produced by Keb' Mo', features appearances by Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Robben Ford and Keb' Mo'.
Tony Joe White Bad Mouthin' (Yep Roc) RELEASE DATE: Sept. 28
If you are of a certain age, you have to have been living under a rock not to know Tony Joe White for two songs: his 1969 hit, Polk Salad Annie, and Rainy Night in Georgia, which I was surprised to learn he wrote. This new CD is an actual blues recording of classics from legends like Muddy, Lightnin' Hopkins and John Lee Hooker, plus a few originals never before released.
Mike Zito, Vania Sky and Bernard Allison Blues Caravan 2018 (Ruf) RELEASE DATE: Oct. 19
The caravan just rolled through Chicago and played at SPACE in Evanston. If you went, you likely will want to get this new CD.
Birthdays will run THURSDAY – WEDNESDAY, even though the newsletter DATE is FRI – THURS (somehow this makes sense)