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AUG 17–23, 2018
ONLINE CALENDAR  |  FESTIVALS
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OUT AND ABOUT
AUG 11 @ Noble Fest

Willie Buck and the Wright Sound Blues Band
Community parties don't get better (or have cuter moments) than this one. The party had something for everyone (food, horse rides, a mechanical bull ride, etc.) but especially for blues fans. Buck called in all his friends and here's who showed up to play: Willie Buck (vocals), Eddie Taylor Jr. and Thaddeus Krolicki (guitars), Bob Stroger (bass), Scott Dirks (harp), Kirk Manley (keys) and Lester Jordan (drums) with special guests Low-reen and Willie's grandson, who clearly stole the show.
CHECK OUT THE PHOTOS
NEW CONTEST!
SEPT 12 @ City Winery
Davina & The Vagabonds
New Orleans charm, Memphis swagger, dark theatrical moments and tender gospel passages...this band has got it all, despite (or because of) their Minnesota roots. And Davina has been compared to Etta James, Amy Winehouse, Janis Joplin, Billie Holiday and even Betty Boop. WHA?????? See for yourself.
MORE INFO/ENTER
THINKING OUT LOUD 
THE SKY IS CRYING. I don't have to tell you Queen Aretha Franklin left us this morning. The sad news is everywhere. A few days ago, Aretha's family prepared fans for this sad day by announcing that she was in hospice care. Rest in peace, Aretha. I think you know how much we all loved you. There are a zillion pages of tributes online to the Queen of Soul so I don't need to give you any links that you cannot find yourself.

But here's two videos (of about a thousand) that I liked–both from 1964 when Aretha was just 22:
Won't Be Long
Evil Gal Blues

THE SKY IS CRYING, PT. 2. Bass player Dancin' Perkins, one of the Maxwell Street Market regulars and father of drummer Chris Alexander (who plays with Mojo Morganfield and the Mannish Boyz) died Wednesday, March 15. If you know Chris, reach out to him during this difficult time.
Here's a couple of videos of Perkins in action:
On May 7, 2006
At the 2008 Chicago Blues Festival (June 8)

AND MAYBE ONE MORE. Although there is no other info that I can find, there was a post in The Real Blues Forum earlier this week that said that Lazy Lester was in hospice care suffering from liver cancer. I hope this is not true and am thankful that Johnny Burgin got Lazy Lester to come up to Chicago for Blues Fest a few years ago.

SO MUCH BLUES, SO LITTLE TIME. It's another weekend in Sweet Home Chicago where you have too many good choices for bluesy fun. It's a weekend when I should have stayed home, but instead went with OPTION 5 (don't ask why).

OPTION 1: Glenwood Arts Fest | Rogers Park
August 17 – 18, 2018
Really it's only FRI you should care about:
Friday Night Cobblestone Jam  6pm to 10pm
NORTH STAGE
Lurrie Bell (solo), Mojo Morganfield and the Mannish Boyz and the Original Chicago Blues All Stars
SOUTH STAGE
Liz Mandeville, Corey Dennison and Nicholas Barron Electric Blues Band with bassist Frank Russell
NOTE: The website says Corey Dennison; another source says Peaches Staten & The Groove Shakers  with Mike Wheeler so it will be a pleasant surprise no matter who shows up.
AFTER PARTY JAM
Andre Taylor Band with special guest Chuck A Luck @ The Redline Tap Buffalo Bar (which I think is at The Heartland Cafe now, but could be around the corner).
www.glenwoodave.org/GAAF/entertainment

OPTION 2: Blues, Blues & BBQ | McHenry
August 17 – 19, 2018
Three days of music featuring John Primer, Brother John Kattke and Delmark Recording artists Dave Weld and the Imperial Flames, Demetria Taylor and Mike Wheeler + many more
www.mrbbb.com

OPTION 3: Little Bear Rib Fest | Vernon Hills
August 17 – 18, 2018
Corey Dennison, Dwayne Dopsie and the Zydeco Hellraisers, Mike Wheeler Blues Band and Mud Morganfield plus The Chicago Blues Supersession, which could be The Lurrie Bell Blues Band.
NOTE: The Supersession link goes to a 210Live page that lists a bunch of players, but I know for sure that Tom Holland is currently in France so your guess is as good as mine who will show up.
Again, it will be a pleasant surprise yada yada yada.
www.vhparkdistrict.org/little-bear-ribfest-entertainment/

OPTION 4: Blues & Brews on 66 | Downtown Joliet
Music is free, and includes the Nick Moss Band, Dave Weld & the Imperial Flames, Jonathon Boogie Long and T-Bird Huck, but the craft beer tasting will cost you sumthin'.
www.facebook.com/events/2018757485055964/

OPTION 5: Drive, Baby, Drive
There also are several Blues Fests within driving distance if you need some time on the open road.
CHOOSE ONE

So much confusion (in some places), and so many iffy info sources...but no matter what, all options guarantee a good time.

ROAD TRIPPIN'. Here are two very tempting reasons to hit the open road in the next month:
  • Michael Ledbetter will be participating in a celebration of  Otis Rush's Mourning in the Morning recording on August 29 at Blind Willie's Blues Club in the Virginia–Highland area of Atlanta.
     
  • Red's Old-Timers Blues Festival | SEPT 22 in Clarksdale, MS
    Red Paden (Red's Lounge) is organizing a new, real-deal blues fest that will feature Mississippi blues legends who are at least 60 years old at a free, all-day event in Martin Luther King Park in Clarksdale.
    If you want to help make this happen, contribute a little to his GoFundMe campaign
    QUESTIONS? Go see Big Red–or you can email Orlando Paden at sirpaden@yahoo.com or Mac Crank at mac@bluescrossroads.us.
SPEAKING OF LONG TRIPS. The First Annual Johnny Winter “Winterfest”  will be held Jan. 24-31, 2019, at Mango's Beach Resort in Trelawny, Jamaica (somewhere between Montego Bay and Ocho Rios). It will feature Sonny Landreth, Samantha Fish, Derek St Holmes, James Montgomery, the Paul Nelson Band and more. It's an all-inclusive trip so reach deep in your pocket if you want to go. I'll probably skip this one, mostly cuz I would want Johnny to be there. But don't follow my lead...Jamaica could be your idea of nirvana.
QUESTIONS? Grand Travel Services at 519.265.6422  or at travelbydawn@outlook.com.
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CRANKY WOMEN'S ALERT. I just discovered that Saffire, the Uppity Blues Women, have been revived as Saffire Revisited. The new band features original Saffire members Andra Faye (vocals, bass, mandolin, violin, guitar), Gaye Adegbalola (vocals, guitar) and new band member Kelley Hunt (piano, vocals). Hunt replaces the wonderful Ann Rabson, who died in 2013. You can see the new lineup Friday (8.17) at The Jazz Kitchen in Indianapolis or Saturday (8.18) at The Widley Theatre in Edwardsville, IL (near St. Louis). Hopefully, many more appearances are coming.
MY ALL-TIME FAVE SAFFIRE SONG

YOU SNOOZE...In case you were waiting to buy tickets to see  Beth Hart on Sept. 19 at the Park West, find something else to do that night because it is sold out. Or...try StubHub.

UNIVERSITY OF THE BLUES. The complete schedule for the Logan Center Blues Fest, which will be held Oct. 19–21 at the Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts at the University of Chicago, has been released. There are a lot of discussions and workshops plus some interesting performances that include Jerron "Blind Boy" Paxton (with Chris Thomas King) and Charlie Musselwhite. Also of note: The premiere of Chicago Blues: an Urban Experience, which features the video and audio archives of Barry Dolins, who ran the Chicago Blues Festival for more than 25 years, and a Q&A with Bruce Iglauer and Patrick Roberts about Iglauer's memoir, Bitten by the Blues, which comes out in October.
VIEW THE COMPLETE SCHEDULE
"Blind Boy" Paxton photo © Chicago Blues News/Karen Murphy

MORE FALL BLUES. The King Biscuit Blues Festival (The Biscuit to the cool kids) will be held OCT 3-6 in its usual location in Helena, AR.  At  this point, though, if you haven't made reservations, the closest place to stay might be Chicago. Lots of great blues bands as usual, but Blackberry Smoke? Really? When did they become a blues band? 
THE LINEUP

A NEW BLUES VENUE. MyGrain Brewing (50 E. Jefferson in the Old Union Station Building in Joliet) has "Blues, Brews and Chews," according to the poster on the front door of the joint that says the Wednesday night performances are an "Open Mic Blues Jam." Coming up: AUG 22–Doug Lee & The Blues Family with Rob Stroger (I am pretty sure this is Bob Stroger, maybe in Witness Protection) and AUG 29–Susan Williams & The Wright Groove. The food is pretty good, too.


COPYRIGHT REFORM. The Recording Academy (aka the Grammy people) announced that saxophonist and vocalist Mindi Abair and producer and songwriter Harvey Mason Jr. will lead the Academy's National Advocacy Committee as co-chairs. The committee's first goal is to ensure that the Senate passes the Music Modernization Act, which would be the first major reform to music copyright law in decades. The committee also wants the music community to participate in the Academy's annual District Advocate Dday on Oct. 24. A Senate vote on the legislation is expected within the coming months. I have a general crabby comment, but I like to save them for Grammy season.
 
THROW YOUR HAT IN. The Blues Foundation is now accepting submissions for the 40th Blues Music Awards. Any blues recording released between Nov. 1, 2017 and Oct. 31, 2018, is eligible for a 2019 Blues Music Award.
FIND OUT MORE

OUT AND ABOUT
AUG 10 @ Rialto Square Theatre
Joliet

TajMo: The Taj Mahal Keb' Mo' Band
The Rialto Square Theatre, restored about 40 years ago, is gorgeous, and the pairing of these two blues greats was magical. I would also agree with the Living Blues' Critics Poll: Jontavius Willis does deserve more attention–a lot more. 
HERE'S THE EVIDENCE
GET OUT
So many choices, so little time. Know about a show I don't? Tell Me About It...please.

ONLINE CALENDAR  |  FESTIVALS
Looks like there are a LOT of good options so be sure to always have too much fun!
FRI, AUG 17
Albert Castiglia

Rosa's Lounge

Donna Herula Band
with David Sims and Harlan Terson

Smoke Daddy

Howard and the White Boys
Harlem Ave. Lounge, Berwyn

SAT, AUG 18
BLUES AND BREWS BRUNCH
Harris Herrero

River Roast

Carlos Johnson and
the Serious Blues Band

BLUES

Dave Herrero (420pm)
Lagunitas Brewery Tap Room

Guitar Shorty, Tommy McCracken
Legends

Big James, Mz Peachez
Kingston Mines

SUN, AUG 19
BENEFIT FOR JB RITCHIE (430pm)

featuring Nick Bell Band, The Redmonds, Darren Jay and The Delta Souls and more
210Live, Highwood

Curtis Salgado
SPACE, Evanston

Low-reen and 
the Maxwell St. Market Blues Band

Maxwell St. Market (11am–2pm)
MON, AUG 20
Matt Hendricks

Smoke Daddy

BLUES JAM
Matthew Skoller's Blue Monday
Jam featuring Tom Holland

Lizard's Liquid Lounge

TUES, AUG 21
Mz Peachez

Legends

Dave Specter Band
with Jimmy Johnson

House of Blues

WED, AUG 22
Jimmy Nick & Don't Tell Mama,
Blue Coast Band
(515pm-930pm)
Miller Lite Beergarden, Navy Pier

SAXOPHONE SUMMIT
with Rodney Brown+ Special Guests

BLUES

THURS, AUG 23
Ivy Ford

Evanston Rocks, Evanston

Jamiah Rogers Blues Band
BLUES

Marcia Ball
SPACE, Evanston

Reverend Raven and
the Chain Smokin' Altar Boys

Legends

SUMMER CONCERT SERIES
Tracee Adams (6pm)

Blues Heaven Foundation
OUT AND ABOUT
AUG 12 @ Hot Dog Fest

Demetria Taylor Blues Band
Who could resist all those hot dogs in the park–plus a performance by one of Chicago's great blues divas? We sure couldn't. 

HERE'S A FEW PHOTOS
PLAN AHEAD
TUES, SEPT 18
Fantastic Negrito
Martyrs'
Interesting that a recent Grammy winner (for Best Contemporary Blues Album) is appearing on a Tuesday at a small club on Chicago's north side. 

FRI, DEC 28
Reverend Peyton’s
Big Damn Band 

Martyrs'

FRI, MAR 8, 2019 @ 730pm
Ruthie Foster
Freedom Hall
Nathan Manilow Theatre
Park Forest

Fantastic Negrito at the Pritzker Pavilion
during the 2018 Chicago Blues Festival

© Chicago Blues News/Karen Murphy
 
Birthdays will run THURSDAY – WEDNESDAY, even though the newsletter DATE is FRI – THURS (somehow this makes sense)
CELEBRATE!
AUG 16
Pervis Spann (WVON broadcaster)

AUG 22
Debbie Davies

BELATED WISHES
AUG 2
Mark Naftalin
(Paul Butterfield  Blues Band)

AUG 11
Billy Flynn

AUG 12 
Nick Bell

AUG 15
R.L. Boyce
Eric Bibb
REMEMBRANCES

AUG 16
Eddie Kirkland
Melvin "Lil' Son" Jackson


AUG 17
Luther Allison
Albert Washington


AUG 18
Jimmy Witherspoon
Curtis Jones


AUG 19
Earl Gaines 

AUG 22
John Lee Hooker 
Henry “Son” Sims 

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