THE LAST LUCILLE. B.B. King's black Gibson ES-345 sold at an auction by Julien's Auctions for $280,000. It was given to him for his 80th birthday and was the last of many guitars he named Lucille. The guitar had been expected to go for between $80,000 and $100,000. King died in 2015 at the age of 89. LEARN MORE
GIRL POWER. A study released in October 2018 by Fender says that women "account for 50 percent of all beginner and aspirational players." READ THE ROLLING STONE ARTICLE
BORDERLINE BLUES R.I.P. Robert Hunter
Robert Hunter, the longtime lyricist for the Grateful Dead, has died. He was 78. I know he did not write blues, but he was affiliated with band everyone knows and some revere–and the Dead really did know how to play the blues. READ THE ROLLING STONE ARTICLE
WHAAA? I took a last minute look at Facebook to see if I missed anything (I always miss something) and to change my mood from giddy to gloomy. So, here's this week's Facebook news that did the trick:
POSTED TODAY BY DAN CARELLI: Anyone who knows me can tell you that this man [Lurrie Bell] has been my hero for about 20 years. His music has been nothing short of therapy for me for the majority of my adult life, of which the last 12 months have been the hardest. It has been a huge privilege for me to do a bunch of duo shows and a handful of road gigs with him this summer.
Last week I was informed by text message from his "manager" that "we will not be requiring your services" due to "resentment" so all my scheduled appearances are cancelled. 🤷♂️
TIME FOR A CHANGE
After much agonizing, I have decided to begin publishing this newsletter on a (mostly) biweekly schedule at least through the end of the year–and maybe beyond. The calendar/website will be kept as up to date as possible. If I have something time-sensitive to say, I will do it on Facebook, which will give me a headache but likely get you the info you need. I will also put stuff on the chicagoBLUESnews website.
UPCOMING 2019 NEWSLETTER PUBLICATION DATES OCT 11
DEC 6 NO ISSUE THIS WEEK
THE ONLINE CALENDAR
I will keep the calendar updated, but because some musicians and venues (you know who you are) do not maintain their own calendars there is often music that is missed. Hard to get people other than your mother to show up if no one knows you are playing. SEND ME YOUR GIGS
TALK TO ME
If you have gigs or anything else to say, DO NOT MESSENGER ME–even though you want to.I am both old school–and old. Send me an email and I am happy to reply: email@example.com
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DEADLINE TO ENTER: TUES, OCT 1 @ midnight
Since this is a VERY SHORT WINDOW,winners will be notified on WED, OCT 2.
OCT 5 @ SeatGeek Stadium, Bridgeview Windy City Blues Fest
More than 15 great acts on two stages–and the music goes on for 10.5 hours!
It's kinda like the Crossroads Guitar Fest without Eric Clapton, but you do get to go to SeatGeek Stadium. That was on your bucket list, right? CHECK OUT THE LINEUP
SUBJECT LINE (DO NOT CHANGE or your entry will be voided): OCTOBERFEST BLUES
LAST CALL! DEADLINE TO ENTER: SAT, SEPT 28 @ midnight
OCT 6 @ City Winery (1230-2pm) Amy Black's Heart & Soul: A Classic Rhythm & Blues Review
Nashville's Amy Black is back at City Winery with a special blues and classic R&B Brunch show. A portion of ticket and merch sales for this show will be donated to the nonprofit Magdalene House Chicago to further their work with survivors of human trafficking.
SUBJECT LINE (DO NOT CHANGE or your entry will be voided): Amy Black Has Heart and Soul
SEPT 19 @ MARTYRS' CD/LP RELEASE PARTY Johnny Burgin
Since Johnny Burgin left town (and, along the way, also shed his Rockin' Johnny persona and gained a 'stache), we never miss an opportunity to see him when he comes back to Chicago. Thankfully, he does that often. For this wonderful Delmark CD/LP Release party for Johnny Burgin Live (with special guests Rae Gordon, Charlie Musselwhite and Nancy Wright), he brought two of his West Coast collaborators–Aki Kumar and Rae Gordon–to give us Chicagoans a nice taste of the coastal blues. CHECK OUT OUR PHOTOS
SEPT 19 @ SMOKE DADDY WRIGLEYVILLE Doug Deming and the Jeweltones
Even though we had to go to Wrigleyville to see Doug Deming, we did it anyway because we like the band and they are soon heading to Europe and then back South for awhile. Even the pre-Cubs game crowd liked them despite the band's lack of visible Cubs logos.
You have one more chance to see this band in the area in the near future: TONIGHT (9.26) at Kegler's Sports Bar and Grill at Crest Hill Lanes (905 Theodore St, Crest Hill, IL). I am sure they will be back–sometime. CHECK OUT OUR PHOTOS
SEPT 20 @ AMERICAN AIRLINES ARENA, DALLAS CROSSROADS GUITAR FESTIVAL
It's really pretty amazing what you can see from the comforts of your own couch, isn't it? I really wanted to go to Dallas for the latest edition of Eric Clapton's Crossroads Guitar Fest–but the total cost of going, the distance and the state of Texas all made me reconsider. And then, like she always does, Bonnie Raitt sucked me back in with an email that mentioned the pay-per-view options. How could I resist paying just $39 to watch all 5.5 hours and see a little Bonnie Raitt? I couldn't. And I also couldn't resist photographing my TV screen (they look good small, but not so good big). Yes, it seems I might have an addiction.... A FEW NOTES
I am glad I didn't go because (at least on Day 1 of the two-day fest) Clapton really didn't play much at all.
I LOVED the segments with Bonnie Raitt of course–especially when she played with Keb' Mo' and Jimmie Vaughan.
I also LOVED seeing Billy Gibbons with Jimmie Vaughan.
I confirmed that Sheryl Crow is not for me.
I really can live without Citizen Cope.
Thank goodness I went to Madison Square Garden in 2013. Except for the overly enthusiastic fan who soaked my coat in beer, it was an incredible show that even made me appreciate Keith Urban and Vince Gill. Who knew that could ever happen?
The GET OUT section has been changed to just one listing for each day that will more or less reflect where I would go if I had the stamina to go out every day and every night. Now and then, there will be two options when I am on the fence. Obviously, there are a LOT OF OTHER CHOICES in Sweet Home Chicago if you don't like my ideas.
Just check ONLINE CALENDAR if you don't believe me.
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, SEPT 27 Carlos Johnson
SAT, SEPT 28 Lurrie Bell, 37th St. Blues Band
The Venue, Aurora
SUN, SEPT 29 Demetria Taylor
MON, SEPT 30 THE MONDAY BLUES
TUES, OCT 1 BLUESDAY TUESDAY
with Tom Marker
and Toronzo Cannon
WED, OCT 2 Lurrie Bell with Lil' Ed
and special guest Ivan Singh
THURS, OCT 3 Smilin' Bobby
Phyllis' Musical Inn
FRI, OCT 4 John Nemeth,
Darren Jay & The Delta Souls
SAT, OCT 5 Martin Lang and Billy Flynn
Nick's Beer Garden
SUN, OCT 6 The Yardbirds
Arcada Theatre, St. Charles
MON, OCT 7 Davina and the Vagabonds