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NOV 16–29, 2018 
ONLINE CALENDAR  |  FESTIVALS
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PHOTO: Jimmy Johnson (l) and Billy Branch with Rico McFarland in the background © Chicago Blues News/Karen Murphy

OUT AND ABOUT
MON, NOV 12 @ Café Logan
Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts, University of Chicago

2nd Monday Blues
Featuring Jimmy Johnson
Hosted by Billy Branch

As he gazed at the standing room only crowd, Billy Branch joked that he and his wife, Rosa, were wondering earlier if anyone would show up for this inaugural monthly show. Boy, did they show up....superfans, high-profile members of the blues community and well-known local musicians packed the Café Logan to see Jimmy Johnson, who turns 90 years young on Nov. 25, be interviewed and play with his wonderful band: (Big Al (drums), Rico McFarland (guitar) and Ari Seder (bass). During the evening, I had the same feeling I often do when I am sitting in the audience listening to blues in Chicago: I am so privileged to live in the only place in this galaxy where you see this kind of talent on a random night of the week for FREE. Watching this humble Chicago legend of a certain age show people many decades younger how it's done, is  nothing short of fu******** awesome.
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FYI: The next 2nd Monday will be Jan. 14 and will feature the great Mary Lane, who as you know is featured in a new documentary (I Can Only Be Mary Lane) and has a new CD, Travelin' Woman). It will be at the same time, same place until the powers that be move it to a bigger space.
THINKING OUT LOUD 

BOOK TOUR. Alligator boss Bruce Iglauer and his co-author Patrick Roberts will be making another stop on their book tour to promote Bitten By The Blues: The Alligator Records Story at The Book Cellar (4736 N Lincoln Ave.) at 7pm on Friday, Nov. 16.
UNSOLICITED (AND UNPAID) PLUG: The Book Cellar is a great independent bookstore that also is a wine bar. What's not to like?

IT'S ALREADY ALIVE AND WELL (AT LEAST IN CHICAGO). The Blues Foundation has announced the 11 winners of its Keeping the Blues Alive Awards for 2019. The winners: The Atlanta Blues Society, The Blues Alive Festival (Czech Republic), Capitol Oyster Bar (Montgomery, AL), Croatian Blues Forces (blues society), Hans Ekestang (Swedish photographer), Jesse Finklestein (Blues Radio International, Shining Stone Music Group), Sarah French (Canadian publicist), Jean Guillermo (European Blues Union), Tom Hyslop (writer), Don Ottensman (DJ, KNON-FM in Dallas) and Bob Trenchard (Catfood Records). The KBA Awards Brunch will be held Friday, Jan. 25 at 1030am at the Doubletree Hotel in Downtown Memphis.

INTERESTING. The Hideout (1354 W. Wabansia) could actually get landmark status to save it from the wrecking ball as the new 70-acre Lincoln Yards development is readying to take over the neighborhood. Now and then The Hideout even has a little blues. Hopefully, the much-loved venue will get to stay right where it has always been.
READ THE READER STORY

FOR MUSICIANS ONLY (MAYBE). Go out and support small businesses, in particular The Chicago Music Exchange (3316 N. Lincoln), on Saturday, Nov. 24 from 11am–7pm. There will be many in-store deals, Metric coffee and a live performance by The Joel Paterson Trio from 1–3pm. And if you RSVP on Facebook, you will be entered to win day-of-event prizes.

HOLI-DAZE. Just a reminder that I am taking the week of Thanksgiving off (even if I don't cook anything). I will be back in some form with the  NOV 30–DEC 6 newsletter. And right now, the month of December could be less copy, more shirking my responsibilities. Stay tuned for details. 

TICKET GIVEAWAYS


LAST CALL!

DEADLINE TO ENTER: FRI, NOV 16 @ Midnight
WED, NOV 28 @ City Winery

Canned Heat
OPENING ACT: Kevin "B.F." Burt

Canned Heat played at the 1967 Monterey Pop Festival with Hendrix and Joplin, and collaborated with legends like John Mayall, Little Richard and John Lee Hooker.  
The current lineup does include two original members: Larry “The Mole” Taylor on bass and Adolfo “Fito” de la Parra on drums. They are joined by Dale Spalding (harmonica, guitar and lead vocals) and John “JP” Paulus (guitar, bass and vocals). And Kevin "B.F." Burt is the rising star out of Iowa that took the Blue Music Foundation's Blue Challenge by storm in 2018, winning three awards. I'm curious, are you?

A FEW THINGS TO KNOW:

  • Canned Heat has 38 albums (Are you kidding me?)
  • Fito has written a book, Living the Blues, that tells Canned Heat's story of music, drugs, sex and survival. Interestingly, it will soon be a major motion picture directed by Mike Judge.
  • NOTE: I have two sets of tickets to giveaway for this show (you can only win one set)

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HOT SHOW OF THE WEEK 
TUESDAY, NOV 20 @ House of Blues
BENEFIT: Blues for Jameson
The blues stars will align on Tuesday night to show a lot of love and support for Amberly Stokes and her son Jameson, who was critically injured Aug. 24 crossing the street after school. Not only is this a great cause, it no doubt also will be the blues show of the year. Just look at the lineup already scheduled: Lil' Ed & the Blues Imperials, Anne Harris, Ronnie Baker Brooks,  Larry "Mud" Morganfield, Deitra Farr, Lynne Jordan, John Primer, Lurrie Bell, Rico McFarland, The Kinsey Report, Marty Sammon, and Guy King–and probably a few more, including a very special surprise guest. Come out and show your love to these important members of the Chicago blues family.
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PHOTO COLLAGE © Chicago Blues News
(TOP ROW, l-r) Anne Harris, John Primer, Mud Morganfield, Lurrie Bell
(MIDDLE ROW, l-r): Guy King, Toronzo Cannon, Lil' Ed
(BOTTOM ROW, l-r): Marty Sammon, Deitra Farr, Rico McFarland, Lynne Jordan, Ronnie Baker Brooks
NOTE: Photo does not show everyone who likely will appear.
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So many choices, so little time. Know about a show I don't? Tell Me About It...please.

ONLINE CALENDAR  |  FESTIVALS
This is a particularly great week for not-to-miss shows. What a great beginning to the holiday season.
FRI, NOV 16
Jimmy Upstairs

Smoke Daddy

Corey Dennison
Nick's Beer Garden

Joel Paterson (730pm)
Honky Tonk BBQ

Harry Hmura (530pm)
Lagunitas Tap Room

DVD RELEASE PARTY:
I Can Only Be Mary Lane
Mary Lane, Dave Weld
& the Imperial Flames

Legends

Rico McFarland
BLUES

40th ANNIVERSARY SHOW
Vanessa Davis

FitzGerald's, Berwyn

SAT, NOV 17
BLUES BRUNCH

Dave Specter
River Roast

BORDERLINE BLUES
Miss Barbara Clifford

Smoke Daddy Wrigleyville

Harry Garner Blues Band
Harlem Ave. Lounge, Berwyn

Brandon Santini, Billy King
Legends

SUN, NOV 18
Corey Dennison, Joanna Connor

House of Blues

Tom Holland (430pm)
Smoke Daddy

MON, NOV 19
Billy Flynn

Smoke Daddy

Luke Pytel with Demetria Taylor
Blue Chicago

TUES, NOV 20
BENEFIT FOR JAMESON

MC: Tom Marker; Performers will include: Lil' Ed & the Blues Imperials, Ronnie Baker Brooks, the Kinsey Report, Larry "Mud" Morganfield, Deitra Farr, Lynne Jordan, John Primer, Lurrie Bell, Rico McFarland, Marty Sammon, Anne Harris, Guy King–and more
Jameson is Amberly Stokes' (of Rosa's) son who was critically injured by a distracted driver.
House of Blues

WED, NOV 21
THANKFUL FOR THE BLUES
Smiley Tillmon Band, NuBlu Band

Beverly Arts Center

Michael Charles, Keithen Banks
House of Blues

THURS, NOV 22
ENJOY THE HOLIDAY...

no matter what you choose to eat 
FRI, NOV 23
Coco Montoya

Evanston Rocks, Evanston

BIRTHDAY WEEKEND
Jimmy Johnson 

BLUES
Also on Saturday

Thornetta Davis, Joanna Connor
Kingston Mines

BAND OF FRIENDS:
Celebration of Rory Gallagher featuring Davy Knowles

(No table seating left)
SPACE, Evanston

Bobby Rush, Louisiana Al
Donna Herula
(530pm set)
Legends

SAT, NOV 24
Lil' Ed and the Blues Imperials

Rosa's Lounge

Miles Minor Blues Band (1030pm)
Mississippi Gabe Carter (730pm)

Honky Tonk BBQ

Dave Weld and the Imperial Flames
Smoke Daddy Wrigleyville

Marty Sammon, Robert Fetzer
Legends

SUN, NOV 25
BIRTHDAY BASH
Mary Lane
Legends

Donna Herula (430pm)

Smoke Daddy

Joe Moss, Joanna Connor
House of Blues

MON, NOV 26
Diamond Jim Greene Trio

Ward 8, Evanston

TUES, NOV 27
Luca Chiellini

Shaw's Crab House

Tail Dragger & The Allstars
The Water Hole

WED, NOV 28
Joel Paterson's Hi-Fi Christmas
with Beau Samples, Chris Foreman, & Oscar Wilson

SPACE, Evanston

The Cash Box Kings
Legends

The Arabic Blues Trio
California Clipper

THURS, NOV 29
Cedric Burnside

Hey Nonny, Arlington Heights

Chicago Blues All Stars, Chicago Slim & Friends
House of Blues

Nellie "Tiger" Travis, Mike Wheeler
Kingston Mines

Reverend Raven and the Chain Smokin' Altar Boys
Kankakee Valley Boat Club, Kankakee
PLAN AHEAD
JAN 12, 2019
A Birthday Tribute
to Eddy Clearwater
with Special Guests

SPACE, Evanston
MARCH 15–16, 2019
Gary Clark Jr.

The Chicago Theatre
Tickets go on sale to the general public on Friday, Nov. 16 at 10am
Birthdays will run THURSDAY – WEDNESDAY, even though the newsletter DATE is FRI – THURS (somehow this makes sense)
CELEBRATE
NOV 15
Anson Funderburgh

NOV 16
Ilaria Lantieri (bass player/Mrs. Sugar Blue)

NOV 17
Tab Benoit

NOV 18
Brian Lupo
Mz. Peachez


NOV 20
Tom Albanese

NOV 21
Dr. John

NOV 22
Angela Strehli

NOV 23
Dr. Dan Ivankovich (Chicago Slim)
Mary Lane

NOV 24
Lynn Orman Weiss
Pete Griffith


NOV 25
Jimmy Johnson
Jerry Portnoy


NOV 26
Willie Buck
Bernard Allison


NOV 28
Ori Naftaly (Southern Avenue)


REMEMBRANCES

NOV 15
Little Willie John

NOV 16
W.C. Handy
Hubert Sumlin


NOV 23
R.L. Burnside

NOV 25
Eddie Boyd

NOV 27
Jimi Hendrix

BELATED WISHES
NOV 14
Marie Martens
Stephen Dougherty

NOV 12
Doktu Rhute Muuzic
Tommy Couch Sr. (cofounder, Malaco Records)
Amberly Stokes (Rosa's Lounge)

NOV 11
Felton Crews
ONE MORE THING...
OKAY, so his name is not Bib Daddy as I accidentally typed last week (coulda been that $#@%! autocorrect or my blind proofreader, too). Anyway, it's Big Daddy, as you probably already know if you hang at The Water Hole or Motor Row. You do have to admit admit Bib Daddy has a ring to it.
See you after Thanksgiving!
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