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JUNE 21–JULY 11 2019
ONLINE CALENDAR  |  FESTIVALS
FORWARD TO A FELLOW BLUES LOVER
It WAS a Wrap...
but there are just a couple more things to say
about the 2019 Chicago Blues Festival


Don't worry. It will be short.

GENERAL COMMENTS
Luca Kiella (you can call him Chiellini) was also everywhere I looked (like Kenny Smith, Oscar Wilson and Ari Seder).

OUR PHOTOS
The photos–405 of them–are DONE (maybe not all labeled yet), but organized into six categories:
BLUES FEST
  –June 7, June 8 and June 9
RANDOM IMAGES
AT LEGENDS
AROUND TOWN

TAKE A LOOK!

NOT AS EDUCATED AS I THOUGHT I WAS
OK...I guessed wrong. The 2020 Chicago Blues Festival will be

JUNE 5–7, 2020

If you are counting, that is just 350 days away! Hopefully it will not be too early in the month for good weather.
BREAK TIME
The boss (aka me) says I can take a much-needed break
so here's the current plan for the summer (always subject to change):


JUNE 28–JULY 4  NO NEWSLETTER
JULY 5–11 NO NEWSLETTER
JULY 12–18 NEWSLETTER
JULY 25–AUG 1 NO NEWSLETTER
AUG 2–8 NEWSLETTER
AUG 9–15 . NO NEWSLETTER


AND THE REST IS TOO FAR AHEAD TO THINK ABOUT.
TICKET GIVEAWAY
PHOTO BY TRAVIS GAUTHIER

JULY 28 @ City Winery
Sonny Landreth

This virtuoso slide guitarist released his 13th album in June 2017 as a 93-minute, double live recording. Recorded Live in Lafayette offers 16 songs and features one acoustic set and one electric. In case you forgot, during his career Landreth has collaborated with noted musical talents such as Eric Clapton, Mark Knopfler, Eric Johnson and Derek Trucks and was in Clifton Chenier's zydeco band. In more recent years, he has recorded and toured with artists  such as John Mayall and John Hiatt. 

DEADLINE TO ENTER: Monday, July 15 @ midnight
SUBJECT LINE (DO NOT CHANGE or your entry will be voided):
I love Sonny's Slydeco Style

ENTER NOW


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THINKING OUT LOUD 

DOES SHE SLEEP? Relatively new mom and award winning blues diva Shemekia Copeland has added one more thing to her TO DO list: This week she joined the on-air staff at BB King’s Bluesville on SiriusXM satellite radio. She is taking over the weekday slot Tony Colter used to fill (MON-FRI, 9am to 3pm EST). Colter passed away May 3 at the age of 66, the result of complications from a stroke suffered in April. “I am beyond honored and thrilled to be back on the air with SiriusXM. And can’t wait to be with my fans again. I’ve missed them so much,” Copeland said. Her first show was Monday, June 17. 
SHEMEKIA COPELAND PHOTO © Chicago Blues News/Karen Murphy

NOT DEAD YET. According to the Windy City Blues Society Facebook page and the website for the society's festival, the WCBS Blues Fest is back on–at least for ONE DAY in September at Veterans Park in Lyons (2ish–10pm)–and it will be FREE. They are also talking about a festival at the former Toyota Park in Bridgeview, which is now called Seat Geek Stadium. Stay tuned for specifics as they develop.

RADIO DAZE. The Ivy Ford Band will be on Hambone's Blues Party tonight at 9pm on WDCB (90.9 and 90.7 FM).
 
VOTE RIGHT NOW. No, you did not pass out and wake up on Election Day 2020 (one can wish). It's time to vote in the 26th Annual Living Blues Awards. It only takes a couple of minutes and voting in open until Monday, July 15 (but why wait?) EVERYONE is eligible to vote ONCE and no subscription or membership is required. Winners will be announced in the AUG/SEPT 2019 issue of Living Blues.
NOTE: You might want to look at the winners for 2018 before you vote. What I like about these awards is that there are two sections: the Critics' Poll and the Readers' Poll. This page also has a list of the Best Blues CDs of 2017.

A FINAL GOODBYE. A public visitation for Dr. John will be held Saturday, June 22 (7-10:30am) at the Orpheum Theater (129 Roosevelt Way, New Orleans). The private memorial (attendance by invite only) will be broadcast live from the Orpheum on WWOZ 90.7 FM on Saturday from 1-3 p.m. A second-line open to the public begins at 3pm at the Orpheum. Dr. John died June 6 at the age of 77 from a heart attack. 
LEARN MORE
NOTE: There is a wonderful photo gallery (in the LEARN MORE link) worth looking at if you are a fan.

A BIG MILESTONE. It seems like Hey Nonny just opened the other day–but now they are saying that their 10,000th ticket holder will walk through the door some time in July, August or September. And that lucky ducky will win two free tickets for EVERY SHOW at Hey Nonny for the rest of the year. WOW. There's an incentive to get off the couch.
UP YOUR ODDS BY BUYING A FEW TIX

BACK IN TOWN. Jeff Dale is back in town with his South Woodlawners to promote his new CD, Blues Power. You can catch him at three different places this weekend:
FRI, JUNE 21 @ 730pm
O'Neil's on Wells

SAT, JUNE 22 @ Noon–3pm
Blues and Brews Brunch @ River Roast

SAT, JUNE 22 @ 830pm
CD RELEASE PARTY with Jeff Stone and Charlie Love
@ Motor Row Brewing

TICKETS

READING MATERIAL
While I am MIA, here are a few articles I found interesting.

The Day the Music Burned
June 11, 2019 | New York Times magazine
Not much had been written about the fire at Universal Studios Hollywood on June 1, 2008–until now. And what I read in this article made me want to throw up.

Here are a couple of excerpts:
The tape masters for Billie Holiday’s Decca catalog were most likely lost in total. The Decca masters also included recordings by such greats as Louis Jordan and His Tympany Five and Patsy Cline.

The fire most likely claimed most of Chuck Berry’s Chess masters and multitrack masters....The destroyed Chess masters encompassed nearly everything else recorded for the label and its subsidiaries, including most of the Chess output of Muddy Waters, Howlin’ Wolf, Willie Dixon, Bo Diddley, Etta James, John Lee Hooker, Buddy Guy and Little Walter. Also very likely lost were master tapes of the first commercially released material by Aretha Franklin....

Then there are masters for largely forgotten artists that were stored in the vault: tens of thousands of gospel, blues, jazz...and spoken-word records that may now exist only as written entries in discographies.

There were Chess boxes that just said, ‘Session.’ Often there was no other info, no metadata. Who knows what was on those tapes? We’ll never know.”

Roy Buchanan: the life and death of the man who said no to the Stones
June 19 | Louder 
Interesting article, but debatable whether the Stones actually ever asked

AND ONE NEW BOOK
Weeds Like Us
Janiva Magness
320 pages, including photos
$19.95
RELEASE DATE: Tuesday, June 25
I have not read this book, but I am a big fan of the charming Ms. Janiva Magness. Wow, has she earned the right to sing the blues. Here's a quote from Janiva that gives you an idea of what's in the book:
"Violence, bullying, incest, addiction and alcoholism, rape, clinical depression, parental suicide — add it all up. By the time I was a 14-year-old run-away, I felt in many ways both hypnotized and a prisoner to the past. I was always a lonely kid. I turned into a lonely adolescent, a deeply troubled teenager and an angry young woman with a lot of justifiable demons."
PRE-ORDER AN AUTOGRAPHED COPY

HIT THE ROAD
It's summertime, so get your motor running!

JUNE 26–30, JUL 2–7
SUMMERFEST AFFORDABLE BUT NOT FREE

Milwaukee
Milwaukee's Summerfest almost makes Lollapalooza look like a street fair in Peoria, with the number of days and acts scheduled on 13 stages–and there is something for EVERYONE. If you think I am joking, consider that if you click on the printable schedule, you will need 49 pages to print it! Right now, I am most interested in these two (but there is a LOT MORE):
JUNE 26 @ Johnson Controls World Stage
Otis Taylor and the Psychedelic Banjo Posse
(8pm)
Elvin Bishop's Big Fun Trio (10pm) 
TAKE A LOOK (when you have a few hours)
ONE MORE THING: Senior Tickets are just $10 (not of course for the headliners, but who cares)
ELVIN BISHOP PHOTO © Chicago Blues News/Karen Murphy

JUNE 28–30  FREE
Broad Street Blues and BBQ Festival

Griffith (IN) Central Park
Great lineup packed with many of Chicago's finest (plus Samantha Fish)
MORE INFO

JUNE 29 FREE
NEW GLARUS (WI) BLUES, BREWS & FOOD TRUCK FESTIVAL

Bryan Lee will be there, along with The Jimmys, Doug Deming & the Jewel Tones and the Madtown Mannish Boys. There also is an afterparty Jam at Tofflers Pub & Grill.
ADDED BONUS: You can bring some Spotted Cow back to Chicago.
MORE INFO
THE JIMMYS PHOTO © Chicago Blues News/Karen Murphy

JULY 3–6 FUN, BUT NOT EVEN CLOSE TO FREE
FitzGerald's American Music Festival

Berwyn
It gets packed like sardines pretty quickly so get there early if you need a seat. A zillion great bands (not all blues), but tickets are $50/day (or $150 for a four-day pass).
A PRINTABLE SCHEDULE

JULY 5–6 AFFORDABLE BUT NOT FREE
34th Mississippi Valley Blues Festival

Because of the record-breaking flooding in Iowa, the fest has been moved from Davenport to Murphy Park at The Bend in East Moline, IL. This fest has a killer lineup both days, but Saturday is especially great with the North Mississippi All-Stars headlining and Tab Benoit, Victor Wainwright, Lizzie Neal and Robert Kimbrough Sr. also on the bill. 
MORE INFO
LUTHER DICKINSON/NORTH MISSISSIPPI ALLSTARS PHOTO © Chicago Blues News/Karen Murphy

WEDNESDAYS FREE FOR NON-VIPs
MUSIC ON THE ROCK (530-830pm)

@ The Burpee Museum, Rockford
The summer concerts began June 5, but there are still plenty on the calendar:
JUNE 26  Steepwater Band (Blues-ish)
JULY 3 Groove Hotel (Blues-ish)
JULY 10 Ivy Ford Band
JULY 17 Kevin "BF" Burt
JULY 24 Ghost Town Blues Band
JULY 31 Dave Keller Trio
MORE INFO
NOTE: These shows are free, unless you just gotta have the VIP treatment.

AUG 30–31 NOT FREE
The Peoria Blues & Heritage Music Festival

They are still planning more acts, but headliners include Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Tommy Castro & The Painkillers, Ronnie Baker Brooks, Laith Al-Saadi and Here Come the Mummies. Since I am clueless about the Mummies, I had to look them up–and they actually dress like mummies. 
NOTE: General admission and VIP Tickets  go on sale Friday, June 21, at 10AM CT.
MORE INFO
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, JUN 21
IT'S SUMMER SOLSTICE!

Thornetta Davis, Nora Jean Bruso

Kingston Mines
Also Saturday

Donna Herula, Mark Dvorak
and Jon Shain 

Wishbone North
Reservations Recommended

Brian Lupo Band
Harlem Ave. Lounge, Berwyn

Joel Paterson and Co,
Honky Tonk BBQ

Jay O'Rourke Band
Reggie's Music Joint

Dave Herrero (solo) + guests
Taylor St. Tap

SAT, JUN 22
John Primer Blues Band
with Demetria Taylor

Blue Chicago

BLUES BRUNCH
Jeff Dale &
The South Woodlawners

River Roast

BLUES-ISH
Gerald McClendon

Nick's Beer Garden

Chicago Rhythm & Blues Kings
House of Blues

Donna Herula Band
Smoke Daddy

Ivy Ford (6pm)
Gallagher Way @ Wrigley Field

Morry Sochat & The Special 20s
The California Clipper

Studebaker John &
The Maxwell St. Kings

Harlem Ave. Lounge, Berwyn

Wayne Baker Brooks,
Chuck A Luck

Legends
SUN, JUN 23
Jimmy Burns Band
BLUES

Scott Nev
Mac's on Slade, Palatine

MON, JUN 24
BLUES JAM
Elmore James Jr.
and the Broomdusters

The Quarry Event Center (6pm)

THE MONDAY BLUES
Dave Specter

Untitled

TUES, JUN 25
Luke Pytel with Claudette Miller
Blue Chicago

Tail Dragger and the All-Stars
The Water Hole

Blue Coast Band
Legends

WED, JUN 26
Harry Hmura
Lagunitas Brewery Tap Room (530pm)

Studebaker John
Smoke Daddy

THURS, JUN 27
Ivy Ford
Hey Nonny, Arlington Heights

RECORD ROW CONCERT SERIES
Terry and the Tymefunk Blues Band (6pm)

Blues Heaven Foundation

SUMMERDANCE
BLUES-ISH: The Fat Babies 

Spirit of Music Garden

Taylor Streiff Duo
Smoke Daddy

FRI, JUN 28–THURS, JULY 11
You can probably decide for yourself what to do during these few weeks–or just STAY HOME.
THE ONLINE CALENDAR CAN HELP YOU.
BLUES LOGIC

You say you love me like no one else can.
You say that I’m your one true love...
if you don’t count your other man.

—Anthony Gomes
Blues in the First Degree

PLAN AHEAD
SUN, JUL 7
MOVIE & LIVE SHOW:
Mary Lane &
The No Static Blues Band

210 Live, Highwood
FRI, SEPT 6
Buddy Guy
Arcada Theatre, St Charles
JUNE 20
Scott "Hambone" Hammer

JUNE 21
Sammy Avila
Marcy "Marcella Detroit" Levy


JUNE 24
Tad Robinson

JUNE 25
Eddie Floyd

JUNE 26
Pat Boyack

JUNE 29
Michael Hill

JUNE 30
Ms. Rodeo
Mike Wheeler 

 
JULY 1
Syl Johnson
Dan Aykroyd


JULY 3
Lavelle White
Sumito "Ariyo" Ariyoshi


JULY 4
Linda Cain
(Chicago Blues Guide)

JULY 5
Laretha Weathersby
Kenny Brown


JULY 10
Charlie Baty
Bruce Iglauer
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
JUNE 23
Helen Humes
Lucille Spann


JUNE 24
Ransom Knowling
Lester Williams
     

JUNE 25
Clifton Chenier

JUNE 26
Big Bill Broonzy
St. Louis Jimmy Oden


JUNE 28
David “Honeyboy” Edwards

JUNE 29
Frank Kirkland

JUNE 30
Bo Carter
JULY 1
James Cotton
Willie Dixon
Thomas Andrew Dorsey

   (Gospel musician)

JULY 3
Narvel "Cadillac Baby" Eatmon

JULY 4
Champion Jack Dupree

JULY 5
Smiley Lewis

JULY 7
Pinetop Perkins

JULY 8
Louis Jordan
Johnnie Johnson


JULY 10
Casey Bill Weldon
Barrelhouse Chuck
 
(aka Harvey Charles Goering)
Blind Boy Fuller ( aka Fulton Allen)
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See you July 11!
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