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.
Luca Kiella (you can call him Chiellini) was also everywhere I looked (like Kenny Smith, Oscar Wilson and Ari Seder).
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
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.
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
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
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.”
AND ONE NEW BOOK Weeds Like Us
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
JULY 3–6 FUN, BUT NOT EVEN CLOSE TO FREE
FitzGerald's American Music Festival
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
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
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.