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MAY 24-30, 2019
ONLINE CALENDAR  |  FESTIVALS
FORWARD TO A FELLOW BLUES LOVER
THINKING OUT LOUD 

WEST SIDE RISING. The Kehrein Center for the Arts (5608 W Washington Blvd.) officially opened on Wednesday, May 22. The Center, which includes the Sistema Ravinia Auditorium, will be home to one of the nation's largest African American elementary school orchestras, the Circle Rockets. The Center is named in honor of Glen and Lonni Kehrein, who founded the Circle Urban Ministries 45 years ago in the Austin neighborhood. After doing a little research, I was pretty impressed with Glen Kehrein, who passed away in 2011 before he could see the arts center built. Let's assume the new center will be able to host other musical...I mean blues...events, too.
HERE'S MORE INFO (Note: I think this article has the wrong address)

WHAT WOULD JERRY WANT? A Jerry Garcia-themed venue is supposedly coming to the former Wishbone restaurant in the West Loop (1001 W. Washington), thanks to Brooklyn Bowl owner Peter Shapiro and the Garcia estate. An early 2020 opening is planned for the new venue, which is described as described as a “seated jazz and jam venue." I am hoping that they might squeeze a little blues in, too. Smokestack Lightning anyone?

CHANGING HANDS. It appears that the jam on Mondays at The Quarry Event Center (2423 E 75th St.) will now be led by Elmore James Jr. & the Broomdusters. The Original Chicago Blues All-Stars had been doing the jam. If you go, please be sure to call first (312.259.1143) to make sure I am not leading you astray.

THE BLUES TRAIL. My cranky alter ego is not too impressed with the endless lists of silliness just meant to fill space: Things You Must Do Before You Die, The Best Music Venues in the U.S., The Most Incredible Weekend You Can Have With Your Cat, yada, yada, yada. So one of those lists, USA Today's 2019 Top 10 Historic Towns in America, finally noticed Mississippi and actually picked two towns in the state, including Clarksdale (#4 this year):

Those with an interest in music history should have the town of Clarksdale at the top of their list. This town in the Mississippi Delta played an important role in the development of the blues, a history you can explore at the Delta Blues Museum.

NOTE: When you see Abilene, KS, and Angola, IN, on a list, you know they are running out of options. Skip these stupid lists and find your own bliss.

Here's the complete list:

  1. Granbury, Texas
  2. Mackinac Island, Michigan
  3. Angola, Indiana
  4. Clarksdale, Mississippi
  5. Williamsburg, Virginia
  6. Natchez, Mississippi
  7. Natchitoches, Louisiana
  8. Abilene, Kansas
  9. St. Augustine, Florida
  10. Haddonfield, New Jersey
PHOTO: Red's Blues Club in Clarksdale, MS. © Chicago Blues News/Karen Murphy

MUSIC IN THE AIR. The 57th St. Art Fair in Hyde Park is a great way to spend a weekend–and Buddy Guy's Legends lends a hand with a nice musical lineup for the art fest:
SATURDAY JUNE 1 
Noon – 1:45pm  Matt Hendricks
2:00pm – 3:45pm  Brother John Kattke
4:15pm – 7:00pm  Tracye Eileen

SUNDAY JUNE 2
12:00pm-1:00pm Patrick Noland
1:15pm – 2:45pm Mike Wheeler
3:00pm – 4:30pm Vino Louden
PHOTO: Mike Wheeler © Chicago Blues News/Karen Murphy

GIVING BACK. Mary Lane and the No Static Blues Band, Joseph Morganfield & The Mannish Boyz plus special guest Michael Damani will provide the music for Blues and Brews for Hope, a fundraiser for the Hope Academy Chicago on Thursday, June 6, at the Bottom Lounge (1375 W. Lake St). Hope's mission is to help individuals with developmental disabilities reach optimum growth, independence and joy. Tickets for the event, which runs from 6-9pm, are $25. GET A TICKET
PHOTO: Joseph Morganfield © Chicago Blues News/Karen Murphy

FANNING OUT. The Shreveport Bluesman is a fan-made feature documentary by director Christian Alan Hansen that chronicles the musical evolution of blues rock guitarist Kenny Wayne Shepherd. Look for a release in January 2020.

IN WILLIE'S GARDEN. Willie Dixon's Blues Heaven Foundation has released its summer schedule of concerts, now called the Record Row Concert Series. The free shows, which run 6-730pm every Thursday, kick off Thursday, June 6 with Doktu Rhute Muuzic. Other events of note: 

  • June 7 Blues Fest Afterparty with Melvin Taylor ($25)
  • June 8 Hot Blues Night with the Cash Box Kings ($25)
  • July 4  Willie Dixon's Birthday Bash (5–8pm) with Big Lew and The Crew
  • August 1 Marie Dixon's Birthday Celebration (5–8pm) with Joe Barr
REST IN PEACE

Aaron "Mudbone" Turner
6.11.58–5.17.19
Drummer Aaron "Mudbone" Turner, who was also a singer and songwriter, passed away on May 17 at the age of 60. Turner performed with legendary artists that included B.B. King, Buddy Guy, and Jr. Walker and the All-Stars. He also toured with Susan Tedeschi at one time.

MEMORIAL SERVICE
Saturday, June 1, 2019 @ 3pm
Dortch-Williamson Funeral & Cremation Services
1410 Highway 138 SW
Riverdale, GA 30296

HAVE A LISTEN
Here's a song from his 2018 release, My Kind of Blues.

GoFundMe page for L'Tayna "Sugarlips" Shields-Turner (Mudbone's wife)

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Paul Orta
9.6.57–5.16.19
Texas harp player Paul Orta lost his battle with colon cancer on May 16. He was 61. Orta fronted his band, The Kingpins (a.k.a. The International Playboys), and various other groups, opening for B.B. King, John Lee Hooker, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Van Morrison, The Fabulous Thunderbirds, Junior Walker, James Cotton, and Buckwheat Zydeco,  among others. A memorial service been held.
LEARN MORE ABOUT PAUL ORTA

HAVE A LISTEN

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Paul Carey (Bauhof)
12.9.56–5.10.19

Detroit blues and jazz guitarist Paul Carey Bauhof (known professionally as Paul Carey) passed away at his home on May 10. He was 62. He co-founded the Sun Messengers in 1980 with fellow musicians RJ Spangler and Rick Steiger. He often backed Detroit-based Sir Mack Rice, as well as Johnny Adams, Earl King, Hubert Sumlin, Eddie Floyd and Pinetop Perkins. Carey also toured internationally with Detroit blues icons Thornetta Davis, Alberta Adams, Joe Weaver, Johnnie Bassett and Eddie Kirkland.

Services have been held, but you can still contribute in Carey's name to the Diabetes Association, 20700 Civic Center Drive, Ste. 100, Southfield, MI 48076 or diabetes.org.
READ THE OAKLAND PRESS OBIT

HAVE A LISTEN
Paul Carey photo courtesy of Chas. Verheyden Funeral Homes Inc.

2019 Chicago
Blues Festival
June 7–9, 2019
Millennium Park


You've got just 

14 DAYS,
22 HOURS

(but who's counting?) left at press time to plan your weekend. 


PLAN NOW

CHICAGO BLUES FEST IS ALWAYS FREE!
Note that there has not been any announcements to date
of Blues Fest Preview shows. WTF? Daley Plaza needs a little blues.
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, MAY 24
Darren Jay and the Delta Souls

Mac's on Slade, Palatine

Guy King's Little Big Band
BLUES

Mz. Peachez
The Water Hole

Couldn't Stand the Weather
Tribute to Stevie Ray Vaughan
featuring Tallan Noble Latz

Brauer House, Lombard

SAT, MAY 25
Nick Moss Band
with Dennis Gruenling

SPACE, Evanston

NuBlu Band featuring Carlise Guy
Charlie Brown

Legends

Charlie Love &
The Silky Smooth Band

Johnny's Blitz Sports Bar, Westmont

Shawn Holt and the Teardrops
Kingston Mines
(also Friday)

SUN, MAY 26
Billy Flynn and Friends

BLUES

Corey Dennison, Mike Wheeler
House of Blues
MON, MAY 27
CLOSED FOR HOLIDAY

Legends

Mike Wheeler with Demetria Taylor
Blue Chicago

TUES, MAY 28
Gerry Hundt

Smoke Daddy

Tail Dragger and the All-Stars
The Water Hole

Omar Coleman
Legends

WED, MAY 29
Larry Taylor (6-830pm)

Columbus Park Refectory

Tom Holland
Smoke Daddy

THURS, MAY 30
Elvin Bishop's Big Fun Trio

City Winery

Laura Rain
Legends

Luca Kiella Organic Duo (5-8pm)
The Berghoff
PLAN AHEAD
SAT, JUNE 8
LIVE ON THE LAKE!
2-430pm Marvin Weathersby
530-8pm Wall of Denial
910-1130pm Corey Dennison
Miller Lite Beer Garden, Navy Pier
FRI, AUG 2
Bernard Allison Group
SPACE, Evanston

And then there are all the Festivals. Starting marking your calendar now.
LOOK
MAY 23
Michael Cloeren

MAY 25
Robert Lechtanski

MAY 27
Howard Anthony
(Aka Tony, The Water Hole bossman)
MAY 28
Melissa Cook (Superfan)

MAY 29
Gerry Hundt
Ron Levy

MAY 29
Rick Holmstrom
 
BELATED WISHES 
MAY 18
Tierinii Jackson

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
MAY 23
Chico Chism

MAY 26
Mamie Smith
MAY 28
T-Bone Walker
King Ernest Baker

MAY 27
Brother John Sellers
Junior Parker
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