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SEPT 20–26 2019 
ONLINE CALENDAR  |  FESTIVALS
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THINKING OUT LOUD 
IT'S PARTY TIME. In case you forgot, Rockin' Johnny Burgin is back in town celebrating his new Live CD on Delmark at Martyr's tonight. It's a great CD that features two of the West Coast's finest players: harp player Aki Kumar and singer Rae Gordon. The exciting news: They will both be with Johnny tonight at Martyr's (8pm). Charlie Musselwhite and Kid Andersen are also on the CD, but I wouldn't hold your breath that they will show up.
Rockin' Johnny photo © Chicago Blues News/Karen Murphy

DOCUMENTING THE BLUES–AND JAZZ. Chicago Jazz & Blues: A Photographer's View 2019 is a new juried exhibition opening Friday, Sept. 27 at the Cafe Logan in the Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts (915 E. 60th St.) on the campus of the University of Chicago. Before the show closes on Sunday, Dec. 8, there also will be a reception open to the public on Friday, December 6, at 6pm, at which time winners will be announced. The university has scheduled this exhibition in conjunction with the annual Hyde Park Jazz Festival (SEPT 28-29), and the wonderful Second Monday Blues series curated by Billy Branch, which begins again OCT 8 and, like last year, should continue monthly through May.
FULL DISCLOSURE: One of my photographs has been selected for this exhibition.
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WAITING TO EXHALE. According to a story in Block Club Chicago,  the much-anticipated (by me) opening of the new blues club Club Della Robbia (in Uptown next to the Green Mill) by Green Mill Owner Dave Jemilo is delayed– and "it's going to be awhile." Boo-hoo. Keep your fingers crossed that whatever the issue is does not cause it to be sucked into the Uptown Theatre vortex never to emerge while most of us are still alive.
REFRESH YOUR MEMORY
NOTE: The Uptown, after 35 years, is finally–allegedly–in the process of being restored.

SLOWHAND IN YOUR LIVING ROOM. You may not have tickets to Eric Clapton's Sold Out Crossroads Guitar Festival at the American Airlines Arena in Dallas this weekend, but you could have the best seat in the house for a LOT less than what it costs to be in the Arena. Both nights of the fest–FRI, SEPT 20 (8pm ET) and SAT, SEPT 21 (7pm ET)–will be simulcast on Nugs.tv worldwide. You can buy access to the pay-per-view for $39.99 US with a credit card or by using PayPal. Access is available:
  • on any internet-connected device: Mac, PC, iPhone, iPad, Android device, or SmartTV web browser
  • via the nugs.net app available to consumers on AppleTV, iOS or Android
  • on internet-connected devices or TV via AirPlay, ChromeCast, or natively in the nugs.net AppleTV app. 
PC and Mac users also may connect their computer to their TV via HDMI for a home theater viewing experience. And many local cable, satellite, telco and digital outlets will also offer the pay-per-view.

I think that about covers the world as we know it. As someone who went to the supposedly last Crossroads Guitar Fest in Madison Square Garden a few years ago, I can tell you that it was one of the best concerts in my long concert-going life.
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FALL BLUES FEST. Tickets are now on sale for the rescheduled Windy City Blues Fest, which will be held SAT, OCT. 5 (Noon–10pm) at SeatGeek Stadium in Bridgeview. There will be seven acts on the main stage, including Robert Randolph and the Family Band, Annika Chambers and Tennessee Redemption (aka Brandon Santini and Jeff Jensen) in addition to the Chicago Blues Challenge, which will determine what band represents Chicago at the International Blues Challenge in Memphis in 2020.
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HE'S EVERYWHERE. Luther Dickinson, one of my favorites from the Hill Country in Mississippi, is now also part of a new rock supergroup called the Capitol Sun Rays. The Rays also include members of the Birds of Chicago, Amy Helm (Levon's offspring) and Grahame Lesh (a Phil Lesh son–yes, that Phil Lesh). See Plan Ahead to find out when they will blow through Chicago.

GETTING HIS DUE. John Primer and the Real Deal Blues Band was the only Chicago band who won awards at last weekend's Blues Blast Music Awards. The band won for Soul Blues Album for The Soul of a Blues Man and Primer also won for Male Blues Artist. If you count dead people, Chicago got one more: Magic Slim & The Teardrops won Historical or Vintage Recording for the I'm Gonna Play the Blues (which did NOT include Primer, who left the Teardrops in 1995). The live recording was made by Wolf Records in Vienna in 2010, but released this year.

LAST MINUTE ADD. Vernon St. Blues Band has been added as an opening act for Lurrie Bell on SAT, SEPT. 28 at The Venue in Aurora.

BURB-ING. In addition to its appearance at the Autumn in the Park in Palos Park (see GET OUT below) this weekend, the Smiley Tillmon Blues Band will also be doing a free concert at 5pm on SUN, SEPT 22 at 50-Acre Park (where all the other park names taken?) in Evergreen Park. You can never get too much Smiley.

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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.

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Amy Black photo © Chicago Blues News/Karen Murphy

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DEADLINE TO ENTER: FRIDAY, SEPT 20 @ midnight

SEPTEMBER 30 @ City Winery
Toronzo Cannon's ​CD Release Party
Yes, he drives a CTA bus during the day (where do you think he gets all those song ideas?) but playing contemporary Chicago blues in front of an adoring audience is where Toronzo really shines. Join him at City Winery to celebrate his latest Alligator release, The Preacher, The Politician or the Pimp. You know it's gonna be a great party if Toronzo is in the house.

SUBJECT LINE (DO NOT CHANGE or your entry will be voided):
I WANT TO PARTY WITH TORONZO
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A SPECIAL NOTE:
If you don't win these tickets and you are a CTA employee, you get a special 50% discount for this show and also the 2nd CD Release show, which will be in the burbs at FitzGerald's in Berwyn on Tuesday, Oct. 1.

OUT AND ABOUT
PHOTO (l-r): KJazz, Brian Lupo and Tracee Adams © Chicago Blues News/Karen Murphy

SEPT 14 2019 | CHICAGO REGATTA FUNDRAISER
Chicago Yacht Club @ Monroe Harbor
Sons of Chicago
The Sons of Chicago (the nine-piece version) featuring Tracee Adams, Brian Lupo and KJazz was the entertainment for the 2019 Chicago Regatta, a fundraiser for three Chicago children's charities. Not only was the music great, the event raised well over $100,000.
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SIDE NOTE: Last week's issue mentioned Sam Cockrell, but he was not part of this version of the band.
It was the last show of the 2019 season in Willie Dixon's Blues Heaven Foundation Garden at the historic Chess Records Studios on South Michigan Avenue–and the stars came out to play with John Primer and the Real Deal Blues Band. There were so many musicians in the house that the show ran longer than usual (who's complaining?) and many never even got up to play.
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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, SEPT 20
Thornetta Davis, Joanna Connor

Kingston Mines

Bear Williams
Rosa's Lounge

Ronnie Baker Brooks
City Winery

Corey Dennison
Nick's Beer Garden

Pistol Pete
Harlem Ave. Lounge, Berwyn

Lil' Ed and the Blues Imperials
Legends

SAT, SEPT 21
Rico McFarland
BLUES

AUTUMN IN THE PARK
Smiley Tillmon Band (3-6pm)

Palos Park

Dan Carelli
Smoke Daddy Wrigleyville

Ivy Ford
Arlington Ale House, Arlington Heights

Vance "Guitar" Kelly & The Backstreet Blues Band
Untitled

SUN, SEPT 22
2019 APPLE FEST
ZYDECO: Zydeco Voodoo

Long Grove (2-330pm)

Mike Wheeler
House of Blues
MON, SEPT 23
Sheryl Youngblood, Corey Dennison

Kingston Mines

BLUE MONDAY SERIES
Joanna Connor
SPACE, Evanston

TUES, SEPT 24
Morry Sochat & The Special 20s

Guaranteed Rate Field (430pm)

Taylor Streiff
Smoke Daddy

Pete Galanis and Friends
Rosa's

WED, SEPT 25
Lurrie Bell with Dan Carelli

with special guest Ivan Singh
Rosa's

Rockin' Johnny
Legends

THURS, SEPT 26
Laura Rain

Legends

Reverend Robert & Donna Herula
Smoke Daddy

Rodney Brown, Dave Herrero
Smoke Daddy
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PLAN AHEAD
SAT, OCT 19
Blues 88s
Mick Archer and John Talmadge
Skokie Theater

WED, NOV 6
CD RELEASE PARTY
Dave Specter
SPACE, Evanston
SUN, DEC 1
BLUES-ISH: The Capitol Sun Rays
SPACE, Evanston
ON SALE FRI, SEPT 20 @ 10am

DEC 26
Shemekia Copeland
plus Kevin Burt

City Winery
SEPT 19
David Bromberg
George Baumann

  (drummer, Smiley Tillmon Band)

SEPT 22
Hash Brown
Bobby Radcliff
Sam Cockrell
Tomiko Dixon
SEPT 23
Donna Herula

SEPT 25
Luke Pytel

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. 
AUG 22
Jim "Thebassguy" Kaplan
SEPT 14
Dedrick Blanchard
BIRTHDAY REMEMBRANCES
SEPT 19
Brook Benton
Lovie Austin


SEPT 20
Eddie Bo

SEPT 23
Ray Charles
Fenton Robinson
Tiny Bradshaw
MIghty Joe Young
Little Joe Blue
SEPT 24
Blind Lemon Jefferson
Alden "Tarheel Slim" Bunn
Chick Willis


SEPT 25
Roosevelt “Booba” Barnes
Rosa Lee Hill


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