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 winnerswill 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. FIND OUT MORE
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:
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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. GET MORE INFO
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. GET MORE INFO
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 Primerand 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 OUTbelow) 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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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.
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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.
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. CHECK OUT OUR PHOTOS
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. CHECK OUT OUR PHOTOS
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