I decided to send a SPECIAL EDITION newsletter because I have a few things to say that shouldn't wait until next week.
As part of the Year of Chicago Music, the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs & Special Events (DCASE) is launching the Chicago Band Roster, a searchable database of high-quality musical performers to help increase meaningful performance opportunities for Chicagoland musicians.
Both solo musicians and ensembles of all genres are encouraged to apply to be listed on the Chicago Band Roster. Following the competitive application process, the Chicago Band Roster will be posted on the DCASE website as a resource for residents and organizations looking to present high-quality music programs. More information and application
DEADLINE TO APPLY
Friday, Feb. 14, at 5pm CST (not FRI, JAN 31, as previously announced)
A FEW KEY NOTES ABOUT THE ROSTER
Solo Acts and Band Leaders MUST be Chicago residents. Ensemble members can be from the Chicagoland area.
Musicians selected for the roster MUST be willing to perform up to three times a year in the Neighborhood Concerts Program and/or at a city-produced festival or event for set local rates ($400 for one musician/group leader and $350 for each side musician). The Neighborhood Concerts program will support free programs in neighborhoods throughout the city, with a specific emphasis on Chicago’s south and west side neighborhoods.
Musicians selected to perform as part of the free Neighborhood Concert Program will be paid by DCASE. Payments will be delivered or mailed to the artist upon completion of the scheduled performance.
Roster applications will be reviewed by a panel of music experts that include professional musicians, presenters and arts administrators. Applicants will be rated on artistic excellence and cultural diversity as demonstrated in application attachments and work samples.
REMEMBER THE DEADLINE FRI, FEB 14, 2020 at 5pm CST
PERFORMING AT BLUES FEST
DCASE now has a generic form linked on each of the major festival pages (Blues Fest, Gospel Fest, Jazz Fest, SummerDance, etc.) that you should fill out if you want to perform. Note that the form does not have a deadline date on it, but don't procrastinate! FILL OUT THE FORM
REST IN PEACE
10.19.46–1.22.20 Brett Champlin
Although I was aware that Brett Champlin had serious health issues, I was shocked and saddened to see that he transitioned when I was out of town last week. Brett was a musician, an active member of the Chicago area blues community and the founder (with Lori Lewis) of the Chicago Blues Camp, which will be holding its third camp in June. Note that Brett sold the camp in late 2019.
MEMORIAL SERVICE SAT, FEB 15 Visitation | 2-3pm Service | 3pm
Kelley & Spalding Funeral Home
1787 Deerfield Rd.
Highland Park, IL 60035
INFORMAL MEMORIAL GATHERING
THURS, FEB 13 Before the Thursday Night Blues Jam
Jam begins at 8pm
444 Lakeview Ave
No Minimum – No Cover – Free Parking!
FROM A POST ON BRETT'S FACEBOOK PAGE
If you have pictures of Brett that you'd like to share, please send them to firstname.lastname@example.org and we'll print them up and display at the memorial.
A LITTLE ABOUT BRETT (adapted from the Chicago Blues Camp website)
When Brett was 13, he began to teach himself guitar on a used acoustic guitar that had only three strings. While in high school in Oakland, CA, he played saxophone in a rock band, but he switched to guitar when he was at Southern Illinois University (SIU).
At SIU, he played in both a folk music duo and in a blues rock band. The band, originally named OM, moved to San Francisco in 1968 and changed its name to Devil's Kitchen. Devil's Kitchen played all the major venues on the West Coast and especially the Bay Area, eventually becoming the house band at Chet Helms' Family Dog Ballroom.
They opened for and jammed with the Jefferson Airplane, Grateful Dead, Taj Mahal, Santana, Credence Clearwater Revival, Big Brother & the Holding Company, the Allman Brothers, Elvin Bishop, Charlie Musselwhite, Savoy Brown, Ten Years After, Lightning Hopkins, Big Mama Thornton, Magic Sam and many others.
When the band broke up, Brett traveled around the world and eventually settled in Chicago, went back to school for his MBA, and worked as an IT Manager and Management Consultant in large corporations for the next 35 years before retiring to play music again.
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