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AUG 2–15 2019
ONLINE CALENDAR  |  FESTIVALS
FORWARD TO A FELLOW BLUES LOVER
YES...another two-week newsletter!
I am not sure I am capable of looking at a calendar and making any sense of it anymore.

THIS NEWSLETTER will cover two weeks, AUG 2–15. After that, I think we will be back on a weekly schedule for awhile, unless I change my mind again.
THINKING OUT LOUD 

THE VOTES ARE IN. The August 2019 issue of Living Blues has the winners of the Living Blues Awards–and we are thrilled to report that Lurrie Bell, Shemekia Copeland, Buddy Guy and Billy Branch were the big winners:

CRITICS' POLL
Blues Artist of the Year (Male): Lurrie Bell
Most Outstanding Musician (Guitar): Lurrie Bell
Blues Artist of the Year (Female): Shemekia Copeland
Most Outstanding Blues Singer: Shemekia Copeland
Most Outstanding Musician (Harmonica): Billy Branch

Best Blues Albums of 2018

Album of the Year: Shemekia Copeland | America's Child
NOTE: Will Kimbrough also won Producer of the Year/New  Recording for Shemekia's album

READERS' POLL
The magazine's readers really love Buddy!
Buddy Guy
Blues Artist of the Year (Male)
Most Outstanding Musician (Guitar)
Best Live Performer
Most Outstanding Blues Singer

Best Blues Albums of 2018 (new release):
Buddy Guy | The Blues is Alive and Well

Mavis Staples
Blues Artist of the Year (Female)

Best Blues Book of 2018
Bitten By the Blues: The Alligator Records Story
Bruce Iglauer and Patrick A. Roberts
University of Chicago Press

Congratulations to all the winners!
Lurrie Bell photo © Chicago Blues News/Karen Murphy
Buddy Guy photo © Chicago Blues News/Karen Murphy

DID I OR DIDN'T I? I can't remember if I said I was doing new CDs this week or just thought about it. In any case, I lied. Or more accurately, went out too much and just cannot get it done. I'll try for the next issue, which is AUG. 16–22. The good news? There's LOTS of new music to choose from right now.

ENDLESS SUMMER. Chicago probably has more street fests than any city I know. This weekend, besides the craziness called Lollapalooza on the lake, there is JEFF FEST in Jefferson Park. Not a lot of blues to be had, but Donna Herula and Harlan Terson are playing at 530pm on Sunday, Aug. 4, and Hot Rocks, the Stones Tribute band led by Crazy Eddie (who also knows how to sing the blues), will be on the main stage at 7pm. Be there.

SUCH A DEAL. The Big Deal at Maxwell Street Market will also be on Sunday, Aug. 4 (9am-3pm). Again, not enough blues for me, but Low-reen & The Maxwell St Market Blues Band will be there from 1030-1130am. 

REST IN PEACE, POPPA FUNK. New Orleans legend Art Neville, founder of the Meters and Neville Brothers, has died. He was 81.
READ THE NPR STORY

LAST CALL. Harp player Dizzy Bolinski  will be conducting the last tour at the Chicago History Museum's blues exhibit (AMPLIFIED: Chicago Blues)  on August 10 at 1pm. Rick Weed will accompany Bolinski on guitar while he plays and talks about the photos in the blues collection. Musicians are encouraged to show up with their acoustic instruments to join in.
PHOTO: Rick Weed (l) and Dizzy Bolinski, courtesy of Dizzy Bolinski

READING MATERIAL. Here's an interesting, but depressing  2017 Washington Post article by Geoff Edgers:
Why my guitar gently weeps
The slow, secret death of the six-string electric. And why you should care.

A MOVING TARGET. The latest (edited) update on the Windy City Blues Fest from their website:
We are working on a proposal for Seat Geek Stadium in Bridgeview on Saturday, October 5 (Noon–1030pm).  There is still a chance for a free, one-day Blues Fest in Lyons at Veterans Park, in September. Stay tuned!
TICKET GIVEAWAY
LAST CALL!
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Monday, August 5 @ midnight

AUGUST 16 @ City Winery
Mindi Abair and
the Boneshakers

Ms. Abair used to play smooth jazz, but if that is what you want to hear, wait until Kenny G blows into town. Thankfully, Mindi left smooth jazz behind a long time ago. If Mindi and the Boneshakers can't rattle your bones, nuthin' can. What a show!

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Shake my bones, Mindi!

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Mindi Abair photo © Chicago Blues News/Karen Murphy
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, AUG 2
Bernard Allison Group
SPACE, Evanston

Elmore James Jr. & The Broomdusters
The Water Hole

James Armstrong
Johnny's Blitz Sport Bar, Westmont

Smilin' Bobby and the ClemTones
Phyllis' Musical Inn

Smiley Tillmon Band
Hailstorm Brewing Co., Tinley Park

Vance "Guitar" Kelly &
The Backstreet Blues Band

BLUES

SAT, AUG 3
Breezy Rodio (6pm)

Gallagher Way

Dave Specter
The Venue, Aurora

Wayne Baker Brooks (5pm)
LaGrange Endless Summer, Gordon Park

LIVE ON THE LAKE
Joanna Connor
(2-430pm)
Miller Lite Beergarden, Navy Pier

SUN, AUG 4
Lazer Lloyd

SPACE, Evanston

MON, AUG 5
Michael Damani Trio
(6-10pm)
The Quarry Event Center

THE MONDAY BLUES
Moondog

Untitled

TUES, AUG 6
Lil' Ed Williams (solo)

Hackney on Harms, Glenview

Linsey Alexander Blues Band
Shaw's Crab House

WED, AUG 7
CD RELEASE PARTY:
Annika Chambers

Rosa's Lounge

Johnny Burgin & Chris Matheos 
Ina Mae's (7-10pm)

THURS, AUG 8
BLUES-ISH: The Iguanas

Hey Nonny, Arlington Heights

RECORD ROW CONCERT SERIES
Lamont Harris 
(6pm)
Blues Heaven Foundation
FRI, AUG 9
Low-reen & The Lazy Dogs
with Peewee Hayes

Cuda's, Antioch

NIGHT OUT IN THE PARK
Ramblin' Rose &
The 290 East Ramblers

Shedd (John G.) Park

Paul Kaye & The Blues Cartel
The Water Hole

Toronzo Cannon
Joliet Area Historic Museum
Outdoor Rooftop Terrace, Joliet

Zydeco Voodoo
Dock at Montrose Beach (7-10pm)

SAT, AUG 10
Jamiah Rogers

Nick's Beer Garden

Jonny Lang & JJ Grey & Mofro
House of Blues

Michael Charles
Norton's, Highland Park

SUMMERDANCE
The Cash Box Kings
(730-930pm)
Spirit of Music Garden

SUN, AUG 11
Chicago Rhythm & Blues Kings
Legends

Jimmy Johnson (420pm)
Lagunitas Tap Room

MON, AUG 12
JW Williams &
The Chi-town Hustlers,
Corey Dennison

Kingston Mines

TUES, AUG 13
BLUES JAM
Brian Miller with 
special guest Rob Moore

Fritzy's Tavern

Pete Galanis & Friends
Rosa's Lounge

WED, AUG 14
Indigenous featuring
Mato Nanji

SPACE, Evanston

THURS, AUG 15
Albert Castiglia

Longbranch L'Erable

RECORD ROW CONCERT SERIES
Tommy McCrackin
(6pm)
Blues Heaven Foundation
OUT AND ABOUT
We were OUT AND ABOUT recently a little more than even I could take. But we just had to do it. Five different shows between July 18 and July 29 means that labeling all the photos was not even a realistic option. So...take a look anyway to live vicariously.
PHOTOS: Rev Sekou (l) and Cha Wa (r) © Chicago Blues News/Karen Murphy

BORDERLINE BLUES
JULY 29 @ JAY PRITZKER PAVILION
Rev Sekou, Cha Wa

What could be more fun on a Monday night than heading to the lakefront to see a Mardi Gras Indian funk band open for Rev Sekou, who is described as "a noted activist, theologian, author, documentary filmmaker and musician" whose music "is an unique combination of North Mississippi Hill Country Music, Arkansas Delta Blues, Memphis Soul and Pentecostal steel guitar? The answer, my friends: NOTHING could possibly be more fun or uplifting (unless maybe the Squirrel Nut Zippers joined the bill). I just really love all that flying hair and feathers.
CHECK IT OUT
JD Wilkes photo © Chicago Blues News/Karen Murphy

BLUES-ISH
JULY 28 @ REGGIE'S MUSIC JOINT
Legendary Shack Shakers
OPENING ACTS: Curio, Krank Daddies

This might not be classic Chicago blues, but it certainly is BLUES-ISH, in a wild psychobilly sort of way. I LOVE JD Wilkes and everything he does. The two other bands–Curio and the Krank Daddies–were fun, too.

The Shack Shakers came on at 1030pm and did a pretty short set. They did come back for one encore, which Wilkes ended with the statement:
"I'm hot. I'm done. Fix the fucking air conditioner."

We couldn't agree more.
EXPERIENCE THE MADNESS
PHOTO: Buddy Guy with daughter Shawnna and his grandson © Chicago Blues News/Karen Murphy

JULY 23 @ BUDDY GUY'S LEGENDS
Buddy's 83rd Birthday Celebration
I suspect that over the years Buddy has gotten a lot of great birthday gifts. This year, though, he may have hit the jackpot when Remy Martin presented him with the cognac of his dreams: The Louis XIII Cognac from Remy Martin, which sells for $3650. Compared to another brand I saw online that was $2 million, it's a downright bargain. The enthusiastic crowd all got a shot of a cheaper (but tasty) cognac and were entertained by Matt Hendricks, NuBlu Band and the Sheryl Youngblood Band.
CHECK OUT ALL THE FUN WE HAD

JULY 22 @ SPACE, EVANSTON
BLUE MONDAY with James Harman

I was honestly surprised that SPACE was not more jammed with folks since James Harman doesn't get to Chicago all that often and it's JAMES HARMAN! Of course, the show was great. If only I could have followed him up to Milwaukee for the show the next night when he played with Jim Liban. WOW.
TAKE A LOOK
(l-r) John Watkins and Maurice Vaughan © Chicago Blues News/Karen Murphy

JULY 18 @ BLUES HEAVEN FOUNDATION/MOTOR ROW BREWING
John Watkins Band

We always love to see John Watkins when he comes back to town. This night–the day before his birthday–was double the fun with a show at the garden at Blues Heaven Foundation followed by a jam at Motor Row Brewing. As you might assume, many of the usual suspects were in the house to provide the fun.
CHECK OUT WHAT YOU MISSED
PLAN AHEAD
OCT 25
Alligator Records All-Star Blues Revue:
Lil’ Ed & The Blues Imperials, Toronzo Cannon &
the Chicago Way and Cash Box Kings

Prairie Center for the Arts, Schaumburg
AUGUST 2
Mark Naftalin

AUGUST 3
Matthew Skoller

AUGUST 7
Denny Freeman

AUGUST 8
Deak Harp
Lady Bianca


AUGUST 10
Grego Anderson
AUGUST 11
Billy Flynn

AUGUST 12
Albert Castiglia
Nick Bell
Morry Sochat
Roy Gaines
Terry "Big T" Williams


AUGUST 14
Larry Graham

AUGUST 15
Eric Bibb
RL Boyce
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. 
BIRTHDAY REMEMBRANCES
AUGUST 2
Big Walter Price

AUGUST 3
Mercy Dee Walton

AUGUST 4
Louis Armstrong

AUGUST 4
Willie Lee Brown
Willie Nix


AUGUST 7
Magic Slim
Mose Vinson


AUGUST 8
Lucky Millinder
Joe Tex
Jimmy Witherspoon
AUGUST 9
Robert Shaw

AUGUST 11
Sam Collins

AUGUST 12
Percy Mayfield

AUGUST 13
Baby Boy Warren
Jimmy McCracklin
Son Seals


AUGUST 15
Buster Brown
Jackie Brenston
Bobby Byrd
Osee Anderson Sr.



 
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