BENEFIT: Blues for Jameson
As the year draws to a close, this show will be remembered for two things:
as one of the hands-down best shows in 2018 and
as a heartwarming example of the love and support that can be found in the Chicago blues community.
As most people know by now, Jameson is Amberly Stokes' son. Amberly is a fixture at Rosa's and has worked tirelessly to support the local blues community that has now embraced her in her time of need. In late August, Jameson was hit by a distracted driver and is facing a long road ahead before he will walk again.
As you look at the photos (even more coming next week–along with labels), you will see that Chicago's A-list musicians made it a night to remember. I am certain that if it had been allowed, the show would have gone on all night. CHECK OUT THE PHOTOS
THINKING OUT LOUD
R.I.P. Eddie. While we were out, the great West Side Bluesman Eddie C. Campbell died Nov. 20. He was 79 and since 2013 had been dealing with the effects of a heart attack and stroke he suffered while touring Germany. A memorial celebration of his life is being planned. Stay tuned for details. READ THE TRIBUNE OBIT READ THE SUN-TIMES OBIT LISTEN TO EDDIE
TESTING MY LIMITS. Since the last newsletter, we apparently have been Out and About more than any reasonable person would consider. As a result, we have too many photos to process and have not had enough sleep, which means that all the galleries linked to in this newsletter are a bit raggedy. In other words, in the next week, they will be better edited, likely have more (and possibly different) photos added and labels put on. SInce we also had way too much fun...raggedy will just have to do this week. ONE MORE CONFESSION: I also only sort of updated the calendar. Not to worry...you pretty much know what you need to.
PUT YOUR DANCIN' SHOES ON. There's a new club in the neighborhood where For the Good Times Lounge used to be. The Ambrosia Room is at 5442 S Damen Ave. Right now, that's all I know.
COULD BE OLD NEWS. It is entirely possible that I have not been paying attention, but I think the cover charge on the weekends at Harlem Ave. Lounge in Berwyn has gone up just a little. Most shows are now $7 rather than $6, but there's even one that is $10. Still a bargain by any measure.
A NEW NAME. It looks like the blues jam at Rosa's Lounge is no longer named the James Wheeler Jam and will be headed (at least for the month of December) by Lil' Ed Williams. In case you wondered, James Wheeler, who passed in 2014, led the jam at Rosa's for many years.LEARN MORE ABOUT JAMES WHEELER
KEEP CELEBRATING, JIMMY.Dave Specter's Adventures in Guitar on Dec. 12 at SPACE in Evanston, will be with Specter's buddy, Jimmy Johnson, and will be yet another celebration of Jimmy turning 90 on Nov. 25. I definitely believe in yearlong celebrations for key milestones...and turning 90 and still performing regularly definitely qualifies.
WHAT BORDER? The Chicago History Museum will present Blues & Sones: Cross Cultural Concerts with Chicago’s Billy Branch and Sones de México Ensemble on Dec 6 at 7pm at the DuSable Museum of African American History (740 E. 56th Place). The concert is being presented in support of Amplified, a current exhibit at the Chicago History Museum onthe history of the Chicago Blues. The concert is free, but you need to RSVP. There is also a special matinee performance for schools at 11am. Call Nancy Villafranca at 312.799.2150 for tickets for the matinee show.
GO TO PLAN B. If you were planning to hit the jam at Buddy Guy's Legends on Monday, Dec. 3,fuhgeddaboudit. The club is closed that day...probably for an event you wish you could attend.
HOLI-DAZE. Here's a tentative December schedule: DEC 7–13 Yes, there will be a newsletter. DEC 12–21 Sure, one more newsletter. DEC 22–JAN 3 What are you, nuts? You most certainly will be ignoring me in favor of maximum holiday frolic time–which is exactly what you should be doing. JAN 4–10 Back in the saddle, hoping for a great and peaceful 2019.
Thankful for the Blues
with NuBlu Band featuring Carlise Guy and
the Smiley Tillmon Band featuring Kate Moss
The Beverly Arts Center is a wonderful, welcoming place–and the perfect location to begin a long weekend of gratefulness with two great bands. HERE'S THE PROOF
Mary Lane's Birthday Bash
The cake angel showed up with a beautiful cake, Willie Buck stopped by and Mary Lane was being Mary Lane. Of course, a good time was had by all. WHEN I WAS EAVESDROPPING: I actually heard someone say, "We are from Mexico City and this is the best club we have ever been to." HERE'S THE PROOF
TWO MORE FREE TICKET GIVEAWAYS I shouldn't have to tell you why you would want to see these two get artists. If I do, don't enter. ONE MORE THING: Be mindful of the deadlines, which are shorter than usual. Winners get two free tickets...but you cannot win both of these contests (we have to spread the joy a little).
TUES, DEC 18, 2018 @ City Winery TAB BENOIT EMAIL SUBJECT: I WANNA RIDE THE NIGHT TRAIN BODY OF EMAIL: Your name, email address & phone ENTER RIGHT NOW DEADLINE TO ENTER: SUN, DEC 9 @ Midnight
CONTEST #2 WED, DEC 26, 2018 @ City Winery SHEMEKIA COPELAND ENTER RIGHT NOW
EMAIL SUBJECT: I LOVE AMERICA'S CHILD BODY OF EMAIL: Your name, email address & phone DEADLINE TO ENTER: SUN, DEC 16 @ Midnight
YOU (SHOULD) KNOW THE RULES
NOTE: All subscribers of Chicago Blues News can enter ONCE A DAY throughout the contest.
OUT AND ABOUT WED, NOV 28 @ City Winery
Canned Heat OPENING ACT:Kevin "BF" Burt
When a band has been around for more than 50 years but its current lineup has just two of its classic members, you have to wonder if it is worth checking them out. When I think Canned Heat, I think Bob "The Bear" Hite and Alan "Blind Owl" Wilson, who both died a long time ago.For this show,I wasn't sure what I would be seeing or hearing. I learned, though, that this particular lineup (Larry "The Mole Taylor and Alfredo "Fito" De La Parra from the classic band plus John Paulus and Dale Wesley Spalding) has been together 10 years, the longest-lasting lineup the band has ever had. I also learned that this band is kick ass–and from the crowd reaction at City Winery–everyone in the joint agreed with me.
I'll have photographic evidence next week. Go see them when you can...they will be performing at several of the Woodstock anniversary shows scheduled in 2019.
ONE MORE THING. The band will be recording a new CD soon. In the meantime, I just listened to Friends in the Can, which was released in 2003, and I LOVED it. Guests on the CD included Taj Mahal, Mike Finnigan, Corey Stevens, John Lee Hooker and Walter Trout. How could it not be good?
AND ONE MORE. Despite (or because of) his Iowa roots (he kept making fun of this fact himself), opening act Kevin "BF" Burt was great. No surprise, really, since he wowed the judges at the last International Blues Challenge and took home three key awards.
OUT AND ABOUT TUES, NOV 27 @ The Water Hole Tail Dragger and the Allstars
Calling all blues-lovin' wimmens. Twice a month, Tail Dragger and his Allstars are in the house–and you too can feel the love from Tail Dragger. Low-reen would be happy to share. Next opportunity: Tuesday, Dec. 11. Be there.
SUN, DEC 16
Marty Sammon's Holiday Blues Fling featuring Donald Kinsey
VFW Hall Bremen Post, Tinley Park
WED, DEC 19 A BLUES CHRISTMAS (7pm)
with Toronzo Cannon, Lil' Ed, Lynne Jordan and Matthew Skoller
Aon Grand Ballroom, Navy Pier
THURS, MAR 14
Tickets on sale tomorrow
Birthdays will run THURSDAY – WEDNESDAY, even though the newsletter DATE is FRI – THURS (somehow this makes sense)
NOV 29 Martin Lang
DEC 5 Paul Petraitis
Kim Simmonds(Savoy Brown) Little Richard
NOV 29 Robert Nighthawk