CULTURE CLUB. The Chicago Black Social Culture Map: Sounds & Spaces /Westside is an online public humanities project documenting black social culture. There are profiles of more than 350 venues on the map. On Saturday, Sept. 7 (Noon–6pm) at the Westside Justice Center (601 S. California), there will be four panel discussions on the development of nightlife and social spaces on Chicago’s West Side. Panels will explore the impact of Westside Blues; the importance of Westside record stores and record labels such as George’s Music Room, Barney’s Music and Dance Mania Records; and the neighborhood's contributions to Chicago House, Footwork, and Juke music and dance cultures. If you have photos, flyers, fashion or stories, bring them along so they can be added to the digital map.
The event ends with Community Archive Closing Share & DJ Set that begins at 5pm. NOTE: Guests are encouraged to arrive early because reserved tickets do not guarantee entry once capacity is reached. MORE INFO
SUCH A DEAL. Not only is Toronzo Cannon's SEPT 30 CD Release Party at City Winery a general admission show with a cheap ticket price (just $10), we are giving away a couple of tickets (see TICKET GIVEAWAYS below) AND, if you happen to be a CTA employee, you can get 50% off the price of admission when you buy tickets online. Use the coupon code TORONZOCTA at checkout. NOTE: Guests using the coupon code must show a valid CTA employee ID to get into the show.
AND THE WINNERS ARE... Danielle Nicole and her Grammy-nominated album Cry No More have won three Independent Blues Awards: Best Independent Blues R&B/Soul CD, Best R&B/Soul Song for her version of Prince’s How Come You Don’t Call Me Anymore”and Best Music Video for Cry No More. I know this because I got a press release. Trying to find the list of the rest of the winners was an exercise in extreme frustration that only added to my general distaste for the whole process. It seems that there are a number of different awards with similar names. In any case, I think Buddy Guy got three of these awards (as if he needs any more) and Larkin Poe, who are great to photograph but not really a blues band IMCO (in my cranky opinion), won several, including Artist of the Year. Really? TAKE A LOOK
AND MORE.The Unsigned Only Music Competition awards a total of $150,000 in cash and prizes to 38 winners in various categories, including an overall Grand Prize winner and a First and Second Place winner in each category. For 2019, Canada's Layla Zoe won 1st place in the blues category for her song, The Deeper They Bury Me. Second place honors went to Teresa James & The Rhythm Tramps for Forgetting You.The 2020 competition is already accepting entries–and the good news is that it just costs $25 to enter a song. FIND OUT MORE
FROM THE INNER CIRCLE. Texas Flood: The Inside Story of Stevie Ray Vaughanis being promoted as "the first definitive biography of guitar legend Stevie Ray Vaughan." His brother Jimmie wrote the epilogue and the foreword and afterword were written by Double Trouble bandmates Chris Layton and Tommy Shannon. We already know the two-minute version of his tragic story, so this will be an interesting read for fans of the guitar master. The book was released last month by St. Martin's Press. A few tidbits about the authors: Alan Paul also wrote the New York Times bestseller One Way Out: The Inside History of the Allman Brothers Band andAndy Aledort toured and recorded with Vaughan's Double Trouble and was a member of Dickey Betts and Great Southern for 12 years.
DON'T BLAME ME.That's all I got this week. It appears to be a slow blues news week...or I am just slower or more apathetic than usual this particular week. Next week I promise more new CDs and maybe even some news.
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SEPTEMBER 30 @ City Winery Toronzo Cannon's CD Release Party
You might run into Toronzo doing his day job driving a CTA bus or, if you are lucky, find him doing what he really does best: playing contemporary Chicago blues in front of an adoring audience. 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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9.20.19 @ City Winery Ronnie Baker Brooks
I have never been anywhere where Ronnie Baker Brooks didn't wow the crowd. If you are a fan of Chicago blues, you know what I mean. If you have never seen Ronnie live, what are you waiting for?
(DO NOT CHANGE or your entry will be voided): EVERYBODY LOVES RONNIE
AUG 30 @ Jay Pritzker Pavilion, Millennium Park George Freeman and Billy Branch
I honestly cannot remember the last time I went to the Chicago Jazz Fest, mostly because it's really not for me and my very specific musical tastes. This year, though, I couldn't resist going to one performance: the pairing of a legendary jazz guitarist (George Freeman) with Chicago blues favorite Billy Branch. And, just as I expected, it was a great show that also included jazz vocalist Joanie Pallatto and dancer Tania Daley. I'll be back next year IF I see another name I know on the bill. CHECK OUT THE PHOTOS
AUG 29 @ Blues Heaven Foundation Garden Louisiana Al Louisiana Al is usually billed as Louisiana Al and the Bayou Players so I fully expected a Mardi Gras style show. Boy, was I wrong. This show was all Chicago, all the time–which surprised me but did not disappoint. New Orleans Beau also was in the house and sang a few tunes.
IMPORTANT NOTE: The 2019 Thursday evening shows (6-730pm) at the Blues Heaven Foundation Garden (2120 S. Michigan) will soon be over for another year. You have just two more opportunities to hang out at Willie Dixon's joint: THUR, SEPT 5 | Charlie Love and the Silky Smooth Band
THUR, SEPT 13 | John Primer and the Real Deal Blues Band with guest Bob Corritore I assume that Steve Bell will also be there (or we can hope) HERE'S THE PHOTOS
SEPT 2 @ Pullman Park Paul's Broken Radio
We spent Labor Day listening to our friend Paul and his blues-ish band, Paul's Broken Radio, in Pullman Park. If you don't know about Pullman and its place in the American labor movement, you should Google it. Or just use this link. The Pullman neighborhood, FYI, is now designated as a National Monument.
In case you wondered, Paul's Broken Radio is Paul Petraitis (guitar/vocals), Joe Lindsay (bass/vocals), Tony Mathews (drums) and occasionally Wailin' Ray Cumpian (harp).
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.