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APR 19–25, 2019
ONLINE CALENDAR  |  FESTIVALS
FORWARD TO A FELLOW BLUES LOVER
THINKING OUT LOUD 
MAKE NO SMALL SUMMER PLANS. I will be trying to update the festivals pages on the website (only so many hours in the day) this week, but here are two fests you might want to put on your calendar right now:
JULY 3–6 FitzGerald's 38th American Music Festival
So many great bands play during this annual event that I cannot list them all here. Here's a taste:
JD McPherson (7.3), NRBQ and Nikki Hill (7.4), Tab Benoit and CJ Chenier and the Red Hot Louisiana Band (7.5) and Marcia Ball, Walter Trout and Cedric Burnside  (7.6).
TAB BENOIT PHOTO © Chicago Blues News/Karen Murphy

AUG 16–18 Ann Arbor Blues Fest
Since we has such a great time last year, I have been excitedly checking their website to see who will play for the 50th anniversary of their legendary festival in 1969. Nothing on the website yet, but I stumbled on an ad for the fest that showed this lineup: The Allman Betts Band (headliner), plus Mindi Abair and the Boneshakers, John Primer, Bernard Allison, Thornetta Davis, Benny Turner, Eliza Neals and the Narcotics, Mud Morganfield, Lindsay Beaver, Doug Deming & The Jewel Tones, Harper and the Midwest King and more.
MUD MORGANFIELD PHOTO © Chicago Blues News/Karen Murphy

In case you wondered, here's the list of bands that played at the '69 event:
FRI: Roosevelt Sykes, Fred McDowell, JB Hutto and the Hawks, Jimmy Dawkins, Junior Wells and BB King
SAT: Sleepy John Estes, Luther Allison, Clifton Chenier, Otis Rush, Howlin’ Wolf and Muddy Waters          
SUN: Arthur “Big Boy” Crudup, Jimmy Dawkins, Roosevelt Sykes, Luther Allison & the Blue Nebulae, Big Joe Williams, Magic Sam, Big Mama Thornton, Freddy King, Sam Lay, T-Bone Walker, Son House, Charlie Musselwhite with Freddy Roulette, Lightnin’ Hopkins and James Cotton
WOW....just wow.

TOO MANY CHOICES. The annual Blues, Brews & BBQ, a fundraiser for the McHenry (IL) Rotary, will also be held AUG 16–18 and has released its schedule. The fest features a great lineup of local Chicago area talent: Corey Dennison, Jimmy Nick, Ivy Ford, Demetria Taylor, Dave Specter with Jimmy Johnson, Kevin Purcell and the Nightburners and Joanna Connor. John Todd Band and Wall of Denial are also playing, but I have no idea who Todd is and the other one is a cover band named after a Stevie Ray song.

FILE UNDER STUPID. Here's the headline in Guitar World: Fender Announces Elaborate 'Game of Thrones'-inspired Guitars. My only response: Who wants/needs that? Apparently there are three models and they cost $25,000–$35,000. Read the story  if you care more than I do.

SOUTHERN STYLE. I already had tickets to see the Squirrel Nut Zippers on April 13 (see Out and About below), or I definitely would have gone to see Southern Avenue that night. I didn't even find out until the last minute they were in town, playing at a venue I was also unaware of (Bourbon on Division @ 2050 W Division). Thanks to WDCB's Hambone, I also now know that they have a new CD coming soon. Next week I will have a list of recent new music to drain your wallet.

BUNNY TIME. It's Easter this weekend for those who celebrate–and Buddy Guy's Legends is CLOSED on Sunday and Shaw's Crab House will not have music. Plenty of other clubs are still open for business OR just hunker down with a dozen Cadbury eggs or a few thousand peeps. 
PEEPS PHOTO © 2018 Just Born Inc. © 2018 Energizer Brands, LLC

2019 Chicago Blues Festival
June 7–9, 2019 | Millennium Park
You can see The CONNECTION: Mike Welch & Friends on Sunday, June 9 (630-730pm) at the Pritzker Pavilion. Hoping that the "& Friends" includes Curtis Salgado (but I don't know this for a fact).
PLAN YOUR BLUES FEST WEEKEND
PHOTO: Mike Welch © Chicago Blues News/Karen Murphy

CHECK OUT THE NEW TICKET GIVEAWAY BELOW!
FOUND ON FACEBOOK
Facebook is mostly a lot of gibberish and gobbledygook, but every now and then, I find information worth sharing. I just wish there weren't so many notices of people passing on. Here's who left us recently.

R.I.P. Mike Peters
Peters was the longtime bass player for the band, Chicago Bound, led by harp player Scott Dirks. Here's what Dirks said April 15 on Facebook:

My long-time friend and bandmate for almost 3 decades, veteran blues bass player Mike Peters, passed away yesterday after a hard battle with cancer.

I recently visited him with along the other members of our band Chicago Bound. He was upbeat, and talking about getting out and playing again. Sadly, that won't be happening. 

R.I.P. Mr. Hayes
From a (lightly edited) Facebook Post from Big Lew Powell:
Mr.Hayes (pictured at right), better known as “Pops,” has gone on to soul heaven. He was the proprietor of The Fantasy on 55th back in the day and also the Rockin' Horse known now as the Odyssey East on Torrence Ave. 

FUNERAL ARRANGEMENTS
WAKE | Thursday, April 25 6-8pm
SERVICE | Friday, April 26 1-3pm
Leak & Sons Funeral Home
18400 S. Crawford Ave., Country Club Hills
708.206.0860

OUT AND ABOUT
PHOTO: Kid Andersen (l) and Rick Estrin © Chicago Blues News/Karen Murphy

OUT AND ABOUT
APRIL 15 @ Danny's on Douglas, Elgin

Michael Ledbetter Tribute
Nick Moss gathered many of the musicians who played with Michael Ledbetter during his much-too-short career for this two-day tribute/fundraiser that featured one show at Buddy Guy's Legends in Chicago and another at Danny's on Douglas in Elgin, where Michael grew up. Danny's was packed with friends and family who were treated to a blues fest level parade of talent that included Kid Andersen, Rick Estrin, Charlie Baty, Anson Funderburgh, Rico McFarland, John Primer, Nick Moss, Dennis Gruenling, Guy King, Dan Carelli, Jason Ricci, Laura Chavez, Mike Welch, Andrew Duncanson, Buzz Krantz and many more. The lighting was challenging for photography, but the pizza and the music was superb.
TAKE A LOOK
TICKET GIVEAWAYS
PHOTOS: (l-r) Corky Siegel, Toronzo Cannon and Lynne Jordan © Chicago Blues News

THURS, JUN 6 @ City Winery
DEADLINE TO ENTER: MON, MAY 20 @ Midnight

PRE-BLUES FEST BASH
Featuring Corky Siegel, Chamber Blues, Lynne Jordan, Toronzo Cannon and some special surprises
Start your blues fest weekend in fine style with some of Chicago's best.

HOW TO ENTER
EMAIL SUBJECT: Get the Blues Fest Party Started

BODY OF EMAIL: Your name, email address & phone
ENTER RIGHT NOW 
(But first read the additional rules under the Bromberg contest).
THE CLOCK IS TICKING!
WED, MAY 15 @ City Winery
DEADLINE TO ENTER: WED, MAY 1 @ Midnight

David Bromberg Quintet
He's been called an American icon by none other than Dr. John and is a renowned violin expert with a shop called David Bromberg's Fine Violins in Wilmington, DE.  His musical journey began with blues–and that is where he has returned. His first release for Red House Records is The Blues, The Whole Blues, and Nothing But the Blues, a collection that spans a wide variety of blues styles from traditional to country and gospel-style blues. 

HOW TO ENTER
EMAIL SUBJECT: Bromberg plays the blues

BODY OF EMAIL: Your name, email address & phone
ENTER RIGHT NOW

YOU (SHOULD) KNOW THE SIMPLE RULES
NOTE: 
ONLY subscribers of Chicago Blues News can enter the contest. You can enter ONCE A DAY until the deadline. The drawing is a random drawing of all the entries. Winners will be notified via email and must respond within 24 hours or another winner will be chosen.
OUT AND ABOUT
PHOTO © Chicago Blues News/Karen Murphy

OUT AND ABOUT
APRIL 13 @ SPACE, Evanston

BLUES-ISH: Squirrel Nut Zippers

It is hard to describe the sheer joy of watching the three-ring circus that is the Squirrel Nut Zippers. They certainly are not classic blues in the style of Muddy, but they definitely are blues-ish–and a whole lotta fun. I know one thing: I would never miss a chance to see them live anytime they shimmy into town.

TAKE A LOOK
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, APR 19
Rico McFarland Blues Band

BLUES

Brian Lupo Blues Band
Harlem Ave. Lounge, Berwyn

Chicago Bound
Smoke Daddy

Dave Herrero
Lagunitas Tap Room (530pm)

John Primer, Nora Jean Bruso
Kingston Mines

SAT, APR 20
Dave Weld and the Imperial Flames

Spectrum Bar and Grill

Crook County Blues Band
Potato Creek Johnny's, Glenview

Lurrie Bell Blues Band
Rosa's Lounge

Lil' Ed and the Blues Imperials
Hey Nonny, Arlington Heights

Mississippi Heat
Johnny's Blitz Sport Bar, Westmont

SUN, APR 21
Ronnie Hicks and Masheen Co.

BLUES

Nigel Mack, Keith Scott
House of Blues

Sheryl Youngblood Blues Band
Blue Chicago
MON, APR 22
THE MONDAY BLUES
Barbara Clifford

Untitled

Rodney Brown, Joanna Connor
House of Blues

Billy Flynn
Smoke Daddy

TUES, APR 23
Erwin Helfer

Hungry Brain

Jamiah Rogers
Buddy Guy's Legends

Tail Dragger and the All-Stars
The Water Hole

WED, APR 24
CD RELEASE PARTY
Mike Bloom
& The Blues Prophecy
with special guest Mary Lane

Rosa's Lounge

Otis Rush Birthday Tribute
SPACE, Evanston
NOTE: Only GA Limited Seating left at press time

Ricky Liontones (4pm)
Smoke Daddy Wrigleyville

THUR, APR 25
Morry Sochat Duo (7pm)
Smoke Daddy Wrigleyville

Nick Moss Band
featuring Jason Ricci

Hey Nonny, Arlington Heights
PLAN AHEAD
WED, MAY 29
Yoko Noge & Osaka Blues Women Band
Rosa's

THURS, JUN 27
Ivy Ford Band
Hey Nonny, Arlington Heights
SAT, AUG 10
Jonny Lang
JJ Grey & Mofro

House of Blues
APR 20
Brian James
 

APR 21
Jamiah Rogers
Chris Edwards


APR 23
Thomas A. Susala
Alex Dixon
APR 24
Miss Honey Piazza
 
APR 25
William Homans
(AKA Watermelon Slim)
BIRTHDAY REMEMBRANCES
APR 18
Little Brother Montgomery 
Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown


APR 19
Alexis Korner

APR 20
Johnny Fuller  

APR 21
Clara Ward (Gospel singer)
 
APR 22
George "Harmonica" Smith 
Bullmoose Jackson  


APR 23
Charles “Cow Cow” Davenport

APR 25
Albert King
BELATED WISHES 
I must have missed someone...but I am sure you celebrated without me.
 
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