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