WED, NOV 21 @ The Beverly Arts Center Thankful for the Blues Party with The Smiley Tillmon Band
and NuBlu featuring Carlise Guy Is there a better way to begin the Thanksgiving holiday than being entertained by two of Chicago's hardest working bands? Smiley and his band will bring you the good-times blues and Carlise and Co. will get you up and dancing in the aisles. MORE INFO
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THINKING OUT LOUD
SO MANY CHOICES. What a weekend we have coming up! Not only is the Logan Center Blues Fest this week (FRI-SUN), there are also a LOT of great shows in the clubs (See the ONLINE CALENDAR and the Get Out section below). One other thing that I stumbled across that sounded interesting (but conflicts with fest's Saturday headliner performance) are two movies being screened Saturday, Oct. 20 at 7pm in the Logan Center Screening Room: The Cry of JazzandChicago Blues . The Cry of Jazz is Chicago-based composer Edward Bland's only film, which was recorded in 1959 and has been newly restored. It looks at the intertwined history of jazz and the black experience in the United States. Chicago Blues (1972), a film by Harley Cokeliss and narrated by Dick Gregory, explores a similar theme, touring Chicago's legendary south side clubs, housing projects and sites of the Black Power movement.
BLUE MONDAYS. Beginning on Monday, Nov. 12, at 7pm, local harp player Billy Branch will host a new series, Logan Center Second Monday Blues at Café Logan in the Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts on the campus of the University of Chicago. The first guest will be Jimmy Johnson. Each session will begin with a live interview followed by a concert performance.
THE CLOCK IS TICKING. Frank Bey was a rising soul blues star in the 1970s when an infamous deal with James Brown went wrong. His career ended and he went back to working outside the music business until the 1990s. Since then, he has released a a series of well-received albums, including this year’s Back in Business, which was produced by Tom Hambridge (who also produces Buddy Guy's recordings). Now there is a kickstarter campaign I just heard about (which unfortunately ends OCT. 25!) to fund a movie about Bey's life. It needs to raise $25,000 more in the next week. KICKSTARTER CAMPAIGN Frank Bey's website (listen to clips from his latest CD)
GET IN THE GAME. Musicians have until Wednesday, Oct. 24 to submit recording(s) for the 2019 Blues Music Awards (BMAs). Music recorded between Nov. 1, 2017, and Oct. 31, 2018, is eligible for consideration. The 40th annual BMAs will be held Thursday, May 9, in Memphis. GET MORE INFO
CELEBRATING OTIS. According to the Otis Rush website, the official celebration of the life and music of Otis Rush will be held April 29, 2019, which would have been the legendary guitar player's 85th birthday. Mark your calendar.
REPRESENTING CHICAGO. Darren Jay and the Delta Souls will represent Chicago (and the Windy CIty Blues Society) at the International Blues Challenge in Memphis in January 2019.
ONE MORE REASON TO GET OUT.Hey Nonny officially opened its doors this week in Arlington Heights. Although it is not strictly a blues club, they are booking a lot of blues acts. By the way, if you haven't gotten a ticket yet to see CJ Chenier and the Red Hot Louisiana Band on OCT 27, the only tickets left at press time were general admission, limited seating.
ONE MORE THING. Even if I don't tell you, as long as your are a subscriber to Chicago Blues News, you can enter every contest we have ONCE A DAY. Sometimes (like last week), I forget to say that.
What a history this band has...playing at the 1967 Monterey Pop Festival with Hendrix and Joplin, and collaborating with legends like John Mayall, Little Richard and John Lee Hooker. And, yes it's true that founding members Alan “Blind Owl” Wilson, Bob “The Bear” Hite, Henry “The Sunflower” Vestine and a few other musicians that replaced themhave all passed away. The current lineup does include two original members: Larry “The Mole” Taylor on bass, an experienced session musician who played with Jerry Lee Lewis and The Monkees (now there's a versatile guy) and Adolfo “Fito” de la Parra on drums. They are joined by Dale Spalding (harmonica, guitar and lead vocals) and John “JP” Paulus (guitar, bass and vocals). I'm curious, are you?
A FEW THINGS TO KNOW:
The band has 38 albums (Are you kidding me?)
Fito has written a book, Living the Blues, that tells Canned Heat's story of music, drugs, sex and survival. Interestingly, it will soon be a major motion picture directed by Mike Judge.