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OCT 19–25, 2018 
ONLINE CALENDAR  |  FESTIVALS
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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.
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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 Jazz and Chicago 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.
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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.

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WED, NOV 28 @ City Winery

Canned Heat

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 them have 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.

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GET OUT
So many choices, so little time. Know about a show I don't? Tell Me About It...please.

ONLINE CALENDAR  |  FESTIVALS
Looks like there are a LOT of good options so be sure to always have too much fun!
FRI, OCT 19
Ivy Ford Band

Morton Grove Library (7pm)

Lindsay Beaver
FitzGerald's Side Bar, Berwyn

Shirley King's Salute
to the music of BB King

Club Arcada, St. Charles

Vanessa Collier, Zach Day
Legends

SAT, OCT 20
Goin' Down South

The Northman
Riverwalk Beergarden (3-5pm)

Billy Branch and
the Sons of Blues

Rosa's

BLUES BRUNCH
Original Chicago Blues Allstars

River Roast

Carlos Johnson and
the Serious Blues Band

BLUES

Jimmy Nick & Don't Tell Mama
Elmwood Park Fall Fest (630pm)

SUN, OCT 21
Corky Siegel's Surprise Birthday Party with Chamber Blues

SPACE, Evanston

Low-reen & The Maxwell St. Market Blues Band
Maxwell St. Market (11am-2pm)

Mike Ledbetter with Dan Carelli
BLUES

Rick King's Royal Hustle
Taylor St. Tap

Vanessa Collier © Chicago Blues News/Karen Murphy

MON, OCT 22
BLUE MONDAY SERIES
with Linsey Alexander

SPACE, Evanston

BLUES JAM
Original Chicago Blues Allstars

The Quarry Event Center (6pm)

TUES, OCT 23
Mike Wheeler with Peaches Staten

Kingston Mines

Tail Dragger & The All-Stars
The Water Hole

WED, OCT 24
Ronnie Hicks
Legends

THURS, OCT 25
AFTERWORK BLUES
Smiley Tillmon Band (530pm)

River Roast

Charlie Love & The Silky Smooth
Bandwith Jeff Stone

O'Neil's on Wells

Gerry Hundt's One Man Band
Taylor St. Tap
PLAN AHEAD
DEC 13
Toronzo Cannon
Hey Nonny
Arlington Heights
DEC 20
Ronnie Baker Brooks
FitzGerald's, Berwyn
Birthdays will run THURSDAY – WEDNESDAY, even though the newsletter DATE is FRI – THURS (somehow this makes sense)

Corky Siegel Photo
© Chicago Blues News/Michael Murphy


CELEBRATE!
OCT 20
Vasti Jackson

OCT 22
Bo Ricketts

OCT 24
Corky Siegel
Ice Mike

REMEMBRANCES

OCT 18
Chuck Berry

OCT 19
William "Piano Red" Perryman

OCT 23
Rufus "Speckled Red" Perryman
ZYDECO: Boozoo Chavis


OCT 24
Jimmy Dawkins
Sonny Terry
Willie Mabon


BELATED WISHES
OCT 16
Big Joe Williams  (REMEMBRANCE)
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