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DEC 7–13, 2018 
ONLINE CALENDAR  |  FESTIVALS
FORWARD TO A FELLOW BLUES LOVER
Photo by Dan Machnik courtesy of Alligator Records

R.I.P. Jody Williams
2.3.35 – 12.1.18

Jody Williams, an under-appreciated Chicago blues guitarist/vocalist and Blues Hall of Fame member who recorded with legendary musicians that included Howlin’ Wolf, Otis Spann and childhood friend Bo Diddley, died of cancer Dec. 1 at the Munster Med Inn in Munster, IN. He was 83. 

Williams is survived by his wife Jeanne Hadenfelt, his daughters Marilyn Murphy and Sissy Williams, sons Anthony and Jason Williams, grandchildren Justin, Noel, Joseph, Joshua, River and Ethan Williams and Gerold Murphy, and several nieces and nephews.

FUNERAL ARRANGEMENTS
Sunday, December 9
2pm Wake | 3pm Service
Leak & Sons Funeral Home
7838 S. Cottage Grove Ave., Chicago

LEARN MORE ABOUT JODY

LISTEN TO JODY

THINKING OUT LOUD 

REMEMBERING EDDIE. All friends and family are invited to celebrate the life of Eddie C. Campbell on Saturday, Dec. 8, from 1–3pm at St. James Missionary Baptist Church at 911 S. Kedzie. Campbell died Nov. 20, the result of the effects of a heart attack and stroke he suffered in 2013.
Eddie C. Campbell photo © Chicago Blues News/Karen Murphy

THE MUSICAL BURBS. Apparently, there is a new blues jam with Steve Kostakes–scheduled weekly on Wednesdays (this month, Dec. 12 and 26) beginning at 7pm at the Side Street American Tavern in Tinley Park (18401 N. Creek Dr.) Tinley Park is positioning itself as a live music destination in the hinterlands (hinterlands for me at least). I applaud any effort to bring live music–especially blues–to the masses no matter where they reside.

MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING. Creating controversy is one way to get a lot of hits online–and maybe that is what Star 102.1 FM Cleveland just did by banning Baby It's Cold Outside. Interestingly, they apparently ran a survey on their Facebook page (that I could not find when I looked today) that said 94% of people thought the song was a Christmas classic and 6% thought it should be banned. More than 9000 people supposedly voted so the station illogically listened to the 6% who apparently wake up every morning offended. Probably is a good thing that few radio stations play blues songs these days because they would have their hands full banning songs sensitive folks found offensive. So...here's several great interpretations of Baby It's Cold Outside to get you offended or in the holiday mood (you decide):
Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Jordan

Louis Armstrong and Velma Middleton

Ray Charles and Nina Simone

Ray Charles and Betty Carter

Dionne Warwick and Ray Charles

Colin James and Roxanne Potvin

Willie Nelson and Norah Jones

Suzy Bogguss & Delbert McClinton

And it's even on this Barrelhouse Chuck recording.

STUMBLING AROUND. I stumbled on to a Facebook page (never my best moment) that was titled, Induct Mike Bloomfield into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.  Sure....great idea...except that I thought that he was already inducted as part of The Paul Butterfield Blues Band, which was deemed worthy in 2015. Is it even possible for performers can have their own inductions if they were part of a group that was inducted? I would care more if Bloomfield would be able to go to Cleveland and accept the honor. Can this Facebook page go away?

MY 15 MINUTES. A photo I recently took of CJ Chenier will be part of the Accordions: Expanding Voices in the USA exhibit  at The Museum of Making Music in Carlsbad, CA (5790 Armada Dr, Carlsbad, CA). The exhibition "takes a close look and listen at the current state of the accordion across the country, highlighting stories and recordings from some of the players pushing it forward. Find out where the accordion could be headed next and even play one for yourself – you may well become part of the instrument’s future." The show opens on Dec. 13 and runs through Aug. 31, 2019. Have a look if you are in the area.

HOLI-DAZE. So here's a FINAL December schedule:
DEC 14–JAN 3 Last newsletter of 2018
JAN 4–10, 2019 The first 2019 newsletter, a year that hopefully will bring new possibilities for all. Bring it on!

Mondo Cortez photo | © Chicago Blues News/Karen Murphy

OUT AND ABOUT
FRI, NOV 30 @ Honky Tonk BBQ

Chicago Blues Angels
Jimmy Burns and Eddie Taylor Jr.

I cannot say that Honky Tonk BBQ is a photographer's dream location to shoot, but the lineup featuring Jimmy Burns and Eddie Taylor Jr. opening for the Chicago Blues Angels was impressive enough to force myself to go out when I really wanted to just flop on the couch. This was not the Chicago Blues Angels lineup I saw when Reggie's attempted a blues and BBQ series. This one featured Mondo Cortez (in the previous lineup) with Dave Katzman and a sax player whose name I did not get (but he was great).

Then, of course, there also is the BBQ....
A FEW PHOTOS
 
OUT AND ABOUT
Below are links to the three galleries that I posted with less thought than usual last week just to get them online in a timely manner. So, I have added a few more images–and removed a few  that should have never seen the light of day. Some days I am just more blind than other days.

And, I have labeled many more photos...but time ran out so I still have a few more to do. I think you know who you are looking at most of the time.
TOP (l-r): Kenyatta Gaines (l) and Carlise Guy (NuBlu), and Smiley Tillmon (Thankful for the Blues)
BOTTOM: (l-r) Donald Kinsey and Ronnie Baker Brooks (Blues for Jameson) and Mary Lane with win Noll (Mary's Birthday Bash)
© Chicago Blues News/Karen Murphy


WED, NOV 21 @ Beverly Arts Center
Thankful for the Blues

with The Smiley Tillmon Band and NuBlu Band
HERE'S THE PROOF

TUES, NOV 20 @ House of Blues
BENEFIT: Blues for Jameson

with a cast of thousands (or so it seemed)
CHECK OUT THE PHOTOS

SUN, NOV 25 @ Buddy Guy's Legends
Mary Lane's Birthday Bash

HERE'S THE PROOF
TICKET GIVEAWAYS
TWO MORE FREE TICKET GIVEAWAYS
I shouldn't have to tell you why you would want to see these two get artists. If I do, don't enter.
ONE MORE THING: Be mindful of the deadlines, which are shorter than usual. Winners get two free tickets...but you cannot win both of these contests (we have to spread the joy a little).

THE CLOCK IS TICKING!
​TUES, DEC 18, 2018 @ City Winery
DEADLINE TO ENTER:
SUN, DEC 9 @ Midnight
TAB BENOIT
EMAIL SUBJECT: I WANNA RIDE THE NIGHT TRAIN 
BODY OF EMAIL: Your name, email address & phone
ENTER RIGHT NOW

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STILL A LITTLE TIME TO ENTER
​WED, DEC 26, 2018 @ City Winery
DEADLINE TO ENTER:
SUN, DEC 16 @ Midnight
SHEMEKIA COPELAND
ENTER RIGHT NOW

EMAIL SUBJECT: I LOVE AMERICA'S CHILD
BODY OF EMAIL: Your name, email address & phone

YOU (SHOULD) KNOW THE RULES
NOTE:
All subscribers of Chicago Blues News can enter ONCE A DAY throughout the contest.

TOP PHOTO: Larry "The Mole Taylor (l) and John Paulus; PHOTO BOTTOM RIGHT: Kevin "BF" Burt
© Chicago Blues News/Karen  Murphy


OUT AND ABOUT
WED, NOV 28 @ City Winery

Canned Heat
OPENING ACT: Kevin "BF" Burt

Finally got the photos edited and labeled from this great show. Look for Canned Heat at the many Woodstock concerts scheduled for next year. And look for Kevin Burt to be around for a long, long time (and possibly at Chicago Blues Fest this coming year).

HERE'S ALL THE PHOTOS

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

ONLINE CALENDAR  |  FESTIVALS
 
FRI, DEC 7
Brian Lupo Blues Band

Harlem Ave. Lounge, Berwyn

Elmore James Jr. & The Broomdusters
The Water Hole

Lucky Peterson Blues Band
Rosa's Lounge

Morry Sochat & The Special 20s
Untitled

Hot Tuna Acoustic
Old Town School of Folk Music

930pm (7pm sold out)

Smiley Tillmon Band (630pm)
Hailstorm Brewery, Tinley Park

SAT, DEC 8
Lurrie Bell

Nick's Beer Garden

Mike Ledbetter Blues Band
BLUES

Dave Weld and the Imperial Flams
Spectrum Bar and Grill

SUN, DEC 9
Donna Herula (430pm)

Smoke Daddy

Ivy Ford
Legends
 
MON, DEC 10
Mike Wheeler Blues Band
with Demetria Taylor

Blue Chicago

TUES, DEC 11
Luca Chiellini

Shaw's Crab House

Pete Galanis and Friends
Rosa's Lounge

Tail Dragger and the Allstars
The Water Hole

WED, DEC 12
BLUES JAM
with Rodney Brown and Hot Rod

BLUES

Dave Specter's Adventures
in Guitar with Jimmy Johnson
celebrating Johnson's 90th birthday

SPACE, Evanston

Matthew Curry
Beat Kitchen

THURS, DEC 13
Gerry Hundt's One Man Band
Taylor St. Tap

Mississippi Heat, Mike Wheeler
Kingston Mines

Toronzo Cannon
Hey Nonny, Arlington Heights
PLAN AHEAD
FRI, DEC 28
John Primer and the Real Deal Blues Band
with special guest Billy Boy Arnold
SPACE, Evanston

THURS, JAN 3
Omar Coleman
Hey Nonny, Arlington Heights
 
FRI, JAN 18
Blind Boys of Alabama

Paramount Theatre, Aurora

MARCH 8
The Robert Cray Band

 McAninch Arts Center, Glen Ellyn

MARCH 9
Toronzo Cannon 

Hey Nonny, Arlington Heights
Birthdays will run THURSDAY – WEDNESDAY, even though the newsletter DATE is FRI – THURS (somehow this makes sense)
CELEBRATE
DEC 7
Terrance Chism (drummer)

DEC 9
Tom Holland

DEC 12
Chris Alexander




 
REMEMBRANCES
DEC 2
Moe Asch (Folkway Records founder)

DEC 7 
Blind John Davis

DEC 8
Gregg Allman

DEC 9
Junior Wells

DEC 10
Guitar Slim

DEC 11
Big Mama Thorton

DEC 12
Cornelius Green III
(aka Lonesome Sundown)

BELATED WISHES
If I forgot someone, it was unintentional. Celebrate!
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