FROM THE CITY OF CHICAGO Their Tear Sheet and Map My lineup is organized by time and day; the city's version is by day and stage.
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You're in Chicago, so the weather can change by the millisecond. The latest forecast from the Weather Channel at press time is not the worst, but bring some rain gear and a sweater for the evenings: FRI – 70/57, partly cloudy with a 10% chance of rain SAT – 70/61, mostly sunny with a 20% chance of rain SUN – 67/59, cloudy with a 40% chance of PM rain
SOME PRE-FEST FUN
JUNE 5 @ THE BLUES HEAVEN FOUNDATION GRAND OPENING The Rolling Stones Photo Exhibit Toronzo Cannon showed up–and we did, too. Here, Toronzo poses with Helmut Schuster (r) of Gallery Schuster Berlin and Larry Marion (l), curator of the Bob Bonis Archive. bobbonischess.com
JUNE 6 2019 @ PianoForte LIVE WDCB BROADCAST
–DJ Leslie Keros with Erwin Helfer
This annual broadcast is a great way to get in the mood for blues fest–especially with one of Chicago's legendary piano men.
NOW GO FORTH AND FROLIC ALL WEEKEND!
THINKING OUT LOUD
Who can think right now? It's PARTY TIME!
OK...I do have a couple of brief things to note.
THAT WAS A BLUES PARTY. When I think about the festivals I wish I had gone to, the 1969 Ann Arbor Blues Festival is definitely one of them. Many of the musicians that made Chicago the capital of the blues universe played at that legendary fest 50 years ago. Think Luther Allison,J. B. Hutto, Magic Sam, Otis Rush, Roosevelt Sykes, Muddy Waters, Junior Wells, Howlin' Wolf and other legends not from Chicago (BB King and T-Bone Walker, for example).If you missed it like I did or just want to relive the past, you can see photos from the 1969 and 1970 Ann Arbor Blues Festivals this weekend at Reggie's (they will be upstairs) and available for viewing Thursday, June 6 (3–11pm), Friday, June 7 and Saturday, June 8 (11am–midnight) and Sunday, June 9 (11am–11pm). The photos will also be on display at Delmark (4121 N. Rockwell) for a few weeks after they are at Reggie's. Call first to verify exact dates and times (773.539.5001). After Delmark, the exhibition heads to Antone's in Austin (TX) and Third Man Records in Detroit before going back to Ann Arbor in time for the 50th anniversary festival Aug. 16-18.
AFTERNOON BLUES.Bob's Blues & Mart (3419 W. Irving Park Rd.), aka Bob Koester's store, hosted a killer party on SAT, JUNE 1 (see Out and About below) and Bob and Sue plan to do this every week (yes, including this SAT). Some days, when they cannot get live music (come on, who wouldn't jump at the chance to play at Bob's joint?), Bob will show his old films. It will be happening every Saturday from 1–3pm. Get out there and hang with Bob. Or volunteer to play.
R.I.P. Tony "Little Sun" Glover
Tony Glover, an influential harp player and singer based in Minneapolis and most associated with "Spider" John Koerner and Dave "Snaker" Ray, died May 29 of natural causes. He was 79. HAVE A LISTEN Dust My Broom
Southern Avenue | Keep On RELEASE DATE: 5.10.19 (Concord Records)
The latest release from this hot Memphis-based band that effortlessly blends blues, soul and R&B. Their debut CD came out in 2017. One of the best live bands I have seen in the last few years.
Rory Gallagher | Blues RELEASE DATE: 5.31.19 (UMe)
This three-disc, 36-track release features rare, unreleased blues recordings–electric, acoustic and live–from the late Irish blues rocker plus special guest sessions with Muddy Waters and Albert King. Also includes an 18-page booklet
Kenny Wayne Shepherd | The Traveler RELEASE DATE: 5.31.19 (Concord Records)
The latest from this guitar god includes 10 songs, including eight new originals co-written by Shepherd and some of Nashville's most respected songwriters
Rhiannon Giddens | there is no Other RELEASE DATE: 5.3.19 (Nonesuch)
Giddens' new release was recorded with Italian multi-instrumentalist Francesco Turrisi and produced by Joe Henry. Her appearance at the 2017 Chicago Blues Fest brought down the house.
Bobby Rush | Sitting On Top of the Blues RELEASE DATE: 8.16.19 (Deep Rush Visuals)
This latest release from one of the elder statesmen of the blues combines Chicago style blues with Southern soul. It is Rush's 26th studio album and 75th career release. He won a Grammy in 2017 for his last release (Porcupine Meat), but there is nothing quite like seeing this legendary performer, who will be 86 on November 10, live. NOTE:Bobby Rush will be performing FRI, JUNE 7 (745-9pm) at the Pritzker Pavilion during Blues Fest.
Keb' Mo' | Oklahoma RELEASE DATE: 6.14.19 (Concord Records)
This is Keb' Mo's first solo recording in five years and follows his Grammy-winning recent collaboration with Taj Mahal.
JUNE 3, 2019 @ The House of Blues Lurrie Bell Blues Band
We really just stopped in for a drink and hadn't consulted that wonderful ONLINE CALENDAR (I can't keep it all in my head) that shows all the blues shows in town (or most of them, anyway). What a pleasant surprise to discover Lurrie Bell was on the bill–and he brought an A-list group of musicians with him: Dan Carelli (guitar), EG McDaniel (bass) and Willie "The Touch" Hayes (drums). I used to think Mike Wheeler was the hardest working bluesman in town, but lately it seems like Lurrie Bell could be vying for that title.
JUNE 1, 2019 @ Bob's Blues & Jazz Mart Lurrie Bell and Tail Dragger and Friends
As the inventory increases, it's getting cozier and cozier at Bob's Blues & Jazz Mart, but the dedicated blues fans who show up don't seem to mind. This particular Saturday we were treated to a great show featuring an extra-exuberant Lurrie Bell with Tail Dragger, Scott Dirks and Frank Falduto, who were joined for a few songs by Merle Perkins and Milwaukee Slim. A great time was had by all. PHOTOS
JUNE 1, 2019 @ The Venue, Aurora Toronzo Cannon and more
The Fox Valley Music Assn. hosted a gala grand opening of its new performance space, The Venue, with four bands that represented from the Roots to the Blues: Noah Gabriel, Nicole Amine, The Grateful String Band and Toronzo Cannon. The Venue is a beautiful, comfortable space that I would go to often, if it weren't so far from my home zip code. FYI:Toronzo Cannon has a new CD in the works. Stay tuned. PHOTOS
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.