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JUNE 7–13 2019
ONLINE CALENDAR  |  FESTIVALS
FORWARD TO A FELLOW BLUES LOVER
It's PARTY TIME, Chicago!
The 2019 Chicago Blues Festival begins Friday, June 7, at 11am in Millennium Park
 
Last week, I think I told you all you needed to know about the fest and other surrounding events, BUT here's a brief refresher.
OUR TWO ONE-SHEETS
2019 FESTIVAL LINEUP (By time and day)
UPDATED 6.5.19

2019 AROUND TOWN GUIDE 
UPDATED 6.3.19

IN CASE YOU FORGOT
Chicago Blues News Blues Fest Preview newsletter (MAY 31–June 6)

OTHER INFO 
OUR BLUE FEST WEB PAGE

OUR ONLINE CALENDAR 

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.
Print what best works for you.


BE PREPARED
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.

ANOTHER GOODBYE
R.I.P. Tony  "Little Sun" Glover
10.7.39–5.29.19
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

Ramblin' Blues

Black Betty

READ THE ROLLING STONE STORY

NEW RELEASES
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. 
COMING SOON
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.
OUT AND ABOUT
PHOTOS © Chicago Blues News/Karen Murphy

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. 
Lurrie Bell and Tail Dragger PHOTO © Chicago Blues News/Karen Murphy

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
Toronzo Cannon photo  © Chicago Blues News/Karen Murphy

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
GET OUT
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.

ONLINE CALENDAR  |  FESTIVALS
MON, JUN 10
Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzz!

I don't know about you, but I think
I might need a little rest today.


TUES, JUN 11
Chicago Rhythm & Blues Kings

Legends

Johnny Burgin, Guy King
House of Blues

Luca Chiellini
Shaw's Crab House

Tail Dragger & The All-Stars
The Water Hole
WED, JUN 12
NOTE: Buddy Guy's Legends is CLOSED today.

John Primer and Steve Bell
Rosa's Lounge

Tom Holland
Smoke Daddy

THURS, JUN 13
Mississippi Heat, Joanna Connor

Kingston Mines
PLAN AHEAD
We will plan again next week...right now there is just too much frolicking to do.
JUNE 6
Sugar Ray Norcia

JUNE 8
James Harman

JUNE 9
Janice Monti
Mondo Cortez
JUNE 11
Mike Welch

JUNE 12
Kenny Wayne Shepherd
BELATED WISHES 
JUNE 5
Chuck Wasserburg (Mojo 49)

If I missed your birthday, more cake for you. Please let me know the date for next year so I can add you to the list. 
BIRTHDAY REMEMBRANCES
JUNE 6
S.P. Leary
Raful Neal


JUNE 9
Skip James
Johnny Ace
CeDell Davis
Jerry McCain
JUNE 10
Howlin' Wolf

JUNE 11
Bonnie Lee

JUNE 12
Harmonica George Robinson
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