STREAM IT. As you probably know, the benefit for Carl Weathersby at Rosa's Lounge has been sold out for a while. BUT...it's not too late to plan to stream the SUN, NOV 24 show, which will feature Kingfish, The Kinsey Report, Ronnie Baker Brooks, Lurrie Bell, Lynn Jordan, Matthew Skoller, Corey Dennison and many, many more musicians. NOW WHAT? REGISTER RIGHT HERE: https://iframe.dacast.com/b/141744/c/512200
THE COST: $10 THE DATE AND TIME: Sunday, Nov. 24 @ 7–10pm CST
ALL PROCEEDS–and they do mean ALL–go to Carl to help with his mounting medical bills.
LET'S HAVE A NATURAL BALL. Marcia Ball is back in town tomorrow night at SPACE in Evanston. If you waited this long to decide, you won't be sitting, but you can be dancin' your youknowwhatoff in the standing room only section.
$%#@!&. In my haste last week, I lost my mind for a minute and got the name wrong for Breezy Rodio's new CD. His new Delmark CD, which came out Oct. 19, is called If It Ain't Broke, Don't Fix it. The recording has 16 songs (nine originals) and features guest appearances by Monster Mike Welch, Kid Andersen, Corey Dennison and Quique Gomez. For those unfamiliar with Breezy, he honed his guitar skills with a nine-year stint in Linsey Alexander's band. His previous CD, Sometimes the Blues Got Me, came out in February 2018. SEE OTHER NEW RELEASES BELOW
NOT ANOTHER ONE. Both locations of The Rock House (Glenview and Wilmette), which had occasional blues, have closed. The good news? The Twelve Tone Music School is still open. LEARN MORE
NOW THAT'S CAUSE FOR A CELEBRATION.Mozell Barnes, who happens to own The East of the Ryan (914 E. 79th St.) is turning 90 years young–and he is celebrating in style. On Tuesday, Nov. 26, he will be entertained by none other than Mr. Bobby Rush. You can join the celebration, too! Tickets available at the club box office or call 773.874.1500 FIND OUT MORE
Watch for the next chicagoBLUESnews:
NOV 22–DEC 19
No...he is not Elvis in the movie...he is Bobby Rush. I just like this photo 'cuz it makes me laugh.
IT'S BUDDY TIME!
If it's January, it's Buddy Guy time in the city. Here's who's playing with him:
THURS, JAN 2 | Bobby Rush
FRI, JAN 3 | Jimmy Burns
SAT, JAN 4 | Jimmy Johnson
SUN, JAN 5 | Carlos Johnson
THURS, JAN 9 | Jamiah Rogers
FRI, JAN 10 | Kingfish
SAT, JAN 11 | Kingfish
SUN, JAN 12 | Bigg Otis
THURS, JAN 16 | Larry McCray
FRI, JAN 17 | Smiley Tillmon
with Kate Moss
SAT, JAN 18 | Tom Hambridge
SUN, JAN 19 | Robert Fetzer featuring Greg Guy
THURS, JAN 23 | Lil' Ed and the Blues Imperials
FRI, JAN 24 | Demetria Taylor
SAT, JAN 25 | NuBlu Band featuring Carlise Guy
SUN, JAN 26 | Billy TK Jnr
If you have never gone to one of the Buddy in Residence shows, you are in for a treat and a marathon. One thing you MUST KNOW: If you want to get a seat, you gotta get there early...REALLY EARLY (Like hours before the doors open so dress warm and keep smiling).
THE RULES POLICIES & INFORMATION
All shows are 21+
No refunds or exchanges. Please review your order carefully before purchase
No large bags, backpacks, briefcases, computer bags, luggage, etc.
No video recording (photos are permitted)
Opening bands are subject to change
All tickets are General Admission. Seating is not guaranteed. On Thursdays and Fridays, tables fill up as early as 4-6PM. On Saturdays and Sundays, tables will fill up within 15-20 minutes of doors opening at noon. After tables are full, it is standing room only. Please plan accordingly.
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12.27.19 @ City Winery SHEMEKIA COPELAND OPENING ACT: Kevin Burt
Shemekia is back at City Winery for what has become a yearly holiday season appearance. This time, she is joined by the wonderful Kevin Burt. It is certain to be a great show. Baby, don't you wanna go? LEARN MORE
SUBJECT LINE (DO NOT CHANGE or your entry will be voided): I WANT TO CELEBRATE WITH SHEMEKIA
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.
FRI, NOV 8 Whitey Johnson
SAT, NOV 9 The Jimmys
Savoy Brown, Jay O'Rourke Band
Brauer House, Lombard
SUN, NOV 10 BLUES JAM PRO SERIES
Oscar Wilson plus
Billy Flynn and more
Reggie's Music Joint (7pm)
MON, NOV 11 LOGAN CENTER
SECOND MONDAY BLUES Vance Kelly with Matthew Skoller
Logan Center for the Arts (7pm)
TUES, NOV 12 Mike Wheeler with
WED, NOV 13 BLUES JAM
Rodney Brown and Hot Rod
THURS, NOV 14 Dave Specter (9pm)
Corey Dennison (5pm)
House of Blues
FRI, NOV 15 Anthony Gomes
Brauer House, Lombard
SAT, NOV 16 Biscuit Miller and the Mix,
SUN, NOV 17 Sheryl Youngblood Blues Band
MON, NOV 18 MONDAY BLUES Chris O'Leary Band
TUES, NOV 19 Gerry Hundt
WED, NOV 20 Tom Holland and
the Shuffle Kings
House of Blues
THURS, NOV 21 Mississippi Heat
Shaw's Crab House
There was too much fun to be had in the last few weeks:
First, we went to the cheapest place you would ever want to drink in the city (Lizard's Liquid Lounge) on OCT 24 to see our favorite Canadian (HarpDog Brown) and his new Uptown Blues Band. Imagine a blues band without a screaming guitar. Seriously...you might like it. We certainly did.
Then we went to Bob's Blues and Jazz Mart on OCT 26 to celebrate Bob Koester's 87th birthday with the Smiley Tillmon Band featuring Kate Moss. Bob's advice for a long, happy life: a good woman like Sue Koester. We agree!
We ended this period with a NOV 1 trip to Legends to see one of our favorite sax players, the talented Vanessa Collier. Opening act was local favorite, Rick King's Royal Hustle.
Wait 'til you see what is coming up in the next issue. Continued merriment and mirth.
There is no rhyme and little reason to the CDs I choose to feature–except they seem interesting. It's a willy-nilly approach that works for me. Besides, I trust you to know what you like.
North Mississippi Allstars | Up and Rolling RELEASE DATE: 10.4.2019 (New West Records)
Hard to imagine that there is anything that Luther Dickinson would do that I would not love. This CD is no exception. It's got 12 tracks with guest appearances by Mavis Staples, Duane Betts and Cedric Burnside.
Joanna Connor | Rise RELEASE DATE: 11.8.19 (M.C. Records)
Her first release in three years features a duet with Mike Zito, and includes 12 tracks (just two covers) and the addition of a keyboard and horns. SIDE NOTE: Joanna was on WGN's Midday Fix today!Watch it now!
Fillmore Slim | Son of the Seven Sisters RELEASE DATE: 8.17.19 (Fillmore Slim Media)
Slim's first release in 10 years features 13 tracks recorded at Kid Andersen's Greaseland Studios. Andersen plays guitar on several tracks and Rick Estrin also makes an appearance. SIDE NOTE: The 85-year-old Slim has led a pretty colorful life...google it.
Bob Margolin | This Guitar And Tonight RELEASE DATE: 10.25.9 (Vizz Tone)
Bob Margolin goes acoustic. WHAT? Alright, why not? Guests on this nine-track release include Bob Corritore and Jimmy Vivino on one track each.
GA-20 | Lonely Soul RELEASE DATE: 8.30.19 (Karma Chief Records)
Two old friends get together to play the blues. I don't know Pat Faherty, but Matthew Stubbs is Charlie Miusselwhite's current guitar player–and that's enough for me. SIDE NOTE: They are the opening band tonight at The Hideout if you are looking for something to start your weekend.
FRI, DEC 27 Ronnie Baker Brooks
SUN, JAN 19 Cash Box Kings
SUN, MAR 1 Corky Siegel's Chamber Blues
featuring Ernie Watts and
Special Appearance by Goran Ivanovic
SUN, MAR 15 Albert Cummings
SAT, MAR 28 Walter Trout
JUNE 5–7 Chicago Blues Festival Millennium Park
NOV 8 Bonnie Raitt
NOV 9 Susan Tedeschi
NOV 10 Bobby Rush
NOV 11 Mercy Morganfield (daughter of youknowwho)
NOV 12 Tommy Couch, Sr. (Co-founder of Malaco Records) Amberly Stokes (of Rosa's Lounge) Doktu Rhute Muuzic
Booker T. Jones
NOV 13 John Hammond, Jr.
NOV 14 Ree Ree (of The Water Hole) Marie Martens
NOV 15 Anson Funderburgh
NOV 16 Ilaria Lantieri
NOV 17 Tab Benoit
"Long Tall" Deb Landolt
NOV 18 Brian Lupo
NOV 19 Holly Siegel (wife of Corky) Mike Zito
NOV 20 Tom Albanese
BELATED WISHES 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.
October 22 Garry Burnside
October 25 Russ Hartig (of Crook County Blues Band)
NOV 5 Layla Musselwhite (daughter of Charlie)
NOV 6 Eddie Vaan Shaw
Oct 27 Clifford Antone
NOV 8 Arnold “Gatemouth” Moore
NOV 10 Mojo Buford
Big Chief Ellis