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MAR 1–7, 2019 
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PHOTO: (l-r) Mike Welch, Curtis Salgado and Andrew Duncanson © Chicago Blues News/Karen Murphy

WRAPUP
FEB 3–10 2019
Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise #32

In their wrapup, the organizers of the Blues Cruise called LRBC #32 "possibly the Best Blues Cruise Ever." Although I have only one other blues cruise to compare it to, I would have to agree that this cruise was a week to remember for a lifetime and, without a doubt, more fun than is usually possible in a single week.

GENERAL OBSERVATIONS
  • A huge thank you to Curtis Salgado, who filled in for the late Michael Ledbetter in The Connection (formerly Welch Ledbetter Connection). Despite a series of health issues in recent years, Salgado was on fire–and looked and sounded wonderful.
  • All cruisers received a Meet the Bands one sheet that had the names of all the band members. Other festivals definitely should consider adding this info to the lineups they publish so all musicians get some credit.
  • The cruise is likely the only place you will ever get to see people like Tab Benoit and Kenny Wayne Shepherd on the same stage or Deitra Farr flirting with Anson Funderburgh.
  • I wish the Phantom Blues Band would play more often than just on the cruises. I LOVE them.
  • The cruise made me question the rumors that there is no blues scene in Boston. 
  • Kilborn Alley is not really for me (yes, I said that out loud), but Kilborn Alley's lead singer Andrew Duncanson was awesome with The Connection. 
  • It is impossible to take a bad photo of Tab Benoit.
A FEW RANDOM CRUISE TIDBITS
  • No one goes on this cruise for the food or the ports, but the food was more than just edible and there was a ton of it. As for the ports, what ports? Actually, we did get off in Phillipsburg, Sint Maarten–and all we got was cheap beer and I got a nasty rash on my ankle from whoknowswhat. I also lost my sun hat, which flew off and quickly sunk into the water.
  • The Blues Cruise is not cheap compared to many other cruises, but no other cruise has so many incredible bands playing virtually around the clock everywhere you go. 
  •  Shockingly, Oprah Winfrey is the godmother of this particular cruise ship, Holland America's Niew Statendam, which is a music-themed boat.
So...all the photos we care to share are now online and labeled as much as possible. Enjoy!
THINKING OUT LOUD 

92 MORE DAYS. The city of Chicago has released the headliners for the 36th annual Chicago Blues Festival JUNE 7–9 in Millennium Park–with the complete lineup to come. I am less enthused than I usually am since it seems to lean heavily toward soul blues on Saturday night, but I am certain there will be plenty of acts more for me at the fest. Here's what we know right now:

  • June 7: Bobby Rush, Jimmy Johnson Blues Band celebrating Johnson’s 90th birthday and Charlie Musselwhite with Billy Boy Arnold
  • June 8: Bettye LaVette, Don Bryant and Latimore
  • June 9: Ruthie Foster and The Connection with Mike Welch and Friends

ONE MORE THING: I really hope that the "and Friends" part of The Connection includes the three musicians that were so wonderful on the Blues Cruise: Kilborn Alley's Andrew Duncanson, Curtis Salgado and Mike Welch's childhood friend, Kit Holliday.

GET INSIDE. Dave Specter's Blues from the Inside Out has a new podcast online with Billy Boy Arnold. There are currently five others online: Kermit Ruffins, Toronzo Cannon, Sam Lay & Corky Siegel, Billy Branch and Albert Lee. Coming soon: Donald Kinsey.

SMART MOVE.
In a move that surprised no one really, Alligator Records recently signed Christone "Kingfish" Ingram and will release his first recording, Kingfish, in May. The new album includes a duet with Buddy Guy on the song, Fresh Out. Kingfish has several dates between March and May with Buddy Guy. He also will be at  quite a few blues fests this year so catch him if you can.
MORE INFO

SUMMER FUN. One of the highlights of summer in the Chicago metro area (besides Chicago Blues Festival) is FitzGerald's Great American Music Festival. The 38th version of this great fest will be July 3–6. Complete lineup to come so mark your calendar.

SOUTH SIDE SIMMERING. I was unaware of Jazzin' In Bronzeville (probably because it says Jazzin') until just this week when I saw that  Low-reen and the Maxwell St. Market Blues Band will be the featured band on Friday, June 14. Another blues band, Coffy Brookclausell and Band will appear Friday, April 26. Neither event is on the Third Friday of the month, despite information on the ticket site that says concerts are on the third Friday every month. All events will be at Corpus Christi Hall (4910 South King Dr.), which appears to be part of the Corpus Christi Catholic Church. And, according to something I read that I hope is correct, concerts will be in the outdoor courtyard during the summer months.
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MORE SOUTH SIDE BLUES. According to a poster I saw today, the blues is back on the South Chicago–at a place called the Empowerment Zone II at 7421 S. South Chicago Ave. The upcoming schedule is a good one:
MAR 2 | Shorty Mack
APR 6 | Mz Peachez
MAY 4 | Sherman "Moody" Thomas

What is confusing (and maybe problematic for the promoters) is the use of Checkerboard Lounge Chicago 2019 as the headline since it is definitely not the Checkerboard. And, the music starts at 4pm Sharp (not my words). What kind of blues joint is that?
The music will be good, though, so if you want to go, here's what you need to know:
$10 donation; BYOB; Free street parking
TICKET INFO: 773.440.7327

SUPPORT LIVE MUSIC. Blue Mondays with Larry Taylor at The Water Hole will continue for at least two more Mondays, March 4 and 11. Go down and support the music so it can continue. 
INTERESTING SIDE NOTE: In the MARCH 2019 edition of Splash, which apparently is not part of the Chicago Tribune (I thought it was), the cover story features Marina Squerciati, who plays Burgess on the TV show Chicago P.D.The print article (but not the online version) includes The Fan's Guide to Shoot Locations, which happens to include The Water Hole. Squerciati says that The Water Hole "is a wonderful, really old-school Chicago bar; just good booze and good vibes." I agree, but she forgot one important thing: REALLY GREAT BLUES, too!
LARRY TAYLOR PHOTO © Chicago Blues News/Karen Murphy

THE #$%^@&! GRAMMYS. There was good news and bad news as usual from the Grammys. THE GOOD NEWS: Even though I was hoping Elvin Bishop would win, I am happy that Buddy Guy won his 8th Grammy for his latest CD, The Blues is Alive and Well, in the Traditional Blues Category. I was also happy to hear that Voices of Mississippi won the Best Historical Album Grammy. THE BAD NEWS: It seems like someone's idea of a bad joke that Fantastic Negrito has won two years in a row in the Contemporary Blues Album category. REALLY? How is this possible when he was up against actual contemporary blues artists like Danielle Nicole and Victor Wainwright and the Train

TOO MANY GOODBYES
R.I.P. Jim Judy. Thanks to Paul Petraitis for letting me know about the passing in January of harmonica player/singer Jim Judy at the age of 73. According to Petraitis, Judy was "one of the first white guys playing regularly on Maxwell Street in 1963.  A gruff hustler with a heart of gold, he last gigged with Elmore James Jr. and had an uncanny ability to make up blues lyrics on the spot including whoever was there or what was on his mind, just like his idol Sonny Boy II could." 
PHOTO: Unknown photographer, photo courtesy of Paul Petraitis

ANOTHER PASSING. While I was out cruising, another local musician passed. Willie D. Freeman, a prominent West Side soul blues singer, died after a long illness. He was 75. For more info about Willie D, read Bonni McKeown's nice tribute in the Austin Weekly News.

A SAD GOODBYE. I also learned recently that Ted McKenna, a renowned drummer from Scotland  who mostly played with rock bands, but also had played with both Rory Gallagher and Amos Garrett, died Jan. 19 at the age of 68, after a hemorrhage during a routine hernia operation.
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Vanessa Collier photo © Chicago Blues News/Karen Murphy

MARDI GRAS!
No, Vanessa Collier will not be here to celebrate (we wish!), but  Marty Sammon will–and you have two great options to celebrate with Marty:

SAT, MAR 2 @ BLU 26
MARTY GRAS! with Marty Sammon & Friends, featuring Eddie Taylor Jr. 

8pm
Additional performances by Anthony Moser, Tim Austin and
Shane The Washboard Man - plus live burlesque! 
Food and drinks available
TICKETS
bluesfling.com

TUES, MAR 5 @ FitzGerald's, Berwyn
BLUESDAY TUESDAY MARDI GRAS PARTY
with Tom Marker + Marty Sammon Band with Peaches Staten

7pm, $10
708.788.2118
fitzgeraldsnightclub.com
PONDER THIS ONE
I ain't never loved but three men in my life
I ain't never loved but three men in my life
My father, my brother and the man that wrecked my life.

Down Hearted Blues
Bessie Smith
OUT AND ABOUT
LEFT: Buddy Guy (background) and Bobby Rush at the Fundraiser for Bob Fioretti  © Chicago Blues News/Michael Murphy

TUES, FEB 19, 2019 @ Legends
FUNDRAISER FOR BOB FIORETTI (5-9pm)
featuring Bobby Rush and Buddy Guy
Dave Weld and the Imperial Flames (930pm)

PHOTOS NOW ONLINE
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WED, JAN 30, 2019 @ Danny's Pizza, Elgin
BLUES JAM to celebrate the life
of Michael Ledbetter

The blues community came together to laugh, to cry and celebrate a life gone way too soon.
PHOTOS

PHOTO: Patrick Seals © Chicago Blues News/Michael Murphy
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DEADLINE TO ENTER: MON, MAR 4 @ Midnight

3.15.19 @ City Winery

Eilen Jewell
with special guest Jordie Lane
Eilen and her husband and bandmate, Jason Beek, passionately study American music. For their latest album. Down Hearted Blues, they present 12 vintage gems, written by the likes of Willie Dixon, Memphis Minnie and a few more obscure writers. Sounds like my kind of recording.

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OUT AND ABOUT
FRANK BANG PHOTO © Chicago Blues News/Karen Murphy

WED, FEB 20, 2019 @ Buddy Guy's Legends

Frank Bang and Secret Stash
plus The Cook County Kings

Only one thing to say: You shoulda been there.

PHOTOS NOW ONLINE

SIDE NOTE: Since you probably weren't at Legends for this great show, you can see Frank Bang this weekend (FRI and SAT) at Kingston Mines.
GET OUT
So many choices, so little time. Know about a show I don't? Tell Me About It...please.

ONLINE CALENDAR  |  FESTIVALS
 
FRI, MAR 1
Billy Boy Arnold with the Billy Flynn Band

Rosa's Lounge

Demetria Taylor and
Her Bad Boyz

BLUES

Elmore James Jr. and the Broomdusters
The Water Hole

Nick Schnebelen, Robert Fetzer
Legends
FYI: Nick is the brother of Danielle Nicole.

SAT, MAR 2
Corey Dennison

Nick's Beer Garden

Lurrie Bell with Frank Falduto
and his Patio Daddi-o's

City News Cafe (Noon-2pm)

Sons of Chicago
Weather Mark Tavern

SUN, MAR 3
Guy King, Heather Lynne Horton

House of Blues

Rick King's Royal Hustle
Taylor Street Tap
MON, MAR 4
BLUES-ISH: Aaron Neville

City Winery
Also on Tuesday

BLUES JAM
with Matthew Skoller
and Tom Holland

Lizard Liquid Lounge

TUES, MAR 5
Tom Holland and the Shuffle Kings, Guy King

House of Blues

Pete Galanis & Friends
featuring Dave Herrero

Rosa's

WED, MAR 6
Omar Coleman, Keithen Banks

House of Blues

JW WIlliams Blues Band 
with Laretha Weathersby

Blue Chicago

THURS, MAR 7
Danielle Nicole, Teddy Clyde
Martyrs'

Linsey Alexander Blues Band
Shaw's Crab House

Smillin' Bobby
Phyllis' Musical Inn
PLAN AHEAD
MAR 30
Sugaray Rayford, Alex Wilson
Legends
APRIL 11
Eric Gales
FitzGerald's, Berwyn
CELEBRATE!
FEB 28
Demetria Taylor
Laurance Glasser


MAR 5
Rico McFarland
John Primer
MAR 6
Walter Trout

BELATED WISHES

FEB 24
Lil' Rob Robinson
BIRTHDAY REMEMBRANCES
MAR 1
Walter Davis

MAR 2 
Rory Gallagher


 
MAR 5
J.B. Lenoir
Peg Leg Howell
(aka Joshua Barnes Howell)
Tommy Tucker

MAR 6
Furry Lewis
 
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