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JAN 3–16 2020 
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I planned to include a LOOK BACK in this issue at what I would consider a year worth forgetting (except for a few highlights). But, all that nostalgia is gonna have to wait until the next newsletter because I might have FA-LA-LA'd a little too much and got ZERO work done during the holidays. It happens.
Happy 2020, y'all!
THINKING OUT LOUD 
SOME SAD NEWS. I learned today that Guitarist Harvey Mandel's sister, Rose, passed away  Dec. 29 from complications related to a fall this past summer. If you know her or Harvey, you might want to attend the memorial service planned for this weekend.
MEMORIAL SERVICE
Shalom Memorial Park and Funeral Home

Sunday, January 5 @ 2:30pm
1700 W. Rand Road
Arlington Heights, IL 60004
847.255.3520

IN THE NEXT ISSUE
A look back at 2019–the good, the bad and the too much fun.
PLUS...did you know that Photographer Jennifer Noble has a new book (50 Women in the Blues). 
Stay tuned!
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JAN 17––FEB 6
TICKET GIVEAWAYS
JUST FOLLOW THE RULES
You MUST be a subscriber of Chicago Blues News to enter (enter ONCE A DAY until the deadline).

THE EMAIL SUBJECT LINE
Use the EXACT subject line indicated​

BODY OF EMAIL
ONLY your name, phone number and email address.

Drawings will be the DAY AFTER the entry deadlines. 
Winners will have 24 hours to respond before another winner is chosen.
Please do not enter if you know you cannot attend.
LAST CALL!
WIN TWO TICKETS
2020 BUDDY IN RESIDENCE
We've got ONE more set of tickets to give away–and the deadline to enter is tomorrow night at midnight.
NOTE: If you have already won a set of tickets this year to one of the Buddy shows, step away from your computer so someone else can win. (Don't worry you won't be picked anyway 'cuz we like to spread the joy).

THURS, JAN 23
Lil' Ed and the Blues Imperials
DEADLINE TO ENTER
Friday, Jan. 3 @ midnight

ENTER NOW

BY THE WAY...
Even if you didn't win tickets this year, at press time I noticed there were a limited number of tickets available for several of the 2020 January Buddy Shows.  BUY A TICKET...you won' t regret it.

GET IN THE MOOD
Here are photos from 2019:
JAN 3 with Bobby Rush

JAN 18 with Kingfish

JAN 24 with Corey Dennison


PHOTO: Kingfish (r) with Buddy Guy  © Chicago Blues News/Karen Murphy
MORE GIVEAWAYS


Guitarist Samantha Fish is giving away:
  • an autographed cigar box guitar to one winner
  • an autographed vinyl recording to nine winners
FIND OUT MORE

THIS SWEEPSTAKES ENDS ON JAN. 24, 2020.
GET OUT
Here's a few ideas to go hear live music (one or two a day). If you think these are your only options to hear live blues in Chicago, though, you need to get out more often.

GET THE ENTIRE LIST:  ONLINE CALENDAR
FRI, JAN 3
Elmore James Jr.
and the Broomdusters

The Water Hole

SAT, JAN 4
Albert Lee

SPACE, Evanston

SUN, JAN 5
Ronnie Hicks & Masheen Co.

BLUES

MON, JAN 6
Corey Dennison, Mz Peaches

Kingston Mines

BLUE MONDAYS
Nick Moss Band

SPACE, Evanston

TUES, JAN 7
Low-reen and
Charles "Delta Blues Hog" Hayes

Legends

Nick Moss Trio
Shaw's Crab House

BLUESDAY TUESDAY
Tom Marker + The Kinsey Report

FitzGerald's, Berwyn

WED, JAN 8
Dave Herrero

Lagunitas Tap Room (530pm)

THURS, JAN 9
Anji's Top Dollar Blues Band,
Joanna Connor

Kingston Mines
FRI, JAN 10
Jamiah Rogers Blues Band

Harlem Ave. Lounge, Berwyn

Jonny Lang
Arcada Theatre, St. Charles

SAT, JAN 11
ALBUM RELEASE PARTY
Dave Specter

The Venue, Aurora

SUN, JAN 12
Rick King's Royal Hustle

Taylor St. Tap

MON, JAN 13
SECOND MONDAY BLUES
Deitra Farr with Matthew Skoller

Logan Center for the Arts
University of Chicago

THE MONDAY BLUES
John Primer and Steve Bell

Untitled

TUES, JAN 14
Pete Galanis & Friends

Rosa's Lounge

WED, JAN 15
Nate Manos

Legends

THURS, JAN 16
North Mississippi Allstars, 
Southern Avenue

Thalia Hall

Dan Carelli
Shaw's Crab House
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.
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OUT AND ABOUT
12.21.19 @ The Water Hole
Benefit for Mzz Reese
As most people know, Mzz Reese has been putting up a fierce battle against Stage 4 lung cancer. And when you are the recipient of a Benefit, you usually sit back and enjoy the outpouring of love. Not Mzz Reese. Instead, she did what she loves to do–get on stage with her band, The Pieces, and entertain her fans. It was a wonderful night of great music to show support for one of Chicago's own. Most of the crowd was eager (for good reason) to hear a few songs from the great Cicero Blake, but what brought tears to my eyes was Mzz Reese's son singing Sam Cooke's A Change is Gonna Come. Gets me every time.

THE PHOTOS


ONE MORE THING
If you didn't attend the benefit at The Water Hole, you might consider contributing to the GoFundMe campaign to help Mzz Reese with her medical bills.
12.20.19 @ The Aon Ballroom, Navy Pier

A BLUES CHRISTMAS
It's become a Christmas tradition for Toronzo Cannon, Lil' Ed Williams, Lynne Jordan and Matthew Skoller to perform some of Alligator's best Christmas songs and get everyone in a Ho Ho Ho mood. As usual, they succeeded. I was in such a non-working holiday mood this week that I only have one photo ready from the show.

Many more images to come in the next newsletter when I am over the holidays for another year.
PLAN AHEAD

FEB 16
Marcia Ball, Sonny Landreth
FitzGerald's, Berwyn

FEB 20
RECORD RELEASE PARTY
Jimmy Johnson

SPACE, Evanston

FEB 29
Joanna Connor, Ivy Ford
The Venue, Aurora

MAR 21
The Blues Doctors
featuring Adam Gussow:
Live performance and book release party for  Gussow's

book, Beyond the Crossroads:
The Devil and the Blues Tradition

Rosa's Lounge

JUNE 5–7
Chicago Blues Festival
Millennium Park
JAN 2
Scott Tipping

JAN 3
Harlan Terson
Tony Brown


JAN 6
Franck Goldwasser
  (Mannish Boys)
Henri Musselwhite
  (wife of that other
  Musselwhite we love)

Kim Wilson
Shirley Brown
JAN 8
Shirley Bassey

JAN 10
Jimmy Vivino

JAN 13
Kid Ramos

JAN 14
Clarence Carter

JAN 16
Barbara Lynn
Jennifer Littleton

  (manager, B.L.U.E.S.)
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. 
BIRTHDAY REMEMBRANCES
JAN 2
Arthur Prysock
Little Smokey Smothers


JAN 5
Johnny Adams

JAN 6
Wilbert Harrison

JAN 8
Elvis Presley (blues-ish)
Tampa Red

JAN 9
Ishmon Bracey

JAN 10
Buddy Johnson
Eddy Clearwater
Sam Chatmon
JAN 11
Slim Harpo
Katie Webster


JAN 12
Jay McShann
Long John Baldry
Mississippi Fred McDowell
Ruth Brown


JAN 14
Allen Toussaint
"Lil' Buck" Sinegal


JAN 15
Robert Wilkins
Earl Hooker


JAN 16
Lester "Mad Dog" Davenport
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