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
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).
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JAN 17––FEB 6
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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.
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.
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.
FEB 16 Marcia Ball, Sonny Landreth
FEB 20 RECORD RELEASE PARTY
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
JUNE 5–7 Chicago Blues Festival Millennium Park
JAN 2 Scott Tipping
JAN 3 Harlan Terson
JAN 6 Franck Goldwasser (Mannish Boys) Henri Musselwhite (wife of that other
Musselwhite we love) Kim Wilson
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.
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
JAN 11 Slim Harpo
JAN 12 Jay McShann
Long John Baldry
Mississippi Fred McDowell