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OCT 26–NOV 1, 2018 
ONLINE CALENDAR  |  FESTIVALS
FORWARD TO A FELLOW BLUES LOVER
OUT AND ABOUT
OCT 19–21 @ The Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts
University of Chicago

2018 Logan Center Blues Fest
We attended the opening performance in Café Logan by the great John Primer and Steve Bell, all of the headliner shows and two of the afternoon sessions (Barry Dolins' release of some of his video archives through Media Burn and Bruce Iglauer's book release discussion).
Impressions of the fest (and labels for photos) to come next week. Overall, a great time was had by all who attended.
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WED, NOV 21 @ The Beverly Arts Center
Thankful for the Blues Party
with The Smiley Tillmon Band
and NuBlu featuring Carlise Guy

Is there a better way to begin the Thanksgiving holiday than being entertained by two of Chicago's hardest working bands? Smiley and his band will bring you the good-times blues and Carlise and Co. will get you up and dancing in the aisles.
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THINKING OUT LOUD 
AN ADDED BONUS. Kevin "B.F." Burt has been added to the Canned Heat show on Wed., Nov. 28 (enter to win tickets below). If you don't know his name, he's the guy who represented the Central Iowa Blues Society at the International Blues Challenge in January 2018 and took home three awards: 1st Place Solo/Duo, Best Solo/Duo Guitar and the Lee Oscar Award for Best Harmonica Player. Be impressed.
GET TO KNOW KEVIN

@#$%!. In last week's PLAN AHEAD section, I sent you a little astray. Ronnie Baker Brooks will be at FitzGerald's in Berwyn on DEC 22, NOT DEC 20. If you care, you probably already figured out my dumb mistake, but I wanted to be sure you knew I knew too.

I'M CONFUSED. It happens a lot, especially after a few minutes on Facebook, but I wonder why Jimmy Johnson's OCT 27 gig at BLUES is listed as a Birthday Weekend. I am sure it's somebody's birthday, but isn't Jimmy's big birthday on Nov. 25? Of course, when you look as good as Jimmy does and are celebrating your 90th by playing in a club, you can celebrate every day and every night.

JAMMIN'. Musician Pat Taylor, who previously ran a jam on Wednesdays at Cheers in Midlothian, is now holding court on Wednesdays at Mama Vesuvio's East in Palos Heights from 730-11pm. If you live in the area, go out and support live blues.

MORE BUTTER, PLEASE. The documentary, Horn from the Heart: The Paul Butterfield Story, is scheduled for a limited run at the Gene Siskel Film Center Nov. 9–15 (six showings). I have already seen the movie–and of course loved it since I am a big fan.
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Check out the other showings throughout the U.S. (there also is one showing in Toronto).

GET BITTEN. Alligator boss Bruce Iglauer is doing another Book Release Party (the first one was at the Logan Center Blues Fest last weekend) on Tuesday, Oct. 30, at SPACE in Evanston for his memoir, Bitten by the Blues. An added treat: Lil' Ed and the Blues Imperials will perform.

APPARENTLY IT'S A THING. The Tedeschi Trucks Band will hold its fourth annual residency at the Chicago Theatre in January 2019. They will perform January 18, 19, 25 and 26 at 730pm each night. Tickets are on sale already for insiders; peons (I mean the public) can buy what's left tomorrow (FRI, OCT. 26).

GREAT NEWS. Willie Buck, one of our favorite local blues guys, has signed with Delmark Records and will release a new CD in the spring, right before the 2019 Chicago Blues Festival.
WILLIE BUCK PHOTO © Chicago Blues News/Karen Murphy

MORE GOOD NEWS. Musician/entrepreneur Dave Specter has partnered with another local musician (Nicholas Tremulis) to present shows at a new Wicker Park venue called The Blue Nocturne. The club is located on the lower level of the Chopin Theater (1543 W. Division) and has an added bonus: free parking! The venue opens on Sunday, Nov. 11 @730pm with a rare solo appearance by Ivan Neville on piano and vocals (probably only blues-ish). Neville, as you should know, is a member of the legendary Neville family from New Orleans. Shows will be presented on a monthly/bimonthly basis in the coming months. Stay tuned.
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The free parking is available one block east of the theater at the Holy Trinity Church at Division and Noble.

REPRESENTIN'. Ben Jenkins, presumably of the Jenkins bros. electrified blues duo, let me know that they won the Chicago Blues Challenge  solo/duo competition and will represent the Windy City Blues Society in Memphis at the International Blues Challenge in January 2019. Since I have not had time to follow up with Ben, that is all I reliably know. An online search for info was a colossal nightmare. BUT...as a glutton for punishment, I continued down the rabbit hole and did find this 2013 article that offers a little info on the right Jenkins person (I think). And no, I don't know why it isn't the Jenkins Bros.

REMEMBERING KOKO. Cookie Taylor is planning a celebration of her famous mom, Koko (you know, the only real Queen of the Blues) in March 2019. It would have been Koko's 90th year.

RELIVE THE PAST. A total of 23 of Barry Dolins' blues tapes shot between 1982 and 1984 are now available online through Media Burn. The tapes feature performances and lectures by Floyd Jones, David “Honeyboy” Edwards, Homesick James, Little Brother Montgomery, Erwin Helfer, Estella “Mama” Yancey, Sunnyland Slim, Dave and Louis Myers, Blind John Davis, Billy Boy Arnold, Jump Jackson, Jimmy Walker, Billy Branch, Lurrie Bell, Lefty Dizz, Lafayette Leake and Queen Sylvia Embry. If you really want to learn about the blues, this is a good place to start.
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A SAD NOTE. Low-reen (aka Lori Lewis), who runs the weekly jam at The Water Hole and knows almost everyone in the local blues community, lost her beloved brother, Ron, last week to cancer. Send a little love her way.
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WED, NOV 28 @ City Winery

Canned Heat
OPENING ACT: Kevin "B.F." Burt

What a history this band has...playing at the 1967 Monterey Pop Festival with Hendrix and Joplin, and collaborating with legends like John Mayall, Little Richard and John Lee Hooker.  And, yes it's true that founding members Alan “Blind Owl” Wilson, Bob “The Bear” Hite, Henry “The Sunflower” Vestine and a few other musicians that replaced them have all passed away. The current lineup does include two original members: Larry “The Mole” Taylor on bass, an experienced session musician who played with Jerry Lee Lewis and The Monkees (now there's a versatile guy) and Adolfo “Fito” de la Parra on drums. They are joined by Dale Spalding (harmonica, guitar and lead vocals) and John “JP” Paulus (guitar, bass and vocals). I'm curious, are you?

A FEW THINGS TO KNOW:

  • The band has 38 albums (Are you kidding me?)
  • Fito has written a book, Living the Blues, that tells Canned Heat's story of music, drugs, sex and survival. Interestingly, it will soon be a major motion picture directed by Mike Judge.

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So many choices, so little time. Know about a show I don't? Tell Me About It...please.

ONLINE CALENDAR  |  FESTIVALS
Looks like there are a LOT of good options so be sure to always have too much fun!
FRI, OCT 26
BLUES-ISH
Eric Lindell with Anson Funderburgh

FitzGerald's, Berwyn

Omar Coleman
Smoke Daddy

John Primer
House of Blues

Carl Weathersby
Rosa's Lounge

SAT, OCT 27
ZYDECO: CJ Chenier &
The Red Hot Louisiana Band

Hey Nonny, Arlington Heights
NOTE: Only General Admission with limited seating is left

BIRTHDAY WEEKEND
Jimmy Johnson

BLUES

HALLOWEEN PARTY
Smiley Tillmon Band

Cuzin's, Tinley Park

SUN, OCT 28
Rick King's Royal Hustle

Taylor St. Tap

Billy Flynn & Friends
BLUES

Chicago Wind Band
with Deitra Farr

Blue Chicago
MON, OCT 29
Nigel Mack

House of Blues

TUES, OCT 30
Demetria Taylor

Legends

Gerry Hundt
Smoke Daddy Wrigleyville

Mississippi Heat
House of Blues

WED, OCT 31
Windy City Rev Ups

House of Blues

WOMEN'S BLUES JAM
BLUES

FUNDRAISER: The Healing Corner
with Omar Coleman

Rosa's Lounge

HAPPY HALLOWEEN!



THURS, NOV 1
Nick Bell

Club Arcada, St. Charles
PLAN AHEAD
We will plan next week...I promise.
Birthdays will run THURSDAY – WEDNESDAY, even though the newsletter DATE is FRI – THURS (somehow this makes sense)
CELEBRATE
OCT 27
Scott Billington
Benny Turner


OCT 30
Bob Koester

 
REMEMBRANCES
OCT 26
Detroit Junior

OCT 27
Henry Townsend

OCT 31
Ethel Waters

BELATED WISHES
OCT 19
Brett Champlin (Chicago Blues Camp)
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