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JULY 12–18 2019
ONLINE CALENDAR  |  FESTIVALS
FORWARD TO A FELLOW BLUES LOVER
I'm Back (for two weeks, anyway).
I took a look at what I published about my "Summer Schedule)–and even I was confused. Somehow I left off next week (a little suspense?)...which only proves the need for more breaks. In any case, here's an updated schedule for the next month that I think is correct:
JULY 19–AUG 1 NEWSLETTER
JULY 25–AUG 1 NO NEWSLETTER
AUG 2–8 NEWSLETTER
AUG 9–15 NO NEWSLETTER
TICKET GIVEAWAYS
Mindi Abair photo © Chicago Blues News/Karen Murphy

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AUGUST 16 @ City Winery
Mindi Abair and the Boneshakers

Ms. Abair used to play smooth jazz, but if that is what you want to hear, wait until Kenny G blows into town. Thankfully, Mindi left smooth jazz behind a long time ago. If Mindi and the Boneshakers can't rattle your bones, nuthin' can. What a show!

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Shake my bones, Mindi!

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JULY 28 @ City Winery
Sonny Landreth

This virtuoso slide guitarist released his 13th album in June 2017 as a 93-minute, double live recording. Recorded Live in Lafayette offers 16 songs and features one acoustic set and one electric. In case you forgot, during his career Landreth has collaborated with noted musical talents such as Eric Clapton, Mark Knopfler, Eric Johnson and Derek Trucks and was in Clifton Chenier's zydeco band. In more recent years, he has recorded and toured with artists  such as John Mayall and John Hiatt. 
PHOTO BY TRAVIS GAUTHIER

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THINKING OUT LOUD 
WHOLE LOTTA TASTIN' GOIN' ON. If you are in the Chicago metro area this weekend, you could go from Taste to Taste...and also catch a little blues between bites. Here's a suggested itinerary:
Taste of Park Ridge | SAT, JUL 13
Fest is THURS–SAT, but why go when there is no blues. On Saturday, you can see Two for the Blues (Shoji Naito and Tom Crivellone) at 330pm followed by The Head Honchos (blues-ish, I think) at 5pm.
tasteofparkridge.com

Taste of Westmont | SUN, JULY 14
This fest goes THURS-SUN, but the real reason to attend is the annual Muddy Waters Blues Jam and Tribute on Sunday from 1pm–5ish. You know Joe "Mojo" Morganfield will be there, but who knows who else might show up. You won't be disappointed. 
Note that If you are in the area, Pistol Pete plays Saturday, July 13, at 430pm, and Morganfield is hosting an afterparty  on Sunday at Johnny's Blitz  Sports Bar from 7-10pm.
westmontevents.com/tow
Joseph "Mojo" Morganfield photo © Chicago Blues News/Michael Murphy

Taste of Chicago | THURS, JULY 11 and SUN, JUL 14 @ Goose Island Stage (Columbus & Balbo)
The BIG Taste in Grant Park started yesterday–and, while the food might be good, it's slim pickings for blues:
THURS, JUL 11 @ 4pm | Ivy Ford Band
SUN, JUL 14 @ 120pm | Jamiah Rogers 

www.chicago.gov/city/en/depts/dca/supp_info/taste_of_chicago3.html

SO MANY GOODBYES. While I was out, three more musicians and a record label guy left us:
David Bartholomew
12.24.18–6.23.19

The New Orleans musician, bandleader, composer, arranger and record producer was regarded as "one of the Crescent City's greatest musicians and  a true pioneer in the rock and roll revolution. He wrote more than 40 hits with Fats Domino in the mid-1950s. He was 100 when he died.
READ HIS OBIT

Paul Alton "Lil' Buck" Sinegal 
1.14.44–6.10.19
"Lil' Buck" Sinegal died of an apparent heart attack at the age of 75. He was an American blues guitarist and zydeco master who played on recordings by New Orleans legends such as Clifton Chenier, Buckwheat Zydeco and Allen Toussaint, to name a few.
READ THE NY TIMES OBIT

Spencer Ward Bohren 
4.5.50–6.8.19
Spencer Bohren played guitar, lap steel guitar, banjo, and percussion, and wrote songs in several styles: blues, country, gospel and folk, releasing 14 albums since 1984. He was 75 when he died of prostate cancer.
READ THE OBIT

Jack Renner
4.13.35–7.10.19
Jack Renner, a classically trained musician and recording engineer, was a pioneer in the field of recording and also was a co-founder of the independent record label Telrac. Renner earned 25 Grammy nominations and 11 Grammys as a sound engineer. Here's an impressive list of blues recordings on the renowned Telarc label.
READ THE TIMES OBIT

THE PERFECT COMBO. This news got me excited recently, in part because I can walk there (if I wasn't almost always too tired). The Roosevelt Collection (150 W. Roosevelt Rd.), the shopping mall/apartment complex where the pickpocket who stole my wallet a few years ago spent $3000+ dollars in the blink of an eye, will soon offer a good reason to get over there. Chad Rosenthal, a celebrity BBQ chef on the Food Network, is planning to offer both smoked meats AND live blues (on the weekends) at the second outpost of his restaurant, the Lucky Well. Rosenthal plans a March 2020 opening in Chicago. His first Lucky Well opened in 2013 in Amber, PA, an hour north of Philadelphia.

GOT A SONG TO SING? All musicians have been invited to submit blues recordings for consideration for a 2020 Blues Music Award nomination. Blues music released between Nov. 1, 2018, and Oct. 31, 2019, is eligible for consideration. Your complete album music must be uploaded as a .wav file with album artwork uploaded as a .jpeg or .pdf file. The submission process officially closes Oct. 15, 2019.

2019 Submission fees and deadlines
July 1 – July 31 | $135 per submission
August 1 – August 31  | $155 per submission
September 1 – September 30 | $180 per submission
October 1 – October 15 | $225 per submission
If you need assistance uploading your music, album artwork and/or liner notes, contact Joe Whitmer at joe@blues.org.
MORE INFO

SWINGING BACK INTO TOWN. Erin Harpe & The Delta Swingers are swinging back through town and into the 'burbs for their annual summer visit to Illinois. This time, you have several options to catch them in action:

TUES, JULY 23 @ 7pm  | Evanston's Starlight Concerts in the Park
Larimaer Park (Crain & Oak)

WED, JULY 24 @ 730pm | Geneva
EvenFlow (302 W. State St.)

THURS, JULY 25 @ pm | Kewanee
(This one's outta my personal comfort zone. I would have to spend the night in a farmer's field or something.)
The Boiler Room (206 N. Chestnut)

FRI, JUL 25 @ 7pm | Kankakee
Merchant Street Music Festival (199 S. East Ave.)

SAT, JUL 27 @ 830pm | Naperville
Frankie's Blue Room  (16 W. Chicago Ave.)
Erin Harpe photo © Chicago Blues News/Karen Murphy

MORE AWARDS. Voting has begun for the Blues Blast music awards, which will be held Sept. 13 in Rockford.
You can procrastinate until  Aug. 16, but go ahead and vote right now.  Anyone can vote. It first says you have to be a subscriber of Blues Blast magazine to vote and then rethinks that idea and says you can vote even if you aren't a subscriber because voting will add you to their mailing list whether or not you want to subscribe.  OK. Not a problem as long as you find the unsubscribe link if you need to.

GET A GIG. The Venue in Aurora is currently booking acts for the 2019-2020 seasons. If you want to play, send your band information to steve@fvmf.org.

A FINAL WHINE. You know the Rolling Stones were in town last month to open their latest tour, right? Well, just to remind me how utterly unimportant I am in the greater music world, I asked for press credentials, with the idea that since they were making such a big deal about their love of and ties to Chicago blues, they would surely make their dates in Chicago a blues love-in. I didn't go and they didn't do that, at least based on the set list I saw. Oh well. Maybe in another lifetime. Apparently they did have Gary Clark Jr. opening for them somewhere on East recently and he did join them for a tune. But even Clark knows he's not Chicago blues.
GET OUT
So many choices, so little time. 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.


ONLINE CALENDAR  |  FESTIVALS
FRI, JULY 12
Shawn Holt & the Teardrops, Melody Angel

Legends

Kinsey Report, Vance Kelly
Kingston Mines

Paul Kaye & The Blues Cartel
The Water Hole

Smiley Tillmon Blues Band
Lagunitas Tap Room (530pm)

NIGHT OUT IN THE PARK
Ramblin' Rose &
the 290 East Ramblers

Independence Park (630-830pm)

SAT, JULY 13
Harry Garner Blues Band

Harlem Ave. Lounge, Berwyn

Rico McFarland Band
Rosa's

SUN, JULY 14
TASTE OF WESTMONT AFTERPARTY (7-10pm)
Joseph "Mojo" Morganfield

Johnny's Blitz Sport Bar, Westmont

BLUES JAM PRO SERIES (7pm)
Jimmy Burns, Billy Flynn & More

Reggie's Music Joint

Dave Weld and
the Imperial Flames

Legends

Corky Siegel and Will Tilson (4pm)
Long Grove

MON, JULY 15
THE MONDAY BLUES
John Primer and Steve Bell

Untitled

Mike Wheeler Band
with Demetria Taylor

Blue Chicago
TUES, JULY 16
BIRTHDAY BASH
Corey Dennison

Beer Geeks, Highland, IN

Kevin Purcell and
the Nightburners

Brummel Park, Evanston (7-830pm)

Lil' Ed Williams (solo, 6-9pm)
Hackney on Harms, Glenview

WED, JULY 17
Lurrie Bell and Dan Carelli
Acoustic Blues Project

Rosa's

Morry Sochat Duo
Smoke Daddy Wrigleyville

THURS, JULY 18
Anji's Top Dollar Blues Band,
Joanna Connor

Kingston Mines

Big Dog Mercer
Shaw's Crab House

Chris Duarte,
Jay O'Rourke Band

Reggie's Music Joint

John Primer and
the Real Deal Blues Band

Hey Nonny, Arlington Heights

Jon Cleary &
The Absolute Monster Gentlemen

SPACE, Evanston
NOTE: Only Standing Room was left at press time

Nick Moss Band, Dave Herrero
House of Blues

RECORD ROW CONCERT SERIES
John Watkins (6pm)

Blues Heaven Foundation @ Chess Studios
OUT AND ABOUT
You didn't think I just sat home while I was not working, did you? Nothing like a little road trip or two to make it feel like summer. These two particular fests had two things in common: great music and oppressive heat...but ya gotta suffer to hear the blues, right (or something like that).
Luther Dickinson (l, North Mississippi Allstars) with Robert Kimbrough Sr. © Chicago Blues News/Karen Murphy

JULY 6 @ Murphy Park, East Moline, IL
Mississippi Valley Blues Festival

The flooding on the other side of the Mississippi River in Davenport, IA, caused this festival to move over to the Illinois side. I never attended any of the previous fests, but I thought the location was great–and the lineup was pretty amazing. Both Ronnie Baker Brooks and Samatha Fish played Friday night (a guy who was there said Ronnie KILLED it). The day we attended started with Robert Kimbrough Sr. and ended with the North Mississippi Allstars. In between, we also heard the Lizzi Neal Band, Victor Wainwright and the Train and Tab Benoit. For this lineup, I could certainly put up with the heat. At the end of the night, there also was an afterparty jam in the event center just steps to the right of the outdoor stage that (I assume) went on until the wee hours. 

Hard really to pick a favorite (I made the trek to see the North Mississippi Allstars), but will say that Victor Wainwright and the Train WOWED me and the crowd. I'm thinkin' Dr. John would think the piana is in good hands.
FYI: The band has been nominated for a Grammy award for its latest CD. Not sure at this point who they are up against (Because it's the Grammys and they are not sure what blues is, I am sure Fantastic Negrito will be in the mix). 

CHECK OUT ALL THE FUN WE HAD
Jimmy Voegeli of The Jimmys  © Chicago Blues News/Karen Murphy

JUNE 29 @ Village Park, New Glarus, WI
Blues, Brews and Food Truck Fest

For a small, low-key blues fest in one of Cheeseland's most charming small towns, this one was definitely worth the drive. Of course, the masterminds behind this event are Jimmy Voegeli (keyboard player for The Jimmys) and Steve Jones (Crossroads Blues Society) so it is no surprise that the music was top notch.

The afternoon began with one of Madison's finest bands, The Madtown Mannish Boys. They were followed by The Jimmys, Doug Deming & The Jeweltones and a final set by a collection of band members from the bands. Bryan Lee (aka Braille Blues Daddy), who originally made his name as the house band at the Old Absinthe House on Bourbon St. in New Orleans, was supposed to be the headliner, but the overwhelming heat was unfortunately too much for him and he had to cancel.

If you have never seen The Jimmys, what are you waiting for? They play twice a month at Tofflers Pub and Grill in New Glarus. They also would LOVE to play more often in Chicago, if only someone would book them (Hint). 

We've seen Doug Deming a few times (did you know Dennis Gruenling used to be in the band?) and it is always a good time. For this show, they had a German sax player named Thomas Feldmann, who entertained the crowd with a series of sax tricks. You'll see.

FYI: Doug Deming and the Jeweltones is on the bill for the Ann Arbor Blues Fest in August. Feldmann won't be there, but the band–and the fest–will still be great.

CHECK OUT THE PHOTOS
PLAN AHEAD
SAT, JUL 27
Nick Schnebelen
The Venue, Aurora
(Nick is the brother of Danielle Nicole, in case you forgot or never knew)

MON, JUL 29
Rev Sekou, Cha Wa
Jay Pritzker Pavilion, Millennium Park

THURS, SEPT 19
CD/LP RELEASE PARTY
Johnny Burgin with Aki Kumar and Rae Gordon  

Martyrs'
THURS, SEPT 19
Cedric Burnside
SPACE, Evanston

FRI, SEPT 20
Ronnie Baker Brooks
City Winery

FRI, OCT 11
Shemekia Copeland
SPACE, Evanston

FRI, OCT 18
Coco Montoya
Club Arcada, St. Charles

FRI, NOV 8
Marcia Ball
SPACE, Evanston
JULY 15
Willie Cobbs
Corey Dennison

 
JULY 17
Johnny Burgin

JULY 18
Tony Manguillo (Rosa's Lounge)
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. 

JULY 10
Julia A. Miller (Delmark)
 
BIRTHDAY REMEMBRANCES
JULY 15
Washboard Sam

JULY 16
Denise LaSalle
JULY 17
Peppermint Harris

JULY 18
Jalacy "Screamin' Jay" Hawkins
Lonnie Mack
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