JOINT WILL BE JUMPIN'. The joint in this case is Chicago on Saturday night. Hard to choose, but in addition to the many great local blues bands, there are three hot shows featuring out-of-towners: Reverend Peyton's Big Damn Band (Reggie's Music Joint), Roy Rogers & the Delta Rhythm Kings (Old Town School of Folk Music) and Sugaray Rayford and Alex Wilson (Buddy Guy's Legends). I LOVE Chicago and having too many choices for great blues!
The Otis Rush Tribute | WED, APR 24 @ SPACE, Evanston
The incredible 1956-58 Cobra Sessions Recordings by Otis Rush will be performed by an all-star group of musicians to celebrate Rush's 85th birthday. Featured guests Janiva Magness, Curtis Salgado, Jimmy Johnson and Monster Mike Welch will join a band led by Billy Flynn that will include Bob Levis, Billy Prewitt, John Kattke, Big Ray Stewart and Harlan Terson with a four-piece horn section lead by Willie Henderson.Ariyo will man the keys and Dave Specter also will perform. At press time, there were only five table seats left for what is sure to be one of the shows of the year. TICKETS
MOVIE TIME. A new documentary, Satan & Adam, will have its theatrical release on April 12 (and also three film fest appearances in the coming days). The movie, directed by V. Scott Balcerek, tells the strange story of the unlikely pairing of a legendary black Harlem street musician who called himself Mr. Satan (aka Sterling Magee) and a white, Jewish harp-playing college student named Adam Gussow. You probably have seen Gussow in more recent days as one-half of the Blues Doctors. Sadly, it looks like (at least for now) that the closest showing to Chicago will be in Memphis, which is farther than most of the suburbs I whine about. They do apparently plan on releasing digital and home video versions at some point. LEARN MORE
GET EDUCATED.Barrelhouse Bonni will be offering two Blues U Can Use workshops during the 2019 Arts Education Conference: Cultivating Conditions for Growth on April 5. The conference provides an opportunity for Chicago’s arts education sector to "...share skills and develop the vital relationships that allow individual and shared work to flourish and thrive." The conference is free for teachers, administrators and teaching artists. THE DEETS WHEN: Friday, April 5, 2019 | 8:30am-5pm WHERE: Benito Juarez Community Academy (1450 W. Cermak) REGISTER
MORE CINEMA. The documentary, I Can Only Be Mary Lane,will be shown Sunday, March 31, at the Skokie Theatre (7924 Lincoln Ave.). There also will be a live performance. Call the theatre to verify the time since I am seeing 2-5pm and 3-6pm. Or just arrive for the 2pm show and you won't be disappointed.
PLAY WITH THE PROS. Reggie's Music Joint and Music Made in America (no clue who/what this is) are beginning a monthly Blues ProJam Series on Sunday, May 19 @ 7pm. The first of I hope many ProJams will feature the guitarist who is everywhere and probably never sleeps: Billy Flynn. He will be joined by a stellar group of players: Tom Holland & The Shuffle Kings, Bob Stroger, Dave Katzman, Brother John Kattke and David Sims. The inaugural event will also offer an all-you-can-eat crawfish boil plus many drink specials. Oh Yeah...one more thing: It's FREE (the music, not the crawfish)
CUT A RUG. No one says that anymore, but it somehow seems appropriate when talking about the blues-ish Flat Cats, who are performing for FREE at Hey Nonny's Open House on Friday night (MAR 29). Go out to Arlington Heights and check 'em out! FYI: The Flat Cats show at Hey Nonny April 12 is already sold out so consider this a big gift.
MAKIN' MUSIC.Jeff Dale's Kickstarter Project to fund the new CD, Blues Power!, by Jeff Dale and the South Woodlawners is online now and already has raised more than $2600 of the $6850 goal. There are 23 days left to back this project–and you can throw in as little as $10.
YOUR 15 MINUTES. The Crook County Blues Band needs a live (and I assume, enthusiastic) studio audience for its performance April 4 during a local talk show that will be filmed at Comcast Studio in Mount Prospect. I have heard there will be some giveaways…but probably not at the Oprah level. Note that the studio holds 50 people. Go have some fun! THE DEETS WHEN: Thursday, April 4 @ 7pm (approximate time) WHERE: Public Access Center
350 N. Wolf Rd., Mount Prospect, IL 60056
WED, MAR 27 @ Buddy Guy's Legends Dan Carelli with Nick Moss
It's a beautiful thing when I can go just minutes from home and catch two great blues guitarists playing together. Too bad more people don't get out and about during the week. I know, there's work in the morning. Isn't that is why we have coffee? MORE PHOTOS TO COME NEXT WEEK
FACT-LESS FODDER FROM FACEBOOK
A few random bits of information that are a little thin on details at this moment in time–but I assume are true nevertheless.
Chicago Slim has booked dates In Chicago and Detroit with a new band called The Chicago Slim Blues Experience. Exact dates not yet revealed so if you are a fan, stay tuned. www.ChicagoSlim.com
Musician Scotty Carlton (Three Off The Leash), who played often with Dawn O'Keefe Williams, has died. To date, there has been no obit posted or info about funeral arrangements.
Greg Pierre, who Lori Lewis has said online was a good friend of LT McGee's, also has died.
WED, MAY 15 @ City Winery DEADLINE TO ENTER:WED, MAY 1 @ Midnight
David Bromberg Quintet
He's been called an American icon by none other than Dr. John and is a renowned violin expert with a shop called David Bromberg's Fine Violins in Wilmington, DE. His musical journey began with blues–and that is where he has returned. His first release for Red House Records is The Blues, The Whole Blues, and Nothing But the Blues, a collection that spans a wide variety of blues styles from traditional to country and gospel-style blues.
HOW TO ENTER
EMAIL SUBJECT: Bromberg plays the blues BODY OF EMAIL: Your name, email address & phone ENTER RIGHT NOW
YOU (SHOULD) KNOW THE SIMPLE RULES NOTE: ONLY subscribers of Chicago Blues News can enter the contest. You can enter ONCE A DAY until the deadline. The drawing is a random drawing of all the entries. Winners will be notified via email and must respond within 24 hours or another winner will be chosen.
FRI, MAR 22 @ B.L.U.E.S. Celebration of Life Blues Jam for Eddie Taylor Jr.
The Taylor family celebrated the life of their brother Eddie Jr. with a blues jam full of joy that we knew him and tears that we lost him so soon. PHOTOS
SAT, MAR 30
Nellie "Tiger" Travis Blues Band
Shawn Holt & The Teardrops, Joanna Connor
Joseph "Mojo" Morganfield
and The Mannish Boy
Johnny Blitz Sports Bar, Westmont
Paul Kaye with the R&L
Rhythm Review (11am-1245pm)
Chicago History Museum
Big Damn Band
Reggie's Music Joint
& The Delta Rhythm Kings
Old Town School of Folk Music
Sugaray Rayford, Alex Wilson
SUN, MAR 31 Corky Siegel's Chamber Blues
with Lynn Jordan (3pm)
Metropolis Performing Arts Center
Donna Herula (430pm)
Vino Louden Band (530pm)
The Entrance Entertainment Venue
MON, APR 1
Mike Wheeler Blues Band
with Demetria Taylor
THE MONDAY BLUES
Chris O'Leary Band
TUES, APR 2 BLUESDAY TUESDAY
with Tom Marker and Billy Branch and the Sons of Blues
Shaw's Crab House
WED, APR 3 EP RELEASE PARTY
Luca Kiella Chiellini
THURS, APR 4
Tommy Castro and the Painkillers
Corey Dennison Duo
WHITE SOX OPENING DAY
Dave Weld &
The Imperial Flames (4pm)
Reggie's Music Joint
Davina & The Vagabonds
Phyllis' Musical Inn
THURS, JUNE 6 BLUES FEST PRE-PARTY
All-Star Harmonica Blast Omar Coleman, Rob Stone, Martin Lang, Oscar Wilson, Joe Nosek, Mark Wydra, Willie "The Touch" Hayes, Brad Hayman
plus surprise guests
Reggie's Music Joint
JUL 18 Chris Duarte Group
Jay O'Rourke Band
Reggie's Music Joint
FRI, AUG 23 Mike Zito
MAR 29 Willie Clayton
MAR 30 Eric Patrick Clapton
APR 3 Chico (aka Mike Wheeler's grandson) Ellen Miller
APR 4 Michael Damani
BELATED WISHES I must have missed someone...
I am sure you celebrated without me.
MAR 28 “Cripple” Clarence Lofton
MAR 29 Camille Howard
MAR 30 John Lee Curtis (aka Sonny Boy Williamson I)
MAR 31 Big Maceo Merriweather
APR 1 Alberta Hunter
Lucille Bogan NOTE: Bogan used the pseudonym
Bessie Jackson from 1933 to 1935 Amos Milburn