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MAR 29–APR 4, 2019 
ONLINE CALENDAR  |  FESTIVALS
FORWARD TO A FELLOW BLUES LOVER
THINKING OUT LOUD 
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!

SPEAKING OF GREAT BLUES...There are three huge shows coming up in April:
Michael Ledbetter Celebration of Life Fundraisers
SUN, APR 14 @ Buddy Guy's Legends
MON, APR 15 @ Danny's on Douglas, Elgin

will benefit Michael's family: Kathy and his two kids, Holland and Michael
The two events, hosted by the Nick Moss Band to honor the life of his friend and former bandmate, will feature a star-studded lineup: The Nick Moss Band (with Patrick Seals and Taylor Streiff), Charlie Baty, Rick Estrin, Lurrie Bell, Mike Welch, Jason Ricci, Rico McFarland, Dan Carelli, Kid Andersen, Laura Chavez, Kenny Smith, Nick Fane, Kate Moss, Blaze Thomas and more. 
NOTE: John Primer, Anson Funderburgh and Danielle Nicole will join the lineup for the Elgin show only.
Tickets are $35 (includes pizza buffet), but VIP Packages for $150 also will be available that include a t-shirt, artist photo-ops, CDs and preferred seating. There will be a silent auction with signed guitars, CDs, t-shirts and other items.
TICKETS
SUN, APRIL 14 | Buddy Guy's Legends
MON, APR 15 | Danny's on Douglas, Elgin

PHOTO: Michael Ledbetter at the Barrelhouse Chuck Tribute 1.9.17 @ SPACE, Evanston; © Chicago Blues News/Karen Murphy

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.
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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. 

BORDERLINE BLUES. I just read that the great Wanda Jackson, the undisputed queen of rockabilly, has retired after more than six decades of performing. The reasons cited: health and safety. Her 31st album, Unfinished Business, was released in 2012, followed in 2017 by her autobiography, Every Night is Saturday Night: A Country Girl's Journey to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. 

READ THE ROLLING STONE ARTICLE

HAVE A LISTEN 
Wanda Jackson with Jack White on Letterman
Wanda in her youth
PHOTO: Wanda Jackson at City Winery (5.17.17) © Chicago Blues News/Karen Murphy

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
               855.372.1980
OUT AND ABOUT
Nick Moss (l) and Dan Carelli © Chicago Blues News/Karen Murphy

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. 
TICKET GIVEAWAYS
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. 

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OUT AND ABOUT
PHOTO: DemetriaTaylor © Chicago Blues News/Karen Murphy

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
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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
FRI, MAR 29
Carl Weathersby

Rosa's Lounge

Chicago Bound
Smoke Daddy

Omar Coleman
Nick's Beer Garden

SAT, MAR 30
Nellie "Tiger" Travis Blues Band

Blue Chicago

Shawn Holt & The Teardrops, Joanna Connor
Kingston Mines

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

Reverend Peyton's
Big Damn Band

Reggie's Music Joint

Roy Rogers
& The Delta Rhythm Kings

Old Town School of Folk Music

Sugaray Rayford, Alex Wilson
Legends

SUN, MAR 31
Corky Siegel's Chamber Blues
with Lynn Jordan (3pm)

Metropolis Performing Arts Center
Arlington Heights

Donna Herula (430pm)
Smoke Daddy

Vino Louden Band (530pm)
The Entrance Entertainment Venue
Harvey

MON, APR 1
Mike Wheeler Blues Band 
with Demetria Taylor

Blue Chicago

THE MONDAY BLUES
Chris O'Leary Band

Untitled

TUES, APR 2
BLUESDAY TUESDAY
with Tom Marker and Billy Branch

and the Sons of Blues
FitzGerald's, Berwyn

Morry Sochat
Shaw's Crab House

WED, APR 3
EP RELEASE PARTY
Luca Kiella Chiellini

Rosa's Lounge

THURS, APR 4
Tommy Castro and the Painkillers

City Winery

Corey Dennison Duo
Mom's Place

WHITE SOX OPENING DAY
Dave Weld &
The Imperial Flames (4pm)

Reggie's Music Joint

Davina & The Vagabonds
SPACE, Evanston

Smilin' Bobby
Phyllis' Musical Inn

PLAN AHEAD
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
SPACE, Evanston
MAR 29
Willie Clayton  
Sue Foley  
       

MAR 30
Eric Patrick Clapton      
Pete Galanis     

 
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.
BIRTHDAY REMEMBRANCES
MAR 28
“Cripple” Clarence Lofton         

MAR 29
Camille Howard

MAR 30
John Lee Curtis 
(aka Sonny Boy Williamson I)

MAR 31
Big Maceo Merriweather          
Lowell Fulson   
Lizzie Miles
APR 1
Alberta Hunter 
Lucille Bogan 
NOTE:
Bogan used the pseudonym 
Bessie Jackson from 1933 to 1935

Amos Milburn  
Carl Martin   
   

APR 2
 J.T. Brown       

APR 4
Muddy Waters 
Cecil Gant          
  
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