OK, THE TRUTH WAS NOT EXACTLY THE TRUTH. Last week I really thought that this week was going to be particularly bad for me on Thursday. Instead, my bad Thursday has been pushed back a few weeks so the newsletter did not have to mail yesterday. Today, I also included dates for tonight because, in my extreme stress, I FORGOT them last week. @#$%! ONE MORE THING
In the next month, there could be mailings on WED or THURS, depending on the level of lunacy at any given time. And, it is highly likely that I will melt down at some point and decide NOT TO WORK at the end of the month/early OCT for a week or two. Stay tuned.
MISSION FROM GOD. City Winery is screening The Blues Brothers movie on Tuesday, Sept. 4 at 730pm. It's free, but you have to RSVP. If you forgot, Aretha Franklin tells Matt "Guitar" Murphy exactly what's up in the film. It's pretty fun.
TWICE THE FUN.The Claudettes (aka Johnny Iguana & Co.) have been added to the bill as the opening act for Davina & The Vagabonds on WED, SEPT 12 at City Winery. Good choice!
IN THE BURBS. Cafe La Fortuna in Willowbrook will be having blues every Saturday from 6-8pm. On SAT, SEPT. 1, it's The Lucky Ducks (Zoe Savage and Mike Jones). I never heard 'em, but they describe themselves as a "Chicago Blues duo with a flair for Cajun music." What's not to like about that? The rest of the September schedule is on the CALENDAR.
THE HOUSE IS ROCKIN'. The House of Blues has two shows of note coming up in October in their Music Room (as opposed to the restaurant):
Southern Avenue, a band I LOVE,is the opening band on OCT 5 for a band I am pretty sure I would hate called Spafford. Why? Their website says their "patented 'electrofunk therapy' has a little bit of something for everyone" (except I am pretty sure, me). They also say the group "is best known for their immense improvisational abilities, which see the band regularly embark on spontaneous and unrehearsed hour-long musical odysseys featuring jams that are patient, meticulous, and sonically rich." Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz.
Billy F. Gibbons (aka one of the ZZ Top beards) will be performing OCT 16 to support his latest CD, which is being billed as a blues recording. HERE'S A SONG FROM THE CD. This is more my style.
ONE BIG PROBLEM: The Music Room is definitely not for the geezers among us because it's standing room only (they like to think of it as dancing room only)–unless you are a geezer with deep pockets who can pay the steep extra charge to put your butt on a seat.
THE END OF SUMMER. If it's Labor Day weekend, it must be Jazz Fest. Definitely not for me, but Ramsey Lewis is closing the fest on Sunday night and it is being reported that this could be his last show in Chicago. So...you might want to go.
DEADLINE TO ENTER: FRI, SEPT 14 @ Midnight EMAIL SUBJECT: WINDY BLUES | SEPTEMBER BODY OF EMAIL: Your name, email address & phone The tickets are good for both days of the fest
NOTE: We are not giving away VIP tickets, but they are available online for 150 special fans. The fancy schmancy tickets cost $150 for the weekend and include free beer, food, parking and a VIP viewing area. WOW.