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AUG 31–SEPT 6, 2018
ONLINE CALENDAR  |  FESTIVALS
FORWARD TO A FELLOW BLUES LOVER
OUT AND ABOUT
FRI, AUG 24 @ Navy Pier
Erin Harpe and the Delta Swingers
The weather never seems to cooperate on the Pier when we go out to see this fun band. This year, it was just cold with no downpour to cut the show short. The Boston-based band has won the Boston Blues Challenge four times and made it to the International Blues Challenge semi-finals three times. With Delta in their name, you can guess their style. And then there is the kazoo, which Erin blames on her musician dad. Try and catch them the next time they come through town.
ERIN HARPE AND JIM COUNTRYMAN PHOTO © Chicago Blues News/Karen Murphy
CHECK 'EM OUT
THINKING OUT LOUD 
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. 

NEW PLAYER IN TOWN. Stumbling around the internet, I discovered some great news: There will be a new venue opening in Arlington Heights in mid-October. It will be called Hey Nonny (Google it) and is billed as an "intimate music venue room [that] will present the best jazz, country, blues, folk, reggae, cabaret and even classical musicians in ticketed concerts six nights a week." They also plan free music on stage for the weekly HeyDay Friday afternoon celebration, and for the Saturday Bluegrass Brunch and the Sunday Jazz Brunch. What, no blues brunch? I'm still excited, though, because one of my faves–CJ Chenier and the Red Hot Louisiana Band–is playing there in late October.
CJ CHENIER PHOTO © Chicago Blues News/Karen Murphy

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.
AUG 17-18, 2018
ANN ARBOR BLUES FESTIVAL

I've added the rest of the photos I just couldn't finish last week.
There's a  LOT of them–but it just shows how much fun the fest was. 
I cannot wait to see what the organizers plan for the 50th anniversary show.
LIGHTNIN' WILLIE PHOTO © Chicago Blues News/Michael Murphy
HAVE A LOOK
WIN TWO FREE TICKETS
SEPT 22-23 @ Cermak Park, Lyons

Windy City Blues Festival

They've got a zillion bands scheduled over two days and two stages–plus the Chicago Blues Challenge on Sunday. You are bound to find something you like at this new fest in the Western burbs.

Here's just a few names: Donna Herula, Jamiah Rogers, Geneva Red, NuBlu Band, Lurrie Bell, Tomiko Dixon, Kilborn Alley, Tawl Paul, Deak Harp, Eddie Taylor Jr., Tyrannosaurus Chicken and more!


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DEADLINE TO ENTER: FRI, SEPT 14 @ Midnight
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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.
OUT AND ABOUT
THURS, AUG 23 @ Blues Heaven Foundation
Tracee Adams

We love Tracee Adams and the weekly free summer shows in the garden at the Blues Heaven Foundation so we just had to go this week. Just leave the kids at home when you go see Tracee's bawdy show.
HAVE A LOOK
TRACEE ADAMS PHOTO © Chicago Blues News/Karen Murphy
GET OUT
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!
THURS, AUG 30
AFTERWORK BLUES (530pm)
Smiley Tillmon Band

River Roast

Cash Box Kings
Legends

FOUNDATION CABARET
Hot Tawdry's Burlesque
with Ivy Ford Band

House of Blues

Luca Chiellini
Shaw's Crab House

SUMMER CONCERT SERIES (6pm)
Joe Barr
Blues Heaven Foundation

ZYDECO: Terence Simien
and the Zydeco Experience

SPACE, Evanston

FRI, AUG 31
4th Annual West Side Blues Fest
with Larry Taylor and more

Columbus Park (6-10pm)

Anthony Gomes
Broken Oar, Barrington

LOBSTER FEST
Smiley Tillmon Band
with Kate Moss (530pm)

Navy Pier

Mary Lane
Smoke Daddy

Carl Weathersby
BLUES

 
SAT, SEPT 1
Buddy Guy and Toronzo Cannon

Country Club Hills Theater

Kilborn Alley Blues Band
Nick's Beer Garden

Sam Cockrell Band
House Pub, St. Charles

SUN, SEPT 2
Jimmy Johnson (420pm)

Lagunitas Tap Room

Luke Pytel with
Laretha Weathersby

Blue Chicago

MON, SEPT 3
IT'S LABOR DAY!
BBQ SOMETHING


TUES, SEPT 4
Dave Weld and the Imperial Flames

Legends

BLUESDAY TUESDAY
Tom Marker with
Lil' Ed and the Blues Imperials

FitzGerald's, Berwyn

WED, SEPT. 5
Guy King

Legends

Tom Holland and the Shuffle Kings
Smoke Daddy

THURS, SEPT 6
ROCKABILLY NIGHT
Morry Sochat & The Special 20s
The Flat Cats

Martyrs'

SUMMER CONCERT SERIES
Shorty Mack (6pm)

Blues Heaven Foundation
OUT AND ABOUT
AUG 22 @ Navy Pier
Jimmy Nick and Don't Tell Mama
Blue Coast Band

Here's the all the photos we promised last week.
PHOTOS (Mark Wydra, l, and Jimmy Nick, r) © Chicago Blues News/Karen Murphy
PLAN AHEAD

FRI, NOV 23–SAT, NOV 24
Coco Montoya

Evanston Rocks
Evanston
COCO MONTOYA PHOTO (at right)
© Chicago Blues News/Karen Murphy


SUN, JAN 15, 2019
Corky Siegel’s Chamber Blues 
featuring Tracy Nelson
City Winery
 

Birthdays will run THURSDAY – WEDNESDAY, even though the newsletter DATE is FRI – THURS (somehow this makes sense)
CELEBRATE!
AUG 31
Jay Davenport (John Mayall)
Tom Rezetko (Smiley Tillmon)
Joanna Connor

SEPT 2
Jeff Stone

SEPT 3
Jackie Dixon
Roosevelt E. Johnson


REMEMBRANCES

AUG 30
Luther “Snake Boy” Johnson 

SEPT 3
Memphis Slim
Freddie King


SEPT 4
Meade "Lux" Lewis

SEPT 5
Sunnyland Slim

BELATED WISHES
I knew I was a little behind in my celebrations!

AUG 27
Andrew Diehl
Louisiana Al


AUG 26
Walkin' Cane Mark
Cedric Burnside


AUG 25
Mr. Sipp

AUG 18
Paul Garrett
Franky Bruneel
 
(Back To The Roots magazine)

AUG 13
Jimi Bott

AUG 1
Bill Stuve

 

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