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FEB 1–21, 2019 
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PHOTO (clockwise from left): Lurrie Bell, Dennis Gruenling (Nick Moss Band), Andrew Duncanson (Kilborn Alley Blues Band), Monster Mike Welch and Kit Holliday, Monster Mike Welch, Dan Carelli, Danielle Nicole and Kate Moss (Smiley Tillmon Band). © Chicago Blues News/Karen Murphy

GOODBYE, MIKE
An overflow crowd of family, friends, fellow musicians and fans like me gathered WED, JAN 30, for an intensely emotional afternoon that began with a funeral service for Michael Ledbetter and ended down the street with a celebration of life blues jam at Danny's Pizza in Elgin. The photo above only shows a small sampling of the stellar group of players who showed up to say goodbye to their friend. There is no question that Michael will be missed by everyone who ever met him. More photos from the celebration of life jam will be online later in the month.

If you want to help out Michael's soulmate/fiancée, Kathy Cahoon, and their two young children (Holland, 4, and Michael, 1), you have a couple of options:

GoFund Me Campaign
Michael Ledbetter Memorial Fund
All proceeds go directly to the family.

Contribute directly through PayPal
mikeledbetterbluze@gmail.com

Nick and Kate Moss are also accepting cards
(including donations by check to Kathleen Cahoon) at their PO Box:

The Ledbetter Family
c/o Blue Bella Records
PO Box 6019
Elgin, IL 60123

 

REMEMBERING MICHAEL
PHOTO GALLERY

OUR MICHAEL LEDBETTER TRIBUTE PAGE
with links to a large, random selection of videos and photos
THINKING OUT LOUD 

OUT AND ABOUT. Just a reminder that the next newsletter will be the FEB 22-28 issue (mailed on FEB 21). This current issue has a GET OUT section that goes through the 21st, but don't forget you can make your own decisions by just checking the ONLINE CALENDAR.
ONE MORE THING: Until I stop doing this, remind me never to take this much time off cuz it makes the GET OUT section and the Birthdays way too long.

THE JOINT IS JUMPIN'. The Water Hole  (1400 S. Western) will have BLUE MONDAYS during February featuring Larry Taylor. There is no cover charge and the show is 7pm-midnight. Guest entertainers welcome. Go down and support this effort...and maybe Chicago's juke joint will have Blue Mondays every week.

AND THE WINNERS ARE....Ms. Hy-C & Fresh Start (St. Louis Blues Society) won the band competition and Jon Shain (Triangle Blues Society from North Carolina) has won the solo/duo competition at the  2019 International Blues Challenge in Memphis last week. This year's competition had more than 260 competitors and local favorite Ivy Ford made it to the semi-finals representing the Crossroads Blues Society of Illinois. Congrats to everyone.
HAVE A LISTEN
Ms. Hy-C & Fresh Start
Fuel to Burn 

Jon Shain
Get What You Deserve

LIST OF ALL THE 2019 WINNERS

SOME READING MATERIAL. If you have a little free time and are of this particular generation, you should be entertained by this article: Hippie Goddesses of the 1970s. With what is going on in the world, it's a lot more fun that the daily news.

CHANGE OF PLANS. The MARCH 14 Wanda Jackson show at SPACE in Evanston apparently has been cancelled. And, despite what you might see in various locations online, Cedric Burnside is NOT at SPACE on FEB 8. Again, I have no more relevant info, but look at the SPACE website (not Facebook).

A FINAL 2019 GRAMMY WHINE. The Grammys will be broadcast on FEB. 10 and once again will mostly ignore the blues. I am, however, rooting for Elvin Bishop's  Big Fun Trio to take the Best Traditional Blues Album (not sure this is the correct category for it) for Something Smells Funky Around Here over Buddy Guy's The Blues is Alive and Well–and it is not because Buddy doesn't deserve the Grammy. It's just that Buddy has a LOT of awards (just read the 1st paragraph to see how honored he has been) and Elvin Bishop is doing his best work in years  with the Big Fun Trio. I honestly have no opinion on who should win Best Contemporary Blues Album, as long as it is not Fantastic Negrito, who is talented but belongs in a category that is not blues. Finally, it would be nice if Jon Baptiste won the Best American Roots Performance for St. James Infirmary Blues, but I wouldn't hold my breath. He's up against both Brandi Carlile and Willie Nelson.
ELVIN BISHOP PHOTO © Chicago Blues News/Karen Murphy

DOUBLE YOUR PLEASURE. Mary Lane and the No Static Blues Band will be performing on THURS, FEB 21 at FitzGerald's in Berwyn. To add to the fun, there will be a screening before the show of the new documentary, I Can Only Be Mary Lane. And you do remember that Mary Lane has a new CD coming out in March called Travelin' Woman, right? It's Lane's first CD in 20 years.

OUT AND ABOUT
TOP: BUDDY GUY;  BOTTOM: Gerry Hundt (l) and Corey Dennison   © Chicago Blues News/Karen Murphy

THURS, JAN 24, 2019 @ Legends

BUDDY IN RESIDENCE
with Corey Dennison
OPENING ACTS
Eddie Taylor Jr. (noon) and Ronnie Hicks (4pm)

This was the first year that I attended three of the 16 Buddy in Residence January shows. Here's what I learned: Each show was just a little different, even though Buddy does have a few standard go-to shticks. It is a convivial environment, where everyone is super-friendly and shares a common love of Mr. Buddy Guy specifically and blues in general. And the die-hards really don't mind the 12-hour marathon to get a good seat for the main attraction. I am not sure I could go to back-to-back shows like some people do, but I will definitely attend these residency shows every chance I get.

PHOTOS
TICKET GIVEAWAY
NOTE: This is the last newsletter that will be mailed before the entry deadline, so I won't be nagging you to enter after today (or maybe I will on Facebook).

3.5.19 @ City Winery

Aaron Neville
The 75-year-old legend, a former member of the famous Neville Brothers R&B/soul/funk group from New Orleans, is always moving forward. His solo album, Apache, mixes hard R&B with Neville's social and spiritual concerns. It is an album that "allows plenty of space for a singer who's arguably the most distinctive vocal stylist on the planet to tell it like it is."

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AARON NEVILLE PHOTO © Chicago Blues News/Michael Murphy
OUT AND ABOUT
FRI, JAN 25, 2019 @ Smoke Daddy Wrigleyville

Timmy Heikkilä

Yes, I know it was beyond cold, but apparently I was the only one who was curious about a blues singer with an umlaut because the small crowd was about as enthusiastic as they might be at the dentist. Heikkilä is from Kouvola, Finland, and apparently is in a band called Titty Bar Tim Blues Band. And, no, I could not have possibly made that name up. If you are interested, they have two CDs: Milk Shaka and Flathead Woman, which like most things in the world, are available on Amazon. For his Chicago appearance, Heikkilä gathered a strong backing band–Andrew Diehl (guitar), Mike Flynn (bass) and Steve Dougherty (drums). He also played at Smoke Daddy on Division on Saturday, where I assume the audience was more attentive. Would making the band wear Cubs uniforms at the Wrigleyville location help? Just asking.
GET OUT
So many choices, so little time. Know about a show I don't? Tell Me About It...please.

ONLINE CALENDAR  |  FESTIVALS
 
FRI, FEB 1
Nick Moss and Friends

Smoke Daddy

John Primer and
the Real Deal Blues Band,
Win Noll

Legends

Jimmy Burns Band
Rosa's Lounge
Club is celebrating 35 years!

SAT, FEB 2
BLUES AND BREWS BRUNCH
Peaches Staten

River Roast

Sharon Lewis and Texas Fire
Harlem Ave. Lounge, Berwyn

Lurrie Bell, Alex Wilson
Legends

SUN, FEB 3
Billy Flynn

Shaw's Crab House

Nigel Mack, Heather Lynn Horton
House of Blues

MON, FEB 4
BLUES JAM
w/Matthew Skoller & Tom Holland 

Lizard's Liquid Lounge

Larry Taylor 
The Water Hole

TUES, FEB 5
BLUESDAY TUESDAY
with Tom Marker
with Dave Specter

featuring Brother John Kattke
FitzGerald's, Berwyn

Pete Galanis w/Dave Herrero
Rosa's Lounge

WED, FEB 6
Tom Holland

Smoke Daddy

JW Williams Blues Band
with Laretha Weathersby

Blue Chicago

THURS, FEB 7
Lindsey Beaver

Hey Nonny, Arlington Heights

Smilin' Bobby
Phyllis' Musical Inn

FRI, FEB 8
Kilborn Alley Blues Band

Nick's Beer Garden

Chicago Blues Angels
Smoke Daddy Wrigleyville

Smiley Tillmon (530pm)
Lagunitas Tap Room

BLUES-ISH: JD Simco
Martyr's

SAT, FEB 9
BLUES AND BREWS BRUNCH
Original Chicago Blues Allstars

River Roast

Morry Sochat & The Special 20s
Smoke Daddy

Billy Branch and
the Sons of Blues

Rosa's
35th Anniversary Celebration

John Kattke (420pm)
Lagunitas Tap Room

SUN, FEB 10
BLUES-ISH: The Heavy Sounds–
Stax Records Soul Revue

SPACE, Evanston

Donna Herula (430pm)
Smoke Daddy

Jeff Jensen, Gerry Hundt
House of Blues

MON, FEB 11
SECOND MONDAY BLUES
Billy Branch with Lurrie Bell (7pm)

Café Logan, University of Chicago

Larry Taylor
The Water Hole
TUES, FEB 12
Ivy Ford

Legends

Joe Filisko's Harmonica Party
Harlem Ave. Lounge, Berwyn

Omar Coleman, Guy King
House of Blues

Tail Dragger & The Allstars
The Water Hole

WED, FEB 13
Corey Dennison, Mike Wheeler

Kingston Mines

BLUES JAM
hosted by Rodney Brown
and Hot Rod

BLUES

THURS, FEB 14
BTS Express with Shirley Johnson

Blue Chicago

Mississippi Heat, Mz. Peachez
Kingston Mines

FRI, FEB 15
Thornetta Davis, Nora Jean Bruso

Kingston Mines

Toronzo Cannon
FitzGerald's Berwyn

BIRTHDAY BASH
for Sherman Moody Thomas
featuring Tracee Adams

Baseline

LOVIN' THE BLUES
Lil' Ed & The Blues Imperials;
Dave Weld & The Imperial Flames

Joliet Area Historical Museum
Joliet

SAT, FEB 16
NuBlu Band featuring Carlise Guy,
The Hurricane Project

Legends

CHICAO BLUES SUPERSESSION
featuring Jimmy Johnson, Lurrie Bell, Bob Stroger, Billy Flynn, John Kattke, Deitra Farr, Melvin Smith, David Sims and Dave Katzman
Hey Nonny, Arlington Heights

Ronnie Baker Brooks
SPACE, Evanston
NOTE: No table seats left

Wayne Baker Brooks,
Mississippi Heat

Round Lake Beach
Cultural Center

SUN, FEB 17
Luca Chiellini

House of Blues

Rick King's Royal Hustle
Taylor St. Tap

MON, FEB 18
BLUES JAM
Original Chicago Blues Allstars

The Quarry Center

Diamond Jim Green Trio
Ward 8, Evanston

TUES, FEB 19
Hoodoo Brown, Guy King

House of Blues

Eddie Taylor Jr. with Karl Meyer
Smoke Daddy Wrigleyville

Mike Wheeler with Peaches Staten
Giles Corey

Kingston Mines

WED, FEB 20
Frank Bang & The Secret Stash

Legends

Dave Herrero (530pm)
Lagunitas Tap Room

THURS, FEB 21
Guy King
Hey Nonny, Arlington Heights

New Orleans Beau
Legends

Wayne Baker Brooks
Rivers Casino, Des Plaines
PLAN AHEAD
MAR 19
Morry Sochat and The Special 20s

SPACE, Evanston

MAR 30
Reverend Peyton's Big Damn Band

Reggie's Rock Club
APRIL 28
Billy Branch and
Sons of the Blues

SPACE, Evanston

JUNE 28
Jimmie Vaughan

SPACE, Evanston
CELEBRATE!
Birthdays will run THURSDAY – WEDNESDAY, even though the newsletter DATE is FRI – THURS (somehow this makes sense)
JAN 31    
Charlie Musselwhite    

FEB 1    
Sonny Landreth    
Jeff Dale    
Tom Crivellone

    
FEB 2    
Terry "Sonny Lee" Tritt    

FEB 4    
Curtis Salgado     
Jeremy Powell    
Frank Falduto    


FEB 7    
Katriva "Kat" Riggins    

FEB 13    
John Lee Henley    
Sugaray Rayford    

 
FEB 14     
Maceo Parker    
Toronzo Cannon    


FEB 15    
Gary Clark Jr.    

FEB 16    
James "Super Chikan" Johnson
    
FBEB 17    
Lou Ann Barton    

FEB 18    
Irma Thomas    
DC Conley

(Low-reen & The Maxwell St. Market Blues Band)

BELATED
Did I miss you? I am sure you celebrated without me...but let me know for next year.
BIRTHDAY REMEMBRANCES
JAN 31
Roosevelt Sykes
Chuck Willis
Paul deLay

FEB 1
Leroy Foster
James P. Johnson
Finis Tasby
William "Pa" Rainey


FEB 2
Walter Jacobs Vinson
(Mississippi Sheiks)

FEB 3
Johnny "Guitar" Watson
Jody Williams


FEB 4
Therley Speedy Ashford

FEB 5
Will "Son Brimmer" Shade

FEB 7
Earl King 
King Curtis


FEB 8
Alonzo "Lonnie" Johnson
Floyd Dixon
Eddie "Guitar" Burns

(brother of Jimmy)

FEB 9
Johnny Heartsman 

FEB 10
"Rockin' Dopsie" Rubin
TV Slim


FEB 11
Josh White
Phillip Walker
Little Johnny Taylor
Otis Clay


FEB 12
Pink Anderson
Gene McDaniels
Big John Wrencher


14
"Magic Sam" Maghett
John Henry Perry Bradford
Clarence "Blowfly" Reid 


FEB 15
James "Kokomo" Arnold

FEB 16
Bill Doggett

FEB 17
Noble "Thin Man" Watts

FEB 19
Earl Bell
Sam Myers 


FEB 20
Jimmy "Papa" Yancey
SEE YOU ON FEB 21! 😎
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