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NOV 9–15, 2018 
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THINKING OUT LOUD 


JIMMY JOHNSON PHOTO © Chicago Blues News/Michael Murphy

HYDE PARK BLUES. The Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts at the University of Chicago has released the Second Monday Blues series lineup for 2018–2019:
NOV 12 | Jimmy Johnson
JAN 14 | Mary Lane
FEB 11 | Lurrie Bell
MAR 11 | Jamiah Rogers
APR 8 | Jimmy Burns
All shows, which include an interview by Billy Branch and a performance, are  FREE  at 7pm in Café Logan.

KINDA WONDERFUL. It is an extremely rare moment when I find something I really like on Facebook, but today I did (mark your calendar). The Fall Line Blues Project is a collaboration between Jontavious Willis, Henry Jacobs and others who have a goal to preserve the music being played in the Fall Line region (Georgia, Alabama and further). Like many things in the blues, it is a labor of love. I listened to the Eddie Hinton interview and performance and it was...kinda wonderful. 
CHECK IT OUT

IT'S ABOUT TIME. There's a new 60-minute documentary produced and directed by Jesseca Ynez Simmons about our local blues treasure, the great Mary Lane. I Can Only Be Mary Lane will be screened (I think) at Mary's two November appearances at Legends: Friday, Nov. 16, and Sunday, Nov. 25, which is also her 83rd birthday celebration. Mary also has a new CD on Women of the Blues Records, a partnership between Lynn Orman Weiss and Alan Winkler's OWL Media and Music. The CD, titled Travelin' Woman, will be released on Dec. 1, but will be available in advance at her appearances at Legends this month.
PHOTO: Jeffrey Labon and Mary Lane © Chicago Blues News/Karen Murphy

MAYBE TOO MUCH FUN. Thanks to a query by Martin Lang in the Real Blues Forum, I found an entertaining article online about the Royal Peacock, a legendary Atlanta nightclub. I was most amused to read about "Big Red" McAllister, whose mother, Carrie Cunningham ("Mama" Cunningham), opened the club to try and keep her son near home and out of trouble. McAllister played sax and led a 14-piece orchestra. Here's a quote from McAllister's daughter in the article:
“He was fun-loving,” says daughter Delois Scott. “He would get drunk, sell the bus, fire the bus driver, pawn the instruments, and they all would be stranded in Florida or North Carolina or somewhere. One time he was locked up; all his clothes gone to the pawnshop. God, it would be the biggest mess.”
READ THE ARTICLE

CANADIAN BLUES. Three Alligator artists have been nominated by the Toronto Blues Society for its 2018 Maple Blues Awards. Alligator artists Rick Estrin and Shemekia Copeland, plus Buddy Guy, Ghost Town Blues Band and Mavis Staples, were all nominated for the BB King International Artist of the Year award and Halifax native Lindsay Beaver was nominated for the Drummer of the Year Award. And no, you cannot vote....unless you live in the Great White North. I just thought you'd like to know. The awards ceremony will be held Feb. 4, 2019, in Toronto.

THE SOUND OF (SUBURBAN) MUSIC. A project of the Fox Valley Music Foundation and the City of Aurora  is one of 25 finalists for the 2019 Levitt AMP (Your City) Music Series.  The Levitt AMP program provides $25,000 each to up to 15 cities, allowing those cities to offer a 10-week series of concerts featuring multiple styles of music (which hopefully will include some blues). The Aurora concert series would be held in the newly improved Agnes Mundy Park on South Broadway. Mundy Park is next to the Fox Valley Music Foundation’s soon-to-open Aurora music center, called The Venue (21 S. Broadway, Aurora). It will be both a performance space and home to the Fox Valley Music Foundation. There also will be educational programs about music history, interactive workshops and clinics, open jams and a meeting place for musicians to collaborate and create.

Believe it or not, even non-residents can vote. Here are the restrictions:
All voters must have a valid email address, Facebook or Google account; be residents of the United States and its territories; and be at 18 years of age or older at the beginning of the online public voting period (which was NOV. 1). Levitt Foundation employees, board members and interns are prohibited from voting for any Levitt AMP proposals during the public voting period.
Online voting continues through Nov. 20. 
 VOTE RIGHT NOW.

A REALLY GREAT CAUSE. Dr. Dan Ivankovich (aka Chicago Slim in the Chicago Blues All-Stars) is having an online fundraiser for his OnePatient Global Health Initiative, a nonprofit organization committed to providing resources for accessible health care in underserved populations, without discrimination and regardless of ability to pay. 
DONATE WHAT YOU CAN

BORDERLINE BLUES. The Kentucky Headhunters' Live at the Ramblin' Man Fair will be released by Alligator on Jan. 11. It also includes three studio tracks from the Meet Me in Bluesland sessions by legendary blues pianist Johnnie Johnson (Chuck Berry's keyboard player).
COOL SIDE NOTE: If you have Amazon Prime, you can listen for FREE to Meet Me In Bluesland online.

HOLIDAY SHOPPING. The 2019 blues calendar of Classic Blues Artwork from the 1920s with an accompanying CD (23 tracks) will be available through Amazon on Nov. 16. Note that this version has newly remastered tracks using American Epic's restoration techniques. It is also available from Alligator.

BORN IN CHICAGO. The great movie about Chicago harp legend Paul Butterfield, Horn from the Heart: The Paul Butterfield Story, opens tomorrow at the Gene Siskel Film Center. I know I told you that last week, but there's more you need to know. Three of the eight showings (Friday, Nov. 9 at 8pm, Saturday, Nov. 10 at 5pm and Sunday, Nov. 11 at 2pm) will also include an audience discussion with film director John Anderson and musician Corky Siegel. Not only that, John Anderson will be on Live from the Heartland Saturday morning.
FIND OUT MORE ABOUT THE FILM SCREENINGS

HELP TIM AUSTIN. The fundraiser to help Tim Austin, Buddy Guy's legendary drummer, with his medical bills is still pretty far from its stated goal. Give whatever you can to help.
GoFundMe Campaign for Tim Austin

HOLI-DAZE. Because Turkey Day (or Tofurky Day if you are Vegan) is upon us, there will be NO NEWSLETTER for NOV. 23–29. I am still debating with my boss on exactly how much I want to work during the month of December (probably not too much). Don't worry, though. You will be the 2nd to know.

BIG DADDY PHOTO © Chicago Blues News/Michael Murphy

OUT AND ABOUT
OCT 31 @ The Water Hole

BLUES JAM
hosted by Low-reen & The Maxwell St. Market Blues Band
I know that last week I said that there would be more photos from this jam online this week, but I lied. Actually, I took a close look at the photos and decided that they belonged in the trash, not in an online photo gallery. It was a combination of a generally bad attitude night on the part of the photographers and that #$#@!%! disco light that supposedly sets the mood. Hmmm. The photo above, though, was interesting if only because of the one-of-a-kind harp holder Bib Daddy crafted.
TICKET GIVEAWAYS
SMILEY TILLMON AND CARLISE GUY PHOTOS © Chicago Blues News/Karen Murphy
LAST CALL!
DEADLINE TO ENTER: FRI, NOV 9 @ Midnight
WED, NOV 21 @ The Beverly Arts Center

Thankful for the Blues Party
with The Smiley Tillmon Band
and NuBlu featuring Carlise Guy

Is there a better way to begin the Thanksgiving holiday than being entertained by two of Chicago's hardest working bands? Smiley and his band will bring you the good-times blues and Carlise and Co. will get you up and dancing in the aisles.
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WED, NOV 28 @ City Winery

Canned Heat
OPENING ACT: Kevin "B.F." Burt

What a history this band has...playing at the 1967 Monterey Pop Festival with Hendrix and Joplin, and collaborating with legends like John Mayall, Little Richard and John Lee Hooker.  And, yes it's true that founding members Alan “Blind Owl” Wilson, Bob “The Bear” Hite, Henry “The Sunflower” Vestine and a few other musicians that replaced them have all passed away. The current lineup does include two original members: Larry “The Mole” Taylor on bass, an experienced session musician who played with Jerry Lee Lewis and The Monkees (now there's a versatile guy) and Adolfo “Fito” de la Parra on drums. They are joined by Dale Spalding (harmonica, guitar and lead vocals) and John “JP” Paulus (guitar, bass and vocals). I'm curious, are you?

A FEW THINGS TO KNOW:

  • The band has 38 albums (Are you kidding me?)
  • Fito has written a book, Living the Blues, that tells Canned Heat's story of music, drugs, sex and survival. Interestingly, it will soon be a major motion picture directed by Mike Judge.
  • NOTE: I have two sets of tickets to giveaway for this show (you can only win one set)

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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
Looks like there are a LOT of good options so be sure to always have too much fun!
FRI, NOV 9
Paul Kaye & The Blues Cartel
and Special Guests

The Water Hole

Brian Carpy & Andrew Diehl
Smoke Daddy Wrigleyville

Dave Weld & The Imperial Flames
Mac's on Slade, Palatine

Rick Sherry
Honky Tonk BBQ

Tom Holland (530pm)
Lagunitas Brewery Tap Room

SAT, NOV 10
Bo Ricketts

Family Piano, Waukegan

Brian Carpy & The Standbys
Smoke Daddy

JAMMIN' IN THE STACKS
Donna Herula (2pm)

Barlett Public Library

Demetria Taylor
BLUES

SUN, NOV 11
BLUES-ISH
Ivan Neville

The Blue Nocturne

Ivy Ford
Legends
MON, NOV 12
LOGAN CENTER
2ND MONDAY BLUES

Jimmy Johnson with Billy Branch

Café Logan,
Logan Center for the Arts

Linsey Alexander
House of Blues

TUES, NOV 13
Tail  Dragger & The Allstars

The Water Hole

Tenry Johns with Claudette Miller
Blue Chicago

WED, NOV 14
BLUES-ISH
Peter Wolf &
The Midnight Travelers

City Winery

Nicholas Barron Band
Rosa's

THURS, NOV 15
BTS Express with
Shirley Johnson

Blue Chicago

Mississippi Heat
Shaw's Crab House

Nick Moss
House of Blues

Smiley Tillmon Blues Band
Hey Nonny
PLAN AHEAD
WED, DEC 12
Matthew Curry

Beat Kitchen
2019
THURS, MAR 28

Albert Cummings
SPACE, Evanston
Birthdays will run THURSDAY – WEDNESDAY, even though the newsletter DATE is FRI – THURS (somehow this makes sense)
CELEBRATE
NOV 8
Bonnie Raitt

NOV 9
Susan Tedeschi

NOV 10
Bobby Rush

NOV 11
Mercy Morganfield
(aka daughter of Muddy)

NOV 12
Booker T. Jones

NOV 13
John Hammond Jr.

NOV 14
Ree Ree (bartender, The Water Hole)
REMEMBRANCES
NOV 10
Mojo Buford
Hip Linkchain


NOV 12
Bukka White

NOV 13
Louisa "Blue Lu" Barker
(Famous for recording,
Don't You Feel My Leg, long before
Maria Muldaur ever did)


NOV 14
Carey Bell
Valerie Wellington


BELATED WISHES
NOV 5
Melvin Carlisle (aka Pookie Styx)
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