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
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 andMavis 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.
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 Blueslandonline.
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.
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.
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. MORE INFO
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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 themhave 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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