It’s the Week of Willie!

Chicago blues legend Willie Dixon would have turned 100 on Wednesday, July 1. In addition to a gala celebration at this year’s Chicago Blues Festival featuring members of the Dixon family, Chicago is celebrating Willie Dixon’s 100th birthday this week with shows at several venues, including a birthday bash at the Blues Heaven Foundation in the  historic Chess Records studio building.

Although you missed the first show at Reggie’s on June 28, you still have plenty of time to honor one of Chicago’s blues legends. Here’s where to go:

June 30 @ 9:30pm ($20)
Chicago Blues All-Stars
Buddy Guy’s Legends, 700 S. Wabash
www.buddyguy.com

July 1 @ 5-8pm (FREE)
Willie Dixon 100th Birthday Bash
featuring Melvin Taylor and the Slack Band and guests

Willie Dixon’s Blues Heaven Foundation, Blues Garden
2120 S. Michigan  (historic Chess Records studio)
www.wdbhf.org | www.bluesheaven.com

July 2 @ 7pm ($20)
Chicago Blues All-Stars
Double Door, 1551 N. Damen Ave.
www.doubledoor.com

MORE INFO
www.wdbhf.orgwww.bluesheaven.com
312.808.1286

EDUCATE YOURSELF

It is incomprehensible that any blues fan, or rock fan for that matter, would be unfamiliar with Willie’s incredible body of work, but wonders never cease.

Willie wrote or co-wrote  more than 500 songs, including Back Door Man, Built for Comfort, Help Me, Hoochie Coochie Man, Spoonful and Wang Dang Doodle.

A bio from the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

HAVE A LISTEN
I’m the Blues (Full album)
Featuring a wonderful version of Back Door Man

Nervous
Watch the legend in action, with some of his incredible friends

Back Door Man
with Stephen Still in a 1983 Muddy Waters Tribute

 


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R.I.P. Big Time Sarah

Big Time Sarah (1953 - 2015)

Big Time Sarah (1953 - 2015)

Big Time Sarah (aka Sarah Streeter) will be laid to rest on Thursday, June 25. Sarah died June 13 at the age of 62, the result of complications from heart  disease.

FUNERAL INFORMATION
Thursday, June 25
Wake 9-10am
Funeral Service 10am – 1pm

Leaks Funeral Home

18400 S Pulaski Rd, Country Club Hills
773.846.6567

BURIAL TO FOLLOW
Burr Oak Cemetery
4400 West 127th St., Alsip, IL

REPAST TO FOLLOW
B.L.U.E.S. on Halsted
2519 N. Halsted
773.528.1012

HAVE A LISTEN

Evil Gal Blues

Wang Dang Doodle

I Wonder Why (My Man Don’t Treat Me Right) AUDIO

LEARN A LITTLE
Real ‘Big Time Sarah’ belies her rough image
A 2001 Chicago Tribune  article

Posted on 6.17.15 by Karen Murphy


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Thank you, blues fans!

Harp player Steve Bell (son of Carey and a member of John Primer's band) with the next generation of Chicago blues.

A big thanks to the city of Chicago for hosting another great Blues Festival in the blues capital of the world, thanks to all the musicians for the great entertainment throughout the fest, thanks to our sponsors for their support and a final big thanks to the fans  and Street Stage volunteers who came out to have fun and support the music!

If you had the time of your life at the fest and, in particular, enjoyed the music on our Street Stage, please consider donating to our WCBS Street Stage Fund. This GoFundMe campaign will help pay the incredible musicians who entertained you all weekend and help us continue to do this stage going forward.

Keep supporting live music!

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The campaign ends on June 30, 2015.

Posted 6.16.15 by Karen Murphy


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June 14 @ The WCBS Street Stage

It’s the last day of the 2015 Chicago Blues Festival and what a lineup we’ve got leading up to the Centennial Celebrations for  Willie Dixon and Muddy Waters at Petrillo.

Get Today’s Handout
(includes club info to continue your blues party)

WCBS STREET STAGE
11 – 11:40am
Mz. Peachez & Her Casanovas w/Killer Ray Allison

11:50am – 12:45pm
Willie Buck’s Right Sound Blues Band

1 – 2:20pm
Bob Margolin & the VizzTone Allstars

featuring Bob Corritore, Doug Deming & Dennis Gruenling with the Jewel Tones, Long Tall Deb & Colin John, Rob Stone and Richard Rosenblatt

2:35 – 3:50pm
Wolf All-Stars w/ John Primer

plus Vance Kelly, Harmonica Hinds, Eddie Taylor Jr. and Tre’ Banks

4 – 5:15pm
Keyboard Round-robin hosted by Marty Sammon

featuring Harry Z, Ariyo, Charlie Brown and  Ronnie Hicks

5:30 – 6:30pm
Charlie Love & the Silky Smooth Band

6:40 – 7:30pm
Chainsaw Dupont’s Blues Warriors

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Pre-Blues Fest Activities – June 11

The 2015 Chicago Blues Festival kicks off tomorrow in Grant Park at 11am. Here’s a few activities to get you in the mood today:

WDCB LIVE (90.9 FM)
Piano Forte Foundation, 12:10 – 1pm
1335 S. Michigan
Brother John Kattke
Be there or listen live online or on the radio

LEGENDS | 700 S. Wabash
$15; Free until after the XRT Broadcast
2pm Blues Today
Dr. Dan Ivankovich and Nancy Burlingame:
Remembering Michael Coleman

Matt Hendricks
Three Forgotten Greats: Big Bill Broonzy, Tampa Red, and Lonnie Johnson

Jennie Cataldo: Elwood’s BluesMobile

Larry White: Buddy Guy and Stevie Ray Vaughan 6pm XRT Live Broadcast

6pm, XRT Broadcast
Tom Marker cohosts with Shemekia Copeland Dave Specter Band with John Kattke on vocals Otis Clay Jimmy Johnson

930pm John Primer

BLUES HEAVEN FOUNDATION
Lamont Harris, 7-9pm

2120 S. Michigan

SOME OTHER FUN STUFF
Billy Flynn
Landshark Stage at Navy Pier, 7-10pm
600 E. Grand

Cash Box Kings
Smoke Daddy
1804 W. Division

Devil in a Woodpile unplugged
The Hideout, 6-7pm
1354 W. Wabansia

HARP BLOWOUT
Wabash Tap | 9pm – 1:30am NO COVER
1223 S. Wabash
Featuring: Adam Gussow with The Blues Doctors (Oxford MS) Martin Lang (Chicago) Lamont Harris, Nico Wayne Toussaint, James Craven, Southside Stevie, MoondogJ, Jeremy Bustillos

CHECK OUR CALENDAR FOR MORE
windycityblues.org/calendar

See you in Grant Park!

Posted 6.11.15 by Karen Murphy


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