2) John Jochem & James Fraher
3) Morry Sochat & Shoji Naito
2) Marty “Big Dog” Mercer
3) The In the Pocket Band
4) Charlie Love and The Silky Smooth Band
5) Kevin Purcell and The Nightburners
6) Jimmy Nick and Don’t Tell Mama
Each year we host a stage with live Blues and a booth, FOUR full days of fun at the festival this year!
We need volunteers to help us staff our booth selling memberships, tshirts, buttons and other merchandise.
Volunteers work 2 or more hours and get a free WCBS Staff t-shirt, a $15 value!). It’s alot a fun, great music and a great way to meet other Blues fans.
Complete/submit our Volunteer form to get your name on the list…
Click me for more info…
Guitarist, vocalist, songwriter Michael “Iron Man” Burks died in Atlanta on Sunday, May 6, 2012. He was 54 years old. He was returning from a tour of Europe and collapsed at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport. He was rushed to South Fulton Medical Center where he could not be revived. The preliminary diagnosis for cause of death was a heart attack.
Michael “Iron Man” Burks earned his moniker by his hours-long, intensely physical performances, fearsome guitar attack, and tough, smoky vocals. He also earned it by the thousands of miles he personally logged behind the wheel of his touring van. Burks was a true modern blues hero whose music was driven by an intense, blue collar work ethic that had won him well-deserved national and international recognition. His instantly identifiable guitar sound and his live charisma earned him four Blues Music Award nominations. He won the 2004 Living Blues magazine Critics’ Award for Best Guitarist. Burks received a nomination for the 2012 Blues Music Award for Best Guitarist.
Born in Milwaukee in 1957, Burks grew up immersed in the blues, and learned to play guitar at an early age. His family moved to Camden, Arkansas in the early 1970s. There, Burks and his siblings helped their father build the Bradley Ferry Country Club — a 300-seat juke joint. By this time Michael was fronting his own band as well as backing several of the blues and R&B greats that passed through town. Burks left music to raise a family and returned to performing blues in the 1990s.
After self-releasing his first CD in 1997, Burks signed with Chicago’s Alligator Records in 2001 and released three critically acclaimed albums. GuitarOne named his debut album, Make It Rain, one of the Top 200 greatest guitar recordings of all time. He has toured the world, headlining blues festivals, concert halls and clubs. His status as an Arkansas musical hero was confirmed by his receipt of the prestigious Sonny Payne Award for Blues Excellence in 2006, presented by the Delta Cultural Center, and by his multiple headlining appearances at The Arkansas Blues & Heritage Festival. Burks had just finished recording his fourth Alligator CD, which is due for release at the end of July 2012.
“Burks has learned to burn his own signature onto almost everything he touches. The aching passion of Burks’ voice and the probing intensity of his guitar lines come together in a searing evocation of desire and desperation. Burks has the ability and the imagination to fuse the best of the old and the new.”
Among the many other highlights of the label’s 40th anniversary, one of the most significant came in June during the Chicago Blues Festival, when Iglauer received a proclamation from Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel. Mayor Emanuel honored Iglauer’s contribution to the city’s musical heritage on a night dedicated to the label’s anniversary, featuring performances by blues icons Lonnie Brooks, Eddy “The Chief” Clearwater, Michael “Iron Man” Burks, Rick Estrin and Shemekia Copeland.
In October, Poland’s Rawa Blues Festival hosted a 40th anniversary celebration, inviting Iglauer along with stars Lil’ Ed & The Blues Imperials, Marcia Ball, C.J. Chenier and Corey Harris. Closer to home, SPACE in Evanston, IL, hosted a six-part concert series featuring Tinsley Ellis, The Siegel-Schwall Band, The Tommy Castro Band, Lonnie Brooks, Charlie Musselwhite, Michael “Iron Man” Burks and hometown favorites Lil’ Ed & The Blues Imperials.
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Date: Sat, Jan 7, 2012 at 6:48 AM
Subject: Request: Website link – Blues Recordings
Can you put/list this link anywhere on our site (maybe favorites and other places?) – This is one of the greatest recording sources I have seen over the years – Thanks…BlackJack
The Blues world lost another giant today, Willie Big Eyes Smith. We all know what he meant to the blues world and for those who knew him well, how nice and generous he was. The WCBS was honored to have him and his band play at our Street Stage this past summer at the Chicago Blues Fest. The crowd for his set was extended way down Columbus Drive where his fans could only hear the music. The Windy City Blues Society would like to offer its condolences to his family at this time. RIP Willie..!
Click on the link for a recent Chicago Sun-Times editorial promoting the possibility of a mile-long “Music Row” showcasing the blues on South Michigan Avenue…
The Blues Foundation has announced election results. Two of it’s newest members are from Chicagoland, Les Walgreen and Alan Maites. They join fellow Chicagoland Board Member Stefan Levy and others.
Congrats to the Chicago contingent, and click on the link for more info: http://www.blues.org/#ref=index
|July 24, 2011|
|2:00 pm||to||9:30 pm|
Blues For Home to benefit PADS homeless services, July 24, 2-9:30pm at Blinder’s, Rt 45 & 173, 2½ miles west of 94, Antioch, IL. Non-stop blues with 2pm The Young Bloods, 3:30-4:30pm AC Blues, 5-6pm Graná Louise & TroubleMaker, and 6:30-9:30pm blues jam hosted by Low-reen’s Maxwell St Market Blues Band featuring Little Scotty & Bobby Too Tuff to close out the night! Food available by Twisted Few MC. Raffles. $10 donation or whatever you can afford, just come!
May 29, 2011
Blues Review – Richie Rich and the Chi-Town Blues Band
I want to announce my blues “show of the year” so far, and we’re well into the year. Richie Rich and the Chi-Town Blues Band, with special guest Tom Holland. The band appeared in the west suburbs in Lombard at J. Reilly’s on Roosevelt Road, an under the radar venue that has occasional blues. I almost didn’t make it to the show, as I was not familiar with the band, but hearing that Tom Holland would be joining them, and that they were performing only 5 minutes from my house, I had to get my butt over there. And what a surprise! I walked in and saw a full contingent of musicians- four horn players, a harmonica player hiding in the back, Richie up front, Felton Crews on bass, Tom Holland with his red “lefty”guitar, and keyboard, drums and another guitar player to round it out- all very talented road-tested musicians. Oh yes, and a local female guest vocalist sitting in as well. An amazing dozen or so performers- not something you see at any club, much less in the burbs where it’s hard to even get a 4-piece band to play given the economy.
I got there fairly early in the show, expecting to not stay that long if the music weren’t so good, and especially as I don’t normally like blues and horns in the same sentence, but I was blown away early with the obvious fullness of the sound, the professionalism of the musicians, and the obvious love and passion of the performance, especially by the horn section and Richie himself. It quickly became evident that these guys loved to perform and that they lived to perform. You could see in the horn players faces that they had weathered a blues storm over the years, but that they were willing and able to follow their leader, down whatever road he led them.
Richie was as passionate and emotional a singer and storyteller as you’ll find. Nothing fake or scripted here. He spoke and sang from the heart, and his drive and genuineness was impossible to avoid. You could tell his life was tied to the music he sang and that the performance and words of the songs likely reflected the bands true feelings and lifestyle. I stayed the entire night, a rarity for me, but there was no point at which you wanted to just sneak out or tire of this kind of performance, and it truly was my “show of the year” to date- a true surprise by an under the radar band in a small bar in a non-blues town. An unexpected nugget that I won’t soon forget. I guess the saying is true…“Riches found are twice as sweet as riches earned”, and Richie Rich was quite a sweet find.
Richie Rich and the Chi-Town Blues Band is now on my blues radar, and they should have their own weekly venue to perform at, but they have to hit the road for now. I recommend you track them down and seek them out as soon as you can!
(BlackJack announces his “BlackJack’s Blues Calendar” on Saturday nights on “Blues Edition” and sometimes Thursday nights on “Hambone’s Blues Party” on 90.9fm WDCB Public Radio, and posts his weekly blues calendar on the Windy City Blues Society website at www.WindyCityBlues.org.)