We’ve already gotten the question “Why does Chicago need a blues society?” on more than one occasion.
Q: Chicago has a stronger “blues infrastructure” than anywhere else in the world. We have blues clubs, record labels, talented musicians, and a larger fan base. Why do we need a blues society in Chicago?
A: While Chicago’s blues community is vibrant compared to anywhere else in the world, the Windy City Blues Society can enhance the existing Chicago Blues Community in many ways. A blues society can:
* Create a sense of community for blues fans throughout the Chicagoland area – There is a fairly large contingent of blues fans in the Chicagoland area. The Windy City Blues Society can serve as a means of connect this core group of blues fans together. Often the difference between someone staying home or going to a live performance is knowing that there will be some friendly faces in the room to share the experience with. Blues society events whether official or unofficial can be the catalyst for bringing people out for blues events.
* Educate the public about the blues and it’s links to the City of Chicago in the past present and future – Given the cultural significance of blues in Chicago, it is surprising how such a small portion of population knows about Chicago’s blues heritage. By working with the City of Chicago and through programs like Blues in the Schools, the Windy City Blues Society can help educate tomorrow’s blues fans.
* Grow the blues audience through grass roots promotion – It is a well
known fact that blues music doesn’t receive the same push from the record industry that popular music receives. A blues society can provide grass roots promotion for blues music through special events and social networking.
* To serve as a vital link between the disparate elements of the “blues infrastructure” – The Windy City Blues Society can serve as a means of connecting the various components of the Chicago Blues Community – blues clubs, record labels, musicians, and the fans. It can also serve to facilitate connections with the Chicago tourism infrastructure – hotels, the mayors office of special events, etc.