Chicago Blues Archives
Established in 1981
with a generous gift from Chicago radio station WXRT, the Archives houses audio and visual recordings, promotional materials, artifacts, and other available blues related material. Of particular interest is a collection of demo and live recordings not commercially available and the extensive collection of material from the Chicago Blues Festivals—including audio and video recordings of Festival performances.
The Chicago Blues Archive holds a significant collection of recordings, commercial and non-commercial, from 78s to compact discs. Included are live recordings from WXRT’s Blues Breaker Specials, including artists such as Willie Dixon, Buddy Guy, John Lee Hooker, Taj Mahal, and Johnny Winter performing in Chicago clubs. The Archives’ video collection includes tapes from Soundstage, Chicago public television station WTTW’s live music program of the 1970′s, including the remarkable Muddy Waters episode.
The video and/or audio tapes of ‘speaking of the Blues’, a series of free programs consisting of interviews and performances by local Chicago blues legends in the Harold Washington Library Center’s Cindy Pritzker Auditorium are preserved in the archives.
Use of the Collection
Visitors and researchers are welcome any time the Library is open; researchers working on larger projects are advised to make an appointment. All materials from the Archives must be paged by staff; and must be used in a designated area; they do not circulate.
Security precautions are necessary to protect the Archives’ holdings. Visitors sign a daily log upon admittance, and researchers complete a registration form and present identification (a CPL library card or photo id) before receiving material.
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CHICAGO BLUES GUIDE NEWSLETTER
November 19, 2009
excerpt from CBG Newsletter…
“Dear CBG Subscribers,
Windy City Blues Society Challenge Winners
Congratulations to the winners of the WCBS Challenge Final!!!
Grana’ Louise (her name rhymes with Rene’) won Best Band. Matt Hendricks & Bill Curtis, a guitar/drums duo, won best
solo/duo act. Will Jacobs & Dirty Deal won the youth band slot. All three acts will represent Chicago in Memphis for the International Blues Challenge in
The final round was held November 15 at Buddy Guy’s Legends in Chicago, with eleven different acts competing for the coveted titles. This was an historic event as Chicago has never before sent a band to the IBC competition. This is due to the fact that the World Capital of the Blues has never before had a blues society. Until now. A tip of the blues hat to all of the volunteers at the newly formed WCBS for pulling this all together over the course of less than a year’s time! Visit www.windycityblues.org and join today.”
Several Blues Venues have been in the news lately…
(last updated December 11, 2009)
1. Blue Chicago is closing one of their locations at year end
2. Bill’s Blues (Evanston) closed at the beginning of November
3. Cool River Draught House (Homer Glen) is once again hosting some blues
4. Buddy Guy’s Legends will finally move into the new venue on Balbo, likely in the first half of 2010
5. Pinstripes in South Barrington and Northbrook has been hosting blues every Friday & Saturday night at each location
6. Blue Bayou may return to some blues during their “Jazz Brunch” early in 2010
7. Chuck’s Southern Comforts Cafe in Burbank has blues on Wednesdays
8. Wise Fool’s Pub has made a comeback, and once in a while with blues
9. Porter’s Oyster Bar in Crystal Lake has returned to having occassional blues-ish shows on the line-up
10. The Rhythm Room in Evanston now is Jazz only- no Blues
11. Walter Payton’s Roundhouse in Aurora is changing its name to America’s Historic Roadhouse after Jan. 1, 2010, and will no longer have an affiliation with the Payton estate
12. A New Venue “Mark’s House of Rock & Roll” in Wheeling on Milwaukee Ave. has started hosting Rocking Blues on the weekends
13. Subterranean Blue (part of the House of Hughes) in New Lenox on Rte. 30, is a new Jazz/Blues venue that has been hosting some live shows on weekends
14. Angelo’s Taverna
on Sedgewick is hosting Blues on Wednesdays and Fridays
15. Catcher’s Inn on 35th has changed its name to McClain’s but is still holding its blues jams on Thursdays
16. Word on the street is that a new blues venue will soon open in Chicago, and possibly one in the south suburbs
You can always check the “Blues Club” tab on the WCBS website for the most up-to-date information, or contact “BlackJack” here at WCBS if you have any questions/comments. More to follow as the information becomes available.
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and 60 solo/duo acts entered, filling best place buy viagra online the clubs up and down Beale Street for the semi-finals on Thursday and Friday and the finals at the Orpheum Theater on Saturday. We will have at least that many in 2010.
26th International Blues Challenge announces Youth Showcase.
The 26th year of the International Blues Challenge will once again include a youth showcase for those under the age of 21. Smokin’ Bluz of Charlotte, NC has signed on again as the Presenting Sponsor. The 26th IBC will include an afternoon (Friday, January 22, 2010) of talented young people showcasing their talents for record labels, media, festivals, managers, talent buyers and the fans.
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
On Sunday, November 15th the Windy City Blues Society (WCBS) crowned the winners of the Inaugural Chicago Blues Challenge (CBC) at Buddy Guy’s Legends in Chicago, Illinois. This was the final event in a series of musical competitions that determined which blues performers will represent Chicago and Blues Foundation affiliate, the Windy City Blues Society at the 2010 International Blues Challenge (IBC) in Memphis, Tennessee on January 20th to 23rd.
Please join the Windy City Blues Society in congratulating Band division winner Grana Louise & the Troublemakers, Solo/Duo division winner Matt Hendricks and Bill Curtis, and Youth division winner Will Jacobs and Dirty Deal. These three performers will travel to Memphis for the International Blues Challenge next January. The International Blues Challenge represents an international search by The Blues Foundation and its Affiliated Organizations for
blues artists ready to perform on a national stage. Each participating affiliate of The Blues Foundation has the right to send a band, solo/duo, and youth act to represent the organization at the IBC Semi-Finals on Beale Street in Memphis, TN.
A fundraiser to help defer travel expenses for the winning bands will be held on Friday, January 8th at B.L.U.E.S, 2519 North Halsted Chicago, IL 60657. Winners of the solo/duo competition Matt Hendricks and Bill Curtis; and band competition winners Grana Louise will perform. (This event is temporarily on hold pending scheduling issues.)
For more information about the Windy City Blues Society please visit:
For information about the Blues Foundation and the IBC visit http://www.blues.org/ibc/index.php.