It is with great sadness that we must report that Chicago Bluesman Albert Abraham “Little Smokey” Smothers passed away November 20, 2010. Little Smokey Smothers was a fine guitarist and performer who also served as a mentor to many younger musicians.
The viewing and funeral service will be at A.R. Leak, 7838 S. Cottage Grove, Chicago on Tuesday, Nov. 30. The viewing will begin at 6 PM and the funeral will start at 7 PM. Burial will be at the Homewood Cemetery will be Wednesday, December 1.
Please follow this link to the Alligator Records website for more information on this great Chicago Bluesman: http://www.alligator.com/index.cfm?section=news&newsID=459
November 7 finals at Buddy Guy’s, sizzlin’ set that knocked everyone off their feet by the
youth showcase band Jemiah on Fire & the Red Machine, then showcase by solo / duo
winners Donna Herula & John Jochem. Then came the finals for the band competition,
which was tough! There were so many good musicians waiting for the chance to
represent, but the honors went to Rob Blaine & Big Otis Band. Look out Memphis!
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Come one, come all… and tell your friends! The Chicago Blues Challenge Finals comes to an exciting conclusion at Buddy Guy’s Legends, on Sunday, November 7th. Music starts at 7:00pm. The Finals will feature first and second place winners from the band competitions: Charlie Love, Rob Blaine & Big Otis Blues, Chainsaw Dupont,and Doug James & the Pocket. They will be pitted against “Wild Card” competitors Charles “Delta Blues Hog” Hayes and J.B. Ritchie. With six great blues bands and only one winner, this will be an explosive night of Chicago Blues.
We will also showcase our Youth Competition winners Jemiah “On Fire” & the Red Machine and our Solo/Duo winners Donna Herula & John Jochem.
It is sure to be a great night of blues, as our final six bands will be putting their best foot forward in order to impress the judges and win over new fans. Please come to support the Windy City Blues Society, as we raise money to send the final winning band down to Memphis in February for the 2011 International Blues Challenge! Only $15 at the door will get you great sets from eight great performers! So get a baby sitter, set the DVR, and get out Sunday, November 7th for a night of great Chicago Blues.