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

 

A Path to Home ownership

FOR MUSICIANS ONLY
The FDC Foundation has joined Habitat for Humanity in an initiative that will offer two Chicago-area blues musicians the opportunity to own one of the three- or four-bedroom homes located in Chicago Heights, Hazel Crest, Park Forest and Lansing.

Attend the Orientation Session to find out how you can be considered for one of the houses. The session will cover the application process, what it takes to qualify and the steps an applicant must take to become an owner of one of these homes. Remember that Habitat requires “sweat equity” from the people who get the homes.

ORIENTATION SESSION
Saturday, Jan. 25 at 10am
New Faith Baptist Church
25 Central Ave., Matteson  MAP

QUESTIONS? dtracy@gohabitat.net
More info will be online in the near future at both the FDC website and the Habitat for Humanity site.

Posted 1.19.14

Blues For Home to Benefit PADS Homeless Services

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!

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May 9 – WCBS Blues Education Committee Meeting

Monday, May 9, 2011

The Windy City Blues Society will hold their next Blues Education Committee Meeting, from 6 p.m. to 7:45 p.m. at the Mayfair Library, 4400 W. Lawrence (East of Rt. 94).

Cruisin’ the Blues Highway 2011

From Cruisin the Blues Highway – We are pleased to announce America’s newest and most exciting ride for music lovers and bike enthusiasts alike.

Cruisin the Blues Highway 2011

Cruisin the Blues Highway 2011

Join us anywhere along the route April 30th through May 8th for Cruisin the Blues Highway!

Nothing goes together better than cruisin the highways of America while listening t…o some great blues! So get ready to take a trip of a lifetime and join us for “Cruisin the Blues Highway!” Designed to raise awareness of the Blues Music Awards held each year in Memphis, the inaugural tour will follow the trail forged as Blues made it’s way along the Mississippi. There will be five stops on the tour in cities that played a significant role in the development of the Blues and modern music as we know it today. The mission is to spread the word of the Blues Foundation, educate and entertain those that join us for the experience and to build upon a community based on loyalty and passion.

Each major city stop will offer a daytime shuttle to Blues related attractions and the evenings will be filled with great Blues music at our participating venues. From Chicago, Illinois to Clarksdale, Mississippi, riders will experience the thrill of the open road, action packed stops in the greatest Blues cities throughout the country and endless memories for a lifetime.

There’s too much to explain in this email, so we’ve attached the CBH CALENDAR OF EVENTS to this email.

You can also click below to visit our website www.cruisinblues.com

SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT – JOIN CBH FOR THE KICK OFF PHOTO SHOOT SUNDAY MAY 1ST AT BUDDY GUY’S LEGENDS 700 S. Wabash, Chicago IL 60605
WE’LL BE PARKING BIKES IN FRONT OF THE VENUE STARTING AT 12 NOON AND TAKING THE OFFICIAL PROMO PHOTO FOR THE TOUR
THE PHOTO WILL BE TAKEN NO LATER THAN 1:00 PM SO GET THERE EARLY AND BE A PART OF HISTORY!

Hope to see you on the Cruise…..and best Blusin!

Stefan Levy
Cruisin the Blues Highway
Blues Foundation Board Member
steflink@ameritech.net


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