The 2015 Chicago Blues Festival kicks off tomorrow in Grant Park at 11am. Here’s a few activities to get you in the mood today:
WDCB LIVE (90.9 FM)
Piano Forte Foundation, 12:10 – 1pm
1335 S. Michigan
Brother John Kattke
Be there or listen live online or on the radio
LEGENDS | 700 S. Wabash
$15; Free until after the XRT Broadcast
2pm Blues Today
Dr. Dan Ivankovich and Nancy Burlingame:
Remembering Michael Coleman
Three Forgotten Greats: Big Bill Broonzy, Tampa Red, and Lonnie Johnson
Jennie Cataldo: Elwood’s BluesMobile
Larry White: Buddy Guy and Stevie Ray Vaughan 6pm XRT Live Broadcast
6pm, XRT Broadcast
Tom Marker cohosts with Shemekia Copeland Dave Specter Band with John Kattke on vocals Otis Clay Jimmy Johnson
930pm John Primer
BLUES HEAVEN FOUNDATION
Lamont Harris, 7-9pm
2120 S. Michigan
SOME OTHER FUN STUFF
Landshark Stage at Navy Pier, 7-10pm
600 E. Grand
Cash Box Kings
1804 W. Division
Devil in a Woodpile unplugged
The Hideout, 6-7pm
1354 W. Wabansia
Wabash Tap | 9pm – 1:30am NO COVER
1223 S. Wabash
Featuring: Adam Gussow with The Blues Doctors (Oxford MS) Martin Lang (Chicago) Lamont Harris, Nico Wayne Toussaint, James Craven, Southside Stevie, MoondogJ, Jeremy Bustillos
CHECK OUR CALENDAR FOR MORE
See you in Grant Park!
Posted 6.11.15 by Karen Murphy
Taj Mahal at the 2014 Blues on the Fox (PHOTO: © Murphy Media/Karen Murphy)
Taj Mahal has canceled his 2015 Chicago Blues Festival appearance due to health reasons. He will be replaced on Saturday, June 13 (630pm), by our reigning queen of the blues Shemekia Copeland.
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REVISED PETRILLO LINEUP
530pm Toronzo Cannon
630pm Shemekia Copeland
805pm Buddy Guy
Posted 6.3.15 by Karen Murphy
Musicians Against Domestic Violence: In Remembrance of Julia, a benefit to honor the murdered daughter of a local blues musician, will be held Sunday, June 7, at the Bottom’s Up Bar & Grill in Lansing.
Julia Anderson, 23, daughter of Jim “Ang” Anderson, lead vocalist/guitarist for the Chicago Kingsnakes, was murdered in March in a domestic violence incident in New Orleans. In addition to raising awareness about the horror of domestic violence, the benefit also will raise money to assist other victims of domestic abuse. All of the proceeds raised will be split between two charities:
- The Lamb’s Fold Center for Women and Children, which serves homeless and abused women and children by providing community-based supportive housing, personalized recovery services and assisting them to achieve self sufficiency, and
- Between Friends, a nonprofit agency dedicated to breaking the cycle of domestic violence and building a community free of abuse.
WHEN: Sunday, June 7, 1:30pm – 8:30pm–or until the music stops
WHERE: Bottom’s Up, 1696 Thornton-Lansing Rd.,Lansing, IL
DONATION: $10 (includes a Hot Dog or Hamburger and Chips)
MORE INFO: Debbie Ehlebracht McKinley at 708.476.9220
There also will be raffles, 50/50s and drink specials
BAND SCHEDULE (plus special guests)
1:30pm | Newports
2:30pm | Scamp
3:30pm | The Chicago Kingsnakes
4:30pm | Nick Danger
5:30pm | Robots
6:30 pm | Liquid Monday
Posted 5.31.15 by Karen Murphy
This may be the AfterFest show of the 2015 Blues Festival weekend: Booker T at Legends on June 13. And we’ve got ONE PAIR OF TICKETS to give away.
PICTURE THIS: After an incredible day at the fest that ends with Toronzo Cannon, Taj Mahal and Buddy Guy at Petrillo, you could continue the party down the street if you win these tickets. You should be speechless by now.
SAT, JUNE 13
Booker T. Jones at Buddy’s House (aka Legends)
700 S. Wabash
ENTER TO WIN
DEADLINE TO ENTER
Midnight on Friday, June 5
NOTE: Booker T will be playing around 1030pm, but Legends will be open all day and will have music beginning at 1130am. Music will be free until around 830pm. And Blues Fest ends at 930pm each night.
SOMETHING TO THINK ABOUT
After you enter to win these tickets (no donation necessary), please also consider donating to our GoFundMe campaign, which will help pay the incredible musicians scheduled to play on our Street Stage June 12 – 14 during Blues Fest. Check out our amazing Street Stage lineup and then…
DONATE RIGHT NOW if you love the blues as much as we do and want to support live music!
THE CONTEST RULES
DO NOT CHANGE the subject line of the email.
Be sure to include your email, your name, email and phone number
And please don’t enter if you don’t think you can make it to the show.
Winner will be notified no later than Monday, June 8.
IMPORTANT NOTES: Use the the Email Links above.
ONLY ONE ENTRY PER PERSON PER SHOW.
If you win, you MUST respond to the email notification within 24 hours to confirm. You don’t have to be a WCBS member to win, but if you do win and are not a member, please consider joining us to help up support the blues here and everywhere.
OTHER IMPORTANT STUFF
We really mean only one entry per person. If you enter more than once, you will automatically be disqualified. Winners for each show will be randomly drawn from all emails received by the specified deadline. If you receive an email telling you that you have won tickets, please confirm receipt of the email within 24 hours or another winner will be drawn.
THE SMALL PRINT
Windy City Blues Society Board Members and Executive Committee Members and their families are ineligible to win. Yada yada yada…which means all other basic rules of contests apply. If you don’t win this time, there will be other opportunities.
Posted 5.22.15 by Karen Murphy
Ald. Walter Burnett Jr. from Chicago’s 27th ward, will present legendary blues man Sam Lay with a resolution declaring April 30, 2015, as Sam Lay Day in the City of Chicago. The presentation will occur tonight, during Corky Siegel’s Chamber Blues show with blues legend Sam Lay at City Winery.
Read the South Bend Tribune article about Sam Lay.
HAVE A LISTEN
Rock Me Baby/King Bee
At the 2011 Chicago Blues Festival
Don’t Mess with Me Baby AUDIO