The Blues Parade (by story book) BOOKSIBITION

Saturday February 8th  2:30 pm

Chicago Public Library,    Uptown Branch,

929 W Buena …


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2020 International Blues Challenge

Memphis Tennessee

Jan 28 th thru Feb 1 st

Chicago Blues Challenge Winners

Band :   Dave Weld & The Imperial Flames

Duet :     Long Tall Deb & Colin John

Youth:    Mud City Blu Band


Band :   Dave Weld & The Imperial Flames

Click the link above to view their Chicago Blues Challenge performance

Born in Chicago in 1952, Dave was first influenced as a child when he found an old Victrola in the basement and wore out the blues 78’s. In high school the Stones, Clapton and Mayall first came out but Dave traded those records for Howlin’ Wolf, Lightnin Hopkins, and BB King.  After high school Weld moved to New Mexico, and studied guitar under Kurt Black, a jazz player who worked with Benny Carter from  the New York jazz scene.  Dave drove to Nevada and met and jammed with Gatemouth Brown.  Weld bought Hound Dog Taylor’s first Alligator album, heard Howlin Wolf over the radio in the desert one night, packed up and drove back home in his 67′ Ford.

Dave found out the West side of Chicago in the black hood was friendlier than the North side, and started sitting in at clubs, and landed a gig with Hound Dog Taylor’s band. During this time Weld was under tutelage from JB Hutto, a Grammy awarded Blues Hall of Fame slide man from Georgia. He studied at JB’s house for three years until JB introduced Dave to his nephews, Little Ed and James Young. They started the band “Little Ed and the Blues Imperials” and played every joint in the West side for ten years until Bruce Igauer from Alligator recorded them in a historic session “Roughousin'” and they started world tours.  Dave is the most energetic man in the business.


Duet :     Long Tall Deb & Colin John

Click the link above to view their Chicago Blues Challenge performance

“This is an utterly original mélange of all the music that we have enjoyed for around 80 years. It is also compelling as all get-out.” –Blues Matters UK

Like many blues and soul vocalists of note, Deb Landolt cultivated her soul/gospel honey-dipped voice in church as a child. Her VizzTone debut “Raise Your Hands” gained heavy rotation on Sirius/XM’s“Bluesville” and garnered attention both for her vocal dynamics and songwriting: owing a lot to her Texas/Mexico border roots.

Transpacific Bluesman Colin John received his early touring miles with Teeny Hodges, Little Mike andThe Tornadoes, Henry Grey, Pinetop Perkins, Michael Hill, Hubert Sumlin, Phil Guy, Big Jack Johnson, and Gary Brooker of Procol Harum.

Their one-of-a-kind sound incorporates a solid bedrock of blues and soul sensibilities cross-pollinated with their respective deep roots in Texas and Hawai’i and topped with world roots influences gleaned from their travels throughout the world.

Together, Long Tall Deb & Colin John have performed across Asia, Europe, North America and the Pacific and continue to license their songs in TV and film.

Youth:    Mud City Blu Band

MudCity Blu is a trio including Kendall Carter on guitar and vocals, Peyton McDowell on bass, and Stacy Norris on drums.  Kendall’s influences include Jimi Hendrix and Stevie Ray Vaughn. His originals integrate multiple genres, reinterpreted and fresh.  Peyton has been steeped into the blues and jazz from an early age with great Chicago mentors. Stacy’s influences include Clyde Stubblefield, Buddy Rich, and Tony Royster Jr. The band got its start playing for the community at Jazzin’ and Jammin’ in Bronzeville, a venue which aims to bring jazz and blues back to its historic Chicago roots.


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2019 Windy City Blues Fest

WE are very excited to be partnered with Seat Geek Stadium, The Village of Bridgeview and Tour Works promotions. This is a one day fest / concert/ family fum event. We have a great musical line up with Grammy nominees and Blues Music Award winners.


               Gates Open at Noon

12:00 – 5:00 Chicago Blues Challenge

                        Main Stage

1:00 -1 :40 Axe & The Hatchetmen

1:50 – 2:35 Kevin Purcell and The Nightburners

2:55 – 4:15 Bob Corritore Chi-town Blues Reunion

                           Featuring :Tail Dragger, Willie Buck, Oscar Wilson,

                           Bob Stroger, Billy Flynn and Kenny “Beedy Eyes” Smith

4:30 – 5: 30 Robert Kimbrough Sr. Blues Connection

5:50 – 7:05 Tennessee Redemption

7:25 – 8:40 Annika Chambers

9:10 – 10:40 Robert Randolph & The Family Band


Get your tickets @ Seat Geek.Com

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Help us at Chicago Blues Fest

Chicago Blues Fest – WCBS Volunteers

The Blues Village, where our booth is located near Randolph & Michigan

The Windy City Blues Society will have a booth again at the Annual Chicago Blues Festival June 7–9, 2019 in Millennium Park; 201 E. Randolph St.

We need volunteers assist with WCBS merchandise / membership sales and distribute handouts to festival attendees. We have a number of shifts available for all three days. Please take a look at the the shifts and sign up to help.

See more information about VOLUNTEERING click HERE.

See more info about the Chicago Blues Fest click HERE

Thank You!


The Front Porch Stage. We have a great view of the stage.

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Eddie Taylor Jr., Siblings and family

Blues is very different in the Eddie Taylor Family. They are WEST SIDE Chicago Blues with all it’s good and bad. I have known this crew since the early 80’s Chicago Blues Fest. It is tragic that Eddie Jr. passed, Brenda lost her husband and a grandmother passed recently.

Gob bless the siblings and the rest of the family, you are a Chicago Treasure.

Here is a video of Eddie from the 2018 Windy City Blues Fest

WE have one of Demetria as well

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The International Blues Challenge down in Memphis Tn, this week

A video about the International Blues Challenge

down in Memphis Tn, this week.

The 2019 Chicago Blues Challenge is  September 8th

@ the Windy City Blues Fest in Lyons, IL.

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Windy City Blues Fest



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Saturday, Sept 22, 2018

Main Stage

  • 11:oo – 11:40       Mississippi Gabe Carter

  • 11:50 -12:30       Donna Herula

  • 12:45 – 1:25         Black Oil Brothers

  • 1:40 – 2:20          Jamiah Rogers Band

  • 2:25 – 3:20         Joe Filisko & Eric Noden

  • 3:35 – 4:15          Eddie Taylor Jr. Band

  • 4:30 – 5:15         The Original Delta Fireballs featuring Geneva Red

  • 5:30 – 6:15         Deak Harp & Quicksand

  • 6:30 – 7:15        The NuBlu Band featuring Carlise Guy

  • 7:35 – 9:05        Willie Dixons Original Chicago Blues All-Star Band backing

                                      The Chicago Blues Divas

                                       Tomiko Dixon’s birthday

  • 9:20 – 11:15      The Mike Wheeler Band

                                        Nellie “Tiger” Travis

                                         Lurrie Bell

Backwoods Stage

  • 12:30 – 1:00       Bo Ricketts

  • 1:10 – 1:50          Billly King Band

  • 2:05 – 250          Queen Beautiful

  • 3:05 – 3:50         Darren Jay and the Delta Souls

  • 4:05 – 5:00        Fruteland Jackson

  • 5:15 – 6:00          Nick Bell

  • 6:15 – 7:00        Tyrannosaurus Chicken

  • 7:15 – 9:30         Tawl Paul and the Dead or Alives


Sunday, Sept 23, 2018


Main Stage

  • 12:00 – 12:45          Colin John and Long Tall Deb

  • 1:00 – 1:45               Kilbourn Alley Blues Band

  • 2:00 – 2:45              Ivy Ford

  • 3:00 – 3:45              Demetria Taylor Band

  • 4:00 – 5:10              Matthew Curry

  • 5:30 – 7:00              Ben Miller Band

Backwoods Stage

  • 12:30 – 7:00        Chicago Blues Challenge

  •  25 minute set length

    The Bands

    The Jamiah Rogers Band,
    The Reverend Bob Band,
    Darren Jay and the Delta Souls,
    Beth Wray Band,
    The Black Oil Brothers,
    Going Down South,
    The Sonic Soul Band,
    Marie Martins,
  • Solo / Duet

    The Jenkins bros.

    Queen Beautiful

    Rick Weeds solo


PRE- PARTY,  Friday,  Sept 21st

Harlem Avenue Lounge

3701 S Harlem…..Berwyn, IL.  On Harlem @ Ogden, next to White Castle

 Featuring, Delmark Recording Artist,  Omar Coleman


…..7236 39th St, Lyons, IL 60534…



AFTER PARTY,  Sunday,  Sept 23rd

Waterworks Pizzeria & Tavern

7815 Ogden Ave…….just steps from the fest

  • Kevin Purcell and the Nightburners





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2018 Chicago Blues Festival

2018 Chicago Blues Festival

Millennium Park

The Windy City Blues Society is happy to be a part of the 2018 Chicago Blues Festival

We will be in Wrigley Square, same spot as last year near Randolph & Michigan.

This Year The Front Porch stage is in our front yard, How exciting !!


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2017 Chicago Blues Fest In Review

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Lonnie Brooks we miss you

Lonnie was a really nice person, we will miss him as a regular guy. Our hearts go out to his family. Losing a father, is never easy especially for boys. Please keep their entire family in your prayers and good thoughts

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