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Derek Trucks & Susan TedeschiLIVE REVIEW: Tedeschi Trucks Band, Chicago Theatre, Jan. 25, 2020
Rolling Stones on small stage
LIVE REVIEW: Rolling Stones June 21 & 25, 2019 at Soldier Field, Chicago
The fates aligned, with Mick Jagger's quick recovery from heart surgery, to kick off the band's tour in the Home of the Blues. Chicago blues gave the band its name and 50 years later the Stones are still giving back to the blues.
Buddy Guy by Jenn Noble
LIVE REVIEW: Blues Heaven Festival 2018, Denmark
It may seem strange to find an international blues fest in northern Denmark, but "Blues Heaven" just celebrated its 13th anniversary with major acts like Buddy Guy, Robert Cray, Don Bryant & The Bo-Keys, Joanna Connor, Walter Trout, Welch-Ledbetter Connection & more. Check out our review and photos.
Nora Jean Bruso on deck
LIVE REVIEW: European Blues Cruise 2018
Toronzo Cannon & The Chicago Way, Carl Weathersby, Nora Jean Bruso, Liz Mandeville, Wayne Baker Brooks, Rip Lee Pryor, Fabrizio Poggi & more

The Chicago Way meets the Italian Way on board a luxury liner to cruise the Mediterranean while a nonstop blues fest ensues.
Lurrie Bell by Jenn NobleLIVE REVIEW: Chicago Blues Fest 2018/ Day 1

Now in its 2nd year in Millennium Park, the 37th Annual CBF paid tribute to Delmark Records 65th Anniversary with an all star lineup.

Lurrie Bell/ photo: Jenn Noble
Buddy Guy & Bobby Rush by RomanLIVE REVIEW:
Buddy Guy & Bobby Rush

The first show of Buddy's annual winter residency 2018 kicked off with some very special guests for a very special cause. Sparks flew when these ageless icons combined forces.
Mud Morganfield by Jenn NobleLIVE REVIEW: Chicago Blues Fest 2017/ Part 1

Held in Grant Park for 34 years, the fest was moved to Millennium Park for the first time. We take you on a tour of the new fest location with a review and photos of the acts on the daytime stages.
Mud Morganfield/photo: Jenn
Benny Turner by Lee Ann FlynnLIVE REVIEW: Ann Arbor Blues Fest 2017

Blues lovers revive this historic festival, begun 50 years ago, with an all-star lineup, including: Benny Turner (photo), Nick Moss Band, Norman Jackson Band, Hank Mowery, Eliza Neals & The Narcotics, Chris Canas, Alabama Slim & more.
Wanda Jackson by RomanLIVE REVIEW: Wanda Jackson at City Winery

At age 79, the Queen of Rockabilly remains an inspiration whose influence spans generations from Elvis to Adele.
Gravenites & Goldberg by HowieLIVE REVIEW:
Chicago Blues Reunion at Arcada Theater

Each time that Nick Gravenites, Barry Goldberg & Harvey Mandel reunite for a concert, it's a joyful homecoming and celebration of the blues. Joined by special guests Sugar Blue & Rob Stone, the CBR brought the house down.
Maurice John Vaughn by Jenn NobleLIVE REVIEW: 2016 Frederikshavn Blues Festival, Denmark
Now in its 11th year, this major international blues fest, known as Blues Heaven, easily earns that title with acts like Ruthie Foster, Corey Harris, Robben Ford, The Original Chicago Blues All Stars w/Holle Thee Maxwell, Roy Rogers & more.
Toronzo CannonLIVE REVIEW: Toronzo Cannon at Buddy Guy's Legends, w/ opener Jimmy Nick

This rising blues star closed out the year with a hometown set that showed why he is becoming an international favorite who can name Buddy Guy among his fans.
Willie DixonLIVE REVIEW: Big Head Blues Club w/ Mud Morganfield, Billy Branch, Ronnie Baker Brooks, Erica Brown presents: The Songs of Willie Dixon, Nov. 2, 2016, Arcada Theater

What's a blues lover to do when the Cubs are playing Game 7 of the World Series at  the same time as one of the best shows of the year? Check out our review for the answer.
Charlie Love on guitarLIVE REVIEW:
Chicago Blues Party w/ Jeff Stone, Charlie Love
(photo), Tomiko Dixon & guests at Penny Road Pub

Since he moved back to Chicago, ace harp blower Stone has been bringing South Side blues to the 'burbs. Maurice John Vaughn & Demetria Taylor joined the party, too.
Mike Wheeler small photoLIVE REVIEW: Mike Wheeler Band at FitzGerald's

The hardest working blues man in Chicago and his killer band pulled out all the stops, with help from special guests, for "Bluesday Tuesday" in Berwyn.
LIVE REVIEW: European Blues Cruise 2016
European Blues Cruise
Set sail for a trip around the Mediterranean with Billy Branch & Sons of the Blues, Carlos Johnson, Stacy Brooks, Mitch Woods, Bill "Howl-N-Mad" Perry & Shy Perry and more. Won't you let us take you on a sea cruise?
Derek TrucksLIVE REVIEW:
Blues on the Fox 2016

The Aurora blues festival celebrated its 20th anniversary in style with no rain-outs and a stellar lineup: Robert Cray, Marcia Ball, Tedeschi Trucks Band, Los Lobos, Larry McCray & Leland.

photo: Jennifer Noble
Otis Rush grabs mic at Chicago Blues Fest 2016LIVE REVIEW: Chicago Blues Festival 2016: Tribute To Otis Rush, Ronnie Earl & The Broadcasters, Eddy "The Chief" Clearwater

photo: by Jennifer Noble
Holle Thee Maxwell small photoLIVE REVIEW:
Holle Thee Maxwell & The Original Chicago Blues All-Stars at Motor Row Brewing
Heart photo by Roman SobusLIVE REVIEW: Heart with Mindi Abair & The Boneshakers at Genesee Theater

The royal ladies of classic rock sounded and looked timeless for a night of women power. Openers Mindi Abair & The Boneshakers with Sweet Pea Atkinson turned in a powerful set and made many new fans.
Eddy Clearwater by Lynn OrmanLIVE REVIEW: Eddy "The Chief" Clearwater's 81st birthday bash at SPACE

It was a celebratory night with many special guests -- Ronnie Baker Brooks, Billy Branch, Mud Morganfield & more -- to pay tribute to The Chief, who remains forever young.
Lurrie BellLIVE REVIEW: 2015 Frederikshavn Blues Festival, Denmark

It's no wonder this 10 year old fest bills itself as "Blues Heaven on Earth." With acts like Lurrie Bell (photo), Warren Haynes, Walter Trout, Chick Rodgers, Lil' Ed & The Blues Imperials, Diunna Greenleaf, Ian Siegal & more, what's not to like?
European Blues Cruise gang by boat bannerLIVE REVIEW:
European Blues Cruise 2015

Chicago's Toronzo Cannon & the Cannonballs, Nellie "Tiger" Travis, Russ Green, plus Vasti Jackson & Lady "A," let the good times roll on the high seas for the second time.
Mavis StaplesLIVE REVIEW: Blues on the Fox 2015

Mavis Staples, North Mississippi Allstars, Otis Taylor, Royal Southern Brotherhood & more.

photo: Jennifer Noble
Mud & Big Bill Morganfield by DianneLIVE REVIEW:
Chicago Blues Fest 2015

Centennial Tributes to Willie Dixon & Muddy Waters, Buddy Guy, Shemekia Copeland, Toronzo Cannon, Eddy Clearwater, Billy Branch, Clarence Carter, Syl Johnson, Zora Young & more.
photo: Dianne Bruce Dunklau
Mavis Staples wails by JennLIVE REVIEW: I'll Take You There: Celebrating 75 Years of Mavis Staples

A star-studded cast from many musical camps descended upon Chicago to pay homage to one very special lady.
Jarekus SingletonLIVE REVIEW:
Jarekus Singleton at SPACE

What makes this rising young star so special that Alligator Records snatched him up? Roving reporter Liz Mandeville scoped out this uniquely talented artist to find the answer.
Nick Moss & Michael LedbetterLIVE REVIEW -- Nick Moss Band, Kevin Purcell & The Nightburners

What do you get when two great hometown blues bands are jammin' on the same stage on the same night?  Blues on the Prairie Concert proved to be a family style night of soul satisfyin' music and more.
LIVE REVIEW: The First Ever European
 Blues Cruise

European Blues Cruise group shot w/ banner
Chicago blues greats John Primer, Toronzo Cannon, Ronnie Hicks, Peaches, Demetria Taylor, Mike Wheeler, Omar Coleman and more sailed the sunny Mediterranean for this maiden voyage. They showed the international crowd how to party Chicago style!
Amy HartLIVE REVIEW: Amy Hart at Mayne Stage, Chicago

The former Chicago artist returned home for a show that featured the best of both Nashville and Windy City styles, plus originals and more.
Byther Smith & Larry GarnerLIVE REVIEW: 19th Annual Lucerne Blues Festival 2013, Switzerland

The spectacular Swiss mountain town hosted world class blues talent, including many Chicagoans. See our review and photos of sets by Byther Smith (photo), Chicago Blues Allstars, Johnny Rawls, James Harman, the Blues Broads, Bobby Rush, Rick Estrin, Johnny Sansone & more!
Lonnie BrooksLIVE REVIEW: Lonnie Brooks 80th Birthday Bash at House of Blues

It's hard to believe the youthful bluesman is now 80. An all-star lineup turned out to celebrate with hosts Ronnie & Wayne Baker Brooks.
Susan TedeschiLIVE REVIEW: Sin City Soul & Blues Revival, Las Vegas

Four stages, 200 musicians, three days and 1500 blues fans lit up the Riveria Casino for the inaugural fest with an incredible lineup of talent including Teseschi Trucks Band, Los Lonely Boys, Henry Gray, Curtis Salgado, Lil' Ed, Tommy Castro and many more. Our staff was there to cover it for you!
Edgar WinterLIVE REVIEW: Rock n Blues Fest 2013

Edgar Winter (photo), Rick Derringer, Canned Heat, Pat Travers and Ten Years After rocked the Arcada Theater in St. Charles for a night to remember. All of these veteran blues rockers proved to be "Still Alive And Well."
Otis ClayLIVE REVIEW: Chicago Blues Festival 2013

The largest free blues festival in the world celebrated its 30th anniversary with some welcome surprises. This year's theme celebrated the journey of the blues as it rolled up the river to Chicago

Irma Thomas, Bobby Rush, Earnest Guitar Roy, The Bar-Kays, Ronnie Baker Brooks, Otis Clay,  Shirley Johnson, Jimmy Johnson and an all-star cast with James Cotton and more!
Otis Clay / photo: Jennifer Noble
Rick Stone LIVE REVIEW: Ain't No Crying The Blues (In The Memory of Howlin' Wolf)

Rick Stone and a talented cast of musicians, singers, dancers and actors bring to life the story of blues legend Howlin' Wolf. The joyful  Black Ensemble Theater production had the audience howlin' and diggin' the blues.
Harvey MandelLIVE REVIEW: Chicago Blues Reunion 2013 at The Vic

Nick Gravenites, Barry Goldberg, Harvey Mandel, Corky Siegel – these Chicago blues alumnae don’t get together very often. When you add ex-Chicagoans Charlie Musselwhite, Elvin Bishop and Sam Lay, it is a very special homecoming indeed. Add to the mix special guests Eric Burdon, Shemekia Copeland, Ronnie Baker Brooks and Lonnie Brooks and you have a historic night.
James CottonLIVE REVIEW: James Cotton at The Mayne Stage

The blues harmonica master extraordinaire isn't quite as visible as he used to be. When he does play a show, it's guaranteed to be an event!
Magic Slim old photoLIVE REVIEW: A Night For Magic -- A Tribute to Magic Slim

It was a magical night at the Mayne Stage for one of the finest blues all-star lineups in recent memory, all playing to honor the late Morris "Magic Slim" Holt.
Jody Williams smallLIVE REVIEW:  Blues at The Crossroads Tribute to Muddy Waters & Howlin’ Wolf

The Fabulous Thunderbirds, Jody Williams, James Cotton, Bob Margolin & Tinsley Ellis served up some hot blues on a cold night at the Tivoli Theater
Irma ThomasLIVE REVIEW: 18th Annual Lucerne Blues Festival 2012, Switzerland

Picturesque Lucerne was the spectacular setting for this world class Swiss Blues Festival. We have a review & photos of the fest's weekend, which included sets by: Irma Thomas (photo), Charlie Musselwhite, the Chicago Blues Revue, Barbara Carr, Guitar Shorty, Sista Monica & more.
John Mayall LIVE REVIEW: John Mayall at Mayne Stage

The legendary British Bluesbreaker brought down the house, backed by a Chicago rhythm section and a Texas guitar ace.
Harvey Mandel LIVE REVIEW: Canned Heat boogies on at S.P.A.C.E.
 Harvey Mandel (photo), Fito de la Parra, Larry Taylor and Dale Spaulding, plus special guests, brought a bit of Woodstock (minus the brown acid), played all their hits, plus deep cuts, and jammed into the night for a devoted crowd in Evanston.
Shemekia Copeland LIVE REVIEW: NARAS Chicago Blues Fest Kickoff Jam 2012

Shemekia Copeland, Brooks Family Dynasty, LIl' Ed, Billy Branch, Chicago Blues Divas, Lurrie Bell, Big Llou kicked off the festivities for Blues Fest Week in Chicago.
Jewel Brown & Milton Hopkins REVIEW: Chicago Blues Fest 2012
A" Celebration of Blues Past & Present" was the theme for this year's fest. And there was plenty of celebrating on Day 1 of Chicago Blues Fest. Here are some of the hightlights.
James CottonLIVE REVIEW: James Cotton, Eddy Clearwater at Viper Alley

The blues harp legend and the rockabilly-blues Chief turned a suburban showroom into a blues joint for a night of outstanding music.
Lee Ritenour small LIVE REVIEW: Lee Ritenour at The Mayne Stage

 The versatile virtuoso guitarist, along with his ace band, played to a packed house of devotees. It was a breathtaking show filled with  musical surprises that defied boundaries.
Mud MorganfieldLIVE REVIEW: Mud Morganfield CD release party at Legends

Celebrating his new CD, Son of the Seventh Son, Muddy's eldest son was joined by producer Bob Corritore, Rick Kreher, Kenny Smith, E.G. McDaniel, Harmonica Hinds, Deitra Farr, Katherine Davis and the Chicago Blues Angels for a night of pure blues fun.
Mavis Staples liveLIVE REVIEW: Mavis Staples and JC Brooks & the Uptown Sound at Tivoli Theater
Mavis told the sold out crowd: “We come to bring joy, happiness, inspiration and positive vibrations!”  And the heralded singer proceeded to do just that!
LIVE REVIEW: Delmark's West Side Blues Revue atElmore James, Jr. B.L.U.E.S.

Delmark Records sure knows how to throw a party! They asked Billy Flynn to host and invite his friends: James Wheeler, Milwaukee Slim, Barrelhouse Chuck, Oscar Wilson, Willie Buck, Mary Lane, Jody Williams, Elmore James, Jr., Tail Dragger, Rockin’ Johnny, Bob Stroger, Kenny “Beady Eyes" Smith and more performed. Find who else packed the house on Feb. 26, 2012.
Otis Clay REVIEW: Lucerne, Switzerland Blues Festival 2011

 Picturesque Lucerne was the spectacular setting for the 17th annual Blues Festival in this Swiss mountain city. We have complete coverage of the 3-day fest which included sets by: Otis Clay (photo), Tail Dragger, Henry Gray, Quintus McCormick, Larry McCray, Deitra Farr, Joe Louis Walker, Ruthie Foster & more.
LIVE REVIEW: Blues Blast Music Awards 2011buddy guy

Blues legend Buddy Guy took home three of the eight awards at the all-star festivities held at his club, Legends. He also turned in one of the night's most salacious performances. Chicago Blues Guide's Liz Mandeville was there to get the scoop.
Buddy Guy at Bluestock LIVE REVIEW: Bluestock 2011, Hunter Mt., N.Y.

 The inaugural Bluestock Festival was held the same weekend as Hurricane Irene hit the East Coast. Thanks to diligent planning, the major event went on to the delight of blues fans who came from all over the globe. Our CBG  correspondents braved the elements to enjoy the music and to say "good night, Irene, good night" to the storm.
Jimmie Vaughan LIVE REVIEW: Jimmie Vaughan at SPACE in Evanston

 It's rare to find a musician of Vaughan's stature performing in an intimate club like SPACE, which was SRO, not surprisingly. The famed Texas guitarist was backed by the Tilt-a-Whirl Band, including former Roomful of Blues horn men and singer Lou Ann Barton, for an evening of hot licks and cool music by some of the best in the biz.
Shemekia Copeland crowned and group REVIEW: Chicago Blues Fest 2011

Chicago Blues Fest's theme this year was Sweet Home Chicago: A Centennial Celebration of Robert Johnson.
The venerable fest found itself in a state of transition, with a new mayor and major changes, including budget cuts, resulting in a scaled back Blues Fest
which featured mostly local acts.
Sadly, two blues elders cancelled their appearances due to health issues.
Still, there were many highlights, including Shemekia Copeland's being crowned the new Queen of the Blues, Alligator Records' 40th Anniversary Showcase and more.
Kenny Neal LIVE REVIEW: Moulin Blues Festival, Ospel, Netherlands

 Kenny Neal (photo), John Nemeth, Nick Moss, Kilborn Alley Blues Band, Janiva Magness, Los Lonely Boys, Bob Corritore & Dave Riley, Fabulous Thunderbirds & more all performed at this venerable campground fest that was one giant backyard BBQ!
Wendell Holmes REVIEW: Holmes Brothers at SPACE in Evanston
 From the Beatles to the blues,  Wendell and Sherman Holmes plus Popsy Dixon put their unique spin on roots music that spans genres. The trio's concise harmonies, downhome charm and gospel spirit captivated the crowd for a very special, intimate show.
Chris Thomas King REVIEW: Chris Thomas King at SPACE in Evanston

 Highly regarded as a blues artist, King easily moves between genres. On a frigid February night, the multi-talented King performed acoustic Delta blues, electric Chicago blues, blues-rock, R&B, country, a touch of hip-hop, and even a Middle-Eastern flavored number. He also paid tribute to Ray Charles and Lindsay Lohan.
Robert Johnson REVIEW: Blues at the Crossroads: Robert Johnson Centennial Concert

 Orchestra Hall, home of The Chicago Symphony, provided a classic, elegant setting for a tribute to music that is equally classic and timeless. Big Head Todd & The Monsters, Cedric Burnside & Lightnin' Malcom, Honeyboy Edwards and Hubert Sumlin feted the legendary Delta icon, and gave a nod to Sweet Home Chicago artists, too.
Eddie ShawREVIEW: Beautiful Swamp Blues Festival, Calais, France
For three days each November, this historic French border town comes alive with the blues. This year a mini-Chicago Blues Fest starred Eddie Shaw (photo), Maurice John Vaughn, Zora Young and more. Many acts from all over the U.S. performed to enthused Europeans all weekend.
Rob Blaine small REVIEW: Rob Blaine's Big Otis Blues in Memphis

 Liz Mandeville describes all the action during  the Chicago band's blazing set at the Hard Rock Cafe during the IBC semi-finals in Memphis. Like a giant earth moving machine, Rob and  Big Otis rolled over the comp
Ruthie Foster, Eric Bibb REVIEW: Ruthie Foster & Eric Bibb at College of DuPage / The Mac

The show’s theme was “Thanks For The Joy.” Both artists served up that blissful feeling by the truckload. They even made songs about death seem cheery.
Buddy Guy small REVIEW: Buddy Guy at Legends with Larry McCray

We take you to Buddy's club to see him in action during his month-long residency. On this night he was  "raucous, mellow, sentimental and, of course, brilliant." Buddy and Larry McCray cheered up broken-hearted Bears fans, too.
Otis Clay smallREVIEW: Otis Clay live at SPACE, Evanston

 A master soul and gospel singer, Clay celebrates his 50th year in the music biz with a dynamic, two-set show of beloved songs.
B.B. KingREVIEW: B. B. King at the Paramount Theater, Aurora

It was a royal night with three Kings who performed at the palatial, historic theater.
B.B. King, daughter Shirley King and Chicago bluesman Guy King put on a classy show that was uplifting and memorable.
Mavis Staples small REVIEW: Lucerne, Switzerland Blues Festival 2010.

 Picturesque Lucerne was the spectacular setting for the 16th annual Blues Festival in this Swiss mountain city. We have complete coverage of the 4-day fest which included sets by Mavis Staples (photo), Ronnie Baker Brooks, Lou Pride, Dave Specter, Sharon Lewis, Super Chikan, Guy Davis, Bryan Lee, Kid Ramos, The Nighthawks & more!
Mississippi Heat small REVIEW: Blues Blast Music Awards 2010
Blues people from all over the country came to Buddy Guy's new Legends club for the third annual awards show. We have full coverage and photos of the nearly 7 hour blues party!
Ruthie Foster small REVIEW: Ruthie Foster brings the blues and gospel spirit to SPACE in Evanston.
The Texas songbird's astonishing voice rose to the rafters as she took the crowd on a rapturous ride with soulful roots music.
Tommy Castro live REVIEW: Tommy Castro Band at SPACE.

 Tommy Castro Band show why they won the BMA for best band with a fun night of solid, versatile musicianship and camaraderie.
Sonny Landreth REVIEW: Eric Clapton's Crossroads Guitar Festival 2010.

 We take you to the nearly 12-hour marathon of nonstop music with performances by Sonny Landreth
 (photo by Jennifer Wheeler), Jeff Beck, Joe Bonamassa, Robert Cray, Sheryl Crow, Vince Gill, Buddy Guy, B.B. King, John Mayer, Keb Mo', Los Lobos, Jonny Lang, Steve Winwood, Z.Z. Top and many more, plus surprises!
nothin' but the blues trio REVIEW: Nothin' But The Blues, is a  tribute to Theresa's Lounge and a blues musical by Black Ensemble Theater. It sizzles with barroom characters, romance, calamity and a smokin' cast beltin' the blues.
Hubert Sumlin REVIEW: Chicago Blues Festival 2010

Highlights & photos of the 3 day fest filled with Howlin' Wolf tributes and blues reunions.
sandra & felicia low down dirty blues REVIEW: Low Down Dirty Blues, a blues musical in Skokie, boasts a stellar cast, nonstop blues from the '20s-'60s, gospel, folk and more.
Jimmy JohnsonREVIEW: Dave Specter & Jimmy Johnson at SPACE in Evanston.

Two kindred spirits of the blues  joined together for a musical journey that took the rapt audience to a transcendent meeting of the minds between guru and disciple.
Chico Banks guitar REVIEW: Chico Banks Tribute & Birthday Bash at B.L.U.E.S.

 It was a night to pay tribute, celebrate and remember a shining talent that the blues community lost too soon. The North Side club was packed as musicians, fans, friends and family shared music, memories, Martell shots and birthday cake in Chico's honor.
Pat Hall REVIEW: Pat Hall Memorial Concert at the Redline Tap.

We lost keyboardist Pat Hall from Coupla Fat Guys on 1/24/10. A Valentine's Day benefit and memorial tribute brought an SRO crowd to a Roger's Park bar for an unforgettable concert by Pat's fellow musicians.
Mose Allison small REVIEW: Mose Allison at the Jazz Showcase, Chicago.

At 82 years young, the witty pianist has influenced generations of all musical genres. Like a bridge connecting sophisticate jazz with rural blues, Allison's unique influence on modern music remains relevant. His intimate performance showed him to be a timeless talent for the ages.
Billy Flynn mandolinREVIEW: Dave Specter & Billy Flynn at SPACE in Evanston.

Two blues guitar giants team up for a rare concert full of surprises at North Shore's  hippest new venue.
Mud, Marie Dixon, Cookie REVIEW: Blues Blast Music Awards 2009 at Buddy Guy's Legends.

It was a star-filled night with outstanding performances from soul survivors, vibrant veterans and next-generation blues heroes. It also was filled with tearful, touching and triumphant moments. We have coverage and photos of the entire awards ceremony.
B.B. King plays (small)REVIEW: B.B. King live at the Paramount Arts Center, Aurora, IL

At age 84, B.B. King shows no signs of slowing down as he captivated the SRO crowd for two solid hours with virtuoso guitar playing, commanding vocals, intimate storytelling and beguiling showmanship.
Sugar Blue AuroraREVIEW: Blues on the Fox Fest
June 19-20, 2009. Highlights and photos by Eric Steiner.

 Storms shut down Friday's show. It turned into summer on Saturday for blazing sets by Sugar Blue(photo), Los Lobos, Watermelon Slim, Two Man Wrecking Crew, Henry Butler & Hix Brothers' Junior All-Stars.
Sharon JonesREVIEW: Chicago Blues Festival, June 12-14, 2009. Highlights and photos.

 It was a weekend of soul revues, ladies sing the blues and more.

 (photo: Sharon Jones)
REVIEW: Chicago Blues TourTail Dragger
For two decades, this bus trip to the city's remote blues bars has given tourists a slice of real deal blues and R&B served up like the South and West Siders like it.

Come along as we take you on the journey to see: Tail Dragger (photo)at Rooster's, Fantastic L-Roy at Linda's Place, Vance Kelly at the New Checkerboard and more.
Pinetop PerkinsREVIEW: Pinetop Perkins, Bob Stroger, Willie "Big Eyes" Smith
bring classic Chicago blues to sweet home Seattle.

Even at age 95, the blues piano legend still tickles the ivories and touches fans' hearts.
john nemeth small REVIEW: John Nemeth at Buddy Guy's Legends, Chicago.

 It only happens about every other decade -- a fresh young talent whose star power can't be denied comes along to take the blues by storm. John Nemeth has got what it takes to reach a major audience. Buddy Guy, who sat in, would agree.
Etta James by JennREVIEW: Etta James at the House of Blues, Chicago.

The feisty, three-time Grammy winner lets us know that, at age 71, she's one hot, sexy mama with a  voice like finely aged whiskey.
buddy guy jolietREVIEW: Buddy Guy, Lonnie Brooks & Indigenous at the Rialto Square Theatre, Joliet.

Blues royalty holds court in palatial theater filled with devoted fans.
toronzo-cannonREVIEW: All-star jam at IBC with Shemekia Copeland, Toronzo Cannon, Russell Green and more.

Chicago talent shines at Ground Zero for this year's International Blues Challenge weekend in Memphis, TN.
ronnie-baker-brooksREVIEW: Ronnie Baker Brooks put on a show full of surprises at Buddy Guy's Legends. Highlights included superstar guests: Buddy Guy, Lonnie Brooks and Shemekia Copeland.
magic-slimREVIEW: Blues Blast Music Awards 2008 at Buddy Guy's club. Blue musicians and fans from all over the country traveled to Chicago for the debut of the awards show. And the winners are...
mavis-booker-smREVIEW: Mavis Staples and Booker T. & the MG's reunite for Old Town School benefit at the Harris Theater in Chicago. It was a night to remember, filled with Memphis soul, Chicago style gospel and '60s protest songs.

muddy-jrREVIEW: Little Arthur Duncan's Memorial/Benefit at Rosa's

The late blues harp hero was hailed by fellow musicians, friends and fans who turned out for the talent-packed tribute. Tail Dragger, Muddy Waters, Jr., Eddie C. Campbell, Zora Young and more took the stage.


REVIEW: Two Buddy Guy Special  Events

Tribute concert & awards in the park, plus CD release party in the club with special guests, all in one night.



 REVIEW:  Joss Stone & Ryan Shaw at Taste of Chicago

Joss Stone and Ryan Shaw have the kind of sensuous, passionate and soulful voices that can make you swoon, break your heart or shake your booty.



stevie-wonder-cropREVIEW: Stevie Wonder At Taste of Chicago

The superstar drew massive crowds to Grant Park for a free concert that lasted nearly three hours, with 30 songs and some surprises. It was a musical, political and cultural event, and a great party, too.


mavis-staplesSOLID BLUES:  With Mavis Staples, Charlie Musselwhite, North Mississippi Allstars and Joe Krown

Friday, November 2, 2007-- McAninch Arts Center at College of DuPage Glen Ellyn, IL

Steve Winwood & Eric Clapton Eric Clapton's Crossroads Guitar Festival 2007

 Starring: Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck, Steve Winwood, Buddy Guy, Johnny Winter, B.B. King, Willie Nelson, Robert Cray, Los Lobos, Sonny Landreth, Allison Kraus, John Mayer, Sheryl Crowe, Derek Trucks, Susan Tedeschi, Albert Lee, Vince Gill and more. Read a full account of the entire 11-hour concert!!!
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