Chicago Blues Guide
14: Nikki Hill, Amazing Heebie
Jeebies at Reggie's, Chgo
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Chicago blues pianist Aaron Moore dies at age 95
wake/visitation 5-6 pm. Funeral service 6-7 p.m.
McCullough Funeral Chapel
851 E. 75th St. Chicago
Please send donations and cards to his widow:
Katie Banks, 7528 S. Sangamon St., Chicago, IL
Michael Blakemore dies at age 62
R.I.P. April 30, 1951 - Nov. 16, 2013
Chicagoan Michael Blakemore was road manager, record
producer, friend and more to Junior Wells and Magic
Slim. He died from cancer. Sincerest condolences to his
wife Pat and family.
photo: Corrine Preteur/Soul Bag
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!
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
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
Otis Clay / photo: Jennifer Noble
Interview with Big Bill Morganfield
Blues is in the blood of this multi-talented
award-winning singer, songwriter and guitarist who
happens to be the son of Muddy Waters. Big Bill
Morganfield will perform July 20 for
ShedFest in Highland Park, IL, along with Chicago Blues
Reunion and Eddy "The Chief" Clearwater
Interview with Donald Kinsey
From Gary to Jamaica and back, musician Donald Kinsey
keeps the music moving forward. The celebrated artist
talks about his family band, Big Daddy, Bob Marley,
Peter Tosh, Albert King and more.
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
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
Ronnie Baker Brooks and
Lonnie Brooks and you have a
Interview with Joanne Shaw Taylor
British blues-rock artist Joanne Shaw Taylor is
currently touring as part of Ruf Records Blues Caravan
Tour and will stop in Chicago June 13.
The multi-talented young lady talks about her dream
career so far, with more to come.
Interview with Liz Mandeville
Renaissance woman Liz Mandeville was inducted into the
Chicago Blues Hall of Fame and will appear at Chicago
Blues Fest 2013, plus the Chicago Women in Blues show
Interview with Mississippi Heat's Pierre Lacocque
Miss. Heat founder and harp
player Lacocque isn't your typical blues man. He's lived
all over the world, but never felt at home until he
discovered the blues in Chicago. The band celebrates its
20th anniversary with a new CD on Delmark, and sets at
Blues Fest 2013 and Delmark's annual Blues Brunch.
Blues at The Crossroads Tribute to Muddy Waters & Howlin’
Fabulous Thunderbirds, Jody Williams, James Cotton, Bob Margolin
& Tinsley Ellis
served up some hot blues on a cold night at the Tivoli
REVIEW: 18th Annual Lucerne Blues Festival 2012,
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.
Junior Wells, James Cotton, Mud Morganfield, Dave Specter, Pinetop Perkins, Dave
Weld, Charlie Musselwhite, Holmes Bros., Nick Moss, Janiva
Magness, Cash Box Kings, Big James, Buckwheat Zydeco, John Nemeth, Buddy Guy, Magic Slim & more.
JJ Grey & Mofro, Tail Dragger, Delmark's 55th Anniversary, Maxwell Street, Son
Seals, Jimmy Burns & more.
Stevie Wonder, Etta James, B.B. King, Buddy Guy,
Pinetop Perkins, Joss Stone, Ryan Shaw, Mavis Staples, Booker T
& the MGs, John Nemeth, more.
LIVE REVIEW: Canned Heat boogies on at
Harvey Mandel (photo), Fito de la Parra, Larry Taylor and Dale Spalding,
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
FEATURE: Interview with Lonnie Brooks
Inducted into the Blues Hall of Fame in 2010, Lonnie Brooks is an
international blues star. In Part 1 of a lengthy
interview, he reminisces about his childhood in
Louisiana and details a recent recording session
with his sons Ronnie and Wayne in Nashville.
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
REVIEW: Mud Morganfield CD release party at Legends
Celebrating his new CD, Son of the Seventh Son,
Muddy's eldest son was joined by Bob Corritore, Rick
Kreher, Kenny Smith, E.G. McDaniel, Harmonica Hinds,
Barrelhouse Chuck, Deitra Farr, Katherine Davis
and the Chicago Blues Angels for a night of pure blues
FEATURE: Welcome Buddy and Hopkins!
The further misadventures of Buddy and Hopkins
will be featured regularly on our website, thanks to talented artist
the photo to find out what kind of trouble they get into
FEATURE: Interview with Howard Levy
Evanston's resident harmonica genius, along with bandmates Bela Fleck &
the Flecktones, celebrate their recent Grammy win and
hit the road for a major tour. Levy reflects on his past
projects with stars like Dolly Parton and Paul Simon,
and looks to the future.
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