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HOT SHOW - July 1: Red, White & Blues Fest, Lyons, IL

Veteran's Park (Lyons)

Carolyn Wonderland/ photo: Roman Sobus

Windy City Blues Society presents: Red, White & Blues Festival


4:00 - 4:10 The Introduction & National Anthem
4:10 - 5:10 Darren Jay & The Delta Souls
5:30- 6:30 The Sonia Downs Band
7:00 - 8:30 Dave Weld & The Imperial Flames
9:00 - 10:30 Carolyn Wonderland

When: Saturday, July 1

Time: 4-10:30 p.m.

Where: Veteran's Park

Address: 4100 N. Lawndale Ave. Lyons, IL




Texas wonder woman Carolyn Wonderland is an extraordinary, exuberant guitarist and so much more. She also plays sax and keys and is a soulful, powerful singer and prolific songwriter. She can count among her admirers no less than Bob Dylan, Willie Nelson Buddy Guy, and the late Johnny Winter and Levon Helm. The recently retired British blues icon John Mayall hired Wonderland to act as his Bluesbreakers Band’s lead guitarist for the last three years of his road life. As the first female Bluesbreaker, Wonderland follows in the footsteps of Eric Clapton, Peter Green, Mick Taylor, Walter Trout, Coco Montoya and more.

Despite her youthful vigor, Carolyn is no novice; she’s been playing professionally since age 15 in her hometown of Houston. By age 20, she was the bandleader of a locally popular band, The Imperial Monkeys, and they cut five albums between 1993 and 1997. Texas legend Doug Sahm – who led the Sir Douglas Quintet that had a hit with “She’s About A Mover” -- convinced her to move to Austin in 1999. She soon garnered a local following and was discovered by tall Texan Ray Benson, leader of Asleep At The Wheel, who produced four of her ten solo albums. Carolyn has toured the world incessantly as a solo artist since her career first began.

After her three year stint with Mayall, during which she toured 16 countries, Wonderland signed with Alligator Records; her newest release, titled Tempting Fate, dropped on October 8, 2021. Produced by Dave Alvin, former guitarist and songwriter for The Blasters and a popular Americana artist, Tempting Fate is quickly rising up the charts and earning critical raves.


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