Interested in the blues but need some help deciding where to go for a good live show? I’m here for you. My first pick seems obvious as it’s a 93XRT Blues Breakers Show: [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Janiva Magness[/lastfm] at the Old Town School. Janiva won the 2009 Blues Music Awards for B.B. King Entertainer Of The Year (she is only the second woman to ever win this award, [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Koko Taylor[/lastfm] being the first.) When her name was announced by [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]B.B. King[/lastfm] at the awards ceremony in Memphis and she was handed the award by [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Bonnie Raitt[/lastfm] she described the moment as surreal. Her new album is her best ever and the Old Town School is a wonderful room, one of the best in the city. [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Lil’ Ed and the Blues Imperials [/lastfm]open the show.
But wait, there’s more.
Rosa’s Lounge on W. Armitage has two great nights of music this weekend. Tonight it’s the Kilborn Alley Blues Band from Champaign, fresh from their win of a Blues Blast award for blues song of the year last night at Buddy Guy’s Legends. Also at Rosa’s the Oklahoma truck-driving bluesman, [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Watermelon Slim[/lastfm] and the Workers appear on Saturday night.
The big, funky brass-driven blues of Big James and the Chicago Playboys comes to the tiny B.L.U.E.S. club on N. Halsted for Friday and Saturday nights. If you’ve never been to this club, do yourself a favor and check it out. This would be a good weekend to visit. Plus, just up the street one of the top blues guitarists in town, Carl Weathersby, is appearing at Kingston Mines both nights this weekend.
The biggest Blues-Soul-Gospel event of the weekend is in honor of Chicago’s number one Soulman, Otis Clay and his 50 years in show biz. This celebration stars Millie Jackson, Otis Clay, Bobby “Blue” Bland and more and happens tonight at UIC FORUM, 725 W. Roosevelt Road. Click here for more info.
See you out there!
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