“[Blues]: It’s not a style that’s difficult to pick up. It’s purely emotive and dead easy to get a start with.” – Boz Scaggs
July 28, 2021  Volume 2, Issue 34
Rock the Blues with 1,450 Blues Fans
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Joanna Connor: “Dust My Broom” Guitar Lesson: over 33K views!
When we started posting videos to help you learn Chicago Blues during the lockdown last year, we created a hub for people who love and play Chicago Blues. With 1,450 subscribers to date, people worldwide are rocking blues guitar by learning from Chicago Blues Masters like Dave Specter, Billy Flynn, Johnny Burgin, Joanna Connor (above), plus Brother John Kattke (keys) and Harlan Terson (bass). It’s all on our Youtube channel: Subscribe here.

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While we love playing Blues with you in person, videos remain a great way to learn. No matter what your skill level or schedule is, you can dig into Chicago Blues with Chicago Blues Masters with our videos.

“At Home Chicago Blues” is our program bringing you exclusive video lessons, plus a weekly LIVE Zoom meeting with your instructor and fellow Blues enthusiasts.

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Live Show Reminder:
Thursday July 29th
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM


@ Ravinia Concert Series
Highland Park, IL
Food Truck Thursdays
Located at Jens Jensen Park – Roger Williams Ave. between St. Johns Ave. and Dean Ave.

More Info

More concert listings below…but first, let’s meet some of the people that make Chicago Blues great…
Pete’s Pics “Blues in Action”
by Peter M. Hurley

“I see and hear Jesse Lockridge often playing with the great Jimmy Johnson. Not just a side man, Jesse’s playing is integral to the ensemble. I asked Mr. Lockridge to send me his bio so that I might get to know more about him and share with our bBlues Note readers. His creds are deep and wide, like so many brilliant Chicago blues musicians who provide the musical backbone to our marvelous front men and women. On stage and in recording studios, these musicians are to be celebrated on these pages for their contributions to the Chicago Sound which we love to the core.” – Peter M. Hurley

JESSE LOCKRIDGE has been a part of the music scene in Chicago for the last forty-five years. Born in Chicago, Illinois on July 31, 1960, Mr. Lockridge’s interest in music was sparked through piano lessons at age nine. The Chicago experience provided him with the motivation and assertiveness he would need as a professional musician, a career he had already chosen by his first year of high school.

As a teenager, Mr. Lockridge acquired valuable first-hand recording, and performing skills which would later benefit his career. This experience cultivated his innovative and unique piano style. By age nineteen, Mr. Lockridge was playing with various local bands until Chi-Sound Records hired him as a musician.

At Chi-Sound, Mr. Lockridge performed with such greats as Minnie Riperton, The Staple Singers, Gene Chandler, Chi-Lites, and Walter Jackson. Later, he turned his talents toward Chicago blues and performed with legendary blues artists Buster Benton, Mighty Joe Young, Elvin Bishop, Willie Dixon, and Jimmy Johnson. This experience launched his reputation as a first-rate musician and led to invitations to work with other well-established Chicago blues artists such as Johnny B. Moore, Billy Branch, Lucky Peterson, Artie (Blues Boy) White, Willie Kent, Byther Smith, Katherine Davis, Buster Benton, Willie Dixon, and Nora Jean Wallace.

Today, Jesse Lockridge continues to grace the stage with various well-known Chicago Artists. His recording contributions include Byther Smith, Katherine Davis and Jimmy Johnson. Also, he has toured in Europe and Africa with the legendary Jimmy Johnson.

Mr. Lockridge’s unique blend of R&B and the Chicago blues experience makes him one of the premier musicians today. With the soul and intensity of R&B, and the spirit and honesty of blues, Mr. Lockridge has created his own personal sound. The tradition of the Chicago sound lives on through Mr. Lockridge. He continues to be sought out as one of Chicago’s premier independent musicians.

Bio by Angela Chambers

Photo of Jesse Lockridge by Peter M. Hurley taken @ B.L.U.E.S. on Halsted, 2021.
© Peter M. Hurley

Jesse Lockridge Facebook page: here.
Mr. Hurley is a contributing photographer and writer for Living Blues Magazine and the staff photographer for Chicago Blues Network. His recent book Blues Legacy: Tradition and Innovation in Chicago, in collaboration with Blues historian and author David Whiteis, showcases his work in the field. His passion for blues music began with a 6th grade dance party discovery of Bo Diddley which led to Little Walter, muddy Waters, Howlin’ Wolf and so on. It continues to this day. Visit Peter’s Website here.
Blues From the Inside Out
Host Dave Specter Interviews Donald Kinsley
One of the many incredible episodes on Dave Specter’s “Blues from the Inside Out” podcast includes this interview with Donald Kinsley. Even if you’ve heard the podcast, now you can watch the video, gathering even more insights on Blues music from the greats:
Dave Specter’s Blues From the Inside Out podcast interview with Donald Kinsey
Blues from the Inside Out is a podcast featuring top names in blues, soul, jazz and roots music with a unique, artist-to-artist interview perspective along with live studio performances.
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Dave Specter – “I Wonder Why” by Earl Hooker at Chicago Blues Network Trading 4s
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This Week in Chicago Blues: LIVE!
Show Listing for July 28 – August 3
Note: Please check with venue and artist websites for more information and to confirm appearances. These shows are in the Chicago/Midwest area.
Thursday July 29
CJ Chenier & The Red Hot Louisiana Band, 8:00 PM – 10:00 PM. The Venue presents Music in Mundy Park Outdoor Concert (Rain or Shine), Mundy Park is at 21-23 South Broadway, Aurora, IL (Bring your own chair or blanket) MORE INFO / TICKETS

Dave Specter w/ Brother John Kattke, 6:00 – 8:00 PM, at Ravinia Concert Series: Food Truck Thursdays, located at Jens Jensen Park – Roger Williams Ave. between St. Johns Ave. and Dean Ave. in Highland Park, IL MORE INFO

Joanna Connor, Vino Louden, Doors 7:00 PM at Kingston Mines, 2548 North Halsted Street, Chicago, IL MORE INFO

Lil’ Ed Williams Blues Band, 9:00 PM at Rosa’s Lounge, 3420 W Armitage Ave., Chicago, IL,

Sheryl Youngblood Blues Band (July 29, 30 and 31st), Doors 8:00 PM, at Blue Chicago, 536 N Clark St, Chicago, IL MORE INFO

Friday July 30
Breezy Rodio, 7:00 PM, at Johnny Blitz, 20 N Cass Ave, Westmont, IL MORE INFO

Lynne Jordan & The Shivers, Doors 6:00 PM, Show 8:00 PM at City Winery, 1200 W Randolph St, Chicago, IL  MORE INFO

Omar Coleman, Vance Kelly, Doors 7:00 PM at Kingston Mines, 2548 North Halsted Street, Chicago, IL MORE INFO

Rico McFarland Band (July 30 and 31st), 9:00 PM at Rosa’s Lounge, 3420 W Armitage Ave., Chicago, IL, MORE INFO / TICKETS


Saturday July 31
Bell Bros. Blues Revival (Lurrie & Steve Bell), 2:30 PM
Prairie Dog Blues Fest in Prairie Du Chien, WI, DIRECTIONS
“The Prairie Dog is a two-day blues/rock music party in Prairie du Chien, Wis., featuring bands from the U.S. and across the globe.”


Breezy Rodio, 7:30 PM – 8:30 PM, at Untitled Supper Club, 111 W Kinzie St, Chicago, IL MORE INFO

Jamiah Rogers Blues Band, 9:00 PM, Harlem Avenue Lounge, 3701 South Harlem Ave. in Berwyn, MORE INFO

Jimmy Burns, 4:00 PM CST, Facebook Livestream: WATCH IT HERE

Jimmy Johnson, 2:00 PM CST Facebook Livestream: WATCH IT HERE

Lil’ Ed & Blues Imperials, Omar Coleman, Doors 7:00 PM at Kingston Mines, 2548 North Halsted Street, Chicago, IL MORE INFO

Mike Wheeler Blues Band, 7:00 PM
Al Spears & The Hurricane Project, 5:00 PM
Fibfest, Fibs Brewing Company
260 Howard Avenue, Des Plaines, IL, 

Sunday Agust 1
Demetria Taylor with Luke Pytel Blues Band, Doors 8:00 PM, at Blue Chicago, 536 N Clark St, Chicago, IL MORE INFO

Source One Band, 7:00 PM on Sundays, at Odyssey East, 9942 S. Torrence MORE INFO | VENUE

Tuesday August 3
Omar Coleman, 8:00 PM, at Fitzgerald’s, 6615 Roosevelt Road, Berwyn IL, MORE INFO

“…confident in his abilities as a singer, harmonica player and songwriter. [Omar] is steeped in the classic blues sounds of his home city yet unafraid to take them in a more contemporary direction.”  – Living Blues Magazine

Pete Galanis & Friends featuring Dave Herrero, 9:00 PM at Rosa’s Lounge, 3420 W Armitage Ave., Chicago, IL, MORE INFO / TICKETS

These are just some of the great Blues shows happening. For more Chicago Blues event news, be sure to also check out: ChicagoBluesGuide.com, Delmark.com and venue websites.
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Our Chicago Blues Network YouTube channel is a tour de force in Chicago Blues. We bring you concerts so you can see Chicago Blues Masters in action. The Chicago Blues Network Trading 4s concerts have included special guests ranging from Mary Lane and Katherine Davis, to Toronzo Cannon and Nick and Kate Moss, to Paul Kaye and Mike Wheeler and Larry Williams, plus many more! 
Katherine Davis, Donna Herula, Joanna Connor
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