Trading 4s Concerts with Chicago Blues Masters

Trading 4s: A performing music technique in which musicians consistently alternate brief solos of 4 bars each.

Our Chicago Blues Masters are home. Staying safe. Rehearsing. Supporting their friends and family. Trying to get through.

You are home. With your loved ones. Trying to stay healthy and safe. Trying to earn a living. Trying to get through. Some of us are more fortunate than others. All of us know someone near to us who is trying to survive the COVID-19 pandemic. We don’t go out much. We have adapted our schedules and our lives.

So, in order to chase away the stay at home blues, we, instead celebrate them on Thursday evenings with Trading 4s live-stream and pre-recorded performances.

Trading 4s brings our Chicago Blues Faculty to your living room, dining room, kitchen, basement, patio, anywhere you are sheltering in place. Faculty members perform live to our Facebook-live and YouTube-live audiences around the world; as well as command performanes of select shows.

Trading 4s shows are presented at 7:00 pm ChicagoBluesTime (Central Time). Admission varies per event. In addition, we provide a virtual tip jar, and 100% of the tips go directly to the performing Chicago Blues artists.

Chicago Blues Network, through your generous gifts, is able to provide support from these shows to the Blues Foundation’s COVID-19 Performing Blues Musicians Emergency Relief Fund, and to the Firehouse Community Arts Center of Chicago, folks in our communities who are struggling to get through these times. We give until it feels good.

Trading 4s shows are available for private parties and shared special public events. Contact us for more details at

Trading 4s Testimonial

“We are so grateful for the amazing concert. It was simply fantastic and the viewing was just perfect. I felt like I was in a blues club. So appreciative to all of you at Chicago Blues Network on a terrific show. ”

Community Engagement Manager of Microsoft Corporation in Chicago

We have been thrilled to present Chicago Blues Masters in concert throughout 2020. Thank you to everyone who joined our community, live.

Some recent shows have included:

Thu 10-15-2020
Thu 11-05-2020
Thu 11-19-2020
Thu 12-03-2020
Thu 12-17-2020

You can view the Special Trading 4s New Year’s Eve Show!

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From Chicago Tribune:

By Adam Lukach
Aug 05, 2020 at 1:34 PM

“Like virtually every other physical event in 2020, the Chicago Blues Boot Camp had to make a digital pivot due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The modest, four-year-old operation typically piggybacked on the international audience of the Chicago Blues Festival, and 14 of its 28 students in 2019 were visiting from outside the US.

The move to digital space has allowed for some expansion, however, with this summer’s launch of the “At Home Chicago Blues” series, including the Trading 4s concert series. Since late May, owner and manager Scott Weil has been organizing “pay what you can” bi-weekly shows on the first and third Thursdays of the month featuring Chicago blues musicians.”

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