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 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.

Trading 4s shows are presented on the 1st and 3rd Thursdays of each month, at 7:00 pm ChicagoBluesTime (Central Time). Admission fee is whatever you want to pay, with a minimum fee of $5. In addition, we provide a virtual tip jar, and 100% of the tips go directly to the performing Chicago Blues artists.

In addition, 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, HTTPS://BLUES.ORG/COVID-19-FUND/ and to the Firehouse Community Arts Center of Chicago, HTTPS://THEFCAC.ORG 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 INFO@CHICAGOBLUESNETWORK.COM


Here is our schedule through the end of 2020. Join our community, live.

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

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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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