August 26, 2020   Volume 1, Issue 16
Upcoming Events
Chicago Blues Network
& Kalamazoo Valley Blues Association Proudly Present:

A Chicago/Kalamazoo Blues Party

Honoring Kalamazoo as the birthplace of Gibson Guitars in 1902

This Sunday August 30th
2:00 PM – 8:00 PM CDT

A six-hour celebration of Blues music, culture, and history
streaming live
Where: Facebook Live, https://bit.ly/FBtrading4s
Also on: Live YouTube, https://bit.ly/seeChicagoBlues
Tickets: Pay what you feel, minimum $1
Purchase tickets here: https://bit.ly/BluesStream

Featuring 3 bands from Kalamazoo and performances by The Chicago Blues Network Faculty. Special guest host: Pastor Phil Jackson, The Firehouse Community Arts Center.
Virtual tip jar for the performers: click here to tip!
100% of the tips go directly to the Kalamazoo and Chicago performers. Additional contributions will be made by the producers to Blues Foundation COVID-19 Blues Musicians Emergency Relief Fund, Firehouse Community Arts Center in Chicago and the Kalamazoo Black Arts & Cultural Center.  

This Sunday 2:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Tune in at any time!
BluesStream Facebook Event
Plus, Trading 4s Concerts on First and Third Thursdays at 7:00 PM CDT, LIVE on Facebook and Youtube.
Next shows are Thursday September 3 (featuring Guy King and Ivy Ford), and September 17.  
Special Feature
The Birth of the Blues
By Marty Weil @ChiBluesHistory

The birth of the blues is often dated to 1903. Credit for its discovery goes to the W.C. Handy, the Father of the Blues. It’s Mr. Handy’s blues after all. But is it? By the time of his death in 1958, most everyone believed it to be that way. When Handy died, at the age of 84, more than 25,000 people attended his funeral at Harlem’s Abyssinian Baptist Church. Over 150,000 gathered outside. A park had already been named for him in Memphis and more accolades and honors had been stacked in his office. 

Funeral Of W C Handy – Father Of The Blues (1958)

It was at a train station in Tutwiler, Mississippi, that Handy first heard an unknown guitarist play the blues. Clearly, it wasn’t the first time it had been played; but, it was perhaps the first time a man of means and taste had heard it. The wise and resourceful Handy knew he was on to something good. He is in my mind the “discoverer” of the blues, and, for that alone, he deserves to be remembered and honored. Handy was also the idioms’ first full-time promoter. The first exploiter of the blues. He would not be its last.
Marty Weil is the editor of  @ChiBluesHistory on Twitter. Marty is a blues researcher, educator, and social media influencer.
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Podcast: Blues from the Inside Out
Interview with Ronnie Baker Brooks
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Listen to this fascinating interview with Host Dave Specter and Chicago bluesman Ronnie Baker Brooks about time Brooks spent on the road with his father, as well as experiences in the studio, plus basketball, getting absorbed in songs, and healing. “I have and always will have a tremendous amount of respect for our elders,” says Brooks. 
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