“Particularly with the blues, it’s not just about bad times. It’s about the healing spirit.” – Taj Mahal
October 13, 2021 Volume 2, Issue 40
Get Captivated by Bluesfest 2021 October 15-17: Three Days of Immersion in Chicago Blues with Interviews, Concerts and More
It’s hard to sum up in a few words all of the amazing entertainment and thoughtful programming that you’ll get with these three days of the Chicago Blues experience. Gear up to check it out this weekend! There are select in-person concerts and livestreams for everyone.
“The 2021 festival follows the thread of Blues music from its earliest expressions to its most contemporary. The festival brings together the progeny of Chicago Blues legends in Daughters and Sons of the Blues, celebrates intergenerational relationships between artists…and explores
the many branches of the Blues tree from the roots to the fruits. Other events include…a photography exhibition, book signings, interviews, and conversations honoring the history of the blues on the South Side and beyond.” – LoganCenterBlues.org
Tickets are required for admission to these headliner concerts:
Friday October 15: Daughters and Sons of the Blues 7:30 – 9:30 PM Featuring Shemekia Copeland & Ronnie Baker Brooks, with special guests Lurrie Bell & Steve Bell, and Demetria Taylor [photo source]
Saturday October 16: I Been Studdin’ Ya!: Bobby Rush with Jontavious Willis 7:30 – 9:30 PM “This concert is a celebration of the flow of Blues from generation to generation, demonstrating how the voices of Blues elders and ancestors populate the souls and voices of their progeny. 87-year-old Blues legend Bobby Rush will perform a solo acoustic set, followed by a set with his electric band. Opening for Rush will be 24-year-old, delta-style Blues phenom Jontavious Willis. During Rush’s solo set, he will invite Jontavious to the stage so we can witness two extraordinary artists with six-and-a-half decades separating their births speak the language handed down to them from their ancestors.” – LoganCenterBlues.org
Sunday October 17: “a strange bitter” by avery r. young, with Melody Angel 7:00 – 9:30 PM
“Through film, musical composition and poetry, artists avery r. young & Amir George answer the question, What makes the blues blk? The blues film presents the process of creating new original blues of protest, joy and soul. This work specifically created for the 202q Logan Center Bluesfest referenced The Howlin’ Wolf Album (1969—Cadet Concept) & Warrington Hudlin’s 1979 film, Street Corner Stories.
Opening for young will be Melody Angel. A true daughter of Chicago, this native South Sider is a versatile vocalist, guitarist, and actress who has been called “the future of the blues” (Chicago Tribune). During the 2020 COVID lockdown, Angel created and released a powerful album, She Black. For Bluesfest, she and her band will share some of her songs from this new album, alongside what Chicago Blues Guide dubs “her trademark anthems of resistance and survival,” all drawn from the rich and complex experiences and histories of Black women.” – LoganCenterBlues.org
Prices are $10 for Adults, and $5 for 21 and under, per concert. The Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts is located at 915 E. 60th Street, Chicago, IL, click here for Google Map. To confirm concert location and for more details, click the button below:
Blues From the Inside Out Dave Specter Interviews Shemekia Copeland
Dave Specter, Chicago Blues Network Musical Director and Guitar Instructor, interviews Shemekia Copeland, one of the artists performing in Bluesfest 2021 this weekend, on Specter’s podcast “Blues From the Inside Out” in this archive episode. Learn more about her work, motivations, and inspirations.
“Music can help to change things. It always has. If you keep putting it out there, and not being afraid to put it out there, it’ll be all right.” – Shemekia Copeland
Dave Specter Double Album Six String Soul Celebrating 30 Years of Blues Music Magic on Delmark
Specter’s contributions to the artform of Chicago Blues are immense and varied–from performing, touring and collaborating to teaching. Get the music highlights all in one place.
“Dave Specter’s 30-year musical journey on Delmark showcases the guitarist, songwriter and vocalist surrounded by a stellar lineup of special guests including:
OTIS CLAY • JIMMY JOHNSON • RONNIE EARL • LURRIE BELL • BILLY BRANCH • WILLIE KENT • JORMA KAUKONEN • JACK McDUFF • LYNWOOD SLIM • SHARON LEWIS • JESSE FORTUNE • BARKIN’ BILL SMITH • STEVE FREUND • FLOYD McDANIEL • TAD ROBINSON • LENNY LYNN and more!
Specter’s career has been intertwined with the deepest roots of Chicago blues and Delmark’s rich musical history. This double CD release constitutes a definitive testimony to one of today’s most tasteful and versatile blues artists featuring Specter in a wide variety of styles, all played with six string soul.” – Delmark.com
Meet your Chicago Blues Network Faculty members Dave Specter, Brother John Kattke, Joanna Connor, and Harlan Terson in this Chicago Blues Trading 4s concert below:
Chicago Blues Network Trading 4s Livestream
Pete’s Pics “Blues in Action” by Peter M. Hurley
I first had the pleasure to meet and hear MILWAUKEE SLIM through veteran blues multi-instrumentalist Billy Flynn. Slim had come to town with Billy and guest-vocalized with an all-star crew during the final set of the Delmark Records’ 1st Annual Rockwell St. Stroll in August. A “fan favorite,” indeed. The writing below is taken from the last.fm website on a page featuring Milwaukee Slim in 2016-2017. Writer unknown.
Silas McClatcher first started singing as a young teen with his identical twin brother, Paul (d. 2006), in Holly Spring, Mississippi. Silas moved to Chicago in 1965, to Milwaukee in 1975, and back to Chicago in 2011, always for better employment opportunities.
He continued to sing privately while hitting all of the clubs where the blues were hot, as he became known as ‘Slim’. One night Milwaukee’s Legendary Bluesman, ‘Stokes’, called Slim up to sing and it was from that point forward his singing became quick in demand, and he received his official blues name “Milwaukee Slim”.
Milwaukee Slim sat in regularly with Stokes and also with Gene and the Soul Gang as they toured all over WI. He has established a rich resume which includes opening shows in WI for Koko Taylor, John Lee Hooker, and Phillip Walker. Milwaukee Slim performed for the Green Bay Packers (2000), and has performed at many WI and IL Festivals over the years, including WI State Fair (1998 – 2004), Shermanfest, and The Chicago Blues Festival. He has been a member of the Midwest Blues All Stars, The House Rockin Blues Review and his own Milwaukee Slim Band. He has performed with the Hayes Family Blues Band, and recorded with Hubert Sumlin, Billy Flynn, Piano Willie, Jim Liban, Barrelhouse Chuck, Calvin Jones, Smokey Smothers, Kent “The Colonel” Knapp, Barefoot Jimmy, Richard Raven, Leroy Airmaster, The Legendary Blues Band, Little Charlie and the Nightcats. and Shoji Naito.
Milwaukee Slim is one of three featured artists that have just finished recording with Rockin’ Johnny (guitar), Steve Dougherty (drums), John Sefner (bass), Illinois Slim (rhythm guitar), and Mike Mettalia (harmonica) for an album to be released in 2017. You can find Milwaukee Slim performing anywhere between Milwaukee and Chicago as he remains a fan favorite!
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.
Featured Blues Lesson with Chicago Blues Network Faculty Johnny Burgin Teaches Magic Sam’s “Look Whatcha Done”
Grab your guitar! Chicago Blues Master, Delmark Records Artist and Chicago Blues Network Guitar Instructor Jonny Burgin walks you through the music of Magic Sam, one of the towering forces of Chicago Blues. Let’s look closer at this song “Look Whatcha Done” below:
Johnny Burgin Teaches the Music of Magic Sam Part II: “Look Whatcha Done”
“Hope you guys and gals dig this companion lesson to my “All Your Love Magic Sam Part I lesson” from back in January. This time we’re looking at two uptempo classics on Cobra Records, “Look Whatcha Done” and “All My Whole Life.” They both have smokin’ lead, and cliffhanger intros; as usual, it’s all excitement, all the time with Magic Sam. I’ll cover slowing it down and practicing with a looper, playing with your fingers, and stringing together phrases to make an exciting solo. On this lesson I’ve slowed down a bit and tried to help out more beginner/intemediate players. Have fun!” – Johnny Burgin
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