Our goal is to become the destination for all things Chicago Blues, actively supporting musicians, record labels, clubs, festivals, foundations, neighborhoods and individuals. Through our boot camps, our web-based training, our live Chicago Blues shows, our blues letter, our podcasts, and our social media we seek to bring together women and men of all ages in Europe, Asia, South America, Africa, and The Americas. We stand up for the dignity, respect and human rights of the global Chicago Blues community.
We foster this community of interest via:
- Chicago Blues Boot Camps – 5 day intensive study led by the Chicago Blues Bootcamp Faculty at major Blues Festivals
- At Home Chicago Blues – monthly subscription service providing an online community to further your studies
- Trading 4s – bi-weekly live Chicago Blues performances by members of the Chicago Blues Boot Camp FacultyPodcasts from our Faculty Members
- bBlues Note – Weekly Bluesletter (Click here to view!)
- Working closely with The Blues Foundation
- Giving back to the Chicago Blues community
- Blues from the Inside Out
- No Border Blues
- In addition, Chicago Blues Network, through your generous gifts, is able to provide support 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.
When Brett was 13, he began to teach himself to play guitar on a used acoustic guitar that had only three strings. While in high school in Oakland, California, he played saxophone in a rock band but he switched to guitar when he was at Southern Illinois University, where he played in both a folk music duo and in a blues-rock band. The band, originally named “OM”, moved to San Francisco in 1968 and changed its name to “Devil’s Kitchen.” Devil’s Kitchen Band played all of the major venues on the West Coast and especially the Bay Area, eventually becoming the “house band” at Chet Helms’ Family Dog Ballroom. They opened for and jammed with the Jefferson Airplane, Grateful Dead, Taj Mahal, Santana, Creedance Clearwater Revival, Big Brother & the Holding Company, Allman Brothers, Elvin Bishop, Charlie Musselwhite, Savoy Brown, Ten Years After, Lightning Hopkins, Big Mama Thornton, Magic Sam and many others. When that band broke up, Brett traveled around the world and eventually settled in Chicago, went back to school for his MBA, and worked as an IT Manager and Management Consultant in large corporations for the next 35 years before retiring to play music again. After retiring, Brett could be found at blues jams in the Chicago area or listening to his favorite blues players three to four nights a week. He also started going to harmonica and guitar camps that were fun but none that taught Chicago style electric urban blues. So he decided to start one and that is how the Chicago Blues Network was born.