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Chicago Blues Guide HOT shows 2008:
magic-slim-by-timNew Year's Eve, Dec. 31 -- Magic Slim & John Primer at Legends; $25.
Jimmy Johnson at B.L.U.E.S.; $25

Grana' Louise at  Blue Chicago, 736 N. Clark. Linsey Alexander & Patricia Scott at Blue Chicago, 536 N. Clark; $20 for both clubs.

Billy Branch & Sons of the Blues at Rosa's; $25.
carl-davisDec. 26. -- Chick Willis & Eric Davis at Legends, Chicago.

Dec. 27 -- Carl Davis (photo) at
 Blue Bayou, Chicago.

Dec. 26 & 27 -- Maurice John Vaughn at  Blue Chicago, 736 N. Clark.

Nellie "Tiger" Travis at Blue Chicago, 536 N. Clark.
dave-specter-rosasDec. 19 -- Dave Specter & Guy King at SPACE, Evanston.

Lil' Ed at Rosa's, Chicago.

Dec. 20 -- Joe Moss at Blue Bayou, Chicago.

Carlos Johnson at B.L.U.E.S., Chicago
liz-mandeville-guitarDec. 13 -- Liz Mandeville CD Release Party & Art Exhibit, Evanston, IL. Celebrate Liz's hot new Red Top CD with a live show and view her paintings at Tencat Studio.

Dec. 12 -- Marcia Ball at Old Town School of Folk Music.
Anthony Gomes at FitzGerald's, Berwyn.
super-chikanChicago Blues Guide HOT shows:

Dec. 5 -- Super Chikan with Matt Skoller at Buddy Guy's Legends.

Dec. 6 -- Dave Herrero with Jimmy Sutton & Felix Reyes at Blue Bayou

Honeyboy Edwards with Billy Branch at Legends.

ronnie-baker-brooksNov. 26 -- Lonnie Brooks at the Beverly Art Center, Chicago.

Nov. 29 -- Ronnie Baker Brooks at Legends, Chicago.

kenny-neal-smChicagoBluesGuide HOT shows:

Nov. 21-- Kenny Neal at Legends.

 Pat Smillie Band at Blue Bayou.

Nov. 22 -- Nick Moss at Legends.
michael-burksChicagoBluesGuide HOT shows:

Nov. 14--Michael Burks at Legends.

The Blasters with Dave Herrero & Felix Reyes at FitzGerald's
Nov. 7 -- Lurrie Bell with Eric Noden at S.P.A.C.E. in Evanston.

Nov. 8 -- Bobfest benefit with Dave Specter, Jimmy Johnson, Sharon Lewis, 8 Miles South and more at S.P.A.C.E. in Evanston.

magic-slimNov. 2: Blues Blast Music Awards show to debut at Buddy Guy's Legends with Magic Slim & the Teardrops, Lurrie Bell, Nick Moss, John Nemeth, Kilborn Alley, Dave Riley & Bob Corritore, Eden Brent, Sugar Ray Norcia, Teeny Tucker, Gina Sicilia, Too Slim Langford.

guitar shortyChicago Blues Guide HOT Shows
Nov. 1 -- Guitar Shorty at Buddy Guy's Legends, Chicago.
booker-t-mgsNov. 1 -- Mavis Staples and Booker T. & the MG's to star in benefit for Old Town School of Folk Music at Harris Theater, Chicago.
UPDATE: 2-for-1 tickets now on sale!
Chicago Blues Guide HOT shows:
joe mossOct. 24 -- Lonnie Brooks & Michelle Malone at FitzGerald's, Berwyn, IL.

Blues Harmonica Blowout with Mark Hummel, Magic Dick, Billy Boy Arnold, Billy Branch at Beverly Art Center, Chicago.

Oct. 25 -- Joe Moss (photo) at Blue Bayou, Chicago.

billy-boy-arnoldChicago Blues Guide HOT show:
October 4: Chicago Blues Harp Bash with Billy Boy Arnold, backed by the Billy Flynn Band, with Shoji Naito, Morry Sochat, Highway RickEy, Mr. "G" and Corporate Kirk at Bill's Blues in Evanston, IL

jimmy-johnson-smallSept. 26: Delmark Records celebrates 55th Anniversary with Chicago Blues/Jazz Concert at Old Town School





little arthur smallSept. 19: Little Arthur Duncan Memorial & Benefit Concert with the Backscratchers, Tail Dragger, and many special guests at Rosa's Lounge, Chicago.




Sept. 13:
Lil' Ed &    The Blues Imperials CD Release party for Full Tilt at Legends.




nick-mossChicago Blues Guide HOT Shows:

Sept. 6: Nick Moss, Blue Truth and more in free outdoor fest, Elgin, IL

Sept. 7: Nick Moss, Rev. Raven, Billy Flynn, the DeVilles and more in benefit concert at Milwaukee Ale House, WI



lonnie-brooksChicago Blues Guide HOT Shows:    

August 29: Kenny Neal at  Legends

August 30: Eddy "The Chief" Clearwater & Lonnie Brooks at FitzGerald's in Berwyn

September 1: Lonnie Brooks at Septemberfest in Schaumburg. FREE!


little-edChicago Blues Guide HOT Shows:

August 23: Lil' Ed & The Blues Imperials at Bill's Blues in Evanston

August 22: Two Sonny Friday! Sonny Landreth at FitzGerald's and Sonny Rhodes at Legends



Blues Day Festival: THIS EVENT HAS BEEN POSTPONED. New date is T.B.A. 

All ages concert and workshop with Fruteland Jackson, Lonnie Brooks, Fernando Jones, Nellie Travis, Nu Blue, C4, Columbia College Blues and more at Congress Theater, Chicago, IL


Chicago Blues Guide HOT Show

August 16: Janiva Magness CD release party at Buddy Guy's Legends; Tail Dragger opens at 9:30 p.m., Janiva at 11 p.m.



corky-chamber-bluesChicago Blues Guide HOT Show:

August 8 -- Corky Siegel's Chamber Blues in Hodges Park, Park Ridge, IL; 8 p.m. FREE.

August 9, Corky Siegel Chamber Blues with Doyle Bramhall at FitzGerald's ; 8:30 p.m.


ronnie-baker-brooksChicago Blues Guide HOT Show:

August 1 --  Ronnie Baker Brooks at FitzGerald's in Berwyn, IL -- 9:30 p.m. showtime; $12 cover.

Coming August 9, Corky Siegel Chamber Blues with Doyle Bramhall


sugar-blueChicago Blues Guide HOT Show:

July 25 & 26 -- Rare appearance by legendary harp player Sugar Blue at Rosa's in Chicago


buddy-guy-hatTwo Buddy Guy Events July 20:

Buddy Guy to receive award at FREE Millennium Park concert with Jimmie Vaughan and Lou Ann Barton at 8 p.m.; Legends club to host CD release party at 9:30 p.m.



muddy-watersMuddy Waters Blues Tribute: July 13 at Taste of Westmont FREE!   Billy Branch, Billy Flynn, Shirley King, Mud Morganfield, Eddie Taylor, Jr., Barrelhouse Chuck, blues jam open mic and more!

jeremy-spencerEx-Fleetwood Mac guitarist to play rare U.S. shows; Jeremy Spencer to perform in Chicago suburbs

July 8 at S.P.A.C.E. in Evanston, IL

July 11 at FitzGerald's in Berwyn, IL


stevie-w-yellowTaste of Chicago: June 27 - July 6, Chicago, IL

Free concerts in Grant Park with Chaka Khan, Stevie Wonder,  Bonnie Raitt, Joss Stone, Fantasia, Gomez, Broadway in Chicago and much more. FREE!

marciaballpeaceFitzGerald's American Music Fest: July 2 - 5, Berwyn, IL

Marcia Ball, Holmes Bros., Janiva Magness, Dave Alvin & the Guilty Men, Joe Ely, Jon Dee Graham, Robbie Fulks, Geno Delafose, Bryan Lee and much more! 


nellie travisBlues on the Green: June 21

Mt. Prospect Blues & Art Festival

Magic Slim, Nellie "Tiger" Travis, Shirley Johnson, Ms. Peaches, Cadillac Dave & the Redhots with Chico Banks, BTS Express. FREE!


honeyboy edwards1st Annual Blues Festival at S.P.A.C.E.: June 4-7

 Four nights of  blues legends in Evanston, IL with Honeyboy Edwards, Eddy "The Chief" Clearwater, Dave Specter, Barrelhouse Chuck, Jimmy Johnson, Jimmy Burns, Syl Johnson and more!

  Hot Blues Nights at Chess Studio: June 5-7billy-branch

Located at 2120 S. Michigan in the historic Chess Records studio, this hot blues fest features four generations of blues players including Honeyboy Edwards, Mud Morganfield, Alex Dixon, Lurrie & Steve Bell, Cash McCall, Nellie "Tiger" Travis, Billy Branch and more!  

koko-fest 25th Annual Chicago Blues Festival:   June 5-8 Chicago, IL

 BB. King, Koko Taylor, Johnny Winter, James Cotton, Eddy Clearwater, Bobby Parker, Lurrie Bell, Buckwheat Zydeco,  Lil' Ed and more!

Blues on the Fox Festival: June 13-14, Aurora, ILelvin-bishop

 Elvin Bishop, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Hubert Sumlin, Eddy Clearwater, Marcia Ball, Bettye LaVette, Corey Harris and more!


 Blues and the Spirit: May 22-24--A Symposium on theotis-soul-man   Legacy of Blues and Gospel Music at Dominican University, River Forest, IL

Otis Clay, Sharon Lewis, Larry Taylor, James Wheeler, Bob Stroger, pub crawl, tours & more!

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