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Chicago Blues Guide HOT shows 2018:
J.B. RitchieAug. 19: Benefit for J.B. Ritchie w/ The Redmonds, Nick Bell Band, Jimy Sohns' Shadows of Knight, Darren Jay & The Delta Souls, Duct Tape, Party at the Moon Tower at 210 Live, Highwood

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Joe Louis WalkerAug. 9: Joe Louis Walker at College of DuPage, Glen Ellyn
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Mavis Staples by Jenn NobleJuly 27: Mavis Staples, Marc Broussard presented by Out of SPACE, Canal Shores Golf Course, Evanston

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photo: Jennifer Noble
Annika ChambersJuly 19: Annika Chambers at Buddy Guy's Legends, Chicago

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John Primer by Eric KriesantJuly 15:
Tom Hyslop Cancer Benefit w/ John Primer, Nick Moss,Guy King, Mondo Cortez, Dave Herrero, Dennis Gruenling, Devil's Elbow, Tre' Knight, Neal O'Hara, Jon McDonald, Kate Moss, Felix Reyes, Morry Sochat, Aaron Trubic at Rosa's, Chicago

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John Primer photo/ Eric Kriesant
Lynne JordanJuly 6: Corky Siegel & Chamber Blues w/ Lynne Jordan at City Winery, Chicago
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Billy BranchJune 27: Little Walter Tribute w/ Billy Branch & Sons of the Blues (photo: Jennifer Noble), Sam Lay, Lurrie Bell, Corky Siegel, Tail Dragger, Wayne Baker Brooks, Omar Coleman, Breezy Rodio, Nigel Mack, Alex Wilson at Buddy Guy's Legends, Chicago

June 29: Billy Branch & Sons of the Blues, Mojo Morganfield & The Mannish Boyz at Buddy Guy's Legends, Chicago

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Biscuit MillerJune 23: Biscuit Miller & The Mix, Sonic Soul at Buddy Guy's Legends, Chicago

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Indigenous by Jenn NobleJune 18: Indigenous at City Winery, Chicago

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photo: Mato Nanji by Jenn Noble
Ronnie Baker BrooksEVENTS: Beyond The Blues Fest 2018

Where to find the Before & After Shows outside of Millennium Park. Here's a huge list of blues events you need to have!

Ronnie Baker Brooks/ photo: Howard Greenblatt
Mavis Staples by Jenn NobleEVENT: Chicago Blues Fest June 8-10, 2018

Fest returns to Millennium Park with headliners Mavis Staples (photo: Jennifer Noble), Kenny Neal, Willie Clayton, Fantastic Negrito & more. Also tributes to Delmark Records 65th Anniversary and Little Walter. See the complete lineup HERE.
John Primer by Jenn NobleMay 30: John Primer & The Real Deal Blues Band at Rosa's, Chicago

June 1-2: at Blue Chicago, Chicago

June 5: Tom Marker's Bluesday Tuesday at FitzGerald's, Berwyn

Photo: Jennifer Noble

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Eddie ShawMay 25: Eddie Shaw Tribute: Brass in the Blues w/ Vaan Shaw, Bill McFarland, Hank Ford, Michael Peavy, Rodney Brown & The Wolf Gang at Logan Center, University of Chicago
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Larry McCrayMay 18-19: Kingston Mines 50th Anniversary Celebration w/ Larry McCray, Vance Kelly, Joanna Connor at Kingston Mines, Chicago

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Mike ZitoMay 12: Mike Zito Band, Tom Holland & The Shuffle Kings at Brauerhouse, Lombard
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Wayne Baker BrooksMay 1: Wayne Baker Brooks Birthday Bash at FitzGerald's, Berwyn

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Nick Moss & Dennis GruenlingApril 28: Nick Moss Band w/ Dennis Gruenling CD release party at FitzGerald's, Berwyn
photo: Bob Sekinger
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Tommy CastroApril 22: Tommy Castro & The Painkillers at City Winery, Chicago

photo: Jennifer Noble

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Benny TurnerApril 13: Benny Turner w/ Rob Stone, Jellybean Alexander, Prof. Louie & special guests at Rosa's, Chicago

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Bobby RushApril 7: 14th Annual Chi-town Blues Fest: Bobby Rush (photo), Latimore, Willie Clayton,  Nellie "Tiger" Travis, Calvin Richardson, Pokey Bear at Arie Crown Theater, Chicago

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Shemekia Copeland by JennMarch 31: Shemekia Copeland at SPACE, Evanston

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photo: Jennifer Noble
Danielle NicoleMarch 23: Danielle Nicole, Guy King at House of Blues, Chicago

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Eric JohnsonMarch 15: Eric Johnson, Joe Moss, Corey Dennison at House of Blues, Chicago
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Southern AvenueMarch 9: Southern Avenue at The Tonic Room, Chicago

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Webb WilderMarch 3: Webb Wilder & The Beatnecks at FitzGerald's, Berwyn

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Billy boy ArnoldFeb. 24: Billy Boy Arnold at Rosa's, Chicago

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photo: Jennifer Noble
Buddy by RomanBuddy Guy's annual residency. The blues legend plays each Thurs-Sunday, w/ special guest openers thru Jan. 28 at Buddy Guy's Legends, Chicago
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photo: Roman Sobus
Kilborn AlleyJan. 13:
Kilborn Alley Blues Band at Nick's Beer Garden, Chicago


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Eddy ClearwaterEddy "The Chief" Clearwater

Jan. 5: with Buddy Guy at Buddy Guy's Legends, Chicago

Jan. 6: Birthday Party at SPACE, Evanston

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photo: Lynn Orman Weiss
Chicago Blues Guide HOT shows 2017:
Dec. 22: Billy Branch & Sons of the Blues, charity coat drive, at Promontory, Chicago

New Year's Eve show Billy Branch & Sons of the Blues at Rosa's, Chicago

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photo: Jennifer Noble
Lazer Lloyd by Howie G
Dec. 16: Lazer Lloyd at Wilmette Community Theater, Wilmette

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photo: Howard Greenblatt
Shemekia Copeland by Jenn NobleDec. 9: Shemekia Copeland, Cash Box Kings at City Winery, Chicago

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photo: Jennifer Noble
Mud Morganfield by Roman SobusDec. 1: Mud Morganfield at SPACE, Evanston
(photo: Roman Sobus)
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Jimmy JohnsonNov. 24-25: Jimmy Johnson's 89th Birthday Party at B.L.U.E.S. (on Halsted), Chicago

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Lil' Ed & The Blues Imperials
Nov. 17-18: Lil' Ed & The Blues Imperials 30th Anniversary Celebration at B.L.U.E.S. (on Halsted), Chicago
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Omar ColemanNov. 8: Blues Benefit to Heal Chicago w/ Omar Coleman (photo), Tom Holland, Brian Lupo, Marty Binder, Mike Scharf, Joey D. at Rosa's, Chicago

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Bobby Rush by DianneNov. 5: Take Me To The River: Bobby Rush (photo: Dianne Bruce Dunklau), William Bell, Charlie Musselwhite at The Mac, College of DuPage, Glen Ellyn

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Lionel YoungOct. 29: Lionel Young, Mike Wheeler at House of Blues, Chicago

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Guitar ShortyOct. 20: Guitar Shorty, Alex Kilroy at Buddy Guy's Legends, Chicago

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Barry Goldberg by Howie GreenblattOct. 14: Barry Goldberg (photo) w/ Rob Stone, Mark Wydra, Willie "The Touch" Hayes, John Sefner, 4-6 pm, at FitzGerald's, Berwyn

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photo: Howard Greenblatt
Tommy CastroOct. 6: Tommy Castro & The Painkillers at FitzGerald's, Berwyn

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photo: Jennifer Noble
Annika ChambersSept. 30: Annika Chambers w/ Igor Prado Band (from Brazil) and Michael Ledbetter at Buddy Guy's Legends, Chicago

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Buddy Guy by JennSept. 22: Buddy Guy at Arcada Theater, St. Charles

(photo: Jenn Noble)

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Corey Dennison by Howie GreenblattSept. 17: Corey Dennison Band w/ Carl Weathersby CD release party at SPACE, Evanston

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photo: Howard Greenblatt
Donald Kinsey by Lee AnnThe Kinsey Report at two Chicago shows:
(photo: Lee Ann Flynn)

Sept. 9: Maxwell Street Blues Fest w/ Kinsey Report, Corey Dennison Band, Nellie "Tiger" Travis, Studebaker John, Brother Jacob,  Chicago

Sept. 8: Kinsey Report, Nora Jean Bruso, Doktu Rute Muuzic at Kingston Mines, Chicago

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Larry McCraySept. 1-2: Larry McCray at Kingston Mines, Chicago

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Kenny NealAug. 25: Kenny Neal, Scott Nev at Buddy Guy's Legends, Chicago

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photo: Michael Kurgansky
Benny TurnerAug. 20: Benny Turner & special guests, plus book signing at Rosa's, Chicago

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Ana PopovicAug. 14: Ana Popovic at City Winery, Chicago

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Buddy Guy London by JennAug. 2: Buddy Guy's 81 Birthday Bash w/ Eddie Taylor, Jr., NuBlu Band w/ Carlise Guy, Marty Sammon Band at Buddy Guy's Legends, Chicago

Happy Birthday George "Buddy" Guy!!

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photo: Jennifer Noble
Travis Haddix by JennJuly 29: Travis "Moonchild" Haddix at  Rosa's, Chicago

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photo: Jenn Noble
Walter TroutJuly 21-22: Walter Trout at Buddy Guy's Legends, Chicago

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Fabulous ThunderbirdsJuly 16: Fabulous Thunderbirds at SPACE, Evanston

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Bettye LavetteJuly 7: Bettye Lavette at SPACE, Evanston

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photo: Jenn Noble
Shemekia Copeland June 30-July 3: 36th Annual American Music Fest w/ over 50 bands on 3 stages over 4 days at FitzGerald's, Berwyn

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Shemekia Copeland/ photo: Jenn Noble
Billy Boy ArnoldJune 23:
Billy Boy Arnold
at Rosa's, Chicago


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photo: Jenn Noble
Coco MontoyaJune 15: Coco Montoya at SPACE, Evanston





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Nikki HillJune 10: Nick Moss Band, Nikki Hill (photo), The Jimmys at FitzGerald's, Berwyn

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photo: Dianne Bruce Dunklau
William BellEVENTS: Chicago Blues Fest 2017 moves to Millennium Park
June 9-11
Here is the complete lineup, plus a map of Millennium Park

photo: William Bell
Melvin TaylorJune 2-3: Melvin Taylor & The Slack Band at Rosa's, Chicago

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Wayne Baker BrooksMay 26: Wayne Baker Brooks, J.B. Ritchie at Buddy Guy's Legends, Chicago

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Billy FlynnMay 19: Billy Flynn CD Release Party at Smoke Daddy, Chicago

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photo: Dianne Bruce Dunklau
 
Samantha FishMay 11: Samantha Fish at City Winery, Chicago

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Shawn HoltMay 5-6:
Shawn Holt & The Teardrops, Joanna Connor at Kingston Mines, Chicago

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photo: Dianne Bruce Dunklau
John NemethApril 29: John Nemeth at Buddy Guy's Legends, Chicago

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Josh HoyerApril 20: Josh Hoyer (from The Voice) & Soul Colossal, Mississippi Gabe Carter at House of Blues, Chicago

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Donald Kinsey by Lee Ann FlynnApril 14-15: Kinsey Report, Joanna Connor at Kingston Mines, Chicago

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photo: Sweet Music Chica
Ronnie Baker Brooks by JenniferApril 7: Ronnie Baker Brooks at FitzGerald's, Berwyn

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Coco MontoyaApril 1: Coco Montoya CD party at Buddy Guy's Legends, Chicago

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Billy Branch by Roman SobusMarch 25:
Billy Branch & Sons of the Blues, Demetria Taylor at Buddy Guy's Legends, Chicago

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photo: Roman Sobus
Rockin Johnny by JennMarch 16: Rockin' Johnny CD party at B.L.U.E.S. (on Halsted), Chicago

March 17: Rockin' Johnny CD party at Smoke Daddy,
Chicago


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photo: Jennifer Noble
Albert CummingsMarch 12: Albert Cummings at SPACE, Evanston

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Marcia BallMarch 7: Marcia Ball at City Winery, Chicago

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Feb. 24: Kilborn Alley at Rosa's, Chicago

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Nellie TravisFeb. 15: Nellie "Tiger" Travis at Sammie Jay's Soul Blues Party at T & JJ's Banquet Hall, Maywood

Feb.17-18-19: Nellie "Tiger" Travis at Blue Chicago, Chicago

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photo: Jennifer Noble
Lurrie BellFeb. 9: Billy Branch & Lurrie Bell Duo at SPACE, Evanston

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photo: Jennifer Noble
Ronnie Baker Brooks by HowieFeb. 3: Ronnie Baker Brooks CD Party at SPACE, Evanston

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photo: Howard Greenblatt
Buddy GuyJan. 26-29: Buddy Guy's final week of his January residency at Buddy Guy's Legends, Chicago

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photo: Dianne Bruce Dunklau
Charlie LoveJan. 19: Charlie Love Birthday Party, Joanna Connor at Kingston Mines, Chicago

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photo: Airshots Photography
Shawn HoltJan. 14: Shawn Holt & The Teardrops at Rosa's, Chicago


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Eddy ClearwaterJan. 6: Eddy "The Chief" Clearwater Birthday Bash at SPACE, Evanston

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photo: Lynn Orman

Chicago Blues Guide HOT shows 2016:
Shemekia Copeland by Jenn
To see Hot Shows of 2016, click on photo of Shemekia Copeland

Chicago Blues Guide HOT shows 2015:
Booker T. Jones

To see Hot Shows of 2015, click on photo of Booker T. Jones
Chicago Blues Guide HOT shows 2014:
Ronnie Baker Brooks

To see Hot Shows of 2014, click on photo of Ronnie Baker Brooks
Chicago Blues Guide HOT shows 2013:
Lil' Ed

To see Hot Shows of 2013, click on photo of Lil' Ed
Chicago Blues Guide HOT shows 2012:
Lurrie Bell



To see Hot Shows of 2012,
click on photo of Lurrie Bell
Chicago Blues Guide HOT shows 2011:
Otis Clay

To see Hot Shows of 20ll, click on the photo of Otis Clay
Chicago Blues Guide HOT shows 2010:
Jimmy Johnson


To see Hot Shows of 2010, click on photo of Jimmy Johnson (left)
Chicago Blues Guide HOT shows 2009:
Shirley Johnson


To see Hot Shows of 2009, click on photo of Shirley Johnson
Chicago Blues Guide HOT shows 2008:
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To see 2008 Archive, click on photo of Magic Slim (left)
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