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Mississippi Heat, Rosehill Revival, Alabaster, The Claudettes & more
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Paramount Blues Fest 2017
Eddy Clearwater, Shemekia Copeland, Billy Branch, Davy Knowles, John Primer, Billy Flynn, Sam Lay, Corky Siegel & more!
Crossroads Blues Fest Rockford 2017

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July 16: Muddy Waters Blues Jam, Muddy Waters Tribute w/ Willie Buck, Maurice John Vaughn, Mike Wheeler, Omar Coleman, Tom Holland, Marty "Big Dog" Mercer, Kate Moss, Larry Williams, Jeff Stone, Joe Morganfield, Rick Kreher and more, 1-5 pm at Taste of Westmont, Westmont, IL


July 6: Scott Ellison at Buddy Guy's Legends, Chicago

J.W. Williams & The Chi-town Hustlers at B.L.U.E.S. (on Halsted), Chicago

Mike Wheeler, Nora Jean Bruso at Kingston Mines, Chicago

Dave Specter, 5:30-8:30 p.m., at River Roast, Chicago

Nigel Mack at Smoke Daddy, Chicago

Devil in a Woodpile (Joel Paterson, Rick Sherry, Beau Sample) at The Hideout, Chicago

Marty "Big Dog" Mercer at Club Arcada, St. Charles

July 7: Shawn Holt & The Teardrops at Rosa's, Chicago

Lurrie Bell at B.L.U.E.S. (on Halsted), Chicago

Nellie "Tiger" Travis, Maurice Mahon at Buddy Guy's Legends, Chicago

Bettye Lavette at SPACE, Evanston

Nora Jean Bruso, Doktu Rhute Muuzic, Eddie Shaw & The Wolf Gang at Kingston Mines, Chicago

Luke Pytel Blues Band w/ Shirley Johnson at Blue Chicago, Chicago

Mary Lane & The No Static Band at Smoke Daddy, Chgo

Giles Corey Band at Harlem Ave. Lounge, Berwyn

Jimmy Nick at House Pub, St. Charles

Maurice John Vaughn (solo) at Reserve 22, Glen Ellyn

July 8: Robert Cray at House of Blues, Chicago

BTS Express w/ Shirley Johnson at Blue Chicago, Chicago

Billy Branch & Sons of the Blues, Mary Lane at  Buddy Guy's Legends, Chicago

Shawn Holt & The Teardrops at B.L.U.E.S. (on Halsted), Chicago

Nora Jean Bruso, Doktu Rhute Muuzic, Big James & The Chicago Playboys at Kingston Mines, Chicago

Mike Wheeler Band at Rosa's, Chicago

Corey Dennison, Blues Brunch, at River Roast, Chicago

Chicago's Rockin' Blues & Brews Tour, 1-4:30 pm. Tour bus to & from Reggie's Music Joint with stops at Chess Studios, Buddy Guy's Legends and Baderbrau Brewery.

July 9: Michael Ledbetter & Friends at B.L.U.E.S. (on Halsted), Chicago

Lauren Mitchell at Buddy Guy's Legends, Chicago

Nellie "Tiger" Travis at Blue Chicago, Chicago

Blues Jam w/ Low-reen & The Maxwell Street Blues Band, 5 p.m. at Polk Street Pub, Chicago

July 10: Blues Jam w/ Tom Holland & Matthew Skoller at Lizard's Liquid Lounge, Chicago

Mike Wheeler Band w/ Demetria Taylor at Blue Chicago, Chicago
Early Warnings!!!

July 11: Bluesday Tuesday w/ Toronzo Cannon at FitzGerald's, Berwyn

Louis Prima, Jr. & The Witnesses at City Winery, Chicago

July 14: Fernando Jones & My Band w/ Blues Kids at Wire, Berwyn

July 16: Fabulous Thunderbirds at SPACE, Evanston

July 18: Tommy Castro & The Painkillers at City Winery, Chicago

Joel DaSilva at Buddy Guy's Legends, Chicago

July 19: Mary Bridget Davies at SPACE, Evanston

July 21-22: Walter Trout at Buddy Guy's Legends, Chicago

July 27: WDCB Summer Series w/ Guy King Little Big Band, Tribute to Ray Charles & B.B. King, 7:30 p.m. at College of DuPage's Lakeside Pavillion, Glen Ellyn FREE

July 28: Chris Smither at City Winery, Chicago

July 31: Cash Box Kings at City Winery, Chicago

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