REVIEW: 2016 Frederikshavn Blues Festival, Denmark
Now in its 11th year, this major international blues
fest, known as Blues Heaven, easily earns that title
with acts like Ruthie Foster, Corey Harris, Robben Ford, The
Original Chicago Blues All Stars w/Holle Thee Maxwell, Roy
Rogers & more.
Chicago Blues Party w/ Jeff Stone, Charlie Love
(photo), Tomiko Dixon & guests at Penny
Since he moved back to Chicago, ace harp blower Stone
has been bringing South Side blues to the 'burbs.
Maurice John Vaughn & Demetria Taylor joined the party,
LIVE REVIEW: European Blues Cruise 2016
Set sail for a trip around the Mediterranean with Billy
Branch & Sons of the Blues, Carlos Johnson, Stacy Brooks, Mitch
Woods, Bill "Howl-N-Mad" Perry & Shy Perry and more.
Won't you let us take you on a sea cruise?
Holle Thee Maxwell & The Original Chicago Blues
All-Stars at Motor Row Brewing
REVIEW: 2015 Frederikshavn Blues Festival, Denmark
It's no wonder this 10 year old fest bills itself as "Blues
Heaven on Earth." With acts like Lurrie Bell
(photo), Warren Haynes, Walter Trout, Chick Rodgers,
Lil' Ed & The Blues Imperials, Diunna Greenleaf, Ian Siegal
& more, what's not to like?
European Blues Cruise 2015
Chicago's Toronzo Cannon & the Cannonballs, Nellie
"Tiger" Travis, Russ Green, plus Vasti Jackson
& Lady "A," let the good times roll on the high seas
for the second time.
Chicago Blues Fest 2015
Centennial Tributes to Willie Dixon & Muddy Waters, Buddy Guy,
Shemekia Copeland, Toronzo Cannon, Eddy Clearwater, Billy
Branch, Clarence Carter, Syl Johnson, Zora Young & more.
photo: Dianne Bruce Dunklau
Jarekus Singleton at SPACE
What makes this rising young star so special that Alligator
Records snatched him up? Roving reporter Liz Mandeville
scoped out this uniquely talented artist to find the
LIVE REVIEW: The First Ever European
Chicago blues greats John Primer, Toronzo
Cannon, Ronnie Hicks, Peaches, Demetria Taylor, Mike
Wheeler, Omar Coleman and more sailed the sunny
Mediterranean for this maiden voyage. They showed the
international crowd how to party Chicago style!
REVIEW: 19th Annual Lucerne Blues Festival 2013,
The spectacular Swiss mountain town hosted world class
blues talent, including many Chicagoans. See our review
and photos of sets by Byther Smith (photo),
Chicago Blues Allstars, Johnny Rawls, James Harman, the
Blues Broads, Bobby Rush, Rick Estrin, Johnny Sansone
REVIEW: Sin City Soul & Blues Revival, Las Vegas
Four stages, 200 musicians, three days and 1500 blues
fans lit up the Riveria Casino for the inaugural fest
with an incredible lineup of talent including
Teseschi Trucks Band, Los Lonely Boys, Henry Gray,
Curtis Salgado, Lil' Ed, Tommy Castro and many
more. Our staff was there to cover it for you!
REVIEW: Rock n Blues Fest 2013
Edgar Winter (photo), Rick Derringer, Canned Heat, Pat
Travers and Ten Years After rocked the Arcada Theater in
St. Charles for a night to remember. All of these
veteran blues rockers proved to be "Still Alive And
REVIEW: Chicago Blues Festival 2013
The largest free blues festival in the world celebrated
its 30th anniversary with some welcome surprises. This
year's theme celebrated the journey of the blues as it
rolled up the river to Chicago
Irma Thomas, Bobby Rush, Earnest Guitar Roy, The Bar-Kays,
Ronnie Baker Brooks, Otis Clay, Shirley Johnson,
Jimmy Johnson and an all-star cast with James Cotton and
Otis Clay / photo: Jennifer Noble
REVIEW: Chicago Blues Reunion 2013 at The Vic
Nick Gravenites, Barry Goldberg, Harvey Mandel, Corky Siegel
– these Chicago blues alumnae don’t get together very
When you add ex-Chicagoans
Charlie Musselwhite, Elvin Bishop and
Sam Lay, it is a very
special homecoming indeed. Add to the mix special guests
Ronnie Baker Brooks and
Lonnie Brooks and you have a
Blues at The Crossroads Tribute to Muddy Waters & Howlin’
Fabulous Thunderbirds, Jody Williams, James Cotton, Bob Margolin
& Tinsley Ellis
served up some hot blues on a cold night at the Tivoli
REVIEW: 18th Annual Lucerne Blues Festival 2012,
Picturesque Lucerne was the spectacular setting for this
world class Swiss Blues Festival. We have a review &
photos of the fest's weekend, which included sets by:
Irma Thomas (photo), Charlie Musselwhite, the Chicago
Blues Revue, Barbara Carr, Guitar Shorty, Sista Monica & more.
LIVE REVIEW: Canned Heat boogies on at
Harvey Mandel (photo), Fito de la Parra, Larry Taylor and Dale Spaulding,
plus special guests, brought a bit of Woodstock (minus
the brown acid), played all their hits, plus deep cuts,
and jammed into the night for a devoted crowd in
REVIEW: Chicago Blues Fest 2012
A" Celebration of Blues Past & Present" was the theme
for this year's fest. And there was plenty of
celebrating on Day 1 of Chicago Blues
Fest. Here are some of the hightlights.
LIVE REVIEW: Lee Ritenour at The Mayne Stage
The versatile virtuoso guitarist, along with his ace band, played to a
packed house of devotees. It was a breathtaking show
filled with musical surprises that defied
REVIEW: Mud Morganfield CD release party at Legends
Celebrating his new CD, Son of the Seventh Son,
Muddy's eldest son was joined by producer Bob Corritore,
Rick Kreher, Kenny Smith, E.G. McDaniel, Harmonica
Hinds, Deitra Farr, Katherine Davis and the Chicago
Blues Angels for a night of pure blues fun.
LIVE REVIEW: Delmark's West Side Blues Revue at
Delmark Records sure knows how to throw a party! They
asked Billy Flynn to host and invite
his friends: James
Milwaukee Slim, Barrelhouse Chuck, Oscar Wilson, Willie Buck, Mary Lane,
Jody Williams, Elmore James, Jr., Tail Dragger,
Rockin’ Johnny, Bob Stroger, Kenny “Beady Eyes"
and more performed. Find who
else packed the house on Feb. 26, 2012.
REVIEW: Lucerne, Switzerland Blues Festival 2011
Picturesque Lucerne was the spectacular setting for the 17th annual Blues
Festival in this Swiss mountain city. We have complete
coverage of the 3-day fest which included sets by: Otis
Clay (photo), Tail Dragger, Henry Gray, Quintus
McCormick, Larry McCray, Deitra Farr, Joe Louis Walker,
Ruthie Foster & more.
LIVE REVIEW: Blues Blast Music Awards 2011
Blues legend Buddy Guy took home three of the eight
awards at the all-star festivities held at his club,
Legends. He also turned in one of the night's most
salacious performances. Chicago Blues Guide's Liz
Mandeville was there to get the scoop.
REVIEW: Bluestock 2011, Hunter Mt., N.Y.
The inaugural Bluestock Festival was held the same weekend as Hurricane
Irene hit the East Coast. Thanks to diligent planning,
the major event went on to the delight of blues fans who
came from all over the globe. Our CBG
correspondents braved the elements to enjoy the music
and to say "good night, Irene, good night" to the storm.
LIVE REVIEW: Jimmie Vaughan at SPACE in Evanston
It's rare to find a musician of Vaughan's stature performing in an
intimate club like SPACE, which was SRO, not surprisingly. The
famed Texas guitarist was backed by the Tilt-a-Whirl Band,
including former Roomful of Blues horn men and singer Lou Ann
Barton, for an evening of hot licks and cool music by some of
the best in the biz.
REVIEW: Chicago Blues Fest 2011
Chicago Blues Fest's theme this year was Sweet Home
Chicago: A Centennial Celebration of Robert Johnson.
The venerable fest found itself in a state of
transition, with a new mayor and major changes,
including budget cuts, resulting in a scaled back Blues
which featured mostly local acts.
Sadly, two blues elders cancelled their appearances due
to health issues.
Still, there were many highlights, including Shemekia
Copeland's being crowned the new Queen of the Blues,
Alligator Records' 40th Anniversary Showcase and more.
LIVE REVIEW: Moulin Blues Festival, Ospel,
Kenny Neal (photo), John Nemeth, Nick Moss, Kilborn Alley Blues Band,
Janiva Magness, Los Lonely Boys, Bob Corritore & Dave
Riley, Fabulous Thunderbirds & more all performed at
this venerable campground fest that was one giant
REVIEW: Holmes Brothers at SPACE in Evanston
From the Beatles to the blues, Wendell and Sherman Holmes plus Popsy
Dixon put their unique spin on roots music that spans genres.
The trio's concise harmonies, downhome charm and gospel spirit
captivated the crowd for a very special, intimate show.
REVIEW: Chris Thomas King at SPACE in Evanston
Highly regarded as a blues artist, King easily moves between genres. On a
frigid February night, the multi-talented King performed
acoustic Delta blues, electric Chicago blues, blues-rock, R&B,
country, a touch of hip-hop, and even a Middle-Eastern flavored
number. He also paid tribute to Ray Charles and Lindsay Lohan.
REVIEW: Blues at the Crossroads: Robert Johnson Centennial
Orchestra Hall, home of The Chicago Symphony, provided a classic, elegant
setting for a tribute to music that is equally classic and
timeless. Big Head Todd & The Monsters, Cedric Burnside &
Lightnin' Malcom, Honeyboy Edwards and Hubert Sumlin feted the
legendary Delta icon, and gave a nod to Sweet Home Chicago
Beautiful Swamp Blues Festival, Calais, France
For three days each November, this historic French border town
comes alive with the blues. This year a mini-Chicago Blues Fest
starred Eddie Shaw (photo), Maurice
John Vaughn, Zora Young and more. Many
acts from all over the U.S. performed to enthused Europeans all
REVIEW: Rob Blaine's Big Otis Blues in Memphis
Liz Mandeville describes all the action during the Chicago band's
blazing set at the Hard Rock Cafe during the IBC semi-finals in
Memphis. Like a giant earth moving machine, Rob and Big
Otis rolled over the comp
REVIEW: Buddy Guy at Legends with Larry McCray
We take you to Buddy's club to see him in action during his
month-long residency. On this night he was "raucous,
mellow, sentimental and, of course, brilliant." Buddy and Larry
McCray cheered up broken-hearted Bears fans, too.
B. B. King at the Paramount Theater, Aurora
It was a royal night with three Kings who performed at the
palatial, historic theater.
B.B. King, daughter Shirley King and Chicago bluesman Guy King
put on a classy show that was uplifting and memorable.
REVIEW: Lucerne, Switzerland Blues Festival 2010.
Picturesque Lucerne was the spectacular setting for the 16th annual Blues
Festival in this Swiss mountain city. We have complete coverage
of the 4-day fest which included sets by Mavis Staples (photo),
Ronnie Baker Brooks, Lou Pride, Dave Specter, Sharon Lewis,
Super Chikan, Guy Davis, Bryan Lee, Kid Ramos, The Nighthawks &
REVIEW: Blues Blast Music Awards 2010
Blues people from all over the country came to Buddy Guy's new
Legends club for the third annual awards show. We have full
coverage and photos of the nearly 7 hour blues party!
REVIEW: Ruthie Foster brings the blues and
gospel spirit to SPACE in Evanston.
The Texas songbird's astonishing voice rose to the rafters as
she took the crowd on a rapturous ride with soulful roots music.
REVIEW: Eric Clapton's Crossroads Guitar
We take you to the nearly 12-hour marathon of nonstop music with
performances by Sonny Landreth
(photo by Jennifer Wheeler), Jeff Beck, Joe Bonamassa, Robert Cray, Sheryl Crow, Vince Gill, Buddy
Guy, B.B. King, John Mayer, Keb Mo', Los Lobos, Jonny
Lang, Steve Winwood, Z.Z. Top and many more, plus
REVIEW: Nothin' But The Blues, is a
tribute to Theresa's Lounge and a blues musical by Black
Ensemble Theater. It sizzles with barroom characters, romance,
calamity and a smokin' cast beltin' the blues.
Dave Specter & Jimmy Johnson at SPACE in Evanston.
Two kindred spirits of the blues joined together for a
musical journey that took the rapt audience to a transcendent
meeting of the minds between guru and disciple.
REVIEW: Chico Banks Tribute & Birthday Bash at B.L.U.E.S.
It was a night to pay tribute, celebrate and remember a shining talent
that the blues community lost too soon. The North Side club was
packed as musicians, fans, friends and family shared music,
memories, Martell shots and birthday cake in Chico's honor.
REVIEW: Mose Allison at the Jazz Showcase, Chicago.
At 82 years young, the witty pianist has influenced generations
of all musical genres. Like a bridge connecting sophisticate
jazz with rural blues, Allison's unique influence on modern
music remains relevant. His intimate performance showed him to
be a timeless talent for the ages.
REVIEW: Blues Blast Music Awards 2009 at
Buddy Guy's Legends.
It was a star-filled night with outstanding performances from
soul survivors, vibrant veterans and next-generation blues
heroes. It also was filled with tearful, touching and triumphant
moments. We have coverage and photos of the entire awards
Blues on the Fox Fest
June 19-20, 2009. Highlights and photos by Eric Steiner.
Storms shut down Friday's show. It turned into summer on Saturday for
blazing sets by Sugar Blue(photo), Los Lobos, Watermelon
Slim, Two Man Wrecking Crew, Henry Butler & Hix
Brothers' Junior All-Stars.
Chicago Blues Festival, June 12-14, 2009.
Highlights and photos.
It was a weekend of soul revues, ladies sing the blues and more.
(photo: Sharon Jones)
REVIEW: Chicago Blues Tour
For two decades, this bus trip to the city's remote blues bars
has given tourists a slice of real deal blues and R&B served up
like the South and West Siders like it.
Come along as we take you on the journey to see:
Tail Dragger (photo)at Rooster's, Fantastic
L-Roy at Linda's Place, Vance Kelly at the New
Checkerboard and more.
Pinetop Perkins, Bob Stroger, Willie "Big Eyes"
bring classic Chicago blues to sweet home Seattle.
Even at age 95, the blues piano legend still tickles the ivories
and touches fans' hearts.
REVIEW: John Nemeth at Buddy Guy's Legends, Chicago.
It only happens about every other decade -- a fresh young talent whose
star power can't be denied comes along to take the blues by
storm. John Nemeth has got what it takes to reach a major
audience. Buddy Guy, who sat in, would agree.
All-star jam at IBC with Shemekia Copeland, Toronzo
Cannon, Russell Green and more.
Chicago talent shines at Ground Zero for this year's
International Blues Challenge weekend in Memphis, TN.
Ronnie Baker Brooks put on a show full of
surprises at Buddy Guy's Legends. Highlights included
superstar guests: Buddy Guy, Lonnie Brooks and Shemekia
Blues Blast Music Awards 2008 at Buddy Guy's
club. Blue musicians and fans from all over the country
traveled to Chicago for the debut of the awards show.
And the winners are...
REVIEW: Two Buddy Guy Special Events
Tribute concert & awards in the park, plus CD release party in
the club with special guests, all in one night.
Joss Stone & Ryan Shaw at Taste of Chicago
Joss Stone and Ryan Shaw have the kind of
sensuous, passionate and soulful voices that can make you swoon,
break your heart or shake your booty.
Stevie Wonder At Taste of Chicago
The superstar drew massive crowds to Grant
Park for a free concert that lasted nearly three hours, with 30
songs and some surprises. It was a musical, political and
cultural event, and a great party, too.
BLUES: With Mavis Staples, Charlie Musselwhite,
Allstars and Joe Krown
Friday, November 2, 2007--
Clapton's Crossroads Guitar Festival 2007
Starring: Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck, Steve Winwood, Buddy Guy, Johnny
Winter, B.B. King, Willie Nelson, Robert Cray, Los
Lobos, Sonny Landreth, Allison Kraus, John Mayer, Sheryl
Crowe, Derek Trucks, Susan Tedeschi, Albert Lee, Vince
Gill and more. Read a full account of the entire 11-hour