>>>> October 5th & 6th<<<<

 The Windy City Blues Fest is  Saturday October 5th, at SeatGeek Stadium in Bridgeview, IL. Noon - 10:40 pm.

FREE Entry & now  FREE Parking


Oct 6th, Breakfast Set 9:00 am to 10:30 am  Hampton Inn & Suites Bridgeview @ SeatGeek Stadium 

 Long Tall Deb & Colin John perform Sunday breakfast.

>>>>October 5th <<<<

Sat. October 5th

Gates open at Noon

1:00 to 1:40     Ax and the Hatchetmen

1:50 to  2:35    Kevin Purcell & The Nightburners

2:55 to 4:15     Bob Corritore  

                          Chi-town Blues Reunion   

                            feat:  Bob Stroger, Billy Flynn, 

                            Kenny Smith, Tail Dragger, 

                            Willie  Buck,  Oscar Wilson, 

                   Mojo Mark and  Lurrie Bell

4:30 - 5:30     Robert Kimbrough Sr. 

                            Blues Connection 


5:50 - 7:05      Tennesee Redemption,                   .               Brandon Santini & Jeff Jensen                                                                        


7:25 -   8:40    Annika Chambers

9:10 - 10:40     Robert Randolph 

                             & The Family Band


>>>>October 5th , 2019<<<<


 SeatGeek Stadium,  7000 S. Harlem Ave. Bridgeview, Illinois 60455.

Robert Randolph and The Family Band


Robert Randolph and the Family Band is a 5 time Grammy nominee.  

Robert Randolph is a  renowned pedal steel guitarist, vocalist and songwriter. He has inspired the likes of Eric Clapton, Carlos Santana and Derek Trucks, all of whom have played with him and studied his technique.  

Having grown up in Orange New Jersey, Robert and members of his family upheld a long but little known gospel music tradition called sacred steel.  It wasn't till about the age 20 that Robert even discovered rock, funk, soul, jazz and the jam band scene, soon forging his own sound by fusing elements of those genres.

By the early 2000s, Randolph had begun applying his dazzling steel guitar technique to secular music, and from that grew the Family Band. The group’s sound was so different than anything else around that they were soon packing New York City clubs. Their first album,  Live at the Wetlands,  came out in 2002. They since recorded  four studio albums and another live set, each widening the band’s audience—they’ve long been regulars on the festival circuit—and broadening their stylistic range as well.

This visit for the Windy City Blues Fest is part of their Brighter Days tour The Families'  latest release.


About the musicians

Annika Chambers




Out of Houston Texas, ANNIKA CHAMBERS, like so many powerful vocal artists, can trace her love of music back to early childhood. “I grew up singing in the church,”     You can’t help but feel the Spirit moving through the entire room when Annika throws herself into the heart of a song. 

it was during her two tours of duty in the US Army that Chambers realized the gift she had.   Chambers became part of a touring band making the rounds through Kosovo and Iraq, providing a welcome lift for the troops’ morale.  

Chambers was nomination for  “Best New Artist 2015” (Blues Music Award). Her sophomore release, “Wild & Free” .  Mad Dog says "it was smokin' "

Annika is the 2019  Blues Music Award winner for Soul Blues Female Artist and she deserved  it.  WE are so happy to have her on the show.

Tennessee Redemption: Brandon Santini & Jeff Jenson



A favorite among festival-goers and talent buyers Brandon Santini & Jeff Jensen is more than a reunion; it's a connection.. Featuring  Santini's traditional and soulful harmonica, Jensen's high flying guitar and a powerhouse band. This set brings Memphis to Chicago and  is a crowd pleasing proven hit. The number one goal of this group is to perform concerts that leave the audience recharged, refreshed, inspired and excited    

Robert Kimbrough Sr. Blues Connection


  Robert Kimbrough Sr.  continues the Cotton Patch Soul Blues style created by his father, the legendary Junior Kimbrough. From an early age, Robert was steeped in the sounds and life of North Mississippi and its distinctive style of blues. Growing up, Robert listened, first-hand to Mississippi blues royalty that played with his father at home, at Junior’s Juke Joint Club, and the ever frequent weekend house party and porch jam session. The blues was simply part of everyday life as a Kimbrough. Robert continues with his father's musical tradition along with some of his siblings. You can often find them sharing the stage on any given night in Mississippi. The Kimbrough name along with the Burnside name, is part of a blues dynasty that remains strong to this day. The Kimbrough / Burnside style brings people from all over the world to  see and hear them play their music.   

Bob Corritore's Chi-Town Blues Reunion



Chicago 1956, Bob first heard Muddy Waters on the radio at age 12, an event which changed his life forever. Within a year, he was playing harmonica and collecting blues albums.  In 1981, Bob ventured southwest to live in Phoenix, Arizona.  In 1991, Bob opened the now famous Blues and Roots Concert Club, The Rhythm Room. Having a club created yet another catalyst for Bob’s musical projects.

Bob Corritore is one of the most active and highly regarded blues harmonica players on the scene today. His style passionately carries forward the old school of playing that Corritore learned as a young man directly from many of original pioneers of Chicago Blues. His sympathetic, yet fiery harmonica playing is featured on over 50 releases to date. Many of Bob’s acclaimed releases have been nominated or winners for various Handy, Grammy, and Blues Music Awards and Blues Blast Music Awards. Bob is also widely recognized for his many roles in the blues, as band leader, club owner, record producer, radio show host, arts foundation founder, and occasional writer. His amazing website www.bobcorritore.com and his weekly e-newsletter reflect a life thoroughly invested in the blues.

Kevin Pursell & The Nightburners




Kevin Purcell and the Knightburners 

Kevin Purcell - Harmonica, Lead Vocals

Tony Root - Bass, The Stick

Don Laferty - Lead Guitar

Pete Kruse - Drums, Percussion, Vocals

Bill LeClair - Keyboard

Axe & The Hatchetmen



  More to Follow.  These young kids and their parents have tirelessly volunteered, become dues paying members,  purchased merchandise and "gave back" to the blues society a great deal in the past year.

Thank You

Winners of the Chicago Blues Challenge

Dave Weld & The Imperial Flames


A super Band,  Dave learned under JB Hutto and started his music career with Lil Ed.  Memphis is in for a treat

Long Tall Deb & Colin John


Long Tall Deb & Colin John are no strangers to the IBC's in Memphis.  They bring new songs an a very cool contemporary sound.

Chicago Blues Challenge

R J Revue Band



The R J Revue is calibration of guys with different background styles of music and years of experience from Funk, to Contempary. Jazz, and Rock &Roll. The Band Director Roosevelt Johnson has been friends with the Drummer Tony Matthews since high school and always have been playing in the same band for many years. He then met D.K at church and teamed up for many years Playing Gospel Music and other styles of music writing and arranging their own originals. Roosevelt met Tom Stober at one of the local Venues Clubs in the Chicago Area and found a great musical chemistry playing together and now he is a part of the family. Tom Stober has a Rock Bluesy style of guitar playing that has a very authentic sound of his own that gives the band another flavor which now is called R J Revue  you must Come Out and Feel the Power.

Marie Martens & The Messarounds


The Messarounds

Marie Martens – with her signature slide guitar playing is no newbie when it comes to playing blues, touring Scandinavia/Germany /England and Japan before relocating to the US. Here she is leading her own four piece band, the Messarounds, playing original blues as well as covering blues legends from Hound Dog Taylor, Elmore James, Mississippi Fred McDowell to Slim Harpo and Magic Sam.

The Messarounds' mixture of added percussion to the guitar/ bass/drums gives the band that extra spice to both sound and stage performance.

Marie Martens Slide Guitar , Guitar & Vocals
Ronnie "TwoTimes" Cacioppo , Percussion & Vocals
Jimmy B Natural , Bass
Tom Selear , Drums

The long awaited debut album with the Messarounds is now available! Its is called “Travelled: and contains 13 smoking tracks and was recorded in Brooklyn, New York at Excello Recordings in the winter of 2018-2019

Official website: https://mariemartens.com

Luke Repass Band



Born in Chicago but raised in the south, Luke Repass is a self-taught guitarist who specializes in engaging and captivating crowds with his unique style and overwhelming talent.  Luke is a professional musician who strives to wow audiences every show. Whether a small bar on the south side, an extravagant Blues club on the northside, or music festivals throughout the nation, Luke never fails to give his all, along with his band mates.

Playing with family and friends is a staple in Luke's experience. In Chicago and around the nation, Luke Repass will soon be a household name

Sonia Astacio & The Harrison St Band



Sonia Astacio & The Harrison St Band are a straight ahead Chicago electric blues band based out of Chicago IL. The band’s big sound comes from 2 guitars, keyboard, bass, drums and the powerful lead vocals of Sonia Astacio. Koko Taylor has had a big influence on Sonia’s vocal style which you can hear in covers of Koko’s “Evil” and “Ernestine.”

The Harrison St Band has developed over several years into a powerhouse backup for Sonia’s vocals. The electrifying sounds and skills of lead guitarist Andrew Goode were built playing in bands while growing up in London. The rock solid rhythm section is comprised of seasoned veterans of the local music scene Dennis Ori on bass and Claude Calesini on drums. Two of the original members are Franklin Silencieux on electric keyboard and Donnie V on rhythm guitar, who help round out the bands sound.

The Band just finished a busy summer season with performances on the main stage of Maywood fest 2019 and Gallagher Way outside Wrigley Field. The fall and winter will be spent getting some recording done, performing at local joints and lining up gigs for next year’s busy outdoor music season

Dave Weld & The Imperial Flames



Born in Chicago in 1952, Dave was first influenced as a child when he found an old Victrola in the basement and wore out the blues 78's. In high school the Stones, Clapton and Mayall first came out but Dave traded those records for Howlin' Wolf, Lightnin Hopkins, and BB King. After high school Weld moved to New Mexico, and studied guitar under Kurt Black, a jazz player who worked with Benny Carter from  the New York jazz scene.  Dave drove to Nevada and met and jammed with Gatemouth Brown. Weld bought Hound Dog Taylor's first Alligator album, heard Howlin Wolf over the radio in the desert one night, packed up and drove back home in his 67' Ford.

Dave found out the West side of Chicago in the black hood was friendlier than the North side, and started sitting in at clubs, and landed a gig with Hound Dog Taylor's band. During this time Weld was under tutelage from JB Hutto, a Grammy awarded Blues Hall of Fame slide man from Georgia. He studied at JB's house for three years until JB introduced Dave to his nephews, Little Ed and James Young. They started the band "Little Ed and the Blues Imperials" and played every joint in the West side for ten until Bruce Igauer from Alligator recorded them in a historic session "Roughousin'" and they started world tours. Dave is the most energetic man in the business.

Charlie Love & The Silky Smooth Band



Charlie Love’s blues-loving parents introduced him to blues at an early age. Born on Chicago’s gritty South Side in 1956, Charlie celebrates the human spirit with his music. His silky smooth vocals confirm for his audiences that blues is one of life's great elixirs, simultaneously healing what ails you while touching you spiritually. Charlie Love and the Silky Smooth Band, a mainstay of Chicago’s vibrant blues community, offer audiences 100% authentic Chicago blues. Equally comfortable on guitar and harmonica, his repertoire spans a wide range, from soul-drenched blues to house-rockin’ boogie. Whenever this consummate showman is in the house, the audience just can’t stay in their seats.

Chicago Blues Challenge continued

The Reverend Bob Band



Based Out of Lyons Illinois,  Rev.Bob brings high energy Blues to every show. A tight group, they formed in  2010 and hasn't stopped since.  The band has played local fests and Blues bars all over Chicagoland. Wailin' Harmonica and shredding guitar solos, Rev. Bob never seems to disappoint. 

Long Tall Deb & Colin John.........DUET



“This is an utterly original mélange of all the music that we have enjoyed for around 80 years. It is also compelling as all get-out.” –Blues Matters UK

Like many blues and soul vocalists of note, Deb Landolt cultivated her soul/gospel honey-dipped voice in church as a child. Her VizzTone debut “Raise Your Hands” gained heavy rotation on Sirius/XM’s“Bluesville” and garnered attention both for her vocal dynamics and songwriting: owing a lot to her Texas/Mexico border roots.

Transpacific Bluesman Colin John received his early touring miles with Teeny Hodges, Little Mike andThe Tornadoes, Henry Grey, Pinetop Perkins, Michael Hill, Hubert Sumlin, Phil Guy, Big Jack Johnson, and Gary Brooker of Procol Harum.

Their one-of-a-kind sound incorporates a solid bedrock of blues and soul sensibilities cross-pollinated with their respective deep roots in Texas and Hawai’i and topped with world roots influences gleaned from their travels throughout the world.

Together, Long Tall Deb & Colin John have performed across Asia, Europe, North America and the Pacific and continue to license their songs in TV and film. 

Benny Jenkins........Solo


 Benny Jenkins plays electrified blues guitar and uses a vintage 1950s leather suitcase for a bass drum. He is influenced by the Chess Records sounds of the 60s and uses a heavy distorted guitar sound. He has released 4 indie CDs and his 2013 release won the best self produced CD challenge in Champaign, Illinois and was entered in the IBC final best self produced CD in Memphis. He and his brother Alex represented Windy City in the 2019 blues challenge on Beale Street in Memphis. He grew up on Chicago’s west side and when he turned 18 he joined his brothers band the Jenkins bros. playing harp. They played all over Chicagoland and was booked through the Don Q. Davidson agency out of Evanston. They toured for years in nearly every state as well as toured Canada. Benny formed his own rock band and was then struck by the blues and his bands regularly opened shows for Anson Funderburgh & the rockets, Savoy Brown, Jimmy Hall and Cheap trick to name a few. He lived in Nashville for 12yrs. Recording and touring with his band The Sinners before relocating to Danville, Illinois. He now plays solo as well with his band bloodline.  

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The Event is Free.  $10 to park...Spend some money while you are there, food , drinks, become a member of the Windy City Blues Society. Help support the Non-Profit Blues organizations: The KIller Blues Headstone Foundation, The Koko Taylor Celebrity Blues Foundation,  and The Eddie Taylor Foundation.