The Windy City Blues Fest is Saturday October 5th, at Seat Geek Stadium in Bridgeview, IL.. Noon to 10:30 pm.
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
4:30 - 5:30 Robert Kimbrough Sr.
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
For reasons beyond our control, The Blues Fest scheduled for Sept 6 - 8th in Cermak Park, Lyons Illinois is cancelled. WE are holding the Fest October 5th at Seat Geek Stadium in Bridgeview, Illinois.
Robert Randolph is a 2018 Grammy nominee for Best Contemporary Blues Album.
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 Roberts latest release.
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 the2019 Blues Music Award winner for Soul Blues Female Artist and she deserved it. WE are so happy to have her on the show.
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. 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.
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 Purcelle and The Night Burners
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.
This concludes the 7 acts on the main stage in reverse order. This will b e a great show. The Chicago Blues Challenge follows.
Wishing you were still here.
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.
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