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June 6, 2007
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Hey Blues fans,
This week brings one of the best Blues events of the year, The 2007 Chicago Blues Fest.
The biggest names in Chicago Blues can be seen for FREE this Thursday June 7 to Sunday Jun10 at Grant Park in Downtown Chicago. GET THERE IF YOU CAN!
Names like Bobby Rush, Phil Guy, Cephas and Wiggins, James Cotton, Zac Harmon, Chainsaw DuPont, John Primer, Magic Slim and the Tear Drops, Muddy Waters Junior, Koko Taylor, Jimmy Dawkins, Willie Clayton, Billy Branch, Barrelhouse Chuck, Carl Weathersby, Willie “Big Eyes” Smith, Big Time Sarah, Hubert Sumlin, Jody Williams, David "Honeyboy" Edwards, Lil’ Howlin’ Wolf, Carlos Johnson, Fruteland Jackson and many more. Did I mention it's FREE?
The show runs from 11 a.m. - 9:30 p.m. with six stages of Blues each day. Don't miss this one!
Click Here to see a complete schedule
Blues Society News
The winners of the 2007 Central Illinois Blues Challenge, Sunday, June 3 were The Kim Massie Band from East St Louis. Kim will be representing the Blues Blowtorch Society at the International Blues Challenge (IBC) in early 2008. Second place went to the Melvin Taylor Band. Melvin will be representing the River City Blues Society at the IBC. Third place went to Rooster Alley
If you missed this GREAT event, pictures can be seen HERE
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Blue Review of the week! Yeah We Got Blues!
This week we feature another of our review series by James “Skyy Dobro” Walker , noted Blues writer and IllinoisBlues.com contributor. James reviews the new Billy Jones release My Hometown
IllinoisBlues.com also welcomes Ben Cox as a new Blues reviewer this week. Ben is a Blues Songwriter, Musician, DJ and Journalist. His review of Ansley Lister's CD, Everything I Need can be found HERE
Black & Tan Records
10 songs; 45:28 minutes
Clearly, Billy Jones is an exciting singer, song writer, and guitarist deserving more attention. This second album produced in the Netherlands on the Black & Tan label is a great set of variety: original soul-blues, blues-rock, and funk that honor traditions, but bring something new for today.
Born in 1953 in North Little Rock, Arkansas, Jones’ family owned and operated a blues cafe often hosting Howlin’ Wolf and Bobby “Blue” Bland. Learning guitar as a child, he was considered a prodigy, who developed a voice similar to Prince, and became an understudy to artists such as Little Johnny Taylor and Rufus Thomas.
Seeing himself as part of the new Blues generation, Jones describes his music, “...it ain't that same ol' predictable stuff at big corporate labels...But then...what do these 'fat cat' record company guys know about what's happening on the streets right now?”
A perfect example of a contemporary street issue is his powerful indictment of methamphetamine’s destruction in “Crystal.” The tough guitar accentuates the message, “...it’s the worst thing I’ve ever seen.”
The CD kicks off acoustically with a soul-blues number that can deceive the listener into thinking the entire album will be in this vein. But, by the second number, gears have shifted to tasty electric slide guitar. Then beautiful shimmering guitar chords underlie the love song in the third track. The title track lyrics tell a poignant mix of frustration and hope underscored by an intricate studio mix of instruments.
Jones is an artist worth the investment of your time. How many artists today are really trying to change things with their music?
By James “Skyy Dobro” Walker - Recommended
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Best Blues Links of the Week
Home of lots and lots and lots of Blues information and history. If you are planning to visiting the Mississippi Delta this site has lots of links for places along the way.
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Blues Radio - Streaming Link of the Week
The Atlanta Blues Society internet radio station dedicated to providing you with the best of Traditional and Contemporary Blues as well as featuring music from the best Blues bands of Atlanta and other Blues Societies around the world. Available 24 x 7 as a Public Service by the Atlanta Blues Society.
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Mojo Street Teams
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Featured Blues Festivals
Chicago Blues Festival
2007 June 7-10, 2007
Grant Park in Downtown Chicago
11 a.m. - 9:30 p.m.
Six Stages of Blues Each day
Click see schedule - Thursday June 7 Friday June 8 Saturday June 9 Sunday June 10
Fest Website: http://www.chicagobluesfestival.us/
Jack Daniels & Beamish Irish Stout presents...
MARK HUMMEL'S BLUES HARMONICA BLOWOUT
Friday June 29th, 2007
Best Western Ashland House
201 Ashland Ave, Morton, IL
Kilborn Alley Blues Band
Russell Miller & 6V6
To see Festival Poster Click Here
2007 IH Mississippi Valley Blues
CLICK HERE for complete schedule with performance times
Friday June 29th
Damon Fowler Group Albert Cummings Chubby Carrier & the Bayou Swamp Band Robert Randolph & the Family Band Robert Belfour Paul Oscher Big Bill Morganfield Nappy Brown Bob Margolin Willie “Big Eyes” Smith Mookie Brill
Saturday June 30th
Kelly Richey Jason Ricci and New Blood Big James & the Chicago Playboys The Jackie Payne and Steve Edmonson Band Blues harp blowout featuring Mark Hummel James Harman Paul Oscher Bad Luck City featuring Matt Woods and Michael Swanger Jimmy “Duck” Holmes Alberta Adams & RJ’s Rhythm Rockers with CeeCee Collins Ari Brown Quartet Watermelon Slim Trudy Lynn with The Chicago Rhythm & Blues Kings
Sunday July 1st
Dona Oxford Tom Principato Ruby Wilson Little Charlie & the Nightcats Drink Small “The Blues Doctor” Dave MacKenzie Bruce Katz Henry Gray & the Cats
Festival website http://www.mvbs.org
Nothin' But The Blues Festival
July 20th and 21st, 2007
The Sale Barn -
S Main St
Bloomington, Illinois * Directions
CLICK HERE for Festival Website
CLICK HERE For Tickets or further Info
Friday July 20th
Gates Open at 5:00 pm
6:00 pm Rooster Alley
7:00 pm Doña Oxford
8:15 pm John Primer and the Real Deal Blues Band
9:30 pm Blues Caravan 2007 "The Guitar Women"
**Sue Foley - Debra Coleman - Roxanne Potvin*"
Saturday July 21st
Gates Open at NOON
1:30 pm TBA
2:45 pm Central Illinois Blues Challenge Winner
4:45 pm TBA
6:00 pm Big Ray and Chicago's Most Wanted
7:30 pm Tab Benoit
9:00 pm C.J. Chenier
FOR THE KIDS
1:00 - 4:00 pm Kids Face Painting
1:00 - 4:00 pm The Unique Twist
Spoon River Blues Festival
JULY 28, 2007 - NOON TO MOON
INGERSOLL COUNTRY MANOR
Route 78 N. Just North Of Canton, IL
DEVON ALLMAN’S HONEYTRIBE
The Dave Chastain Band
Steve the Harp & the Blues Deacons
The Sally Weisenburg Trio
Prairie Dog Blues Festival
The only Blues festival in the Midwest
held on an island in the middle of the Mississippi River!
July 27th & 28th, 2007
Prairie du Chien, Wisconsin on St. Feriole Island
Click HERE for Complete Schedule
Friday, July 27, 2007
The Tom Hunter Band -
Alvin Jett &
Phat noiZ -
Plus Big Daddy Cade & The Blues Masters
Saturday, July 28, 2007
Everett Smithson Band -
Kevin "B.F." Burt & the Instigators
Mark Sallings & the Famous Unknowns
Steve Arvey & The Saxtelles - Lil' Ed & The Blues Imperials Anthony Gomes
Plus Pete Cornelius (from Australia)
Festival Website http://www.prairiedogblues.com/
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