Each week, Chicago Blues Experience brings you the latest news on blues artists, venues, and events around Chicago.

Blues news

Chicago Blues Experience artist board member Gary Clark Jr. sat down with Premier Guitar to talk about his new album, The Story of Sonny Boy Slim. Read about his childhood certainty that he’d be a blues musician and how many instruments he plays on the album (hint: almost all of them).

On the heels of the release of her eighth album, Chicago Blues Experience artist board member Shemekia Copeland dropped by NPR to play a few tunes and talk about the album as well as growing up performing alongside her famous father. On the new album, Copeland puts her own spin on one of her father’s tracks, “Devil’s Hand.” Copeland’s first album was released on the storied Chicago label Alligator Records in 1998.

This weekend’s spotlight shows

…at Blue Chicago: Maurice John Vauhn Blues Band with Shirley Johnson (Friday and Saturday); Mz Peachez Blues Band

…at Buddy Guy’s Legends: Mike Wheeler with Chicago Blues Angels (Friday); Carlos Johnson with Randy Johnson (Saturday); Sheryl Youngblood (Sunday)

…at Chicago B.L.U.E.S. Bar: Demetria Taylor Blues Band (Friday); Toronzo Cannon and the Cannonball Express (Saturday); Ronnie Hicks and Masheen Co. (Sunday)

Here’s a taste of what to expect from Toronzo Cannon—tie and overalls included.

…at Kingston Mines: Billy Branch and Vance Kelly (Friday and Saturday); Claudette Miller and Linsey Alexander (Sunday) [Special note: Sunday blues jam with Linsey Alexander (Sunday 6–9:30pm)]

Get out and hear some blues this weekend!


Christa · October 14, 2015 at 10:51 pm

Awesome to see these updates each week … thank you and keep up the great work!

Sima · August 2, 2017 at 7:47 am

Thanks, it is quite informative

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