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Brian Lupo Band :: Celebrating the return of the prodigal son

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Brian Lupo Band :: Celebrating the return of the prodigal son
Wednesday, April 20, 2016 9:00 PM
Rosa's Lounge, Chicago, IL
  • 21 & over
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  • Ticket Price: $5.00 - $7.00
  • Door Time: 8:00 PM
  • Show Type: Blues
  • Restrictions: 21 & over

The Prodigal Son, also known as the Lost Son, Brian Lupo, is one of the best known parables of Rosa's Lounge. 

The parable begins with this young man who asks Mamma Rosa to give him his share of Blues fame.
Brian Lupo travels to a distant country and wastes all his money in wild living. When a famine strikes, he becomes desperately poor and is forced to take work as a swineherd. When he reaches the point of envying the pigs he is looking after, he finally comes to his senses. "How many hired blues musicians of my mother Rosa have bread enough to spare, and I'm dying with hunger! I will get up and go to Rosa's Lounge, and will tell her, 'Mother, I have sinned against blues heaven, and in your sight. I am no more worthy to be called your son. Make me as one of your hired bluesman."

Brian does not even have time to finish his rehearsed speech, since Mama Rosa calls for his friends to dress him in a fine robe, a ring, and sandals, and slaughter the "fattened calf" for a celebratory meal. The older son, Tony Mangiullo who was at work in the fields, hears the sound of celebration, and is told about the return of his younger blues brother Brian. He is not impressed, and becomes angry.

The parable concludes with Mamma Rosa explaining that because the younger son had returned, in a sense, from the dead, celebration was necessary.

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Brian Lupo: Guitarist, Brian Lupo, was born on the northwest side of Chicago on November 18, 1976. A graduate of Notre Dame High School, Lupo (who had always been a fan of rock and roll – especially, The Allman Brothers Band) was a late bloomer when it came to playing blues guitar. In fact, he did not pick up the instrument until 1996 (at the age of 20). Still, once he picked up that first Fender Stratocaster, he would rarely be seen without it again. He spent the next 5 years wood-shedding intensely and honing his unique sound. He immersed himself in the classic recordings of artists such as Muddy Waters and B.B. King. When he finally did come up for air, he found himself a much sought after sideman for some of the most popular singers on Chicago’s hard-scrabble west side. More about Brian...