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April 12

Luke Pytel Band feat. Laretha Weathersby

with Luke Pytel

Laretha Weathersby is a captivating presence on stage, known for her dynamic and effervescent performance style. Her soulful and delicate vibrato lends a natural, bluesy quality to her music. She was honored as the "Chicago Blues Diva of the Year" for 2009-2010 and has been featured in The Chicago Tribune's "The Year In Photos." Weathersby's performances are a blend of traditional Blues, R&B, Soul, and Top 40 classics, delivered with both passion and grace. Her magnetic stage presence and spirited dancing never fail to enthrall audiences, ensuring that every moment of her performance is a must-see. Even in large venues, Weathersby has a unique ability to connect with her audience, seamlessly combining spellbinding dance moves with flawless vocal delivery, creating an unforgettable experience for all who attend.


Fri, Apr 12, 2024
April 13

Toronzo Cannon :: When Will You Tell Him About Me

Toronzo Cannon, a leading figure in Chicago blues, is renowned for his powerful guitar work and compelling vocals. His 2016 Alligator Records debut, "The Chicago Way," propelled him to international acclaim, and his latest album, "The Preacher, The Politician Or The Pimp," further cements his status as a trailblazer in contemporary blues. Cannon's dynamic live performances have earned him widespread praise and a devoted global following.
Sat, Apr 13, 2024
April 14 - June 30

Sundays and Mondays - Open for Special Events Only

Did you know the world was created in just 5 nights? Yes! Specifically Tue-Sat. And on the 6th and 7th, even the creators took a break! That's right, just like the universe's founding mothers, we'll be taking a well-deserved rest on Sundays and Mondays. But don't worry, If you have an idea for a special event during our off days or any other day, please feel free to contact us. We're always looking for new ways to keep the fun going. Thanks for your understanding, and we'll see you soon!

Sun, Apr 14, 2024
Mon, Apr 15, 2024
Sun, Apr 21, 2024
Mon, Apr 22, 2024
Mon, Apr 29, 2024
Sun, May 5, 2024
April 16

Dave Herrero & Friends

Raised in a small beach town outside of Tampa, Florida, Dave Herrero was introduced to the local and national music scene though a family friend, sneaking out of military school at age 15 to regularly to see bands like the Arc Angels and Johnny Winter, and to go to a local blues jam at the Green Iguana on Monday nights, where local heroes like James and Lucky Peterson would frequently pop in.

Herrero got his start as a professional touring musician in 1996 in Jacksonville Beach, Florida, then moved to Austin, TX and joined Archie Bell and the Drells (of "Tighten Up" fame). In Austin, he quickly immersed himself into the Austin music community, playing with the likes of Gary Clark Jr, Charlie Sexton, Lazy Lester, Matt Powell, Seth Walker all the while starting the Blues Society of Austin with friends, Mark "Kaz" Kazanoff, Nancy Coplin and Nicole Shiro. It was in Austin that Dave honed in on his guitar playing, singing and songwriting skills, that he then took with him to Chicago. More about Dave Herrero

Tue, Apr 16, 2024
April 17

Rosa's Blues-Jam Feat. Sean McKee and Al Shorter

Rosa's Lounge is excited to announce the long-awaited return of its legendary Blues-Jam, now scheduled to take place on the third Wednesday of each month. Since its establishment in 1984, Rosa's Blues-Jam has been a stage for iconic blues personalities such as Chico Chism, Buddy Scott, Valerie Wellington, James Wheeler, Melvin Taylor, Sugar Blue, Lil Ed, Willie Buck, Mary Lane, and many others. The Blues-Jam has always attracted seasoned, world-known recording artists as well as novices with a strong will to learn and network with other musicians. Our focus is on creating the best possible music. What sets Rosa's Blues-Jam apart is its commitment to providing direction and suggestions based on classic Blues songs, paying respect to the original black creators of the Blues. Musicians are welcomed to bring their instruments and immerse themselves in the blues, getting acquainted with the environment and with the intention of creating an unforgettable musical experience.

Wed Apr 17 2024, 8:30 PM
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April 18 - April 25

Joey J. Saye :: Traditional Blues Hour 8:30 PM - 9:30 PM

Joey J. Saye: A Rising Star in Chicago's Blues Legacy

Joey J. Saye, a gifted guitarist, singer, and songwriter, has been a shining presence in Chicago's vibrant music scene since the age of 15. Embarking on his musical journey at such a young age, he quickly captivated audiences with his innate talent and undeniable passion. Over the years, Joey J. has meticulously nurtured his craft, finding his voice amidst the rich tapestry of the city's blues heritage.

At the heart of Joey J.'s journey is his immersion in the Chicago blues scene, a realm where the legends have left their indelible mark. Influenced by luminaries like Robert Lockwood Jr., Jimmy Rogers, Otis Rush, Pat Hare, and Magic Sam, Joey J. has deftly blended these iconic styles into his own musical identity. His performances are an homage to the masters while retaining a contemporary edge that showcases his distinct personality.

Sharing the stage with acclaimed artists is a testament to Joey J.'s undeniable talent. Collaborations with the likes of John Primer, Jimmy Burns, Willie Buck, Mary Lane, Dave Herrero, Felix Reyes, Mondo Cortez and Tom Holland have allowed him to not only learn from his peers but also to contribute his unique sound to Chicago's musical legacy.

Thu, Apr 18, 2024
Thu, Apr 25, 2024
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April 18 - May 30

Rosa's All-Stars Band feat. Lil Ed Williams

with Ariyo

Experience the electrifying energy of Lil' Ed Williams, known for lighting up the stage with his band 'The Blues Imperials,' in a rare live performance with an all-star ensemble in an intimate setting. Described as "electrifying, raucous, pure Chicago blues," Lil' Ed is celebrated for his exceptional guitar skills, captivating slide technique, and charismatic stage presence. Critics hail him for his intense and soulful blues performances, characterized by scorching slide guitar and infectious rhythms that exude joy and passion. Don't miss this opportunity to witness Lil' Ed Williams in a dynamic and unforgettable live show.

Thu, Apr 18, 2024
Thu, Apr 25, 2024
Thu, May 2, 2024
Thu, May 23, 2024
Thu, May 30, 2024
April 19

Jamiah Rogers 'The Dirty Deacon Denzel' and The Dirty Chuch Band

Over 50 years after Jimi Hendrix set the music world ablaze, Jamiah Rogers, alongside a select group of his contemporaries, is reigniting the fire with their electrifying blues performances. For Rogers and his peers, the blues is more than just an emotion; it's a compelling call to action, a genre that fuels their creative drive and transforms their guitars into instruments of sonic exploration. They are at the forefront of a new blues era, ready to take their music beyond the stars.

Now at 28, Jamiah Rogers has matured from the promising young talent of the past decade into a powerhouse performer with a reputation that spans continents. With notable performances in Canada and Europe, and collaborations with artists like Annika Chambers, John Primer, and Billy Branch, Rogers has firmly established himself as a Chicago Blues luminary on the global stage. He has embraced the title of “Blues Superman,” a hero dedicated to keeping the blues vibrant and alive. Adopting the new stage name “The Dirty Deacon Denzel” and leading “The Dirty Chuch Band,” Rogers continues to evolve, showcasing his exceptional talent and passion for the blues.

Fri, Apr 19, 2024
April 20

Milk’n Blues: Direct from Brazil - A Premier Live Performance

Milk’n Blues Band: Formed by friends Aline Mota and Anne Glober, the group expanded to include Ricardo Maranhão, Indiara Sfair, Eduardo Machado, and Piatan Sfair. Their unique blend of Rock, Blues, and Pop has captivated audiences since 2012 across Brazil. With a debut album featuring original tracks influenced by various genres, they have made waves on major streaming platforms and in TV and radio appearances nationally and internationally. More about the band...

Sat, Apr 20, 2024
April 23 - June 25

Dave Herrero & Friends

Raised in a small beach town outside of Tampa, Florida, Dave Herrero was introduced to the local and national music scene though a family friend, sneaking out of military school at age 15 to regularly to see bands like the Arc Angels and Johnny Winter, and to go to a local blues jam at the Green Iguana on Monday nights, where local heroes like James and Lucky Peterson would frequently pop in.

Herrero got his start as a professional touring musician in 1996 in Jacksonville Beach, Florida, then moved to Austin, TX and joined Archie Bell and the Drells (of "Tighten Up" fame). In Austin, he quickly immersed himself into the Austin music community, playing with the likes of Gary Clark Jr, Charlie Sexton, Lazy Lester, Matt Powell, Seth Walker all the while starting the Blues Society of Austin with friends, Mark "Kaz" Kazanoff, Nancy Coplin and Nicole Shiro. It was in Austin that Dave honed in on his guitar playing, singing and songwriting skills, that he then took with him to Chicago. More about Dave Herrero

Tue, Apr 23, 2024
Tue, May 7, 2024
Tue, May 14, 2024
Tue, May 21, 2024
Tue, May 28, 2024
Tue, Jun 4, 2024
April 24

Sonia Astacio

Sonia Astacio, a prominent figure in the Chicago Blues scene, graces renowned venues such as Buddy Guy’s Legends, Blue Chicago, Kingston Mines, and Rosa’s Lounge. A Chicago native born to a Dominican American family, she discovered her passion for music through singing in church. Initially captivated by Jazz, Sonia's musical journey shifted after experiencing the Blues performances of Muddy Waters and The Rolling Stones. Infusing her Afro-Latina heritage, she brings a unique touch to Blues standards in Spanish. Leading The Sonia Astacio Band, she delivers a live performance that mirrors her Chicago upbringing as a black Latina.

Wed, Apr 24, 2024
April 26

Ivy Ford Band :: Time To Shine

Ivy Ford, is one of the leading "youngbloods" of blues and brings a refreshing yet classic face to the music. She formerly handled her cherry red, Epiphone-339 with as much confidence as any of the bluesmen today and can belt out notes to fill a room and serenade a phrase sweeter than sugar in ways that make anyone and everyone tune in to what she has to say. With her latest "Buddy Guy," polka dot stratocastor Ivy Ford, always respects the history and tradition of roots and blues music, while presenting it in a fresh, young and trendy way.

Fri, Apr 26, 2024
April 27

Rising Star 17-Year-Old Harrell "Young Rell" Davenport Debut at Rosa's Lounge

17-year-old Harrell "Young Rell" Davenport is a dexterous and inventive guitarist and a fat-toned harmonica phenom, Young Rell is already a commanding vocalist and a poetic and poignant songwriter. Whether he is accompanying himself on guitar while playing harmonica on a rack and singing, or alternating between guitar and harmonica with an ensemble, Young Rell sings his songs with sincerity and without a hint of affectation, working the stage with the poise and charisma of a veteran performer.

A prolific and engaging presence on social media, Young Rell has created a global community of fans and followers who have not only praised his talent but engaged enthusiastically with him on the subject of musicianship, musical instruments and past generations of famous and obscure blues inspirations.

As a child, Rell navigated personal struggles and trauma by immersing himself in music that was born in response to oppression and hardship. He found solace studying and expressing himself in the blues.

His community building and graceful social interaction have landed him relationships and experiences with the greatest blues artists alive today. He has been championed by Billy Branch, Kingfish Ingram, Bob Margolin, Bernard Allison and many others. He has already performed at the King Biscuit Blues Festival, both of Morgan Freeman’s Ground Zero Blues Clubs in Mississippi, Red’s Juke Joint in Clarksdale, and many more.

Sat, Apr 27, 2024
April 28 - October 27

Old Town School's Blues Band Showcase

Join us to experience students working out the blues with their own bands from the Old Town School of Folk Music. Witness the transformation that seven weeks of practice can bring to their sound! These performances will feature multiple groups playing non-stop music from 4:30 PM to 8:00 PM.

Admission is free for these performances.

Sun, Apr 28, 2024
Sun, Jun 23, 2024
Sun, Aug 18, 2024
Sun, Oct 27, 2024
April 30

Nate Manos

Nate Manos is known by his peers and blues fans alike as one of the premier young Blues, R&B & Soul singers and guitar players on the Chicago music scene. Other than fronting his own band, he is presently working with Chicago Blues Hall of Famer Sheryl Youngblood as the lead guitarist and second vocalist in “The Sheryl Youngblood Blues Band”. Nate has multiple residencies at Chicago’s premier nightclubs Blue Chicago, Buddy Guy's Legends, and the legendary Rosa’s Lounge. Nate has worked and played with countless Chicago Blues greats such as Jimmy Johnson, A C Reed & The Sparkplugs, Nellie “Tiger” Travis, Shirley Johnson, Laretha Weathersby, Rico McFarland, Chico Banks, Pete Galanis, Omar Coleman, Toronzo Cannon. Nate also briefly co-fronted his own project with Delmark Recording artist and Omar Coleman, and blues guitar great and one of the original Sons Of Blues, Dan Carelli, in a band called “The Troubled Minds”. Nate has been blessed to share festival and nightclub stages with some of his idols and mentors, such as Buddy Guy, Jimmy Johnson, Chicago, Kool & The Gang, The Fabulous Thunderbirds, George Thorogood, Les Getrex, A C Reed, and Lil’ Ed & The Blues Imperials.

Tue, Apr 30, 2024
May 01

Sheryl Youngblood

Sheryl Youngblood, a Chicago Blues Hall of Fame inductee, envelops audiences with the rich tapestry of Gospel, R&B, and Blues in her ballads. Her soul-stirring performances transcend genres, captivating listeners with a blend of heartfelt melodies and high-energy rock. From her roots in a musically talented family to sharing the stage with icons like Jennifer Hudson and Buddy Guy, Sheryl's musical odyssey is a testament to her exceptional talent and unwavering commitment to music. As a versatile artist - vocalist, drummer, songwriter, and bandleader - she continues to enthrall global audiences with her soulful renditions and passionate dedication to her craft.

Wed, May 1, 2024
May 03

John Primer & The Real Deal Blues Band

John Primer: A Chicago Blues Living Legend

John Primer has undisputedly helped shape the sound and style of Chicago blues. The echoes of tradition from the birthplaces he played, such as Maxwell Street, Theresa's, Checkerboard, and Rosa's Lounge, can be heard in every chord he plays. John Primer is a true Chicago Blues Living Legend.

Born in 1945 on a Mississippi sharecropper's land, Primer was inspired by his family's hard work, field songs, and the blues. His dream was to one day play with the legendary Muddy Waters.

In 1963, Primer moved to Chicago and began his journey to becoming a great bluesman. He started with a steady gig at the legendary Maxwell Street and then played seven nights a week for seven years at the famous Theresa's Lounge, where he was taught by the founding fathers of the blues.

Primer's talent caught the attention of Willie Dixon, who took him on tour with his Chicago Blues All-Stars Band. In 1981, Primer's dream came true when he got to play with Muddy Waters, who called him to lead his band, a life-changing experience.

After Muddy's passing, Primer joined Magic Slim & The Teardrops for 14 years, traveling the world. In 1995, he began leading his own band, The Real Deal Blues Band. Primer has been recorded on more than 87 albums, with 17 under his own name, and has written and produced over 55 songs.

Primer's contributions to the blues have been widely recognized. He has received two Grammy Award nominations, two Lifetime Achievement Awards, been inducted into the Chicago Blues Hall of Fame, awarded the "Muddy Award," and won numerous Blues Music Awards and Blues Blast Awards. John Primer is a true Chicago Blues Icon, whose music continues to inspire and captivate audiences worldwide.

Fri, May 3, 2024
May 04

Ghost Town Blues Band

Ghost Town Blues Band: Redefining the Blues Landscape

"Shine," the new album by Ghost Town Blues Band (GTBB), made an explosive entry at #1 on the Billboard Blues Chart. Embodying a Memphis spirit and breaking the STAX tradition with their contemporary blues vision, GTBB's rise represents an invigorating shift in the blues scene, as praised by Living Blues Magazine.

This Beale Street success story has been making waves, headlining at prestigious events like The Montreal Jazz Festival and The Lucerne Blues Festival in Switzerland. With 5-time Blues Blast Music Award nominations and recognition as International Blues Challenge Runner-up, Ghost Town Blues Band has firmly established itself as a force to be reckoned with in the blues world.

What sets GTBB apart is their unique approach to the genre. Their performances are far from your typical old-fashioned blues band. From the dynamic "second-line horn entrance" to the innovative use of cigar box guitars and electric push brooms, the band brings a refreshing twist to the blues scene. Their live shows boast Allman Brothers-style jams and even feature a captivating hip-hop trombone player, captivating audiences across the United States, Canada, and Europe.

The band's unmatched stage presence and energy have earned them the well-deserved title of the best new live blues show in the world. With their contemporary blues vision, Ghost Town Blues Band is redefining the boundaries of the genre and inspiring a new generation of blues enthusiasts.

As they continue to push the limits of traditional blues, Ghost Town Blues Band remains a shining example of the genre's enduring power to evolve and captivate. Their rise to the top of the Billboard Blues Chart and their acclaimed performances on the international stage solidify their status as one of the most exciting and innovative blues acts of our time.

Sat, May 4, 2024
May 08

Stefan Hillesheim :: 'When I'm Gone'

Originally from Koblenz, Germany Stefan Hillesheim moved to the US in 2014. Stefan played in several gospel, funk, rock, and R&B groups in southern California before he relocated to Chicago, IL in pursuit of a full-time career as a blues musician. The blues has always been at the heart of Stefan’s passion for music - Chicago provided the ideal scene for him to grow as a blues artist and learn from the best and most authentic sources. Stefan is best known for his slide guitar playing, soulful vocals, and dynamic live performances. Being considered an "old soul", Stefan's main inspirations are Elmore James, Howlin' Wolf, and Albert King.

Wed, May 8, 2024
May 09 - May 16

Rosa's All-Stars Band Feat. Tom Holland

With a legacy spanning over a remarkable 25 years, Tom Holland (of the Shuffle Kings) have left an indelible mark on the global blues stage. Their musical journey has taken them to renowned clubs and prestigious festivals across the world, enchanting audiences with their soul-stirring performances.

At the heart of this musical force is Tom Holland, a blues virtuoso whose dedication to his craft has propelled him to remarkable heights. Tom's musical journey reads like a who's who of blues legends – from sharing the stage with the iconic John Primer to harmonizing with the legendary Eddy Clearwater. Most recently, Tom had the distinct privilege of collaborating with the late James Cotton, a true luminary of the blues genre. These experiences haven't just shaped his artistry; they've solidified his reputation as one of the most sought-after blues musicians in the contemporary scene.

Thu, May 9, 2024
Thu, May 16, 2024
May 10

Stephen Hull Experience :: I'll Play The Blues For You

Meet the sensational talent of Stephen Hull Experience, a young force breathing new life into the blues scene. Born in 1999 in Racine, Wisconsin, Stephen Hull discovered his love for blues at 14, drawing inspiration from legends like Albert King and B.B. King. His guitar mastery, soulful vocals, and infectious personality define his musical journey. A rising star in Chicago's blues clubs and southeastern Wisconsin venues, Stephen has garnered attention in publications like Living Blues and Blues & Rhythm: The Gospel Truth. From the Chicago Blues Fest to the Mississippi Valley Blues Fest, Stephen Hull is making waves.

Fri, May 10, 2024
May 11

Vino Louden Band :: Help Me

Singer/songwriter/guitarist Vino Louden gives his best whether he is performing for 20 or 20,000. He was handpicked by Koko Taylor to join her Blues Machine. When she saw Louden in an Otis Clay video, she knew she had to have him as her guitarist. Vino has also played with legends like Mighty Joe Young, Bobby Rush, and more. Vino has been leading his own band for over a decade domestically and internationally.

Sat, May 11, 2024
May 15

Rosa's Blues-Jam Feat. Zach Avery & Mike Scharf

Rosa's Lounge is excited to announce the long-awaited return of its legendary Blues-Jam, now scheduled to take place on the third Wednesday of each month. Since its establishment in 1984, Rosa's Blues-Jam has been a stage for iconic blues personalities such as Chico Chism, Buddy Scott, Valerie Wellington, James Wheeler, Melvin Taylor, Sugar Blue, Lil Ed, Willie Buck, Mary Lane, and many others. The Blues-Jam has always attracted seasoned, world-known recording artists as well as novices with a strong will to learn and network with other musicians. Our focus is on creating the best possible music. What sets Rosa's Blues-Jam apart is its commitment to providing direction and suggestions based on classic Blues songs, paying respect to the original black creators of the Blues. Musicians are welcomed to bring their instruments and immerse themselves in the blues, getting acquainted with the environment and with the intention of creating an unforgettable musical experience.

Wed May 15 2024, 8:30 PM
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May 17

Mike Wheeler Band :: That What Love Will Make You Do

Faster than a speeding bullet, more powerful than a locomotive, able to leap tall buildings in a single bound. Look up on the stage. It’s SuperMike, who can change the course of mighty rivers, bend steel strings with his bare hands, and who, disguised in Chicago sports caps as mild-mannered average guy, fights a never-ending battle for blues, soul and the true funktified way. In 2012 Delmark released Self Made Man. In his Living Blues magazine review David Whiteis wrote, “Wheeler’s music virtually explodes with affirmation… Throughout, Wheeler’s solos resonate with the joy of exploration and discovery, as well as with emotional power.” This new album features 12 new originals including “You Won’t Do Right”, “Brand New Cadillac” and the burning title track, TURN UP!!

Fri, May 17, 2024
May 18

Stephen Hull Experience :: I'll Play The Blues For You

Meet the sensational talent of Stephen Hull Experience, a young force breathing new life into the blues scene. Born in 1999 in Racine, Wisconsin, Stephen Hull discovered his love for blues at 14, drawing inspiration from legends like Albert King and B.B. King. His guitar mastery, soulful vocals, and infectious personality define his musical journey. A rising star in Chicago's blues clubs and southeastern Wisconsin venues, Stephen has garnered attention in publications like Living Blues and Blues & Rhythm: The Gospel Truth. From the Chicago Blues Fest to the Mississippi Valley Blues Fest, Stephen Hull is making waves.

Sat, May 18, 2024
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May 22

John Primer & Donna Herula :: An All-Acoustic Set

with Donna Herula

Born in 1945 in Camden, Mississippi, John Primer has become a revered and influential figure in the blues genre. Growing up in a farming community deeply immersed in work songs and spirituals, Primer's early exposure to music laid the foundation for his future career. His journey led him to Chicago in 1963, where he began his path to becoming a prominent bluesman. Primer's career flourished as he made significant contributions to various records, but it was his solo endeavors that truly showcased his mastery of soulful music. His solo career has garnered well-deserved recognition, solidifying his status as a purveyor of authentic blues music. Throughout his musical journey, Primer has shared the stage with iconic blues personalities like Muddy Waters and Magic Slim, leaving an indelible mark on the Chicago blues scene. His dedication to preserving the essence of blues music and mentoring younger musicians underscores his commitment to keeping the blues alive for future generations. With over 87 albums and numerous accolades under his belt, including Grammy nominations and inductions into the Chicago Blues Hall of Fame, John Primer stands as a legendary Chicago Blues Icon. Don't miss the chance to experience firsthand the exceptional talent and profound influence of this living legend.

Wed, May 22, 2024
May 24

Melody Angel Band :: Keep On Knocking

Melody Angel, a Chicago singer-guitarist, defies genre boundaries with a unique blend of Rhythm & Blues, Rock, Folk, and Funk, all anchored in the roots of Chicago blues. Her March 2021 album, "She Black," showcases her multifaceted talent, earning praise for its complexity and joyful spirit. Described as a one-woman Black Rock Coalition, Melody updates blues and rock with a hard-rock ferocity while infusing R&B and hip-hop elements. During the 2020 lockdown, she released powerful originals and videos. With a warm stage presence and virtuosic guitar skills, Melody Angel is hailed as a rising star in the music scene.

Fri, May 24, 2024
May 25

Carlos Johnson :: Don't Ever Leave Me

Carlos Johnson, a legendary Chicago blues musician born in 1953, discovered his musical calling at a young age. Surprising his parents by making music on a toy guitar, he soon graduated to a real six-string. Throughout high school, he honed his skills, performing in the Glee Club and sharing the stage with Sheila Hutchinson. Leaving school to pursue music, he later enlisted in the military before embarking on his illustrious blues career.

In the late '70s, Carlos joined forces with iconic blues queen Koko Taylor, marking the beginning of his Chicago blues journey. Over the years, he played with legends like Little Johnny Christian, Vance Kelly, and Son Seals, touring extensively and recording acclaimed albums. Carlos became a sought-after sideman, collaborating with various blues artists.

In 1989, he formed the Serious Blues Band and developed a devoted fan base in Poland. Carlos, a left-handed guitarist playing a right-handed instrument upside-down, influenced generations of players. His powerful vocals and aggressive playing style established him as one of the world's greatest contemporary blues guitarists. Inducted into the Chicago Blues Hall of Fame as a Master Blues Artist, Carlos Johnson's impact on the blues scene is enduring and influential.

Sat, May 25, 2024
May 31

Sheryl Youngblood :: Breaking Up Somebody's Home

Sheryl Youngblood, a Chicago Blues Hall of Fame inductee, envelops audiences with the rich tapestry of Gospel, R&B, and Blues in her ballads. Her soul-stirring performances transcend genres, captivating listeners with a blend of heartfelt melodies and high-energy rock. From her roots in a musically talented family to sharing the stage with icons like Jennifer Hudson and Buddy Guy, Sheryl's musical odyssey is a testament to her exceptional talent and unwavering commitment to music. As a versatile artist - vocalist, drummer, songwriter, and bandleader - she continues to enthrall global audiences with her soulful renditions and passionate dedication to her craft.

Fri, May 31, 2024
June 01

Melvin Taylor & The Slack Band

"One of the most exhilarating blues guitarists to emerge in the past decade is more a blues innovator than a purist, mixing jazz chords and rock influences into his tapestry of electric blues." -Rolling Stone Magazine

"A volcanic guitarist the sort of virtuosity that drags an audience into a world of risks and chances and excitement." -The New York Times

"Melvin Taylor isn't just a some unbelievable long-esteemed player of truly formidable skill but rather a treasury that proves beyond doubt that Melvin Taylor needs to be placed within the museum of the guitar greats: Wes Montgomery, George Benson, Chet Atkins, Frank Zappa, Earl Klugh, Jim Hall, Leo Kottke, Robert Fripp, Grant Green, Pat Metheny, all of 'em, regardless of style and genre." -Folk & Acoustic Music Exchange about "Beyond the Burning Guitar"

Sat, Jun 1, 2024
June 05

Stefan Hillesheim :: New Live CD Recording

Originally from Koblenz, Germany Stefan Hillesheim moved to the US in 2014. Stefan played in several gospel, funk, rock, and R&B groups in southern California before he relocated to Chicago, IL in pursuit of a full-time career as a blues musician. The blues has always been at the heart of Stefan’s passion for music - Chicago provided the ideal scene for him to grow as a blues artist and learn from the best and most authentic sources. Stefan is best known for his slide guitar playing, soulful vocals, and dynamic live performances. Being considered an "old soul", Stefan's main inspirations are Elmore James, Howlin' Wolf, and Albert King.

Wed, Jun 5, 2024
June 07

Lil' Jimmy Reed w/ Ben Levin :: During The Chicago Blues Fest At Millennium Park

Leon Atkins, also known as Lil’ Jimmy Reed – the embodiment of authentic blues talent. Those fortunate enough to hear him can vouch for the captivating power of his stinging guitar work, gritty vocals, and haunting harmonica skills. Standing tall with a charismatic presence, Lil’ Jimmy is the quintessence of classic Louisiana down-home blues tradition. Hailing from a shot-gun shack in Hardwood, LA, a small town nestled along the Mississippi River with a thriving cotton and sawmill industry, Leon's upbringing was immersed in the blues, absorbing its wailing melodies every night from a nearby club.

His musical journey began early, crafting his own guitar from a cigar box at the tender age of six. As a teenager, he honed his skills on both guitar and harmonica, taking the stage at local clubs in Baton Rouge. A fateful night filling in for blues legend Jimmy Reed led to him being dubbed "Lil’ Jimmy Reed," marking the start of his remarkable path to success in the world of blues music.

Fri, Jun 7, 2024
June 08

Stephen Hull Experience :: During the Chicago Blues Fest at Millennium Park

Meet the sensational talent of Stephen Hull Experience, a young force breathing new life into the blues scene. Born in 1999 in Racine, Wisconsin, Stephen Hull discovered his love for blues at 14, drawing inspiration from legends like Albert King and B.B. King. His guitar mastery, soulful vocals, and infectious personality define his musical journey. A rising star in Chicago's blues clubs and southeastern Wisconsin venues, Stephen has garnered attention in publications like Living Blues and Blues & Rhythm: The Gospel Truth. From the Chicago Blues Fest to the Mississippi Valley Blues Fest, Stephen Hull is making waves.

Sat, Jun 8, 2024
June 15

Mondo Cortez & Chicago Blues Angels :: CD Release Party - Call On Me - Lux records

Chicago Blues Angels is a high-energy band that captivates audiences with their blend of American Roots Music, Blues, Rockabilly, and Rock 'n' Roll, infused with a whole lot of soul. What sets them apart is their ability to bring traditional, old-school music to the forefront with a dynamic, electrifying performance.

Fronted by the virtuosic guitarist and vocalist Mondo Cortez, the band has shared the stage with legendary artists such as Buddy Guy, Jimmie Vaughan, Otis Rush, and the Fabulous Thunderbirds' Kim Wilson. Mondo's searing guitar work and soulful vocals, combined with the band's tight, groove-driven rhythm section, create a highly combustible mixture of danceable tunes.

Mondo Cortez, the band's leader, is a seasoned musician who has played with renowned artists like Nick Curran and the Fabulous Thunderbirds. He has been praised by fellow musicians, including Kid Ramos, who has dubbed him "The Brown Mound of Sound" for his powerful and passionate performances.

Sat, Jun 15, 2024
June 21

Lil Ed & The Blues Imperials

Lil' Ed & The Blues Imperials: Chicago Blues Royalty

"Electrifying, raucous, pure Chicago blues...Lil' Ed is a guitarist extraordinaire...slashing slide and flamboyant stage persona." –Chicago Tribune

"Rough and ready blues played with unmitigated intensity...Swirling, snarling, riveting slide...The Blues Imperials pound out riffs and rhythms like they're overdosing on boogie juice. Scorching and soulful, joyous and stomping." –Living Blues

In a city overflowing with unrivaled blues talent, Lil' Ed & The Blues Imperials have been standing tall for over 30 years as the undisputed royalty of Chicago blues. Fueled by Lil' Ed's gloriously rollicking slide work, deep blues string bending, and rough-edged, soulful vocals, the band's big sound is as real and hard-hitting as Chicago blues gets.

As the Chicago Sun-Times aptly describes, "Lil' Ed & The Blues Imperials are the hottest purveyors of bottleneck boogie to come out of Chicago since Hound Dog Taylor." Their electrifying live performances, marked by Lil' Ed's flamboyant stage presence and the band's relentless energy, have earned them a devoted following both in their hometown and around the world.

Through their uncompromising commitment to the blues tradition and their ability to infuse it with a fresh, modern edge, Lil' Ed & The Blues Imperials have cemented their status as one of the most respected and influential blues acts to emerge from the Windy City. As they continue to captivate audiences with their raw, soulful sound, this legendary band remains a shining beacon of Chicago's enduring blues legacy.

Fri, Jun 21, 2024
June 22

Ivan Gomez Singh Band :: Rising Blues Sensation From Argentina

Ivan Singh, a 29-year-old guitarist from Córdoba, Argentina, has carved out a distinct style that revolves around his unique "Lata de Batata" can-box-guitar and his exceptional approach to playing it. Born and raised in Argentina, Singh has brought his unique blend of traditional Argentine and classic Chicago blues to the heart of the Windy City's music scene.

Fusing the soulful rhythms and emotive scales of the Argentine music with the raw energy of Chicago's iconic blues bars, Singh has created a sound that is both fresh and deeply rooted in history. Through tireless performances and community collaborations, he is carving out a distinctive space for himself in the competitive Chicago blues arena.

Singh's live performances have seen him sharing the stage with esteemed artists such as Chris Cain, John Primer, Super Chican, Slam Allen, Lurrie Bell, Lil Ed, Cedric Burnside, Mike Wheeler, and Jimmy Burns, among others. His innovative approach has not only introduced a new perspective to the blues but has also inspired others to explore the cross-pollination of musical traditions.

As he continues to captivate audiences with his soulful and boundary-breaking artistry, Ivan Singh is cementing his legacy as a true ambassador of the blues, connecting the sounds of Argentina and Chicago in a way that transcends geographical and cultural barriers. He is a living testament to the genre's universal language and its power to bridge diverse cultures.

Sat, Jun 22, 2024
June 29

John Primer & The Real Deal Blues Band :: "It's just chicken wings with hot sauce."

John Primer: A Chicago Blues Living Legend

John Primer has undisputedly helped shape the sound and style of Chicago blues. The echoes of tradition from the birthplaces he played, such as Maxwell Street, Theresa's, Checkerboard, and Rosa's Lounge, can be heard in every chord he plays. John Primer is a true Chicago Blues Living Legend.

Born in 1945 on a Mississippi sharecropper's land, Primer was inspired by his family's hard work, field songs, and the blues. His dream was to one day play with the legendary Muddy Waters.

In 1963, Primer moved to Chicago and began his journey to becoming a great bluesman. He started with a steady gig at the legendary Maxwell Street and then played seven nights a week for seven years at the famous Theresa's Lounge, where he was taught by the founding fathers of the blues.

Primer's talent caught the attention of Willie Dixon, who took him on tour with his Chicago Blues All-Stars Band. In 1981, Primer's dream came true when he got to play with Muddy Waters, who called him to lead his band, a life-changing experience.

After Muddy's passing, Primer joined Magic Slim & The Teardrops for 14 years, traveling the world. In 1995, he began leading his own band, The Real Deal Blues Band. Primer has been recorded on more than 87 albums, with 17 under his own name, and has written and produced over 55 songs.

Primer's contributions to the blues have been widely recognized. He has received two Grammy Award nominations, two Lifetime Achievement Awards, been inducted into the Chicago Blues Hall of Fame, awarded the "Muddy Award," and won numerous Blues Music Awards and Blues Blast Awards. John Primer is a true Chicago Blues Icon, whose music continues to inspire and captivate audiences worldwide.

Sat, Jun 29, 2024
August 23

Sorry, Closed for Private Event

Dear Friend of Rosa’s Lounge,

Tonight, our stage undergoes a transformation into an exclusive realm of enchantment as we host a private event brimming with music and joy. In the spirit of crafting unforgettable memories, we will be closed to the public for this special occasion.

While our doors are closed tonight to all but our honored guests, please know that we eagerly anticipate welcoming you back to partake in the magic once more tomorrow night, August 24th, with Sheryl Youngblood Band.

We appreciate your understanding and ongoing support as we embark on this evening of wonder and celebration.

Warm Regards,

Rosa’s Lounge

Fri Aug 23 2024, 11:59 PM
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August 24

Sheryl Youngblood :: Breaking Up Somebody's Home

Sheryl Youngblood, a Chicago Blues Hall of Fame inductee, envelops audiences with the rich tapestry of Gospel, R&B, and Blues in her ballads. Her soul-stirring performances transcend genres, captivating listeners with a blend of heartfelt melodies and high-energy rock. From her roots in a musically talented family to sharing the stage with icons like Jennifer Hudson and Buddy Guy, Sheryl's musical odyssey is a testament to her exceptional talent and unwavering commitment to music. As a versatile artist - vocalist, drummer, songwriter, and bandleader - she continues to enthrall global audiences with her soulful renditions and passionate dedication to her craft.

Sat, Aug 24, 2024