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 16 - 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, Jun 16, 2024
Mon, Jun 17, 2024
Mon, Jun 24, 2024
Sun, Jun 30, 2024
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June 18 - June 25

Dave Herrero feat. Pete Galanis

with Pete Galanis

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, Jun 18, 2024
Tue, Jun 25, 2024
June 19

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 Jun 19 2024, 8:30 PM
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June 20

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, Jun 20, 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 23 - 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, Jun 23, 2024
Sun, Aug 18, 2024
Sun, Oct 27, 2024
June 26

Fran Banish :: Debut Live Performance At Rosa's Lounge

Original and Classic Blues, Rock, and Funk. Travel through space and time with us from Chicago to Memphis and New Orleans, from San Francisco to London, Outer Space and all points in between!

Fran is on guitar and vocals, Nick Fane is on bass and backing vocals, and Jahari Thompson is on drums.

Fran Banish is a Chicago born, formerly Los Angeles based Blues-Rock guitar legend. After receiving radio play in Chicago with the progressive pop-rock band Security, he toured and recorded internationally, earning a Gold Record award playing lead guitar and co-writing on Duncan Sheik’s Grammy nominated debut for Atlantic Records. He's done stage and session work with Keb’ Mo,' Rami Jaffe of The Wallflowers and The Foo Fighters, Dan Lavery of Tonic and The Fray, Berry Oakley Jr., Janiva Magness, Chris Stills (son of Stephen of CSN&Y), and Kofi Baker (son of Cream's Ginger Baker) among others. He's also been an in-demand guitar coach with clients including Keb' Mo', Bob Dylan and family, Doug Ardito of Puddle Of Mudd, Brian Bell of Weezer, and celebs like Christian Bale, Ethan Hawke, Brad Pitt, Will Ferrell, and Josh Charles. Fran also contributed guitar to the Golden Globe and Emmy Award winning Amazon comedy-drama, Transparent, and in 2018 played Robert Johnson's guitar parts for NBC TV's Timeless "King Of The Blues" episode.

Wed, Jun 26, 2024
June 27

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, Jun 27, 2024
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June 28

John Primer With Donna Herula Band :: All Acoustic Band

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.

Fri, Jun 28, 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
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July 02 - July 30

Dave Herrero feat. Pete Galanis

with Pete Galanis

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, Jul 2, 2024
Tue, Jul 9, 2024
Tue, Jul 16, 2024
Tue, Jul 23, 2024
Tue, Jul 30, 2024
July 06

Toronzo Cannon: SHUT UP & PLAY!

Toronzo Cannon stands as a leading figure in the Chicago blues scene, renowned for his electrifying guitar work and soul-stirring vocals. His 2016 debut album, "The Chicago Way," on the prestigious Alligator Records label, propelled him to international acclaim, showcasing his raw talent and authentic blues artistry.

Cannon's follow-up release, "The Preacher, The Politician Or The Pimp," further cemented his status as a trailblazer in contemporary blues, captivating audiences worldwide with his dynamic live performances and unwavering passion.

"Shut-up & Play": A Masterpiece of Emotion and Virtuosity

In his latest offering, "Shut-up & Play," Cannon delivers 11 striking new originals, each infused with purpose and passion. From scorching-hot blues to gospel-inspired rave-ups to deep, slow burners, the songs traverse the entire gamut of human emotions, all ignited by Cannon's dynamic guitar work and commanding, cathartic singing.

Sat, Jul 6, 2024
July 10

Omar Coleman: The Return of the Prodigal Son Blues

Omar Coleman is a rising blues star from Chicago's West Side, renowned for seamlessly blending authentic Chicago blues with soulful influences. Immersed in the city's rich musical heritage, Coleman discovered his passion for the harmonica and blues through interactions with musician clients at his former barbershop.

His albums on Delmark Records, like "Born & Raised" and "Westside Soul," showcase Coleman's distinctive sound - soulful vocals, masterful harmonica playing, and a fusion of blues and soul that resonates with both genres' enthusiasts. Critics praise him as "the real deal" and a torchbearer carrying Chicago's blues tradition into the future.

With dynamic live performances and a seasoned band, Omar Coleman has solidified his place as a new generation bluesman, delivering beautiful personal compositions that pay homage to the city's musical legacy while infusing it with his own soulful flair.

Wed, Jul 10, 2024
July 13

Funky Mojo Daddy: A Sizzling Live Debut at Rosa's Lounge

Funky Mojo Daddy is a soulful blues band hailing from Northwest Indiana. They have been actively performing since early 2000s, showcasing their unique blend of blues and funk.

Funky Mojo Daddy has established themselves as a prominent act in the local blues scene. Their longevity and consistent performances have earned them a dedicated following in the region.

Funky Mojo Daddy is known for their energetic live shows, captivating audiences with their groovy rhythms and soulful melodies. They have performed at various venues, including legendary Buddy Guy's Legends club in Chicago.

The band's sound is a fusion of blues, funk, and soul, drawing inspiration from various musical genres. Their repertoire includes original compositions as well as covers of classic blues and soul tracks, such as their rendition of the iconic "Ain't No Sunshine" by Bill Withers.

Sat, Jul 13, 2024
July 26

Stefan Hillesheim: Performing live! Songs from his new recording "Live at Rosa's Lounge"

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.

Fri, Jul 26, 2024
July 27

John Primer & The Real Deal Blues Band: "..ain't nothing but 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, Jul 27, 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