March 05

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, Mar 5, 2024
March 06

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, Mar 6, 2024
March 07 - March 28

Joey J. Saye -'Traditional Blues Hour' 8:30 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, Mar 7, 2024
Thu, Mar 14, 2024
Thu, Mar 21, 2024
Thu, Mar 28, 2024
with:
March 07 - 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, Mar 7, 2024
Thu, Mar 14, 2024
Thu, Mar 21, 2024
Thu, Mar 28, 2024
Thu, Apr 18, 2024
Thu, Apr 25, 2024
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March 08

Nate Manos Band feat. Alicia Ya Yah Townsend

with Alicia 'Ya Yah' Townsend

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.

Fri, Mar 8, 2024
March 09

Rico McFarland Band :: Celebrating Rico's B-Day

For years, Rico McFarland played guitar for such luminous blues artists as James Cotton and Lucky Peterson, before finally launching his solo career in 2001 to much acclaim. Born on March 5, 1960, the Chicago guitarist worked with countless blues artists over the years: Albert King, Otis Clay, Syl Johnson, Artie White, Kinsey Report, and more. He is perhaps best known for working with Cotton and Peterson, however. McFarland recorded his solo debut album, Tired of Being Alone, for Evidence Records in 2001 with a large roster of guests, including vocalists Otis Clay, Syl Johnson, Billy Branch, and Teela. The album won much acclaim and earned McFarland a 2002 W.C. Handy nomination for Best New Artist of the Year.

Sat, Mar 9, 2024
March 04 - March 31

Sorry, we are closed Sundays & Mondays!

"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, we won't be gone for long! 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!"

Mon, Mar 4, 2024
Sun, Mar 10, 2024
Mon, Mar 11, 2024
Sun, Mar 17, 2024
Mon, Mar 18, 2024
Sun, Mar 24, 2024
March 12

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, Mar 12, 2024
March 13

Nicholas Alexander

Nicholas Alexander, son of the renowned blues musician Linsey Alexander, is making his mark in the music scene with a blend of blues and soul influences. Growing up under the guidance of his father, known as the original “Hoochie Man,” Nicholas has embraced his musical heritage while carving out his unique sound.

Nicholas's deep connection to his father's music is evident in his performances, whether filling in for Linsey at prestigious events like the Delmark tribute at the Chicago Blues Festival or gracing the stage at local clubs. His upcoming album features songs that pay homage to Linsey's legacy, with the first single, “Mona Lisa was a Man,” holding a special significance as one of Nicholas's earliest guitar influences.

In collaboration with a talented ensemble of Chicago musicians, Nicholas is set to release his album, showcasing a fusion of blues and soul that reflects his musical evolution. Despite his roots in the blues, Nicholas aims to bring a fresh perspective to the genre by infusing elements of sixties and seventies soul music into his work.

With the release of his second single, “Popcorn,” on March 8th, produced by Connor Korte, Nicholas Alexander continues to push boundaries and deliver dynamic interpretations of classic tunes. His music, including singles like “Mona Lisa was a Man” and “Popcorn,” will be available on all major streaming platforms, offering listeners a taste of his innovative approach to blues and soul music. Stay tuned for updates on the official album release as Nicholas Alexander embarks on a musical journey that honors tradition while embracing new creative horizons.

Wed, Mar 13, 2024
March 15

Gráinne Duffy & Friends :: w/ Dave Herrero - Debut Live Showcase at Rosa's Lounge: Direct from Ireland

An Irish blues singer of real integrity,” is how the Sunday Times describes Gráinne Duffy after her remarkable debut album, "Out Of The Dark," which led her to her first performance at the Glastonbury Festival. In recent years, the Irish guitarist, singer, and songwriter has gone far beyond this, exploring the blues and its diverse history more intensely while achieving her Ph.D. doctorate, focusing on early female blues artists. Simultaneously, Duffy released two albums, "Voodoo Blues" and "Dirt Woman Blues." Both albums blend the roots of the blues with a contemporary sound alongside her native Irish phrasing, imbuing Celtic undertones.

Throughout her career, she has opened and shared stages with artists such as Robben Ford, Little Feat, Billy Gibbons, Mavis Staples, Keb’ Mo’, Marc Ford, and Eric Gales. In 2014 and 2015, Duffy was voted the winner in the Blues Matters Writers Poll in the categories of "Best Vocalist" and "Best Solo Artist."

Her fourth studio album, "Voodoo Blues," released in 2020, led to Duffy becoming the winner of the Independent Blues Awards 2021 in the category of "Best Modern Roots Artist." In August 2021, together with Johnny Logan (Eurovision winner) and accompanied by the RTE Symphony Orchestra, Duffy recorded a unique version of The Beatles' "Hey Jude" for RTE TV.

In May 2023, Duffy released her fifth studio album, "Dirt Woman Blues," produced by renowned Grammy winner Chris Goldsmith (Ben Harper, Blind Boys Of Alabama) and the seminal guitarist Marc Ford (of The Black Crowes). The album reached No. 1 in the USA RMR and remained in the Top 50 for 39 consecutive weeks while achieving No. 2 in Australia's Top 30 Blues Airplay and No. 2 in the UK IBBA Top 40.

In June 2023, Duffy's new album, "Dirt Woman Blues," was also nominated for the annual Blues Blast Music Awards 2023 in the category of "Best Blues Rock Album." She was also nominated as the 5th Best Blues Album for 2023 by Classic Rock Magazine.

Fri, Mar 15, 2024
March 16

Melvin Taylor & The Slack Band :: Celebrating Melvin's B-day

"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, Mar 16, 2024
March 19

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, Mar 19, 2024
March 20 - May 15

Rosa's Blues-Jam

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, Mar 20, 2024
Wed, Apr 17, 2024
Wed, May 15, 2024
March 22

Morry Sochat & the Special 20'

Morry Sochat & The Special 20’s are bringing a fresh sound to the Chicago Blues scene. They mix classic Chicago Blues with Swing and Rock N’ Roll from the 1950’s. The band is influenced by the best in blues history. Muddy Waters, Little Walter, Louis Jordan, Junior Wells, and all of the Chicago greats.

Fri, Mar 22, 2024
March 23

Ivan Gomez Singh Band :: Rising Blues Sensation from Argentina

Ivan Singh, a 29-year-old guitarist from Cordoba, Argentina, has gained significant recognition as one of the country's most renowned blues guitar players. His distinct style revolves around his unique can-box-guitar, known as "Lata de Batata," and his exceptional approach to playing it. Ivan has showcased his talents not only across Argentina but also in various locations around the world, including Chicago, Memphis, New York, Austin TX (USA), Madrid, Paris, Barcelona (EU), and Brazil, Chile, among other South American countries.

His 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, Jimmy Burns, and many more.

Sat, Mar 23, 2024
March 26

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, Mar 26, 2024
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March 27

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, Mar 27, 2024
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March 29

Pete Galanis & Friends Feat. Dave Herrero :: Celebrating Pete's B-Day

with Dave Herrero

Pete Galanis gained recognition as the talented guitarist for Chicago Blues/Jam Band, Howard & The White Boys, when he joined the group at the age of 26 in 2004. His exceptional blues skills, coupled with his natural versatility in handling funk, R&B, and rock styles, seamlessly integrated with the band's signature sound. Galanis brought an exciting, youthful exuberance to their music, evident on their latest release "Made in Chicago" from Evidence Records.

In 2012, Galanis collaborated with Manos on their debut album, featuring all-original music. Additionally, in 2010, he became part of Rob Blaine's Big Otis Blues, contributing to the band's debut album, "Big Otis Blues." Their performance at the 2011 International Blues Challenge in Memphis earned them a remarkable third-place ranking worldwide.

Throughout his career, Galanis has had the honor of sharing the stage with a remarkable lineup of musicians, including Buddy Guy, Sheryl Crow, Steppenwolf, Aretha Franklin, John Mayer, Robert Randolph, and many others. The list goes on to include esteemed names like Hubert Sumlin, Bob Margolin, Lil' Ed, Tab Benoit, and numerous other blues legends.

Pete Galanis's musical journey is characterized by his exceptional talent and his ability to captivate audiences with his remarkable guitar skills.

Fri, Mar 29, 2024
March 30

Joanna Connor Band

Chicago-based Connor is best known as one of the reigning Queens of blue rock guitar. 4801 South Indiana Avenue is released on Joe Bonamassa’s new independent blues record label Keeping The Blues Alive today! The album is available here

“We chose the album title 4801 South Indiana Avenue because it was the actual street address of the hallowed funky blues sanctuary ‘Theresa’s Lounge,’ says Connor. “We want the listener to open that door, walk in, and feel to their core some of the magic that a place like that brought night after night. It was an honor to bring this to you, the listener.”

Connor has played guitar with the who’s who of blues including the likes of James Cotton, Buddy Guy, Jimmy Page and Junior Wells.
An aggressively edgy and highly innovative blues-rock guitarist with a tight groove that encompasses jazz and funk, Joanna’s hailed by many as one of the most powerful and influential female guitarists on the planet.

Sat, Mar 30, 2024
April 02

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 2, 2024
April 04 - 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, Apr 4, 2024
Thu, Apr 11, 2024
Thu, May 9, 2024
Thu, May 16, 2024
April 05

Chris Pitts and The Memphis Prime :: Jus Wanna Live

Chris Pitts, a second-generation blues artist, discovered his love for the guitar at the age of five and later earned his stripes performing at iconic Memphis venues like This Is It and Wild Bill’s. Sharing the stage with legends like Bobby Rush and Blind Mississippi Morris, Pitts honed his craft. In 2016, he joined Mississippi Bigfoot, and now, as Chris Pitts and the Memphis Prime, he leads a dynamic showcase of blues classics, infusing a fresh and funky vibe into Old Soul music with unmatched passion and depth.

Fri, Apr 5, 2024
April 06

John Primer & The Real Deal Blues Band :: The Essential Primer for Your Blues Canvas

John Primer has undisputedly helped build the sound and style of Chicago blues as we know it today. The echos of tradition bellowing from the birthplaces he played such as: Maxwell Street, Theresa's, Checkerboard and Rosa's Lounges, pulse from every chord in his fingers today. John Primer is a Chicago Blues Living Legend.

Growing up on Mississippi sharecropper land in 1945, inspired by his family’s hard work and field songs daily, deep devotion to spirituals on Sundays, and blues on Saturdays! John dreamed of one day playing with the Legendary Muddy Waters!

Moving to Chicago in 1963, he started on that path of becoming a great bluesman, getting his first steady gig at the legendary Maxwell Street in Chicago on Sunday's and at the famous Theresa’s Lounge seven nights a week for seven years! John was taught by the founding fathers of the blues! Starting out with his own band the Maintainers with Pat Rushing on Maxwell Street, he then moved on to play with the legendary Sammy Lawhorn and Junior Wells at Theresa's Lounge. He worked hard and impressed Willie Dixon enough to go on tour with him and his Chicago Blues All-Stars Band. At this point he was known and John's dream finally came true in 1981 when he got to play with his idol, Muddy Waters! Muddy called for him to lead his band and changed his life forever. After Muddy’s untimely death, he joined up with Magic Slim & The Teardrops for the next 14 years, traveling all over the world.

John paid his dues and in 1995 he began leading his own band, The Real Deal Blues Band. He has been recorded more than 87 albums with 17 albums in his own name. He has written and produced more than 55 songs on more than 6 record labels including his own, Blues House Productions. Earning 2 Grammy Award nominations, given 2 Lifetime Achievement Awards, inducted into the Chicago Blues Hall of Fame, awarded the "Muddy Award" for being a traditional blues icon, winning a Blues Music Award, Blues Blast Awards and countless other awards, John Primer is a legendary Chicago Blues Icon!

Sat, Apr 6, 2024
April 09

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 9, 2024
April 10

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, Apr 10, 2024
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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 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 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

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
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

Harrell Davenport

Harrell "Young Rell" Davenport is a standout American blues artist, celebrated for his innovative approach to modern blues. Globally acclaimed, Young Rell enchants audiences with his emotive vocals, skillful guitar playing, and heartfelt performances. His music beautifully merges the soul of traditional blues with fresh, contemporary sounds.

Young Rell's performances are a testament to his profound grasp of blues music, featuring complex guitar solos and deeply expressive vocals that connect directly with listeners. Whether through a powerful ballad or an upbeat track, his music consistently captivates.

As a modern blues visionary, Young Rell respects the genre's heritage while exploring new artistic horizons. His music, appealing to both die-hard blues fans and newcomers, showcases the blues' timeless ability to resonate emotionally and narrate compelling stories. Young Rell is quickly becoming a leading figure in the contemporary blues world, with each performance leaving audiences eagerly awaiting 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

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 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 04

Ghost Town Blues Band

"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 is a force to be reckoned with. Their performances, not your typical old-fashioned blues band, have captivated audiences across the United States, Canada, and Europe.

From their dynamic "second-line horn entrance" to their unique use of cigar box guitars and electric push brooms, GTBB brings a refreshing twist to the blues scene. Their live shows boast Allman Brothers-style jams and even feature a hip-hop trombone player. The band's unmatched stage presence and energy have earned them the title of the best new live blues show in the world.

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 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 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

ohn 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 :: '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, Jun 5, 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
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