May 29

Sheryl Youngblood Band: "Woke up this morning, ain't no sunshine, one love"

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 29, 2024
May 30

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 May 30 2024, 8:30 PM
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May 30 - 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, May 30, 2024
Thu, Jun 6, 2024
Thu, Jun 20, 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 02 - 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 2, 2024
Mon, Jun 3, 2024
Mon, Jun 10, 2024
Sun, Jun 16, 2024
Mon, Jun 17, 2024
Mon, Jun 24, 2024
June 04 - 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, Jun 4, 2024
Tue, Jun 11, 2024
Tue, Jun 18, 2024
Tue, Jun 25, 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 Band

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 :: 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, Jun 8, 2024
June 09

Nate Manos All-Stars Blues Jam

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 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.

Sun, Jun 9, 2024
June 12

Cros :: Debut Live Performance at Rosa's Lounge

CROS is a Grammy-nominated blues powerhouse, taking 2nd place at the 2022 International Blues Challenge in Memphis and multiple wins at the Phoenix Blues Society's Blues Challenge. Formerly the bassist for Lucky Peterson and Grammy winner James Cotton, he's shared stages with blues icons like Buddy Guy, Koko Taylor, and Otis Rush.

Fusing soul, funk, blues, rock, R&B, and folk, CROS delivers a unique, emotionally-charged sound from his illustrious career. His spellbinding performances blend various styles seamlessly, leaving audiences simultaneously satisfied yet yearning for more of his exceptional artistry.

Wed, Jun 12, 2024
June 13 - 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 13, 2024
Thu, Jun 27, 2024
June 14

Gerald McClendon The Soulkeeper

Gerald McClendon, known as the "Soulkeeper" in Chicago, is a versatile R&B singer/songwriter who has wowed audiences across the Midwest and beyond. With sold-out shows at major venues and captivating performances worldwide, including in Asia and Sydney, Australia, Gerald's soulful sound resonates internationally.

Embracing the essence of R&B Soul, Gerald McClendon channels the timeless styles of Motown, Stax, and Atlantic records. Drawing inspiration from legends like Otis Redding, Marvin Gaye, and Stevie Wonder, he infuses his performances with a passion that reflects his deep love for music and his dedication to entertaining audiences.

Fri, Jun 14, 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 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 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 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
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