Billy Branch & The S.O.B. :: Celebrating Chicago Blues Legend B-day Jr. Wells

Billy Branch has followed a very non-traditional path to the blues. Unlike many blues artists, he isn't from the South. Billy was born in Chicago in 1951 and was raised in Los Angeles. He first picked up a harmonica at the age of ten and immediately began to play simple tunes. Billy returned to Chicago in the summer of '69 and graduated from the University of Illinois with a degree in political science. It was during these years that he was introduced to the Blues. He soon became immersed in the local blues scene. He spent a great deal of time at legendary blues clubs such as: Queen Bee's and Theresa's Lounge; he learned from such stalwart harmonica players like: Big Walter Horton, James Cotton, Junior Wells and Carey Bell.

12/10/2022 9:00 PM

Door Time: 8:00 PM

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The legendary Junior Wells, one of the most iconic and influential bluesmen of all time, inspired countless blues fans and musicians around the world.  He is also the inspiration behind the establishment of Rosa’s Lounge, where he performed regularly from 1984, when the club was founded, until he passed away in 1998.  On December 10th, we celebrate Junior’s birthday with harmonica disciples Billy Branch backed by his band the SOBs  This will be an unforgettable night of classic Chicago Blues in remembrance of one of the genre’s most unforgettable greats!

Billy Branch has followed a very non-traditional path to the blues. Unlike many blues artists, he isn't from the South. Billy was born in Chicago in 1951 and was raised in Los Angeles. He first picked up a harmonica at the age of ten and immediately began to play simple tunes. Billy returned to Chicago in the summer of '69 and graduated from the University of Illinois with a degree in political science. It was during these years that he was introduced to the Blues. He soon became immersed in the local blues scene. He spent a great deal of time at legendary blues clubs such as: Queen Bee's and Theresa's Lounge; he learned from such stalwart harmonica players like: Big Walter Horton, James Cotton, Junior Wells and Carey Bell.