Blues Music

David Ramirez’s Dark Country Blues Tell True Tales Of American Resilience On ‘We’re Not Going Anywhere’

Back in 2015 when I heard David Ramirez’s voice for the first time, I compared it to a tall tale, and that seems even more apt on his new album <i>We’re Not Going Anywhere</i>. Ramirez, who is biracial, half Mexican and half white, intends that the record stand as a buttress against the political upheaval …


'Waltons' Star Jon Walmsley on His Blues-Inspired Album & Memories of Merle Haggard

If your first musical impressions of Jon Walmsley revolve around the down-home image he projected as Jason Walton in the classic 1970s series<i> The</i> …

Bo Diddley

A STRANGER THINGS Season 2 Movie Reference Rundown

If you’re a fan of ’80s sci-fi and horror, one of the best parts about the first season of Netflix’s <i>Stranger Things</i> is spotting the references.</i> …


Caroline Spence ‘Somehow’ - Album Review

Caroline Spence is one of those rare breeds of true American songwriter that come along every so often to wow their gasping audiences. Often with …


Eric Clapton and Duane Allman, “Mean Old World”

Recorded during the "Layla" sessions, the song stayed in the can until the Duane anthology came out in '72.The post Eric Clapton and Duane Allman, …


1947: An 11-year-old Snooks Eaglin makes his mark on New Orleans' music scene

The date of the talent contest that put Eaglin on the musical map is a bit murky. Most sources say it was in 1947, although some say 1953. But that's …

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Blues festival kicks off Hartford summer arts program

Hartford is kicking off its summer festival season with a blues festival in Bushnell Park

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TD P.E.I. Jazz and Blues Festival just around the corner

Festival starts Wednesday and will include some free shows<p>The TD P.E.I. Jazz and Blues Festival kicks off Wednesday and this year's theme is 100 per …


Cool Stuff: ‘Stranger Things’ Action Figures From Funko

Funko may be best known for their Pop! Vinyl toy line, but now the company has created a batch of <i>Stranger Things</i> action figures based on popular …

Stranger Things

The 50 best psychedelic rock albums of the Summer of Love

50<p><b>Timothy Leary – Turn On, Tune In, Drop Out</b><p>A curio to say the least. There are two versions with this title. The first one was released in 1966 …

Little Boy Blue by Big Walter Horton, Carey Bell

Big Walter Horton-Little Boy Blue<p>Big Walter 'Shakey' Horton - And Blues Band (Live)<p>Big Walter Horton With Carey Bell,Eddie Taylor SIDE-A<p>Floyd Jones, …


'Long Live the King': Film Review

The never-ending story of fiction's greatest giant monkey, as told to Frank Dietz and Trish Geiger.<p>A warm reminder that there were fanboys before the …


SFJAZZ releases blockbuster 2017-18 season lineup

SFJAZZ has announced its mammoth 2017-2018 season.<p>The schedule includes such talents as Gonzalo Rubalcaba, Pedrito Martinez, Mary Stallings, Lizz …


Welcome to the New Golden Age of Radio

We still say that music bouncing around the ether is floating on the airwaves. That quaint term needs to be retired immediately. What we have today …

Howlin' Wolf

Free summer movie series at Millennium Park begins today

CHICAGO — Summer is here and that means the return of free movies at Millennium Park. “The Blues Brothers” kicks off the season as the first movie …


Abramorama’s Acquires Blues Documentaries ‘Sidemen’ And ‘Two Trains Runnin’

Abramorama has acquired rights to to blues-music-driven documentaries: Scott Rosenbaum’s <i>Sidemen: Long Road To Glory</i> and Sam Pollard’s <i>Two Trains</i> …

Howlin' Wolf

Blues Fest rocked in its new home

Gary Clark Jr. is a cool customer. During his nearly two-hour set Sunday at the Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium Park, the finale of this year's Chicago Blues Festival, Clark and his backing trio kept the music on a low boil that rarely overheated.<p>Guitars murmured like organs and stung sweetly on …


Market Keeps Rising - Disaster Soon To Follow?

<i>By Gary Alexander</i><p><i>Markets Take Off in Lockstep, Raising Worries of a Reversal</i><p>- Page 1 Headline, Wall Street Journal, June 7, 2017<p>The Wall Street …

Henry Blodget

Check out photos from Chicago Blues Festival's first weekend in Millennium Park

While EDM fans flocked to Spring Awakening this weekend, the 34th annual Chicago Blues Festival broke in its new home in Millennium Park, welcoming …

Music Festivals

Stranger Things Season 2 spoilers: There is a new villain scarier than Demogorgon

Netflix original Stranger Things will have a human villain in its upcoming season which is scarier than any other monsters, even Demogorgon.<p>Netflix …


From the Monkees to Bo Diddley: Michael Nesmith reflects on his infinite lives

Michael Nesmith is synonymous with the Monkees for many people, but in fact his career extends far beyond the beloved '60s group with the hit …

Bo Diddley

Wall-To-Wall Muddy Waters, With New Chicago Mural - uDiscover

A nine-storey mural depicting blues giant Muddy Waters has been unveiled in Chicago, as part of the Chicago Blues Festival. The eye-catching work, by …

Street Art

As weather heats up, city gearing up for big crowds this weekend

With so many events this weekend, the city is gearing up for large crowds taking advantage of the summer weather.


Prince Takes Us All on a Bluesy 'Ride': 365 Prince Songs in a Year

As he did on 1998's "The Ride," Prince often used the blues as an excuse to show off on guitar. Continue reading…


2017 Chicago Blues Festival celebrates city's music legacy

The 2017 Chicago Blues Festival is this weekend and admission is free!

Music Festivals

Blues Fest moves to Millennium Park without skipping a beat

Thousands of people flocked to the opening day of the 34th annual Chicago Blues Festival Friday at its new home in Millennium Park.Throngs weaved in …

Music Festivals

Slidell Jazz and Blues Fest raises money for youth instruments

If you made it out to the Slidell Jazz and Blues Festival May 27, you weren't just enjoying the music. You were supporting children making music and …

New Orleans

10-Story High Mural of Muddy Waters Goes Up in Chicago

If you find yourself near State and Washington streets in Chicago, look up and you'll see a mural of bluesman Muddy Waters rising 10 stories high. It …


Chicago festivals this weekend: June 8-11

Fest season is in full swing this weekend, whether you want to celebrate blues music, local art or Chicago's many food trucks.<p><b>Midsommarfest<br>When:</b> June 9, 5-10 p.m.; June 10-11, 11 a.m.-10 p.m.<b><br>Where:</b> Andersonville, <b></b>Clark Street between Foster and Catalpa avenues<b><br>How much:</b> $10<b><br>The skinny:</b> Head to this …


Report: ‘The credibility of the entire property tax system is in doubt’ in Cook County, and other Chicago news

Welcome to the <i>Reader</i>'s morning briefing for Thursday, June 8, 2017.…

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