About earwigmusic

Michael Frank harmonica Michael Frank took up the harmonica and blues record collecting in junior high school in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. After his college graduation he moved to Chicago to practice social work in child welfare and to meet as many blues musicians as he could. During the course of hanging out in a lot of blues bars, Michael discovered that many blues musicians who had made great records in the past were underrepresented in getting decent musical jobs and in making new records. So, starting in 1973 he began playing the harmonica with David "Honeyboy" Edwards as a duo and in a four-piece blues band, managing and booking Honeyboy as well. He also booked and managed guitarist Jim Brewer until Jim died in May, 1989. Starting in 1976, the Honeyboy Edwards Blues Band played numerous Chicago and U.S. clubs, colleges, and festivals. including Elsewhere, B.L.U.E.S., University Of Illinois, and Chicago Blues Festival (three times), as well as festivals in Canada. In 1978, Michael Frank started the Earwig Music Company to record and book underrepresented blues musicians and to assist these artists in furthering their careers. The label has released 57 blues, jazz, gospel, and storytelling recordings, and produced for other labels also. Michael and his Earwig staff have also produced numerous concerts and club tours, featuring revues of various artists on the label and other lesser known musicians. He is a member of the Blues Foundation Advisory Board and the National Academy of Recording Arts And Sciences (NARAS). He is available for lectures on the blues, and on the music business. He holds a Master of Social Work Degree. From 1972 to 2005 Michael also worked in the child welfare field, with abused and neglected children and their families, as a social worker and supervisor. In 2008 Michael received The Blues Foundation’s Keeping The Blues Alive Award as Artist Manager of Honeyboy Edwards. Though the Honeyboy Edwards Blues Band disbanded in 1985 due to the ill health of two members, Michael Frank and Honeyboy Edwards have carried on, playing clubs and festivals around the USA, Canada, Europe, Japan and South America. In March 2005 Michael left child welfare to devote all his energy to increasing Mr. Edwards’ tour opportunities. He and Honeyboy Edwards have performed over 75 shows each year since then, over a wide geographic territory. Honeyboy, at age 93, is one of the last first generation blues musicians still active and touring. Michael's role with Honeyboy includes that of harmonica accompanist, manager, booking agent, producer and biographer. He is a co-author of Honeyboy's oral history, The World Don’t Owe Me Nothing. In performance, Michael plays harmonica on part of the show, and facilitates Honeyboy's regaling the audience with his true-life blues tales. For more on the Earwig story, and on Honeyboy Edwards, check out: www.earwigmusic.com and www.davidhoneyboyedwards.com




8 pm Friday, June 12, 2009, SPACE 1245 Chicago Avenue, Evanston

THE SECOND ANNUAL BLUES ON THE NORTH SHORE  www.bluesonthenorthshore.com

The Blues are coming to the North Shore. Some of the best loved Blues artists in the world will be right here in your own backyard. They appear on main stages of blues festivals all over the world. But on June 12, 2009, the blues fun begins and ends at SPACE in Evanston.  
Orman Music & Media Group and Listen to This! Music Chicago present the second annual Blues on the North Shore, in celebration of the 30th Anniversary of Earwig Music Company.   

Big Jack Johnson

Big Jack Johnson

David Honeyboy Edwards

David "Honeyboy" Edwards

On Friday, June 12, 2009, SPACE in Evanston, will showcase the best of the Mississippi Delta Bluesmen – never before on one stage – a historic lineup of six generations of distinguished blues musicians in a unique and intimate space. The audience will be up close and personal with 93-year-old Grammy Award Winner, guitarist David “Honeyboy” Edwards, John Primer – the last lead guitarist in the Muddy Waters Blues Band, Dennis Binder – a classic keyboardist who recorded in the early 1950s, at the cusp of blues melding r&b and country, and Big Jack Johnson and the Oilers - the quintessential electric Delta Blues trio. 
The Blue Four is the younger group of Chicago blues players who complete the Chicago connection. The band includes the ubiquitous Kenny Smith on drums, hard driving Chris James on guitar and rock steady Patrick Rynn on bass, and Bob Corritore blowing harmonica. Special guest, the formidable keyboard player Allen Batts, will round out this dynamic combo. 


Johnny Drummer

Johnny Drummer

Aron Burton

Aron Burton

An added attraction will be guest appearances by Earwig artists Aron Burton and Johnny Drummer.
Our host for the evening will be Bill Wax, Program Director and host of BB King’s Bluesville on Sirius/XM satellite radio. Dave Specter, one of the owners of SPACE, and himself an amazing blues guitarist said of last year’s event, “This was a great night. The best blues in Chicago right here in Evanston. And it was very clear that the packed house was  fully enjoying themselves. It was great to see so many local, national and international blues musicians and fans came out to last year’s event.  We’re very glad Blues on the North Shore is back this year.” 

The Maxwell St. Blues Bus

The Maxwell St. Blues Bus

Listen to This! Music Chicago will immerse you in the Blues. Blues enthusiasts who don’t want the hassle of driving downtown can ride the Blues Bus hosted by Earwig President Michael Frank and radio personality Irene Mojica. The Blues Bus Day trip & concert at SPACE is a special package.  The bus pick up is at SPACE in Evanston. From SPACE everyone travels to the first day of the Chicago Blues Festival. There will be BBQ & beverages on the Blues Bus, and some great history and entertainment on the bus to and from the festival! Blues fans will spend the day in Grant Park, listening to blues, and checking out the blues booths. At 6:30PM we leave Grant Park to head back to SPACE for the 2nd Annual Blues on the North Shore Festival. 

Buy Tickets Now at www.evanstonspace.com ph 847-492-8860, box office 1245 Chicago Ave, Evanston  
For interview opportunities call, Lynn Orman at 847-452-6469.

jpg, b roll & video footage available on our website. 

For a full schedule of Earwig Music performances and educational

programs please visit www.earwigmusic.com 
A portion of the proceeds from this year’s event will benefit A SAFE HAVEN FOUNDATION, www.asafehaven.com providing housing, rehabilitation and other services for people in transition, including musicians, in recovery from alcohol and substance abuse.

Chicago Blues Festival 2009 Schedule

26th Edition

Chicago Blues Festival: 2009

“And this is Free” 


Friday, June 12, 2009            “Prowling Nighthawk”


Front Porch                                                12:00-8:00

12:00-1:00             Blues in the Schools: Katherine Davis, Darryl Coutts and Eric Noden

1:30-2:30            Gloria Thompson Rogers

3:00-4:30            Big Bill and Mud Morganfield with special guests Pinetop Perkins and Willie “Big Eyes” Smith

5:00-6:00            Andrew Jr. Boy Jones

6:30-8:00            Charlie Musselwhite Band 


Gibson Guitar Crossroads                        1:00-7:00

1:00-2:00            Chicago Blues Experience featuring Vince Agwada and Russ Green

2:30-3:30            Mary Lane’s Blues All Stars

4:00-5:30            Sherman Moody Thomas and the Lee’s Unleaded Revue

6:00-7:00            Grana’ Louise                


Zone Perfect Route 66 Roadhouse            12:30-8:00                                               

12:30-2:00            Charles Wsir Johnson

2:30-3:30            Donna Herula

4:00-5:00            Remembering Nighthawk -Sam Carr

5:30-6:30            Beginning Blue Progression Workshop

7:00-8:00            East of the Edens Soul Express


Mississippi Juke Joint                                    12:30-8:00

12:30-1:30            Eddie Taylor Jr. with Harmonica Hinds

2:00-3:00            Maxwell Street Revisited: featuring Dancin’

Perkins, Iceman Robinson, Smilin’ Bobby, Bobby Too Tough and

Frank  “Lil Sonny” Scott Jr.

3:30-4:30            Sam Lay

5:00-6:00            Fernando Jones and the Columbia College Blues Ensemble

6:30-8:00            Festival Jam Session with the Cash Box Kings


Petrillo Music Shell                                    7:00-9:30

7:00-8:10            Shirley Johnson 

8:20-9:30            Eddie C. Campbell-70th Birthday Celebration

Saturday, June 13. 2009            “Sweet Black Angel” 


Front Porch                                                 12:00-8:00

12:00-1:30            Earwig Record’s Tribute to Sunnyland featuring Aaron Moore, Allen Batts and Dennis Binder

2:00-3:00            Holle Thee Maxwell featuring “Thee” M.M.O.M. (Thee Masters Miracles of Music)

3:30-4:30            Ray Allison           

5:00-6:00            Lil Ed and the Blues Imperials           

6:30-8:00            Nolan Struck with King Edward and special guests


Gibson Guitar Crossroads                        12:00-5:00

12:00-1:15            Lurrie Bell

1:45-3:00            Cyrus Hayes and Lady Lee

3:30-5:00            Travis “Moonchild” Haddix                                                                                   

Zone Perfect Route 66 Roadhouse             12:30-8:00

12:30-2:00            Charles Wsir Johnson

2:30-4:00            The Art of the Slide Workshop: Elmore James Jr., Jeremy Spencer, Lil’ Ed, and John Primer

4:30-5:30            Samuel James

6:30-8:00            East of the Edens Soul Express


Mississippi Juke Joint                                    12:30-8:00

12:30-1:30            Terry Harmonica Bean

2:00-3:00            Eden Brent  

3:30-4:30            Little Dave Thompson

5:00-6:00            John Primer and the Real Deal Blues Band

6:30-8:00            Festival Jam Session-hosted by Demetria Taylor


Petrillo Band Shell                                    5:00-9:30

5:00-6:30            Sir Walter Scott and the Mighty World Band hosts Southside Angels featuring Miss Peaches, Claudette, and Miss Jessie

6:40-8:10            Trudy Lynn with the Chicago Rhythm and Blues Kings featuring “Daddy G”

8:20-9:30            Bettye LaVette                       

Sunday, June 14, 2009            “Every Day and Night” 


Front Porch                                                12:00-8:00

12:00-1:00            Lee Boys

1:30-2:30            Christland Singers                                   

3:00-4:15            Lou Pride and the Blues Disciples

4:45-6:15            Rabbit Factory Soul Revue           

6:45-8:00            Vernon Harrington and the Atomic Blues Band


Gibson Guitar Crossroads                        12:00-5:00

12:00-1:15            Tre’ and the BlueKnights with Lady Kat

1:45-3:00            Ernest Lane and the Kings of Rhythm

3:30-5:00            Lee Boys


Zone Perfect Route 66 Roadhouse            12:30-8:00

12:30-2:00            Charles Wsir Johnson           

2:30-4:00            Eden and John’s East River Band with special guests Jerron “Blind Boy” Paxton and Dom Flemons

4:30-5:45            Record Collecting through the Ages           

6:15-8:00            East of the Edens Express


Mississippi Juke Joint                                    12:30-8:00

12:30-1:30            Ben Payton

2:00-3:00            Big Jack Johnson

3:30-4:30            David Honeyboy Edwards and with Devil in a Woodpile

5:00-6:00            Grady Champion Revue featuring Grady Champion

6:30-8:00            Blues Festival Pro Blues Jam hosted by Gary Gand


Petrillo Band Shell                                    5:00-9:30

5:00-6:00            Johnny Drummer and the Starlighters                                   

6:10-7:10            Big Jack Johnson and the Oilers

7:20-8:20            Jeremy Spencer

8:30-9:30            Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings


Earwig Music 30th Anniversary Celebration Events



Chicago Cultural Center   Tuesday Blues Days

MAY 26, 2009  Johnny Drummer & the Starliters
JUNE 2, 2009   Liz Mandeville & the Blue Points
JUNE 9, 2009   Honeyboy Edwards 

Daley Plaza – Monday June 8  Aron Burton with Two For The Blues


Old Town School of Folk Music

Wednesday JUNE 10, 2009
CONCERT Johnny Drummer & the Starliters plus Liz Mandeville & the Blue Points 
Thursday JUNE 11, 2009
songwriting workshop Johnny Drummer & Liz Mandeville

Friday JUNE 12, 2009

2nd Annual Blues on the North Shore Festival, presented by Listen to this Music! Chicago celebrating Earwig Music’s 30th Anniversary – Mississippi to Chicago – 6 generations of blues

At Space 1245 Chicago Avenue, Evanston, IL

tickets available at www.evanstonspace.com

Honeyboy Edwards, John Primer, Dennis Binder with Chris James/Patrick Rynn/Bob Corritore Big Jack Johnson & the Oilers w/Allen Batts

Chicago Blues Festival – Earwig Records 30th Anniversary  

Saturday JUNE 13, 2009

Piano Tribute to Sunnyland Slim with Allen Batts, Dennis Binder and Aaron Moore @ Chicago Blues Festival – Front Porch Stage

Travis Haddix Blues Band – Crossroads Stage

Sunday JUNE 14, 2009
Big Jack Johnson – Juke Joint Stage
Honeyboy Edwards w/Devil In A Woodpile – Juke Joint Stage
Johnny Drummer & The Starliters with Liz Mandeville – Petrillo Band Shell
Big Jack Johnson & the Oilers w/Allen Batts @ Chicago Blues Festival – Petrillo Band Shell

Taste of Chicago – Earwig Music day
Tuesday JUNE 30, 2009    
Rob Stone & the C-Notes, Dave Weld & the Imperial Flames, Honeyboy Edwards w/Aron Burton & Two for the Blues, Johnny Drummer & the Starliters, Liz Mandeville & the Blue Points


Additional events will be scheduled from September through November 2009