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


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 ph 847-492-8860, box office 1245 Chicago Ave, Evanston  
For interview opportunities call, Lynn Orman at 847-452-6469.

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A portion of the proceeds from this year’s event will benefit A SAFE HAVEN FOUNDATION, 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


14 years of radio “rhythm, jump and soul”: Hambone’s Blues Party

Longtime blues radio personality Scott “Hambone” Hammer has hosted “Hambone’s Blues Party” for 14 years on WDCB, Chicago’s west-suburban NPR outlet, including having bands play live in the studio almost every show. He’s featured in an interview in the northwest-suburban Daily Herald:

Scott Hammer in the WDCB studio

Scott Hammer in the WDCB studio

“Queen of the Blues” Koko Taylor passes at age 80

Koko Taylor, the powerful vocalist who was one of the top draws on the blues circuit for years, and arguably the most popular artist on the Alligator Records roster, died after complications from recent surgery. During her career, she had won more Blues Music Awards than any other artist, and had been nominated for 9 Grammy Awards, winning 1. She ran two different Chicago blues lounges during the 80s and 90s, and she was a mentor to many on the Chicago blues circuit, in addition to quietly assisting in the creation of a foundation which helped performers overcome substance-abuse problems.

A full review of her career was posted on the Alligator website shortly after the announcement of her death: