BLUES ON THE NORTH SHORE FESTIVAL

ONCE IN A LIFETIME CONCERT OPPORTUNITY –

6 GENERATIONS OF MISSISSIPPI & CHICAGO BLUES GIANTS

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

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

THE MISSISSIPPI DELTA TO CHICAGO                  
 
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 
 
 MEDIA SPONSORS: BB KING’S BLUESVILLE ON  SIRIUS/XM SATELLITE RADIO, MHZ NETWORKS WORLDWIDE, LIVING BLUES MAGAZINE,  FRONTROWMUSIC.TV, ORMAN MUSIC & MEDIA GROUP, PING MOBILE MARKETING,  EVANSTON COMMUNITY MEDIA CENTER, THE CHICAGO NORTH SHORE CONVENTION &  VISTORS BUREAU 
 
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.

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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