Earwig Music 30th Anniversary Celebration Events

EARWIG MUSIC COMPANY 30TH ANNIVERSARY 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

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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