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


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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: and