Friday, June 25, 2010

John Nemeth on NPR's "Weekend Edition" This Weekend, June 26th

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Vocalist and harmonica player John Németh will be a featured guest on National Public Radio's "Weekend Edition" program on Saturday, June 26th. Host Scott Simon will interview the Blind Pig artist and discuss and spin tunes from John's latest album, Name The Day!

The dynamic singing sensation is reinvigorating vintage American rhythm and blues with his uncanny ability to skillfully blend retro and modern blues and soul into compelling music that is simultaneously old and new.

In the process, he's drawing high praise from renowned music critics such as Lee Hildebrand, features writer for the San Francisco Chronicle and Living Blues, who called Németh "the most accomplished male vocalist of his generation traveling the blues highway today." The Jazz-Blues Report said he "might be the best white R&B singer on the planet." And the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette concurred, "he sings as well as any blue-eyed soul man on the planet right now." Other critics say he recalls great R&B singers such as Otis Redding, Sam Cook, Jackie Wilson, and Solomon Burke.

A complete list of NPR radio station. and broadcast times can be found HERE.

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Radio: Peter Robinson 773-772-0043

New Biography of Drug Kingpin Ike Atkinson Uncovers Biggest Hoax in the History of the International Drug Trade

"Sergeant Smack:
The Legendary Lives and Times of
Ike Atkinson, Kingpin,
and His Band of Brothers"
Hits Bookstores June 21

Former Kingpin Ike Atkinson and Crime Author Ron Chepesiuk to Embark on Book Tour

Raleigh, North Carolina - In what might be considered a 'literary' showdown, award winning crime author Ron Chepesiuk uncovers one of the biggest hoaxes in the history of the international drug trade in his new release, "Sergeant Smack: The Legendary Lives and Times of Ike Atkinson, Kingpin, and his Band of Brothers." Slated to hit bookshelves on June 21, just days after "American Gangster" Frank Lucas' book is released, "Sergeant Smack" details the true legend of Ike Atkinson, one of the biggest Black drug traffickers in U.S. history.

Atkinson pioneered some of the most innovative methods used in international drug smuggling. They ranged from duffle and AWOL bags, to the U.S. Army Postal System to the use of unsuspecting crew chiefs who operated military aircraft to teakwood furniture.

But, contrary to popular belief, Atkinson's methods did not include the bogus cadaver-heroin smuggling connection conspiracy exploited by Frank Lucas in Hollywood's blockbuster film, "American Gangster." The film not only distorted Atkinson's historical role in the international drug trade, but falsely depicted Lucas as the pioneer of the Asian heroin connection. As the book, "Sergeant Smack" conclusively shows, the conspiracy is a hoax, as is Frank Lucas' claims to participation with Ike in the conspiracy.

"One of the major reasons we decided to do the book was to set the record straight on the cadaver-heroin conspiracy hoax," Atkinson explains. "It's truly amazing to me that the media and the public have bought Frank Lucas' story without checking it out. Lucas' claims defy common sense. How could Lucas mastermind the cadaver-heroin connection when he was never in the military? Why would I ship dope via such a grisly method when I had much easier and safer ways to ship it? Why hasn't anybody stepped forward to verify Lucas' claim? Why has no one ever been arrested or convicted?"

Chepesiuk is no newcomer to uncovering crime. He has penned some 25 books including titles, "Gangsters of Miami," "Drug Lords, the Rise and Fall of the Cali Cartel," "Gangsters of Harlem" and "Gangsters of Chicago" and over 4000 articles and features. His last book, "Gangster of Miami" was the award winner in the "True Crime" category of the 2010 National Indie Excellence Awards and won the silver prize (second place) in the True Crime category of Foreword Magazine's 2009 Book of the Year awards.

Chepesiuk contends that Frank Lucas stole much of the gangster legend that positioned him as Hollywood's big ticket from Ike Atkinson. Now 84-years old, Atkinson was recently released from federal prison after serving a 32-year prison term. Deemed one of the biggest American drug kingpins ever to operate out of Asia, Atkinson, who operated in the 1970s, never carried a gun, never committed murder and never bowed down to the infamous Italian La Cosa Nostra. As a U.S. Army Master Sergeant, he utilized his intellect and charm to, by conservative estimates, smuggle over 1000 pounds of heroin annually from Bangkok, Thailand, through U.S. military bases into the United States. Atkinson's notorious enterprise was so complex and profitable; it easily rivaled that of popular modern day hoodlums, the Black Mafia Family.

"It will be interesting to see how this ultimately unfolds," observes Chepesiuk. "With both of these crime legends having books come out in the same month, readers should find it interesting to actually document the truth behind the drama. For example, in the movie version of his life, and in Mark Jacobson's New York Magazine article, upon which the movie is based, Lucas claims to buy dope in Bangkok from a mysterious drug trafficker he called '007.' 007 was in reality, Luchai Ruviwat, Ike's partner!"

Chepesiuk adds. "What Lucas knew about the Golden Triangle he learned from his visit to Bangkok under the guidance of Ike Atkinson and from the stories he heard while there at Jack's American Star Bar, a venue co-owned by Ike. Also, interestingly, Frank Lucas is not Ike Atkinson's cousin, as portrayed in the movie. In no way are they related by blood!"

Ike Atkinson has publicly requested a sit-down interview with Frank Lucas, but it has been to no avail as Lucas has yet to respond.

Ike Atkinson and Ron Chepesiuk are planning an East Coast book signing tour that kicks off on July 17 at Black Star Video in Harlem, New York City. Join Ike Atkinson on Facebook for tour updates and details.

See and hear from Ike Atkinson himself

at and read about him at For more information about Ron Chepesiuk, go to ;.

And pick up the "Sergeant Smack: The Legendary Lives and Times of Ike Atkinson, Kingpin, and his Band of Brothers" online or at a bookstore near you!

Justin Time Artist Hilary Kole Teams Up With 11 Legendary Pianists on Her August 10 Release, You Are There

Featuring Duets with Monty Alexander, Kenny Barron, Dave Brubeck,
Alan Broadbent, Freddy Cole, Benny Green, Hank Jones,
Steve Kuhn, Michel Legrand, Mike Renzi, and Cedar Walton

You Are There marks the second album on Justin Time for Hilary Kole, the New York-based jazz singer (and pianist, arranger, and composer). Even though hundreds of singers are releasing what seems like hundreds of CDs these days, it's fair to say that no vocalist - in either the classic or the contemporary era - has done an album like You Are There. This is a set of voice-and-piano duets, and though that fact by itself may call to mind Ella Fitzgerald's famous meetings with Ellis Larkins and the iconic Tony Bennett-Bill Evans collaborations, no one has done what Hilary does here: she has teamed up with eleven different great pianists - each of them true legends of the keyboard - and recorded thirteen spontaneous piano-vocal duo tracks with these amazing musicians.

The project got underway when Hilary met the late keyboard colossus Oscar Peterson in 2005. She was, then as now, singing frequently at Birdland (then as always, "the Jazz Corner of the World," and her New York base of operations). Peterson made his final New York appearances at the Times Square venue, and Kole was always there (and so was every musician in Manhattan who wanted to learn from the master). The two became friends, and on one set, to her astonishment, Peterson invited her to sing with his quartet.

Coincidentally, Hilary and her producer for this project, Gianni Valenti, had already been putting together ideas that led in the direction of a voice-and-piano project. "There was something very intimate, very moving about singing with just the piano," she says. "It became my deepest desire to work with and record with the great masters, to challenge myself, and learn from these giants." Valenti encouraged Hilary to move forward with this unique concept, and his long-standing professional relationships with several of the pianists were a key factor in the initial development of the recording.

She actually began the sessions that eventually became part of You Are There with another late legend, the brilliant Hank Jones. "Hank was so amazing in the studio," Hilary recalls, "he knew thousands of tunes, and though every take was virtually perfect, he always wanted to do it 'better,' so we did eight or nine takes of each song." Jones actually worked with Kole on two sessions (resulting in "If I Had You" and "But Beautiful"), and on the second of which, she was in for a major treat. Scheduled to record with Michel Legrand and Jones on the same date, the session with the ingenious French composer ran late and Hank arrived early. "When Hank and Michel saw each other, they started spontaneously playing four handed piano together!"

"I grew up listening to Michel Legrand's music," Hilary elaborates, "He is my parents' favorite composer." Kole and Legrand had performed together occasionally and informally since 2007, so they were accustomed to each other, even though here, as on the rest of the album, there was no actual preparation or rehearsal before the recording date itself. "It's always a special honor to sing a composer's music with him, especially (the Oscar-winning) 'How Do You Keep the Music Playing?,' and Michel is so passionate about the music." Although, as Hilary notes, "Michel is one of the great vocal accompanists in the world today," it should also be made clear that he doesn't accompany singers very often.

Kole and producer Valenti kept in close touch with Peterson throughout the production, until his death at the end of 2007 (Kole also performed in a tribute to the legendary pianist in June of that year). "We would talk about song choices," she remembers, "and it was Oscar who recommended we get in touch with Benny Green and Monty Alexander." The youngest of the piano giants on the set (and the one with the best hair), Green suggested the jazz standard "Softly, As In A Morning Sunrise," and as Hilary recalled, "although I had never sung it before, I liked the challenge of trying something new in the studio." Noting Monty Alexander's long relationship with Frank Sinatra (years before he played with Milt Jackson and Ray Brown, Monty had been the house pianist at Jilly's, The Chairman's personal hangout), they selected "All the Way," a classic song (and another Oscar-winner) written for Sinatra. "Both Benny and Monty are powerhouses as far as chops go, and both were incredibly sensitive to me as a singer."

As is consistent with the rest of his career, Freddy Cole's role on the album is unique in that he was the one pianist on the project to also sing with Hilary. "I have always been a huge fan," says Hilary (who despite the similar last name, is not related), to me he is a singer's singer - nobody phrases like Freddy. It was my idea to ask him to sing with me." Even though she had never heard "It's Always You," she "fell in love with it" as you can tell from the shared warmth of their vocal duet.

Hilary also came up with the idea of doing "Lush Life," an iconic song if ever there was one, and a perfect choice for the voice-piano format, and she realized instantly that Kenny Barron would be the perfect collaborator for it. She also notes that Steve Kuhn, another legendary modern jazz pianist, actually got in touch with her and with her producer, requesting to be part of the project, and his enthusiasm is evident on "Two for the Road," another exquisitely perfect song for such a tête-à-tête. Cedar Walton, who, like Kuhn, famously played early in his career with the legendary John Coltrane, accompanies Hilary beautifully on the melancholy "Every Time We Say Goodbye."

Dave Brubeck was also a very special choice for the project. "I still can't believe he agreed to do it," she says, "his lawyer said he gets thousands of requests like this and never even looks at them." (The one stipulation was that Hilary travel to Florida so they could tape it in a studio there. The Brubeck numbers are the only tracks not recorded at Nola Studios on West 57th Street.) Of course, even Mr. Brubeck's attorney had to agree that his client had made the right decision when he heard what Dave and Hilary came up with in the studio. They had agreed up front that Hilary would sing a Brubeck classic, "Strange Meadowlark" (with a haunting lyric by Mrs. Iola Brubeck). But when the jazz icon started warming up with "These Foolish Things" it turned out to be one of Hilary's favorite songs, and producer Valenti asked him to record with her - making Mr. Brubeck the only pianist on You Are There (in addition to Hank Jones) to be heard on two tracks. Hilary reports that the engineer was even more surprised than she was that it was really happening - "He couldn't believe that Dave Brubeck was actually in his studio."

Piano students will be especially thrilled with the work of two brilliant musicians, Mike Renzi and Alan Broadbent, who are sometimes described as east and west coast counterparts of each other. More than the other giants involved in the project, Renzi and Broadbent have spent the bulk of their careers playing for singers, and both are unrivaled masters of the art of accompaniment - while being spectacular soloists at the same time. "I Remember" and Dave Frishberg and Johnny Mandel's title song, "You Are There," are two particularly outstanding collaborations. "To sing with the world's greatest vocal accompanists was a master class for me," says Hilary.

Hilary Kole, who attracted major media attention with the release of her debut CD, Haunted Heart in 2008, has been a major figure on the New York jazz and vocal scene even before she co-created and co-starred in the ground-breaking revue Our Sinatra 10 years ago. The heiress to a richly musical family (her father sang the lead in West Side Story on Broadway), Ms. Kole studied classical music composition, piano, and eventually voice, at the Manhattan School of Music, but learned much of her craft as a singer of jazz and standards at the Rainbow Room. "For a year and a half I was literally the last big band vocalist in New York," she says. In addition to her frequent performances at Birdland, she has also headlined at other New York clubs, including the Jazz Standard and the Iridium, and she has played major clubs around the country and festivals around the world.

Despite having racked up lots of experience at a very young age, Hilary has never done anything like You Are There before - but neither has anyone else! "I am so grateful to these artists, for sharing their music, their time, and a piece of themselves with me. Over the last four years, I have learned so much about singing, so much about interpreting a lyric. It's through working with the very best that you become better. The wonderful thing was that each and every pianist was so anxious to be a part of this, to listen to each other's tracks, to pick their favorite songs. That was the real joy for me."

Hilary Kole U.S. Tour Dates

August 9 - Birdland, New York, NY
August 14 - Mount Gretna Music Festival, Mount Gretna, PA
August 19 - Blues Alley, Washington, DC
August 25 - Scullers Jazz Club, Boston, MA

For more information, please visit

Hilary Kole - You Are There

(Justin Time Records)

Release Date: August 10, 2010

To request a copy of You Are There for review, please contact:

DL Media · (610) 667-0501

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Trombone Shorty's "Hurricane Season" Chosen As MTV's Real World New Orleans Theme Song - Backatown Still #1 Contemporary Jazz CD for 9th Straight Week

Trombone Shorty's "Hurricane Season" from his major label debut Backatown (Verve/Forecast) has been chosen as the theme song for MTV's Real World New Orleans. The show premieres June 30, 2010 and runs for 13 episodes.

Backatown is #1 on the Billboard Contemporary Jazz Album Chart for the 9th straight week since it's release! Thank you for your support! Catch the band live on stage as they tour across North America and at upcoming shows in Japan and Brazil this Summer.


Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue just completed a week that would be the envy of most any musician. On Wednesday June 9, Troy "Trombone Shorty" Andrews joined Jeff Beck on stage at an invitation-only tribute to the late Les Paul at New York City's Iridium Jazz Club. On Friday June 11, Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue opened the Which Stage at Bonnaroo to a great response, echoed by a song from the show and new CD, "Something Beautiful," getting 15,000 hits in the following 24 hours on YouTube. Flying to Los Angeles just hours after Bonnaroo, the band knocked out the crowd at the Playboy Jazz Festival at the prestigious Hollywood Bowl on Saturday June 12.

In the meantime, Trombone Shorty's Backatown CD continues to reign at #1 on the Billboard Contemporary Jazz Album chart for the 7th straight week.

Catch Troy on HBO's Treme again June 20 and catch the band on The Late Show with David Letterman on June 22 and in concert across North America as well as in Japan and Brazil this Summer.

6/26/2010 Norfolk VA 21st Annual Bayou Boogaloo & Cajun Festival

6/27/2010 Norfolk VA 21st Annual Bayou Boogaloo & Cajun Festival

6/30/2010 Seattle WA The Out To Lunch Concert Series

7/1/2010 Eugene OR John G. Shedd Institute for the Arts

7/2/2010 Portland OR Waterfront Blues Festival

7/3/2010 Quincy CA High Sierra Music Festival

7/4/2010 Berwyn IL FitzGerald's American Music Festival

7/6/2010 Montreal QC CANADA Festival International de Jazz de Montreal

7/8/2010 Apple Valley MN Weesner Amphitheater

7/9/2010 Fairfield CT FTC Stage One

7/10/2010 Freeport ME Discovery Park - L.L. Bean Summer Concert Series

7/11/2010 Madison WI La Fete de Marquette

7/14/2010 Glenwood Springs CO Glenwood Springs Summer of Jazz

7/15/2010 Denver CO Bluebird Theatre

7/16/2010 Sioux Falls SD Sioux Falls Jazz and Blues Festival

7/17/2010 Toronto ON CANADA Beaches International Festival

7/18/2010 Quebec QC CANADA Festival D'Ete International de Quebec

7/19/2010 Providence RI Providence Sound Session 2010

7/20/2010 Syracuse NY The Westcott Theater

7/21/2010 Lewiston NY Artpark

7/22/2010 Pittsburgh PA The Rex Theater

7/23/2010 Columbus OH Hot Ribs Cool Jazz Festival

7/24/2010 Jackson MI The Land of Nod

7/31/2010 Niigata JAPAN Fuji Rock Festival

8/7/2010 Petaluma CA Petaluma Music Festival

8/8/2010 Salt Lake City UT Red Butte Garden Amphitheatre
Allen Toussaint, The Dirty Dozen Brass Band

8/11/2010 Bethlehem PA Musikfest

8/12/2010 Bethlehem PA Musikfest

8/14/2010 Philadelphia PA Penn's Landing

8/15/2010 Dewey Beach DE Bottle N Cork

8/19/2010 Sao Paulo BRAZIL Bourbon Street Music Club

8/22/2010 Sao Paulo BRAZIL Bourbon Street Music Festival -
Outdoor Stage at Bourbon Street Music Club

8/26/2010 New York NY South Street Seaport

8/27/2010 Norfolk CT Infinity Hall

8/28/2010 Mount Snow VT The Vermont Blues Festival

9/4/2010 Mackinac Island MI Grand Hotel -
Labor Day Weekend Jazz Festival

9/5/2010 Rockford IL On The Waterfront Festival

9/11/2010 Bowling Green OH Black Swamp Arts Festival

9/12/2010 Boston MA Life Is Good Festival

9/16/2010 Marquette MI Northern Michigan University -
Kaufman Auditorium

9/17/2010 Sacramento CA Harlow's

9/18/2010 Monterey CA Monterey Jazz Festival

9/19/2010 Laytonville CA Earthdance 2010

9/20/2010 Chico CA Sierra Nevada Brewing Company

10/3/2010 Gretna LA Gretna Heritage Festival

10/8/2010 New Orleans LA Tulane University - The Quad

10/10/2010 Austin TX Austin City Limits Festival

10/31/2010 New Orleans LA Voodoo Fest

11/5/2010 Ft. Lauderdale FL Culture Room

11/6/2010 Sarasota FL Sarasota Blues Festival

11/13/2010 Middletown OH Miami University / Middletown Campus

2/3/2011 Stevens Point WI University of Wisconsin - Sentry Theater

2/4/2011 Platteville WI University of Wisconsin - Brodbeck Concert Hall

2/5/2011 Columbia MO University of Missouri - Jesse Auditorium

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

The Chicago Blues: A Living History Band Headlining Day 2 Chicago Blues Fest June 12

The 2010 Chicago Blues Festival will take place from June 11th to June 13th in Grant Park.

This Festival is scheduled and presented by the Mayor’s Office of Special Events. What’s amazing about this festival is not only the line-up, which is extraordinary, but the fact that The Chicago Blues: A Living History Band is headlining day 2 of the festival.

Chicago Blues: A LIVING HISTORY is it. They are considered by many to be the most important tribute to the blues of our time.

CBLH brings together two generations of Chicago’s greatest living traditionalists. In an unprecedented Chicago Blues collaboration, the legendary Billy Boy Arnold, John Primer, Billy Branch and Lurrie Bell–inheritors of the Chicago Blues tradition–have come together to celebrate and pay tribute to the evolution of the genre from its earliest days through the present. You can’t ask for a better line up than that. You’d have to be crazy to miss this one.

You can also buy an album these guys put out in 2009. It’s a 2 disc set that pays tribute to blues creators, its history, its tradition, and its lifestyle. Of all the reviews this CD has gotten, I have yet to see a bad one. This CD is essentially mandatory for any serious blues fan. This set has been nominated for a Grammy, a Blues Music Award, and more. It is certainly worth a listen.

Check it out on Amazon.

Details on the Band.

Here’s the rest of the line-up for the Festival:

Friday, June 11, 2010

Front Porch

11:30 am-1pm – Blues in the Schools featuring Eric Noden, Katherine Davis and the Stone Academy Blues Students and more

1:30-2:30 pm – Henry Gray and Andy Cornett

3-4:30 pm – Jimmy Dawkins w / Taildragger

5-6 pm – Café R&B

6:30-7:30 pm – Big George Brock and the House Rockers with George Brock Jr.

Gibson Guitar Crossroads

12-1:15 pm – Dave Weld and the Imperial Flames

1:45-3:15 pm – Mary Lane and the No Static Blues Band

3:45-5 pm – Grady Champion

Mississippi Juke Joint

12:30-1:30 pm – Grady Champion

2-3 pm – Sam Lay

3:30-4:30 pm – Stevie J and the Blues Eruption

5-6 pm – Adib Hasser

6:30-8 pm – Mississippi Jam

Zone Perfect All-Nutrition Bars Route 66 Roadhouse

12:00-1:00 Beginning Delta Blues Harmonica Lesson with Joe Filisko

1:30-3:30 pm – Discussing Wolf: 100 Years of Remembrances moderated by Dick Shurman, with Betty Kelly. Barbara Marks, Eddie Shaw, Hubert Sumlin, and Josh Hecht.

4-5 pm – Wildsang

5:30-7 pm – East of Edens Soul Express

Petrillo Music Shell

5-5:55 pm – Howlin’ Wolf alumni featuring Eddie Shaw and the Wolf Gang with Jody Williams, Sam Lay, Henry Gray,Abb Locke, Corky Siegel and special guest Hubert Sumlin

6:05-7 pm – Otis Taylor Band

7:10-8:10 pm – James Cotton Blues Band with special guest Matt “Guitar” Murphy

8:20-9:30 pm – Zora Young’s Tribute to Wolf and Sunnyland with special guest Hubert Sumlin

Saturday, June 12, 2010

Front Porch

11:30-12:30 pm – Ramblin’ Rose

1-2:15 pm – Bobby Dixon Blues Band

2:45-4 pm – Nora Jean

4:30-5:30 pm – Andre Williams

6-7:30 pm – Johnny and Destiny Rawls

Gibson Guitar Crossroads

12-1:15 pm – Toronzo and the Cannonball Express

1:45-3 pm – Sugar Blue Band

3:30-5 pm -Sonny Rhodes

Mississippi Juke Joint

12:30-1:30 pm – Jarekus Singleton w/ Keeshea Pratt

2-3 pm – David “Honeyboy” Edwards

3:30-4:30 pm – Bill “Howlin Madd” Perry with Alphonso Sanders

5-6 pm – Dexter Allen

6:30-8 pm - Festival Jam featuring Blue Plate Special

Zone Perfect all Nutrition Bars Route 66 Roadhouse

12-1 pm – Beginning Southern Blues Harmonica Lesson with Joe Filisko

1:30-2:30 pm – Joe Filisko and Eric Noden

3-4:15 pm – Rev. K.M. Williams and the Amazing Trainreck

4:45-5:45 pm – Larry Hoffman interviews William Ferris

6:15-7:30 pm – East of Edens Soul Express

Petrillo Music Shell

5-6:10 pm – Nellie “Tiger” Travis and guest

6:20-7:25 pm – Bobby Parker and the Blues Night Band

7:35-9:30 pm – Chicago Blues A Living History featuring Billy Boy Arnold, Billy Branch, John Primer, Lurrie Bell and special guest Carlos Johnson

Sunday, June 13, 2010

Front Porch

11:30-1 pm – Linda Tillery and the Cultural Heritage Choir

1:30-3 pm – Dancin’ Perkins

3:30-4:30 pm – Ramblin’ Jack Elliott

4:45-5:45 pm – Guitar Shorty

6:15-7:30 pm – Lubriphonic

Gibson Guitar Crossroads

12-1:15 pm – Quintus McCormick

1:45-3 pm – Gibson Guitar Showdown w/ Carl Weathersby and Larry McCray

3:30-5 pm – Roy Roberts with special guest Barbara Carr

Mississippi Juke Joint

12:30-1:30 pm – Jimmy Duck Holmes and Terry “Harmonica” Bean

2-3 pm – Bobby Rush

3:30-4:30 pm – Homemade Jamz

5-6 pm – Jarekas Singleton with Keeshea Pratt

6:30-8 pm – Mississippi Jam

Zone Perfect all Nutrition Bars Route 66 Roadhouse

12-1 pm – Beginning Chicago Blues Harmonica Lesson with Joe Filisko

1:30-2:30 pm – Larry Hoffman rambles with Ramblin’ Jack Elliott

3-4:30 pm – Blues Books: University of Illinois Press

5-6:30 pm – East of Edens Soul Express

Petrillo Music Shell

5-5:50 pm – Erwin Helfer’s Chicago Boogie Woogie Ensemble

6-7 pm – Vivian and Vance “Guitar” Kelly and the Backstreet Blues Band

7:10-8:20 pm – Chicago Blues Reunion featuring Barry Goldberg, Corky Siegel, Nick Gravenites, Harvey Mandel and special guests Charlie Musselwhite and Sam Lay

8:30-9:30 pm – T.K Soul

For more info information on the Chicago Blues Fest:

For more on the The Chicago Blues: A Living History Band