For nearly 70 years, Bob Koester owned the Jazz Record Mart and Delmark Records—and though his businesses could be “crazy town,” they helped nurture thriving communities.
From Glencoe to Monterey Pop to oblivion: Michael Bloomfield’s huge talent and unique style changed rock guitar forever, but while Clapton and Hendrix entered the canon, he faded away.
The fest expands its footprint in Millennium Park with a diverse lineup that includes boogie-woogie pianist Erwin Helfer, southern soul-blues star Ms. Jody, and the Rising Stars Fife & Drum Band with Shardé Thomas.
Every Blues Festival set on all five stages in Millennium Park, from Friday morning through Sunday night
Record Store Day is a great time to get acquainted with the neighborhood shops that don’t partake in the annual retail circus.
The legendary Jazz Record Mart wasn’t a treasure just because of its massive inventory—it was also a hothouse of musical creativity.
Founder Bruce Iglauer on the Chicago blues label’s bumpy road from Hound Dog Taylor to JJ Grey & Mofro