State Senator Martwick must be doing something right if John Catanzara and Mayor Lightfoot dislike him so much.
Singer Mzz Reese has become a Chicagoland favorite for her burnished alto voice, expansive blues and soul-blues repertoire, and playfully flirtatious, warm-hearted stage presence. But what really sets her apart is the professionalism of her show. Reese and her band—waggishly christened Reese’s Pieces—charge through a tightly constructed set consisting of well-known standards and too-often-neglected soul […]
Jackie Ross had a smash with “Selfish One” in 1964—but that just happens to be the best-selling single from her decades of great songs.
This is a huge oversimplification, but there are generally two kinds of blues crowds: the Black audience that gravitates toward soul singers, and the white audience that loves instrumental virtuosity. In their time, B.B. King and Albert King were two of the few blues artists to enjoy equal adoration from both crowds, and today Bobby […]
The Chicago DJ, promoter, and soul man broke big with “Boo-Ga-Loo” in 1965, but within eight years his career was over.
The Blues Festival diversifies its lineup for 2019, with suave and sexy R&B star Latimore, deep-soul legend Don Bryant, genre-defying singer Bettye LaVette, and many more.
At 90 years old, Mississippi-born guitarist Jimmy Johnson is a walking master class in modern blues greatness.
Three full days of blues in Millennium Park, featuring Bobby Rush, Ruthie Foster, Dom Flemons, Bombino, Larkin Poe, and dozens more
Also, Jackson Park and public sculptures made a list of the city’s most endangered sites.
Also, Obama’s endorsement has been lucrative for alderman Sophia King’s reelection campaign.
The University of Chicago out-Rahms the mayor in shamelessness with a cunning land grab involving the Obama presidential library.
Congressman Bobby Rush, Mayor Rahm Emanuel, and county board president Toni Preckwinkle say they’re banding together to prevent bloodshed, but plans are vague.
What’s on the Reader‘s Agenda for Saturday, April 26
The Albany Park Theater Project’s passionate exploration of undocumented immigrants opens Thursday at the Goodman.
First Son, details the accomplishments of Mayor Richard M. Daley—but it barely sets foot in Chicago.