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.
Billy Boy Arnold might be best known as Bo Diddley’s 1950s harmonica player, but he’s 25 years into a comeback of his own.
In a career more than 50 years long, Roulette has lent his slide stylings to the likes of Earl Hooker, Charlie Musselwhite, and John Lee Hooker.
Drum genius Eddie Hoh built a peerless rock resumé in the late 60s, but after dropping out of sight he died in poverty and obscurity in 2015.
The legendary Jazz Record Mart wasn’t a treasure just because of its massive inventory—it was also a hothouse of musical creativity.
Between now and Sunday your live-music options include Major Lazer, Branford Marsalis, Los Crudos, James Hunter, Bun B, Ben Harper & Charlie Musselwhite, and many more.
Lots of blues, lots of ribs, and lots more
Blues harmonica great Charlie Musselwhite talks to local guitar hero Rockin’ Johnny Burgin
Three generations of musicians play the songs and ponder the legend of the archetypal Delta bluesman.
For 2009 the same financial pressures we’re all feeling have forced the Chicago Blues Festival to slim down from four days to three—but that’s not necessarily a bad thing. Past fests have sometimes been spread pretty thin across those four days. Many artists played multiple times on multiple stages, and some sets ran so long […]