Not at the festival but playing in town are Eddie Shaw, Peaches Staten, L’Roy, Eddy “the Chief” Clearwater, and many more.
Detroit Junior worked with Little Mack Simmons and Howlin’ Wolf, but it was his deep catalog of original songs that made him beloved in the blues world.
Horn players don’t tend to be front men in the blues, but Eddie Shaw has led his own groups for 50 years.
Big Moose worked for years with Earl Hooker and Elmore James and backed Otis Rush, Howlin’ Wolf, Ike Turner, and many more, but his own recordings never caught fire.
There’s more than Mavis at Blues Fest: other must-see acts include Texas Johnny Brown, Floyd Taylor, and the Rising Star Fife and Drum Band
The 2010 schedule for the Music Without Borders series in Millennium Park includes Tinariwen, Balkan Beat Box, and Orchestre Poly-Rythmo de Cotonou.