Folks often ask me how I’ve come up with subjects for the Secret History of Chicago Music month after month. I have lots of answers, all of them true, including […]
Blues patriarch Big Daddy Kinsey had three sons who played together as the Kinsey Report.
Millennium Park hardly has a monopoly on the blues this weekend—outside the fest you can see Shemekia Copeland, John Primer, Selwyn Birchwood, and many more.
The Chicago Blues Festival moves to Millennium Park for 2017, with an adventurous bill that includes Rhymefest, Rhiannon Giddens, and Ronnie Baker Brooks.
This year’s Chicago Blues Festival bustles with a diversity of traditions and talents—including Irma Thomas, Lazy Lester, Wee Willie Walker, John Primer, and tributes to Otis Rush and Otis Clay.
Chicago guitarist John Primer honors his mentors—including Muddy Waters and Magic Slim—by serving as a role model for young musicians.
More people turn out for Blues Fest than for Pitchfork and Lollapalooza combined—and here are a couple dozen reasons why, including Syl Johnson, Shemekia Copeland, Clarence Carter, Chick Rodgers, and Buddy Guy.
New documentaries focus on Devo, Morphine, the Mekons, the Residents, and more
A photographic tour of a long-awaited addition to Chicago’s craft-beer landscape
When I arrived at Delmark’s Riverside Studios last November with my partner at
Critic’s Choices and other notable concerts: Pierced Arrows, the Carolina Chocolate Drops, John Primer, Tinariwen, and more
The world’s biggest free blues festival starts tomorrow in Grant Park.
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 […]