Live music is back, though it looks different today than when it went away in March 2020. For 16 months we carried on without the collaborative magic of artist and […]
If you’d stumbled unawares into one of Joanna Connor’s regular gigs at the House of Blues or Kingston Mines in the 2010s, the blues singer and guitarist might’ve seemed like […]
For Independent Venue Week, the Reader has rounded up some favorite stories about Chicago music venues past and present.
Chicago blueswoman Mary Lane has been making music for more than 70 years. She should be a legend, but she can barely pay her bills.
Staff from 22 Chicago music venues talk about how far they still are from normal—and what it’ll take to keep them around till we all get there.
What our listings coordinator is musing about this week
Livestreaming allows Chicagoans to continue playing concerts for one another.
“Am I the only Latinx sharing stories right now? Where are the rest of us?”
Not at the festival but playing in town are Eddie Shaw, Peaches Staten, L’Roy, Eddy “the Chief” Clearwater, and many more.
Chicago’s blues clubs are in high gear for the festival weekend—and some neighborhood spots are getting in on the action.
The Italian immigrant and her son have logged 31 years on Armitage.
Gerri’s Palm Tavern, once a crown jewel of Bronzeville, was shut down by the city in 2001. But blues harpist Billy Branch remains dedicated to preserving the history and culture it embodied.
Kingston Mines voted best blues club
Critics’ Choices and other notable shows: Eddy Current Suppression Ring, Bert Jansch, Omar Souleyman, the Melvins, Woven Bones, Huntsville, and more