New Orleans soul queen Irma Thomas has been recording for almost six decades—and singing at the Blues Festival since 1989.
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.
Twin Cities soul veteran Wee Willie Walker finally plays Chicago on the strength of last year’s If Nothing Ever Changes.
Lazy Lester helped invent the swamp-blues sound half a century ago.
This tribute set to Chicago soul legend Otis Clay, anchored by his final working band, features Cicero Blake, Theo Huff, Willie Rogers of the Soul Stirrers, and more.
Blues great Otis Rush been sidelined by a stroke, but more than 25 musicians will pay tribute to him at this year’s festival.
Chicago guitarist John Primer honors his mentors—including Muddy Waters and Magic Slim—by serving as a role model for young musicians.
A list of some of the most exciting-sounding presentations for this weekend’s Printers Row book fair.
Support for the brains behind tronc was tepid.
This week’s gig poster was designed by local artist Josh Davis.
Also, the police department hires an official to help implement reforms.
The home-sharing company accuses the mayor of siding with his Gold Coast base at the expense of the “little guys.”
Queer-friendly monthly party Switches of Eastwick launches at the Whistler, first-generation Chicago punks Silver Abuse celebrate a new album, and more.
Critics say cybersecurity expert John Bambenek wouldn’t even count as faculty at most colleges.
In Exoneree Diaries, journalist Alison Flowers documents the struggles of four murder convicts who were absolved and freed.