The festival season is underway and one of our favorites, the Chicago Blues Fest, begins next Friday June 12th. Although there might not be the big names we all know, we can promise that you won't be disappointed. The atmosphere is always festive and it's great to just wander.
For many blues aficionados the fest will be bittersweet this year as Chicago blues legend Koko Taylor just passed away a couple of days ago on June 3rd. I personally witnessed Koko for the first time at last years blue fest and although she was clearly past her prime, you could still appreciate and worship her dedication and presence. Here is some vintage Koko belting out Wang Dang Doodle:
Besides the festivities at Grant Park, don't forget about Buddy Guy's Legends (754 S. Wabash) as they put on a quite impressive couple nights of shows during the week as well. Their activities begin on Wednesday night. For the complete list of performers and acts check out this link.
And if that's not enough blues for you, don't worry; Legends has got you covered. On Tuesday June 16th, Legend's is celebrating their 20 year anniversary and has a good night planned with music by Brother John Band and Harmonica Hinds. There is a $10 cover for the anniversary party. We will see you there!