Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Free Blues Every Week at 2100 S. Michigan

A reader shares their experience at a little known musical gem:

One of the Sloop's best kept secrets is the Blues Heaven FREE Garden Concerts once a week right at the home of the old Chess Records near 2100 S Michigan. I was fortunate enough to catch Lamont "Harmonica" Harris and the wildly entertaining
Tommy McCracken last Thursday, and even though I'm not much of a blues fan, I
felt privileged to have such a venue in my own neighborhood.

If you're free Thursday nights at 6:00, you owe it to yourself to take advantage. The
shows are free, though donations are accepted. And don't let the empty seats in the photograph fool you... once the sound starts wending its way through the streets, the venue becomes SRO very quickly.

My suggestion: call for an appointment to visit Willie Dixon's museum ($10) before the show, then enjoy some of the very Chicago blues that Chess records made famous. Next show Little Scotty on August 4th from 6-7PM. I'm going to try to be there.
(Hat tip: JW!)


Anonymous said...

I wish they had a bar and some tables set up rather then random chairs.

Jeff Wagg said...

Yes, that would be nice, but it's outdoors, only an hour, and since it's free, I doubt they could deal with the liquor license and everything.

Anonymous said...

can we brown bag?