Chicago Blues Experience

Chicago Blues Experience World-class cultural attraction in Chicago celebrating blues music Chicago is the birthplace of modern blues, a pure American art form that has had a profound influence on nearly every style of music that followed.

This music could have been forged only in Chicago: when the Great Migration brought Delta blues to the city, it was amplified to reflect the energy and struggle of an urban audience. The Chicago Blues Experience celebrates the pioneering artists as well as the generations of musicians who have been influenced by the blues and continue to carry on its traditions.

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07/03/2018
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Remembering Mississippi Fred McDowell, born on this day in 1906 in Rossville, Tennessee.

06/09/2018
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Happy Birthday to Skip James, born this day in 1902!

Rare footage from a German TV station of Skip James performing “Hard Time Killing Floor Blues” in 1967.

Don't miss this tribute to Eddie Shaw tomorrow night at the Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts!
05/24/2018

Don't miss this tribute to Eddie Shaw tomorrow night at the Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts!

This Friday - we celebrate the legacy of Eddie Shaw in "Brass in the Blues: Eddie Shaw Tribute." Join us! http://bit.ly/2FWpWFJ

Check out the earliest known recording of 'Swing Low, Sweet Chariot' from 1894, and a brief history of the gospel standa...
05/15/2018
Hear the Recently Discovered, Earliest Known Recording of “Swing Low, Sweet Chariot” (1894)

Check out the earliest known recording of 'Swing Low, Sweet Chariot' from 1894, and a brief history of the gospel standard.
http://www.openculture.com/2018/05/hear-the-recently-discovered-earliest-known-recording-of-swing-low-sweet-chariot-1894.html

As keen observers of American culture and history like W.E.B. Du Bois and Ralph Ellison have written, there is no American music without African-American music.

Happy belated birthday Robert Johnson!
05/09/2018

Happy belated birthday Robert Johnson!

Remembering Robert Johnson, born on this day in 1911 in Hazlehurst, Mississippi. The 29 recordings he made in 1936-37 are widely regarded as an artistic high point of blues music.

Looking for some Friday afternoon listening? Check out Johnny Iguana on WBEZ's Morning Shift on his new album, meeting J...
04/27/2018
Morning Shift

Looking for some Friday afternoon listening? Check out Johnny Iguana on WBEZ's Morning Shift on his new album, meeting Junior Wells, "Chicago Plays the Stones," and working with blues legends.

https://www.npr.org/podcasts/524530318/morning-shift

A dynamic mix of news, culture and music in Chicago that relies heavily on authentic engagement with listeners. WBEZ's Morning Shift is hosted by Tony Sarabia.

04/05/2018
Pure Hype - WHPK 88.5FM

Ken Allison and the Twist Blues performing at the University of Chicago's radio station last week. Great set!

Awesome set by Ken Allison and the Twist Blues last week on Pure Hype! Thanks for stopping by the WHPK studio! You can hear more great live music every Friday 8:30-10PM on Pure Hype - 88.5 FM and streaming at WHPK.ORG/Stream

04/05/2018
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Muddy Waters, born on this day in 1913 in Issaquena County, Mississippi.

Rock legend Stephen Stills has joined our Artist Board! Check out our all-star line-up here: http://www.chicagobluesexpe...
04/02/2018
Stephen Stills joins the CBE Artist Board - Chicago Blues Experience

Rock legend Stephen Stills has joined our Artist Board! Check out our all-star line-up here: http://www.chicagobluesexperience.com/artist-board/

http://www.chicagobluesexperience.com/2018/04/02/stephen-stills-joins-the-cbe-artist-board/

Stephen Stills is one of rock music’s most enduring figures with a career now spanning six decades, multiple solo works, and four hugely influential groups – Manassas, Buffalo Springfield, Crosby, Stills & Nash (CSN), and Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young (CSNY). He has been inducted into the Rock an...

03/15/2018
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Happy Birthday to Lightnin' Hopkins, born this day in 1911!

Sam "Lightnin'" Hopkins, born on this day in 1912 in Centerville, Texas.

03/12/2018
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HBD Jesse Fuller!

Jesse Fuller, born on this day in 1896 in Jonesboro, Georgia.

03/08/2018
Tank and The Bangas NPR Tiny Desk Contest 2017

One year after Tank and the Bangas won NPR's Tiny Desk Concert, we still can't stop listening to their entry. Tank and the Bangas is a female-fronted art jazz-fusion ensemble from New Orleans that's as catchy and funny as it is experimental. #IWD2018 #BlackGirlMagic

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0zU-Jm87kzY

NPR Tiny Desk Submission Merell Burket: Keys Jonathan Johnson: Bass Joshua Johnson: Percussion Albert Allenback: Saxophone Anjelika Joseph: BG Vocals Tarrion...

03/08/2018
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Happy Birthday to Mississippi John Hurt, born March 8, 1892 in Teoc, Mississippi!

Remembering Mississippi John Hurt, born on this day in 1892 in Teoc, Mississippi. Here he is playing "You Got To Walk That Lonesome Valley" in 1965.

Here's a fantastic article from Washington City Paper from 1994 we stumbled across about legendary Delta bluesman Skip J...
03/04/2018
Skip James' Hard Time Killing Floor Blues

Here's a fantastic article from Washington City Paper from 1994 we stumbled across about legendary Delta bluesman Skip James. Worth a read! https://buff.ly/2FeP5vC

Robert Johnson died young and became a blues legend. Skip James lived to a ripe old age. It was a bad career move.

"I couldn't do no yodelin', so I turned to howlin'. And it's done me just fine." Check out this amazing clip of Howlin' ...
02/28/2018
The Rolling Stones Introduce Bluesman Howlin’ Wolf on US TV, One of the “Greatest Cultural Moments of the 20th Century” (1965)

"I couldn't do no yodelin', so I turned to howlin'. And it's done me just fine." Check out this amazing clip of Howlin' Wolf performing 'How Many More Years' on Shindig in 1965, introduced by his fans the Rolling Stones!

Howlin’ Wolf may well have been the greatest blues singer of the 20th century. Certainly many people have said so, but there are other measurements than mere opinion, though it’s one I happen to share.

Daily Southtown: “Celebrated blues singer and guitarist John Primer and the Real Deal Blues Band perform July 14 at Beve...
07/12/2017
Bluesman John Primer returns to play Beverly Arts Center

Daily Southtown: “Celebrated blues singer and guitarist John Primer and the Real Deal Blues Band perform July 14 at Beverly Arts Center's Baffes Theatre Mainstage near Primer's former home in Chicago’s Morgan Park community.

His 2017 releases included Ain’t Nothing You Can Do, a collaboration with blues harmonica player Bob Corritore released in April, and Chicago Plays the Stones an all-star album released in May and featuring Primer on “Let It Bleed” and “Angie.”

http://www.chicagotribune.com/suburbs/daily-southtown/lifestyles/ct-sta-john-primer-bac-st-0714-20170703-story.html

John Primer set to bring blues to Beverly Arts Center.

WGN Radio: "…Co-founders Bill Selonick and John Boncimino, of the upcoming Chicago Blues Experience Museum, slated for a...
05/16/2017
Highway to ‘Blues Heaven’: Preserving and promoting the past and future of Chicago’s musical legacy

WGN Radio: "…Co-founders Bill Selonick and John Boncimino, of the upcoming Chicago Blues Experience Museum, slated for a downtown location at 25 E. Washington, talk about their five-plus year long process of creating an immersive music museum to explore the music and its link to the city; Jackie Dixon, President of Willie Dixon's Blues Heaven Foundation (and Willie’s daughter) shares some of her plans on future of the foundations headquarters at the Chess Records building (2120 S. Michigan Ave) and the goal of having both locations be active, living incubators of music and ideas to not only preserve the city’s musical heritage, but push it forward; Joe Morganfield shares a pair of live tunes and talks about his memories of his father Muddy Waters and the state of Muddy’s first Chicago house on S. Lake Park, and more.”

Listen to this full radio interview at: http://wgnradio.com/2017/05/15/highway-to-blues-heaven-preserving-and-promoting-the-past-and-future-of-chicagos-musical-legacy/

Dave Hoekstra leads an in-depth look at the city of Chicago's relationship with it's own rich blues legacy with a panel of guests who are all striving to maintain Chicago blues in their own way: Co-founders Bill Selonick and John Boncimino, of the upcoming Chicago Blues Experience Museum, slated for...

The Asbury Park Press: "You would never know that Buddy Guy is one of the most acclaimed and accomplished guitarists in ...
05/12/2017
Legendary guitarist Buddy Guy back in Red Bank

The Asbury Park Press: "You would never know that Buddy Guy is one of the most acclaimed and accomplished guitarists in the long and storied history of the blues when conversing with the icon. Guy, 80, is humble to a fault...

Guy, who will return Wednesday to the Asbury Park Press Stage at the Count Basie Theatre in Red Bank, is routinely near the top of Rolling Stone magazine’s “100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time” list and his pal and fellow guitar hero Eric Clapton believes that Guy is the greatest living guitarist...

[Mick] Jagger—who recently recorded a version of ‘Doo Doo Doo Doo Doo (Heartbreaker)’ with Guy for a Chicago Blues Experience album—and [Keith] Richards are huge fans.”

Read complete story: http://www.app.com/story/entertainment/music/2017/05/12/legendary-guitarist-buddy-guy-back-red-bank/101560522/

To learn more about the album and purchase the CD and/or audio download today, visit http://chicagoplaysthestones.com/.

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