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Chicago Blues: An Urban Experience at the Old Town School of Folk Music

By Patty Wetli | Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Old Town's Blues Series leads up to Chicago Blues Festival. Credit: Flickr/gingerbydesign

The Old Town School of Folk Music hosts a six-week series dedicated to presenting authentic blues programs celebrating the history and tradition that made Chicago the Blues Capital of the World.  The series coincides with Chicago’s blues season leading up to the world famous Chicago Blues Festival. The program was curated by Barry Dolins, and is designed to commemorate significant icons and traditions that represent blues history in Chicago. Each concert will begin with a short conversation with the artist discussing their influences and history.

All events held in the Old Town School’s Myron R. Szold Music & Dance Hall, 4545 N. Lincoln Ave.

Little Walter’s Birthday featuring Billy Branch and the Sons of the Blues

April 29, 6:30 p.m.

All tickets $15; buy online or call the box office at 773.728.6000.

Fruteland Jackson: The Legend of Robert Johnson

May 6, 6:30 p.m.

Fruteland Jackson is one of the few American artists dedicated to performing and preserving acoustic blues in its various styles, both traditional and contemporary, from field hollers and work songs to Delta and Piedmont styles. Fruteland refers to himself as a “blues activist” and oral historian promoting awareness of the art form through story and song.

All tickets $15; buy online or call the box office.

Mother’s Day Celebration with a Daughter of the Blues, featuring Demetria Taylor

May 13, 6:30 p.m.

Demetria Taylor, the daughter of blues legend Eddie Taylor, makes her Old Town School debut with a fun and flashy Mother’s Day set.

All tickets $15; buy online or call the box office.

Diamonds in Our Own Back Yard, featuring Sharon Lewis and Texas Fire

May 20, 6:30 p.m.

Sharon Lewis and Texas Fire play fiery and dynamic modern blues. Lewis’ style is fresh and contemporary, while building from a solid foundation of standard Delta, Texas and Chicago blues forms. Her music also incorporates elements of rock, jazz and gospel. Hear why Sharon is one of Chicago’s brightest rising stars.

All tickets $15; buy online or call the box office.

The New Generation of Soul Blues, featuring Theo Huff

May 27, 6:30 p.m.

Joined by friends and local masters of soul, Chicago blues torchbearer Theo Huff brings his effortless groove, cocksure flamboyance and sassy churchiness to the Old Town stage.

All tickets $15; buy online or call the box office.

Reverand K.M. Williams

June 3, 6:30 p.m.

Celebrate the 100th birthday of legendary blues singer and guitarist Lightnin’ Hopkins with a rousing, spiritual performance by the Texas Country Blues Preacher himself, Reverend K.M. Williams.

All tickets $15

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