City of Chicago :: Blues Festival Headliners Travel Up The Mississippi To Chicago

Shemekia Copeland
Shemekia Copeland

The Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE) is pleased to announce the headliners for the 30th Annual Chicago Blues Festival: Shemekia Copeland, Bobby Rush, Irma Thomas, Jimmy Johnson, Otis Clay, The Bar-Kays, Eddie Floyd, Sir Mack Rice and a multigenerational Chicago blues showcase finale featuring James Cotton, Lil’ Ed and Billy Branch, among others, closing the festival on Sunday. Admission is free.

Thursday, June 6: Opening Night in Millennium Park

Announced in February, the festival will open for the first time at the Jay Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium Park on June 6. Shemekia Copeland will headline the evening with special guest, blues guitar prodigy and Buddy Guy collaborator Quinn Sullivan. The evening will begin at 6:30 p.m. with openers Fernando Jones’ Blues Kids of America followed by Jamiah on Fire & the Red Machine.

Moving to Grant Park for the weekend, the festival is “Rollin’ Up the River” to celebrate the blues with a musical journey up the Mississippi River. During the great migration from the south in the 1940s and 1950s, the “delta blues” landed in Chicago establishing the genre’s electric guitar sound known as the “Chicago blues” style. The voyage will start in New Orleans, Louisiana, and Mississippi on Friday; then continue on to Memphis, Tennessee, and St. Louis, Missouri, on Saturday; ending in Chicago on Sunday, where the blues electrified the world.

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Vagabond Blues Show on All Jazz Radio every Thursday afternoon

Join me on my Vagabond Blues show on www.AllJazzRadio.co.za every Thursday afternoon from 4pm to 6pm (SA time). I play a broad spectrum of music in the blues genre, with a special focus on South African blues. – Brian Currin

Extract from an article I wrote in February 2007

I was born in South Africa 4 days after “The Day The Music Died” according to Don McLean (you work it out!). I was born and bred in a home filled with music (mainly Church Hymns and Showtunes) but soon discovered in my pre-teen years that I had absolutely no talent for singing or playing an instrument. I do play a mean air guitar solo though – I usually play a Black Fender Stratocaster Original Air Guitar. I also play Air Organ – a Hammond B3 of course – and recently I’ve started learning to play Air Harmonica.

Since I had this overwhelming passion for music, but not the skills to perform it, I started collecting music as well as information about music and also statistics and lists. Finding musical information in Apartheid-era South Africa was difficult to say the least, but my passion knew no bounds and I persevered.

In 1973 I heard the ‘Made in Japan’ version of ‘Smoke Of The Water’ by Deep Purple and my fate as a Rock Fan was sealed. I always thought that when I grew up I would lose my love of Rock and get into Classical and Jazz as “older” people did. Never happened! What did happen is that I just added and added more styles, types and genres to my musical tastes, though Classic Rock is still my first love and Deep Purple is still my favourite group. After listening to Purple and Zeppelin and Tull and Clapton and such-like I wanted to hear the original blues that inspired them … and a whole new world of discovering the Blues masters opened up for me.

Blues From The Deep South (Of Africa)

Because of South Africa’s unique geographical position and cosmopolitan population, there is really no such thing as a single defining style of “South African Music”. We seem to have everything here on the Southern Tip of Africa including African Tribal music, Zulu Township Jazz, Country and Western, Death Metal, Electronica and so much more, all with their own clearly-defined (and sometimes overlapping) niche markets. However the blues seems to be very popular in South Africa amongst most population groups, though I’ve never seen any research to support this theory of mine.

Blues in South Africa includes a wide variety of genres including Jazz Blues, Folk Blues, Traditional Blues, Blues Rock, Acoustic Blues and even blues sung in the language of Afrikaans which for want of a better name we will call Afrikaans Blues. So really South African Blues is just a term to mean Blues played by South African musicians. Cover versions of old blues classics abound, but there are also a large number of original compositions written in a variety of blues styles. Very few South African Blues musicians actually concentrate on playing the Blues exclusively, but rather play a mix of Blues, Rock, Blues-Rock and Country Rock.

Join me on my Vagabond Blues show on www.AllJazzRadio.co.za every Thursday afternoon from 4pm to 6pm (SA time). I play a broad spectrum of music in the blues genre, with a special focus on South African blues. – Brian Currin

Table Mountain Blues Summit: Final Countdown

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Final Countdown to Blues Summit 2011
Well Guys and Gals …it’s been a tough year for alot of people….
But for the price of a ‘R180 ticket’ we can put it all behind us for 11 hours on Saturday and forget our worries and woes

and get into the spirit of one of the Biggest, Bluesiest and Grooviest Festivals in the country….
www.bluesfest.co.za ……..

The Band Menu and Prices:
12 45 to 1 15 Wayne Pauli
1 25 to 2 SpaceMan

2 15 to 3 Raoul and Black Friday
3 15 to 4 Dave Ferguson
4 15 to 5 Natasha Meister
5 15 to 6 Gerald Clark Band
6 15 to 7 05 Richard Pryor’s ‘Pebbleman’
(Fender Guitar Giveaway)

7 20 to 8 15 Blues Broers and Albert Frost
8 30 to 9 30 Boulevard Blues
9 45 to 10 45 Dan Patlansky
11 to 11 45 Black Cat Bone

Book now …
Direct Link: Computicket or 083 9158000
Remember only computickets are eligible for the Fender Guitar lucky draw which will take place at about 7pm on the day.
Band Merchandise will be on sale including Blues Summit 2011 T-shirts…. so bring some change.

NB: Bring plenty of clothing because Bloemendal can get cold especially at night

  • 11 of the greatest and most exciting blues/rock bands that South Africa has to offer
  • State of the art outdoor festival sound rig of 30 000watts
  • Huge LED backdrop TV screen of 25 square metres
  • Fantastic light show and LED’s
  • We have the obligatory Fender guitar giveaway… yes you could win a Fender guitar and plenty of smaller prizes
  • Massive stage with moving lights and 2 projector screens
  • Plenty of food and refreshments, a full food menu and plenty of outside bars
  • Plenty of men and women’s toilets
  • Lots of free off street parking
  • Huge marquee supplied
  • Beautiful rolling lawns on this charming farm where you can relax and watch your favourite bands
  • Kids under 11 are free

How do I get there?

 

GPS Coordinates Decimal Decimal Deg Min & Sec Deg & Decimal Min
Latitude -33.8386° S 33.8386° S 33° 50′ 18.96″ -33° 50.316′
Longitude 18.5993° E 18.5993° E 18° 35′ 57.48″ 18° 35.958′

Address Phone 021 9762682
Tygerbergvalley Road
Durbanville
Western Cape
South Africa