The premier blues club in the world is teaming up with the largest blues festival in India to showcase local Chicago blues musicians and connect them with the growing audience of blues fans in India.
Buddy Guy’s Legends is already well known as the home of the blues. It’s owned and operated by Buddy Guy, the Grammy-winning Rock’n’Roll Hall of Famer who has more Blues Music Awards than any artist in history. He’s also one of the last living blues legends from the days of Muddy Waters, Little Walter and Howlin’ Wolf. The club itself has been repeatedly voted “Best Blues Club,” and was given a “Keepin’ The Blues Alive” award by the Blues Foundation.
The Mahindra Blues Festival is the largest blues festival in India. Held annually in Mumbai and organized by the powerhouse Mahindra Group (worth $16.9 billion), the festival has brought in huge names like Buddy Guy, Taj Mahal, Derek Trucks, Susan Tedeschi, Quinn Sullivan, Shemekia Copeland, Jonny Lang, Doyle Bramhall II and Robert Randolph among many others.
Debuting on October 16th and 17th, The Mahindra Blues Weekend at Buddy Guy’s Legends is the first international extension of the Mahindra Blues Festival. Mahindra will sponsor and showcase today’s local Chicago blues musicians and connect them with the growing audience of blues fans in India.
To make that connection, the whole weekend will stream live, for free, at BuddyGuy.TV (people can also watch using the Gigity.TV app on iOS or Android). In between bands, Legends will be showing video clips from the Mahindra Blues Festival, bringing awareness of the festival and Indian blues bands to Chicago.
The first weekend highlights longtime Chicago guitar players Mike Wheeler (10/16) and Carlos Johnson (10/17). Mike Wheeler has played with everyone from Koko Taylor and BB King to Buddy Guy and Shemekia Copeland, and is known for his up-beat shows and raucous, talented band. Carlos Johnson has been playing blues in Chicago since the 1970s, with a jazzy, aggressive style that is instantly recognizable.
“Buddy Guy has played an important role in increasing the audiences for blues in India,” says Anand Mahindra, Chairman of the Mahindra Group. “It is an honor for our festival to now be associated with Buddy Guy’s Legends. We are committed to widening the appeal of this art form, and will continue to do so by supporting live performances and offering a platform to new talent.”
Buddy says he’s just keeping a promise that he made to Muddy Waters: “So long as I’m here, I’m going to do whatever I can to keep the blues alive, and I want to thank Mr. Anand Mahindra and the Mahindra Group for helping me keep that promise.”
The Mahindra Blues Weekend Chicago is promoted and produced by Oranjuice Entertainment. Tickets are available here.
Here’s the full schedule of events for both days.
FRIDAY OCT 16TH
12:00pm Fruteland Jackson (acoustic lunch set)
5:30pm Breezy Rodio (acoustic dinner set)
9:00pm Chicago Blues Angels
10:30pm Mike Wheeler
SATURDAY OCT 17TH
12:00pm Mike Wheeler (acoustic lunch set)
6:00pm Linsey Alexander (acoustic dinner set)
9:30pm Randy Johnson
11:00pm Carlos Johnson