Legends Announces First Annual Winter Blues Fest

“”In the depth of winter I finally learned that there was in me an invincible summer.” – Albert Camus

The best cure for cold weather is hot blues. That’s why Buddy Guy’s Legends is announcing its first annual Winter Blues Fest. From December 1st through 6th, we’re packing our schedule day and night with live music, bringing you a straight week of the best acoustic and electric blues Chicago has to offer – and if you don’t live in Chicago, we’re streaming it live on the internet.

“Chicago has too much talent for just one Blues Fest,” says Mark Maddox, the talent buyer here at Buddy Guy’s.  And it’s true: the Winter Blues Fest features a diverse range of talented artists. The lineup includes old-school bluesmen Vino Louden, former bandleader for Koko Taylor, and Eddie Shaw, who played with Muddy Waters and Howlin’ Wolf; young gun guitar slingers Eric Davis, Mike Wheeler, Toronzo Cannon,  and rising star Kirsten Thien; local favorites Mississippi Heat, described by the Sun-Times was “quite simply the hottest band in Chicago”; imported Aussie bluesman Michael Charles; and the new wave of artists obsessed by the traditional blues sound, such as The Cashbox Kings.

Additionally there will be a whole series of free acoustic performances. Those include slide player Matt Hendricks, former winner of the Chicago Blues Challenge; Eric Noden, who has played at blues festivals all over the world (including the Chicago Blues Fest); award winning blues historian Fruteland Jackson; and Eddie Taylor Jr, son of the great Eddie Taylor and heir to his clean classic sound.

Buy advance tickets here
Live video streaming here

A complete listing of events:

Sunday, December 1st

12:00pm: Nicholas Barron, acoustic lunch set
3:30pm   : Matt Hendricks, acoustic dinner set
6:30pm   : Mike Wheeler
8:00pm   : Eric “Guitar” Davis and the Troublemakers
9:30pm   : Eddie Shaw

Monday, December 2nd

5:00pm:  Anthony Moser, acoustic dinner set
8:00pm:  Demetria Taylor
9:30pm:  Mike Wheeler

Tuesday, December 3rd

6:30pm-9:30pm: Closed for a private event
10:00pm: Toronzo Cannon and the Cannonball Express

Wednesday, December 4th

12:00pm: Anthony Moser, acoustic lunch set
5:00pm  : Eric Davis, acoustic dinner set
8:00pm  : Michael Charles
9:30pm  :  Vino Louden

Thursday, December 5th

12:00pm: Eddie Taylor Jr, acoustic lunch set
2:15pm: Live interview with Marty Sammon
5:00pm:  Meisha Herron, acoustic dinner set
8:00pm:  Cashbox Kings
9:30pm:  Mississippi Heat
Friday, December 6th

12:00pm: Fruteland Jackson, acoustic lunch set
3:30pm: CLOSED for a private event until 9pm
9:00pm:   Chicago Blues Angels
10:30pm: Kirsten Thein

 

TICKETS:  Advance tickets are available through eTix at http://www.buddyguy.com. Patrons can also pay the cover charge at the door. All acoustic shows are free both at the club and online. There is a $15 cover charge for the evening shows on Sunday, Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday. There is a $10 cover charge for the evening show on Tuesday and a $20 cover charge for the evening shows on Friday. Fully automated three-camera streams are $3 for a full night of music; manually controlled 4-camera streams are $5 for a full night. Pay-per-view streams are good for up to 5 days after the initial viewing.

 

 

 

 

 

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