For the past six years a little known event has occurred every Monday through Friday at Buddy Guy’s Legends. It’s the free afternoon acoustic set here at Legends that starts at 12pm and ends at 2pm (And no, this isn’t your average afternoon Potbelly acoustic set), The artists are the men and women who have been around for years. They’ve cut albums, and played regular gigs during the evening sets here at Legends. They don’t do it for the money. They do it because they love the music, and thank god because we do too.
Urban Djin, with a heavy heart, is leaving. Despite his love of playing Wednesday afternoons at Legends, Urban has decided that it is time to focus on group projects. If you’ve never met him or seen his show, it probably won’t mean much to you, but for those of you who have, by the time you read this, it will be too late to catch a free show from one of the most talented and entertaining artists I’ve ever met. Instead of standing on stage separated from the audience, he preferred to walk among them, singing, greeting, and playing his signature mouth horn (my personal favorite). He is also kind in a way that many artists today have either forgotten or pretend to be. He’s intelligent in a way that makes think he may be a traveling scholar, generous as a imperfect saint, but most of all his honesty is what makes Urban, Urban.
Urban has been a voice for Maxwell belly up to the bar and toast to a man who gave us 6 great years of fun, thoughts and laughs.
Street Market, writing a number of stories and essays concerning the loss of such an important piece of Chicago history. While I know I will miss speaking with him, listening to him, and seeing his classic bright eyed smile, I have the feeling this won’t be the last time I will see him walking our floors, shaking hands with friends, and sharing stories in the way that only Urban can.
Check out urbandjin.com to find out where you can catch Urban (and collect the bounty?), and check out just how interesting of a life this cowboy has had, and believe me it is interesting. After that, belly up to the bar and toast to a man who gave us 6 great years of fun, thoughts and laughs.