September is Prostate Cancer Awareness month. PCaBlue, the nonprofit for whom Buddy Guy is the national spokesman, is sponsoring two great shows in the Chicago area to raise awareness about prostate cancer. (There’s also a chance to win a polka dot guitar autographed by Buddy Guy!)
Each event promises a great evening of blues music plus prostate cancer information from medical experts, survivors and advocates about the risk factors, screening procedures and treatment options available. Proceeds from both events support national prostate cancer education organizations and the Blues Foundation’s HART Fund (Handy Artists Relief Trust), which helps blues musicians and their families in financial need due to a broad range of health concerns.
September 10th: PCaBlue Presents Marty Sammon’s Blues Fling, ft Carlos Johnson
The Harald Viking Lodge, 6730 175th St, Tinley Park, IL 60477
6pm-10pm, $15 adv/$18 door
An all-ages show in Tinley Park, IL, Marty Sammon’s Blues Fling is a big musical party hosted by Buddy Guy’s keys player Marty Sammon. In addition to sharing important information about prostate cancer, Marty will be paying tribute to the late Phil Guy, Buddy’s brother, who passed away from prostate cancer in 2008. The night will feature a full lineup of great performers including Sheryl Youngblood, Anthony Moser, Mike Milligan & Steam Shovel, Grace Beechy, and more, concluding with special guest Carlos Johnson. (Here’s a video from the last time Carlos played at a Blues Fling).
September 18th: PCaBlue Presents The Sons & Daughters Of The Blues Jam
Buddy Guy’s Legends, 700 S Wabash Ave, Chicago IL 60605
8:30pm, $10 + optional donation
The Sons & Daughters of the Blues Jam will start with a presentation of important information about prostate cancer and a short talk by Buddy Guy, national spokesman for PCaBlue. Then it’s on to the jam, hosted by Brother John Kattke, featuring performances by the sons and daughters of blues legends who are coming forward to raise awareness about prostate cancer. The lineup includes:
Carlise Guy, daughter of Buddy Guy
Greg Guy, son of Buddy Guy
Shirley King, daughter of BB King
Demetria Taylor, daughter of Eddie Taylor
Wayne Baker Brooks, son of Lonnie Brooks
Kenny Kinsey, son of Big Daddy Kinsey
Freddie Dixon, son of Willie Dixon
Kenny “Beedy Eyes” Smith, son of Willie “Big Eyes” Smith
Joseph Morganfield, son of Muddy Waters
Rose Reed, daughter of Jimmy Reed
We’ll also be livestreaming the whole show, and announcing the winner of an autographed polka dot guitar. (You can enter that raffle by donating to PCaBlue here).
Support for the Blues 4 Prostate Cancer Education Tour is provided by Pfizer Oncology, Astellas Pharma, Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA), Bayer Oncology and Buddy Guy’s Legends.