Saturday July 1st
1PM- Little Johnny and the Houserockers
The Little Johnny & the Houserockers band is led by John Moore-- aka Little Johnny--who has been playing the Chicago Blues Scene since 1999. Playing with, opening for, and also having been a sideman to some of the best in the music business, Little Johnny has also been nominated for the Chicago Black Music Awards as both Artist of the Year and Blues Band of the Year. His current band is a three- piece power trio. Johnny's style is straight out of Chicago-- quite simply "Chicago Style Blues." Little Johnny's heartfelt vocals, dynamic harmonica, and slide guitar would make Blues legend Muddy Waters smile.
2pm- Chakalyte Blues
3pm- Smiley Tillman Band Featuring Kate Moss
Entertainer, Showman, and profound Guitarist, Smiley Tillmon was born in Jefferson County, Georgia in 1941. After a short while, he relocated and was raised in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida where he started playing R&B and Calypso in 1957. His biggest influences were George Benson and Matt Murphy. After moving to Chicago, IL in 1959, Smiley decided to make the blues his priority, playing full-time until 1976. During this time, Smiley performed with established artists such as Junior Wells, James Cotton, Zora Young, Lefty Dizz, Sunnyland Slim, Johnny Dollar, Bob Stroger, and helped start the career of Denise LaSalle.
Now, at the age of 70, Smiley’s passion for music is higher than ever before, constantly learning new playing tactics and teaching future generations of musicians to come. Keeping true to the true spirit of rhythm and blues, The Smiley Tillmon Band blends Chicago Blues, Stax and funk favorites to keep the party groovin'!
4:30pm- Jamiah Rogers Band
THE JAMIAH ROGERS BAND IS ONE OF THE MIDWEST HOTTEST BANDS AND LOCAL FAVORITES IN THE CHICAGO AREA. THE BAND CONSITS OF JAMIAH ROGERS, LEAD VOCALS AND GUITAR, DIONTE SKINNER, DRUMS, AND TONY ROGERS, BACKGROUND VOCALS AND BASS GUITAR. IN 2015, THE JAMIAH ROGERS BAND RECORDED THEIR SECOND CD TITLED, WINNERS NEVER QUIT, 10 ORIGIONAL SONGS WRITTEN AND PRODUCED BY JAMIAH. THE BAND ALSO TRAVELED TO CANADA AND EUROPE TO PLAY SEVERAL INTERNATIONAL MUSIC FESTIVALS INCLUDING THE MONTREAL INTERNATIONAL JAZZ AND BLUES FESTIVAL! THE BAND CONTINUES TO PLAY LOCAL VENUES AND FESTIVALS IN THE U.S. AND CANADA. LOOK FOR THE JUNIOR CD RELEASE SPRING OF 2017!
Chicago Blues Hall of Fame Master Artist, Soul singer, guitar slinger, hip shakin’ mama and washboard virtuoso, Liz Mandeville, is currently touring to support two CD’s. One, for the Blue Kitty Music Label, “Heart ‘O’ Chicago” and the other, a live disc, “Angels Sing The Blues”, recorded by Earwig Music Co at a live show in 2007. Liz released four solo CD’s for Earwig between 1996 and 2005, and was a guest artist on two of their other releases. Liz also appeared on the Blue Chicago CD, “The Red Hot Mamas” and on Shanachi’s “New Women of the Blues.”
Heart ‘O’ Chicago, Liz’s second CD for Blue Kitty Music, has 11 original tracks, written, produced and sung by Ms. Mandeville, and features cameos by some of Chicago’s most popular artists. It was nominated for two Jimi Awards, topped the 2015 Roots Radio Report and was named to the Top 10 Releases for 2015 by GO! Magazine.
Angels Sing the Blues is a live CD recorded in 2007 and features Ms Mandeville belting out a medley of Etta James tunes and an original slow blues. She is joined on the John Prine classic “Angel From Montgomery” by singers Mary Lane and Shirley Johnson. This record is currently in rotation.
Ms. Mandeville is an award winning songwriter, having won the USA Songwriting Contest, The Roots Music Associations Best Songwriter of the Year and nominations for 5 years running for Best Blues CD from the Chicago Music Awards. In 2011, she won Windy City Blues Challenge. Her song, “Quit Me On A Voicemail” from Heart ‘O’ Chicago, has been downloaded on Spotify more than 150,000 times!
Liz along with her band, the Blue Points, John Hill guitar, Steve Hart bass, and Andy Sutton drums, deliver a grooving show that blends soul drenched originals with newly reinvented classics and unexpected twists on pop songs. Liz is a fan favorite on festivals from Saskatchewan’s Sascquach Reunion to Maastricht Queensday Festival in the Netherlands to Durban South Africa International Blues Fest, which she has headlined twice. She’s played Chicago Blues Fest, Taste of Chicago, as well as clubs and festivals in more than 40 states, in 11 different countries on 3 continents. She tours extensively in Europe. She did a festival tour of Germany with Grammy Winners, Robert Cray and HoneyBoy Edwards. She has also toured for the last three decades in Canada and all over the US.
The current line up starts with Freddie Dixon, bass player extraordinaire, who learned the instrument at the feet of his father, Willie Dixon, a bass player for the ages. The other Original Blues All-Star is Dr. Jimmy Lee Tillman, the man who literally wrote the book on blues drumming. Rounding out the band is 2nd generation guitar slinger Rob Robinson and the most dynamic rising talent on the Chicago Blues scene, Michael Damani. This line up connects the inventors of electric Chicago Blues to the future of the art form. Do not miss this opportunity to see the legends play with the future legends.
During the 1950s, Chicago's West Side was a breeding ground for some of the world's greatest bluesmen. Magic Sam, Otis Rush, Freddie King and others ruled the clubs. With his fierce guitar playing, soulful and emotive vocals and wild stage shows, Eddy "The Chief" Clearwater easily belongs on this list. A Chicago legend, Clearwater is an intense, flamboyant blues-rocking showman. He's equally comfortable playing the deepest, most heartfelt blues or rocking, good-time party music. DownBeat said, "Left-hander Eddy Clearwater is a forceful six-stringer...He lays down some gritty West Side shuffles and belly-grinding slow blues that highlight his raw chops, soulful vocals, and earthy, humorous lyrics."
Between his slashing left-handed guitar work, his room-filling vocals, his self-defined "rock-a-blues" style (a forceful mix of blues, rock, rockabilly, country and gospel), his boundless energy and even his signature Indian headdress, Clearwater is among the very finest practitioners of the West Side blues working today. The blues world recognized his talent by giving him the Blues Music Award for Contemporary Blues â€“ Male Artist of the Year in 2001. His last release, 2003's Rock 'N' Roll City, was nominated for a Grammy Award. Now he's back with his very first Alligator CD, the aptly titled WEST SIDE STRUT.
Now, with WEST SIDE STRUT, Eddy has made the very best album of his life. Between the untamed guitar work, the tough and gruff vocals and the strength of the songs, the old-school yet contemporary WEST SIDE STRUT will lead Eddy "The Chief" Clearwater to the very top of the blues world and beyond. Clearwater loves to perform and can usually be found tearing it up somewhere around the world on any given night. He's played everywhere from Russia, Turkey, and Romania to Brazil and Alaska. He'll hit the road hard in support of the CD, strutting his slicing guitar licks, his rock-fueled blues, rockabilly, country and gospel gumbo and his uninhibited live show to fans ready for a taste of the real West Side Chicago blues, played by a master at the very peak of his abilities.