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JAM TIME! Got your picks & sticks? Gotta Go Jam? Want to support the local musicians & blues scene? Hear the local blues news? Then you are in the right place! Blues jams come & go, I started this list to try to keep up! If you hear of one that’s not on the list, or have a correction, please let me know. Low-reen’s Live Blues List is updated at least monthly. Call ahead: these things change minute-to-minute!! Also be sure to drop a few bucks at the establishments that hosts these jams: buy a drink – if you don’t drink, buy some food or buy your friend a drink – otherwise the jams go away, and NO ONE wants that!

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Low-reen’s Live Blues List #62!!

Low-reen’s Live Blues List

http://LowreensLiveBlues.com

Blues Jams Chicago to Milwaukee…and then some

 

Issue #62

July 2014

in memory of Dirty Otis

…join a Band, not a Gang…

 

Join the Mailing List / Updates / Corrections / List your Jam: send to BlackCatBones@sbcGlobal.net

Quick Updates & Jam Pictures: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Low-reens-Live-Blues/201039673268178

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Low-reen’s upcoming shows:

-Saturday, July 5, private party for Eric with Al Sjoholm, Phil Boom Boom James, & Marie Martens

-Sunday, July 6, every 1st Sunday, 7-11pm, Jerry’s Cosmic Sandwiches & Drink Blues Jam, 1938 W Division, Chicago, IL (773) 235-1006, Low-reen & the Maxwell St Market Blues Band with Stewart, DC, & Paul Petraitis

-Wednesday July 9, 7-10pm, Polk St Pub beer garden benefit for families of slain police, open to the public, 548 W Polk, Chicago, IL (312) 786-1142, Low-reen & the Maxwell St Market Blues Band with Paul Petraitis, DC, guests Marie Martens and LT McGee, $30 includes appetizers, alcohol, music

-Saturday July 12, 1-6pm, One Trick Pony Brewery 2nd Annual Human Be-in Brewfest, 17933 Chappel Ave, Lansing, IL (708) 889-6683 www.PonyBrewing.com Elmore James Jr & the Broom Dusters, and Low-reen & the Maxwell St Market Blues Band with Stewart, Paul Petraitis, & Marco T. $30 adv / $35 door

-Saturday July 12, 9pm, Hopscotch Beer & Whiskey Bar, 9743 Franklin Ave, Franklin Park, IL (847) 260-5318, Low-reen & the Maxwell St Market Blues Band with Paul Petraitis, Stewart, & Marco T

-Sunday July 13, 5-9pm Polk St Pub beer garden blues jam, 548 W Polk, Chicago, IL, (312) 786-1142, Low-reen & the Maxwell St Market Blues Band with DC, Paul Petraitis, Stewart

-Saturday July 26, 2-5pm, Randolph St Market, 1350 W Randolph St at Ogden, Chicago, IL (312) 666-1200, $10 admission, high-end, antique, indoor / outdoor market, beer & food avail for purchase

-Saturday July 26, 9pm-1, Lee Street Sports Bar, 1122 Lee St, Des Plaines, IL (847) 390-3100, Low-reen & the Maxwell St Market Blues Band with Stewart, Paul Petraitis, guest drummer

-Friday August 1, 10-11pm, Red Line Tap, 7006 N Glenwood Ave, Chicago, IL www.RedLineTap.com (773) 274-5463, $5 cover

-Sunday August 3, every 1st Sunday, 7-11pm, Jerry’s Cosmic Sandwiches & Drink Blues Jam, 1938 W Division, Chicago, IL (773) 235-1006, Low-reen & the Maxwell St Market Blues Band with Stewart, DC, & Paul Petraitis

-Friday August 8, Waukegan Public Library Summer Courtyard Concert, 12-1pm, 128 N County St, Waukegan, IL (847) 623-2041, Low-reen & the Maxwell St Market Blues Band with Johnny Tampa, Paul Petraitis, Stewart

-Sunday August 10, 5-9pm Polk St Pub beer garden blues jam, 548 W Polk, Chicago, IL, (312) 786-1142, Low-reen & the Maxwell St Market Blues Band with DC, Paul Petraitis, Stewart

-Saturday August 16, 8-11pm, Tipsi Monkey, 778 W Bartlett Rd, Bartlett, IL (630) 855-5668 www.TipsiMonkey.com Low-reen & Al Sjoholm duo

-Sunday August 17, 4:15-6:15pm, Grandwood Park Music by the Lake, with special guest Bill LaClair from the Nightburners

-Saturday August 23, 7:30-11pm, Tuscany Restaurant, 550 S Milwaukee Ave, Wheeling, IL  http://www.tuscanychicago.com/tuscany-wheeling.html 847-465-9988, Low-reen & Chicago Paul duo

-Sunday August 31, 3-5pm, Randolph St Market, 1350 W Randolph St at Ogden, Chicago, IL (312) 666-1200, $10 admission, high-end, antique, indoor / outdoor market, beer & food avail for purchase

-Saturday September 6, 3pm, Blues for Home III benefit for PADS Lake County homeless services, Fox’s Lounge at the Best Western, 350 Rte 173, Antioch, IL (847) 395-3606, outside weather permitting, bands all day, $5 or more donation, all proceeds to PADS. Contact Low-reen (224) 440-2173 if you want to play or volunteer, also need donations for raffles, cash donations, sponsors

-Sunday September 7, every 1st Sunday, 7-11pm, Jerry’s Cosmic Sandwiches & Drink Blues Jam, 1938 W Division, Chicago, IL (773) 235-1006, Low-reen & the Maxwell St Market Blues Band with Stewart, DC, & Paul Petraitis

-Sunday September 14, 5-9pm Polk St Pub beer garden blues jam, 548 W Polk, Chicago, IL, (312) 786-1142, Low-reen & the Maxwell St Market Blues Band with DC, Paul Petraitis, Stewart

-Sunday September 21, 5-9pm Polk St Pub beer garden blues jam, 548 W Polk, Chicago, IL, (312) 786-1142, Low-reen & the Maxwell St Market Blues Band with DC, Paul Petraitis, Stewart

-Sunday October 5, every 1st Sunday, 7-11pm, Jerry’s Cosmic Sandwiches & Drink Blues Jam, 1938 W Division, Chicago, IL (773) 235-1006, Low-reen & the Maxwell St Market Blues Band with Stewart, DC, & Paul Petraitis

-Sunday October 12, 5-9pm Polk St Pub beer garden blues jam, 548 W Polk, Chicago, IL, (312) 786-1142, Low-reen & the Maxwell St Market Blues Band with DC, Paul Petraitis, Stewart

-Sunday October 19, 5-9pm Polk St Pub beer garden blues jam, 548 W Polk, Chicago, IL, (312) 786-1142, Low-reen & the Maxwell St Market Blues Band with DC, Paul Petraitis, Stewart

-Sunday October 26, 5-9pm Last of the year Polk St Pub beer garden blues jam, 548 W Polk, Chicago, IL, (312) 786-1142, Low-reen & the Maxwell St Market Blues Band with DC, Paul Petraitis, Stewart

-Sunday Nov 2, every 1st Sunday, 7-11pm, Jerry’s Cosmic Sandwiches & Drink Blues Jam, 1938 W Division, Chicago, IL (773) 235-1006, Low-reen & the Maxwell St Market Blues Band with Stewart, DC, & Paul Petraitis

-Sunday Dec 7, every 1st Sunday, 7-11pm, Jerry’s Cosmic Sandwiches & Drink Blues Jam, 1938 W Division, Chicago, IL (773) 235-1006, Low-reen & the Maxwell St Market Blues Band with Stewart, DC, & Paul Petraitis

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Clubs Off the Beaten Path Now, didn’t you just think that there must be more to the Chicago blues scene than what you see in the Reader or in some of the guidebooks? Well ME TOO! So I started blues traveling in my own city! Here are some Chicagoland spots to check out. Some are not in the safest neighborhoods, so don’t be stupid about it. Be friendly & respectful, don’t have too much to drink, and park on the main street. Some have parking security. These clubs do a great job to create a safe atmosphere inside but be careful coming & going. Oh, and have fun!

  • Big Ed’s BBQ, 30 N Genesee, Waukegan, IL. Blues on Fridays 7-11pm. New location open Libertyville 536 N Milwaukee Ave. Look to a new location soon out by Fountain Square (Lakehurst), Waukegan
  • Big O’s, 52nd & Halsted, Chicago, Saturdays 9pm: Grown Man?? call first
  • Carolyn’s Zodiac Lounge, 1744 N Central, Chicago (773) 804-9664
  • The Firkin, 515 N Milwaukee Ave, Libertyville, IL (847)367-6168,
    http://firkinoflibertyville.com, Thursdays Vance Kelly 10pm
  • For the Good Times Lounge, 5545 S Damen, Chicago (773) 737-0184, Sundays 7pm: Killer Ray & the Bottom Dollar Band; Wednesdays jam with Grown Man 8pm
  • Gene’s Playmate Lounge, 4239 W Cermak, Chicago (773) 590-9127, Sundays 9pm
  • Hot City Lounge, 7432 S Racine, Chicago (773) 224-9583, Mondays 9pm: jam with Mz Peaches & the Casanovas with Killer Ray, Smoke, Casper; Thursdays 9:30pm: JoJo Murray
  • Linda’s Lounge, music on Mondays
  • Keynote Lounge, 1116 W 63rd St, Chicago 1st & 3rd Sundays 7:30pm Smilin’ Bobby, other Sundays Super Percy, also music on Wednesdays
  • Odyssey East (the old Rocking Horse), 9942 Torrence Ave, Chicago, Fridays 9pm-1;  Sundays 7-11pm: JoJo Murray
  • Phyllis’ Musical Inn, 1800 W Division, Chicago, first Thursdays 10pm Smilin’ Bobby, no cover
  • Spectrum Bar & Grill, 233 S Halsted, Chicago (312) 715-0770 sometimes Linsey Alexander
  • Ted’s Lounge, 5813 W Madison, Chicago (773) 378-8389
  • Toby’s Tavern, 1949 Greenbay Rd, North Chicago, IL (847) 689-4742, Saturdays live blues from Chicago or Milwaukee, usual $5-10 cover
  • The Toolbox, California & Arlington, Chicago. Occasional blues: Tail Dragger, Grown Man
  • Vaughn’s, 6633 S Ashland Ave, Chicago (773) 931-9080
  • Vern’s Friendly Lounge, 1258 S Pulaski, Chicago, IL (773) 521-4477, Fridays West Side Wes
  • Wallace’s Catfish Corner, 2800 W Madison, Chicago, IL (773) 638-3474, bands Fri & Mon
  • Wash’s Lounge, 4223 W Madison, Chicago, music some Saturdays, Jerry-O, Tail Dragger
  • The Water Hole, 1400 S Western, Chicago (312) 243-7988, Wednesdays jazz 8-1130pm with Isaiah Spencer $8, Thursdays blues jam various hosts, musicians free / $5 cover, Fridays blues, various bands 9pm-1am, Sundays Willie White & friends soul review 9pm, usually $5-10 cover
  • Other Chicagoland blues clubs you may already know about: Blue Chicago, B.L.U.E.S., Buddy Guy’s Legends, Checkerboard, Chord on Blues, Harlem Ave Lounge, House of Blues, Kingston Mines, Lee’s Unleaded, Nick’s, Rosa’s, Smoke Daddy blues on the weekend, Walnut Speakeasy

Special Events & News —–”It’s 106 miles to Chicago, we got a full tank of gas, half a pack of cigarettes, it’s dark, and we’re wearing sunglasses” -Elwood Blues

  • Looking for sponsors for 2015 Windy City Blues Society Street Stage at Chicago Blues Fest…… contact Low-reen for details at BlackCatBones@sbcglobal.net
  • Looking for sponsors for Blues for Home benefit for PADS homeless services Sept 6…… contact Low-reen for details at BlackCatBones@sbcglobal.net
  • Ken Saydak dealing with illness. To make a direct contribution through www.Paypal.com, use this email: KenSaydak@aol.com
  • Record Row Concerts at Blues Heaven, 2120 S Michigan, Chicago, donation, 6-7pm in the garden, all ages. 7/1 Jimmy J & the Hard Drive Band; 7/10 Garry Sam Harris; 7/17 Dr Payne Blues Relief; 7/24 Lamont Harris; 7/31 Tommy McCracken; 8/7 Little Al Thomas; 8/14 Ramblin’ Rose; 8/21 Michael Coleman; 8/28 Chuck Crane
  • Sept 6, 3pm, Blues for Home III benefit for PADS Lake County homeless services, Fox’s Lounge at the Best Western, 350 Rte 173, Antioch, IL (847) 395-3606, outside weather permitting, bands all day, $5 or more donation, all proceeds to PADS. Contact Low-reen if you want to play or volunteer, also need donations for raffles, cash donations, sponsors
  • Insurance for musicians & others under the Affordable Care Act! In Illinois the website is working: www.GetCoveredIllinois.gov .  This website will let you know if you are eligible for assistance based on your income, then will steer you to the assistance site ABE, or to the marketplace.
  • Cook County: County Care enroll through the above website, or at (312) 864-8200, or in person at Heartland Health Outreach, Stroger Hospital, Provident Hospital and Oak Forest Health Center among others
  • Health, life, & dental insurance group plans for music industry professionals available through the Blues Foundation. For more info: www.Blues.org or www.SoundHealthcare.org or call 615-256-8667
  • Big thanks to Dave Smith for helping me keep the Milwaukee area jams updated!
  • ArtSpace Lofts. Mixed use arts facility with subsidized housing 1-3 bedroom apts & studio space for artists including musicians. Wait list approx 1 yr. Rents range from $350-850, 214 W Washington St, Waukegan, IL (847) 445-6440 http://www.artspacewaukegan.org/
  • Sean Costello Memorial Fund for Bipolar Research, focused on the needs of musicians with bipolar disorder,  www.SeanCostelloFund.org
  • Chicago Musicians: get listed on Windy City Blues Society website www.WindyCityBlues.org
  • Kenosha Musicians: want to influence the local music scene? Join Musicians Advancing and Assisting Musicians on Facebook.
  • Kenosha Musicians: Join Musicians of Kenosha Directory on Facebook
  • Milwaukee Musicians: want to get heard on WMSE FM 91.7? Drop off your CD or album at 820 N Milwaukee or MSOE Krueger Hall 9am-6pm. OR mail it to WMSE, 1025 N Broadway, Milwaukee, WI 53202 attn: Music Director. Tune in weekdays 3-6pm for the Blues Drive. www.msoe.org
  • Maxwell St Market Vendor Association “Like” them on Facebook, help make the market more friendly to musicians
  • Chicago Blues Tour: a good way to go if you want to go with a group and don’t want to drive. Shuttle van between several venues, cover charges included as well as a couple drinks, poster, & CD. www.ChicagoBluesTour.com
  • Cheat You Fair, a documentary about old Maxwell Street, now available for purchase at Amazon.
  • Maxwell St links, courtesy of Professor Steve Balkin http://sites.roosevelt.edu/sbalkin/maxwell-street-webpage/
  • Kickstarter projects: you can get in on the ground floor and financially back blues projects for as little as a buck!   www.KickStarter.com

 

Blues Jams (call ahead, they change frequently!)

Sundays

—–”Let dat boy boogie woogie! It’s in ‘im, and it got to come out!” - John Lee Hooker

  • The Alley, 210 Greenbay Rd (at Hwy 22) Highwood, IL (847) 433-0304 www.BowlHighwood.com hosts Steve Sandman with Jeremy Bustillos alt with JB Ritchie, 7-11pm
  • Bobby Rocket’s, 6291 Hospital Rd, Lyons, WI (262) 880-1553, host Mark Rikje, 3-7pm
  • Breakwater at Kenosha Yacht Club, 5130 4th Ave, Kenosha, WI (262) 652-2320, outside on the deck, host Sipos & Young (open mic) 3-7pm once a month
  • The Bunker, 29224 Evergreen, Waterford, WI (262) 514-2442, 2-6pm
  • Clark’s Saloon & Eatery, 37895 N Sheridan, Beach Park, IL (847) 662-3020, host AC Blues, 4-8pm
  • Cuzin’s Neighborhood Bar, 17704 Oak Park Ave, Tinley Park, IL (708) 633-1144, host Billy King, 4-8pm
  • Docks Bar & Grill, 313 Liberty, Wauconda, IL (847) 526-3625, hosted by Amethyst, outside, 2-6pm
  • Gene’s Supper Club, 4323 N 60th St, Milwaukee, WI (414) 535-7789, host Marvelous Mack & the Pressure Release Blues Band, 3:30pm
  • Hawg Heaven, 10306 Antioch Rd, Salem, WI (262) 862-7777, host Marie Martens, 7-11pm
  • Irish Mill, 26592 N Rt 83, Mundelein, IL (847) 566-7044, host Rob Ray, 8:30pm (open mic)
  • J’s Bally Muck, 1930 Grand Ave Waukegan, IL (847) 244-5636, host Matt Meyers 4pm (last Sun)
  • Jerry’s Cosmic Sandwiches & Drink, 1938 W Division, Chicago, IL (773) 235-1006, host Low-reen & the Maxwell St Market Blues Band, free street parking, 7-11pm (every 1st Sun)
  • Kegler’s Pub 905 Theodore St (Rt 7 between Rt 30 & Rt 53), Crest Hill, IL (815) 722-1089, host T-Bird Huck, 6-10pm
  • Kingston Mines, 2548 N Halsted, Chicago, IL (773) 477-4646, www.KingstonMines.com, host Linsey Alexander 6-9pm. Also blues on a second stage.
  • Leroy’s Hot Stuff, 333 W Hwy 20, Porter, IN (219) 926-6211, 8pm-12am+
  • Mac’s on Slade, 117 W Slade St, Paletine, IL www.macsonslade.com (847) 907-9621, hosts Steve Sandman & JB Ritchie, 8pm (last Sun)
  • Polk St Pub beer garden blues jam, 548 W Polk, Chicago, IL, select Sundays, see Low-reen’s schedule above
  • Red’s Steak & BBQ, 11011  N Main St (US Rt 12), Richmond, IL (815) 678-4637, host Glenn Davis, 2-6pm
  • Woodlawn Tap, 1172 E 55th St, Chicago, IL (773) 643-5516, hosts Dave Waldman, Willie Phillips, Justin O’Brien, Scott Dirks, 4-8pm, most Sundays
Mondays
 
—–”A bad rendition of you is better than a good rendition of somebody else.” - Willie Dixon
  • BooCoo, 1823 Church St, Evanston, IL (847) 864-8164, 7pm (last Monday)
  • Buddy Guy’s Legends, 700 S Wabash, Chicago, IL (312) 427-1190, www.BuddyGuys.com, host Jimmy Burns alternating with Brother John, 9:30pm, $10 cover (free for jammers, $5 for jammer’s guests)
  • Hot City Lounge, 7432 S Racine, (773) 224-9583, host Mz Peachez & the Casanovas with Killer Ray, 9pm
  • Lucky Rabbit, 200 Madison St, Waukesha, WI (262) 542-6200, host David Miller, 7-10pm
  • Posen Pub, 14346 S Western, Posen, IL (708) 388-7335, host Smiley Tillmon, 8:30pm
  • Sara’s Pub, 1567 Madison, Beloit, WI (608) 207-3139, host Dave Potter
  • Touch of the Past, 947 Mannheim Rd, Bellwood, IL (708) 493-9236, host Cicero Blake, 9pm
  • Towne Square, 11338- 258th St, Trevor, WI (262) 862-7644, hosts Darryl Bykoff, Michael Elliot, Mike Hackbart, & Kyle Young, 9pm No music June / July during repairs, call first during this time
  • Up & Under Pub, 1216 E Brady, Milwaukee, WI (414) 276-2677, host Misha Siegfried, 9pm
  • VFW, 1015 Center Ave, Janesville, WI (608) 754-4342 6:30-10pm except 2nd Monday (also check out 2nd Sunday 12-4pm concertina jam!)

Tuesdays

—–”I stone got crazy when I saw somebody run down them strings with a bottleneck. My eyes lit up like a Christmas tree and I said that I had to learn” – Muddy Waters

  • Champ’s Sports Bar & Grill, 747 Main St (Hyw 50), Lake Geneva, WI (262) 248-6008, host Matt Meyer, 8pm-12 (last Tues)
  • Crossroads, 396 W Irving Park Rd, Wood Dale, IL, host Uptown Groove, 8pm (1st & 3rd Tues)
  • Firehouse Pub, 18517 W Gages Lake Rd, Gages Lake, IL (847) 778-0780, hosts AC Blues Band, 8:30pm-12:30
  • Gallery Cabaret, 2020 N Oakley, Chicago, IL (773) 489-5471, www.GalleryCabaret.com, host Fish & the Blue Fins, 9pm
  • Harlem Ave Lounge, 3701 S Harlem Ave, Berwyn, IL (708) 484-3610, www.HarlemAvenueLounge.com, host Tom Crivellone, (4th Tuesday)
  • Mamie’s, 3300 W National, Milwaukee, WI (414) 643-1673, www.Mamies.net, host Carol Hanzel & Craig alternating with Kenny J & Stokes, 8pm-12
  • Moher’s Public House, 5310 W Devon, Chicago, IL (773) 467-1954, hosted by Madman, 8:30-11:30pm
  • Nite Cap Lounge, 5007 Irving Park Rd, Chicago, IL (773) 282-8654, 930pm-1230am
  • Squawbar, 800 Rollins Rd, Ingleside, IL, (847) 973-2084, host John Linczmeier
  • The Vibe, 1935 Sheridan Rd, Highland Park, IL (847) 780-4815, host Ari Mintz & Phil Palumbo, 730-1030pm
Wednesdays
—– Music is so naturally united with us that we cannot be free from it even if we so desired” -Boethius
  • AJ’s Horsin’ Around, 114 E Washington St, Round Lake Park, IL (847) 546-3314 , host John Linczmeier, 9:30pm-12:30 on hold due to road construction, call first
  • American Legion post 449, 3245 N. 124th, Brookfield, WI (262) 781-0488, hosts Rick Holmes &  Dave Braun, 7:30-10:30pm
  • Back Court, 932 S Court, Crown Point, IN (219) 310-8416, host Corey Dennison, 6:30-10:30pm
  • B.L.U.E.S. on Halsted, 2519 N Halsted, Chicago, IL (773) 528-1012, www.ChicagoBluesBar.com, host Big Ray & Chicago’s Most Wanted alternating with Pistol Pete, 9:30pm-1:30 (1st & 3rd Wed)
  • Blue Bayou Bar & Grill, 3734 N Southport, Chicago, IL (773) 871-3300, host Pete Galanis, 9:30pm-1:30am
  • Brauerhouse, 1000 N Rohlwing Rd, Lombard, IL (630) 495-2141, www.brauerhouse.com, (open mic) 9pm
  • Bottoms Up, 1696 Thornton-Lansing Rd, Lansing, IL (708) 418-3877, www.bottomsuponline.com, host Chicago Bob, 8pm-12am
  • Caroline’s Jazz Club, 401 S 2nd St, Milwaukee, WI (414) 221-9444, host Harvey Westmoreland, 8pm-12
  • Cedarburg Cultural Center, W62 N546 Washington Rd, Cedarburg, WI www.CedarburgCulturalCenter.org, 7:30pm (1st Wed, open mic)
  • Conway’s Smokin’ Bar & Grill, 2127 W Wells, Milwaukee, WI (414) 344-1262, host Big Johnson & the Thrusters, 9pm-12
  • Elbo Room, 2871 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago, IL (773) 549-5549 www.ElboRoomLive.com, host Matthew Alfano, (open jam) 8pm-1
  • Fire On Water, 518 N Water St, Milwaukee, WI (414) 291-4411, 8:30pm-12
  • For the Good Times Lounge, 5545 S Damen, Chicago (773) 737-0184, host Grown Man & the Mississippi Raiders, 8pm
  • Harry’s Cafe & Place, 808 W Main St, Lake Geneva, WI (262) 248-3494, host Glenn Davis & the Cruise Control Blues Band, 8:45pm-12
  • House of Blues Back Porch Stage, 329 N Dearborn, Chicago, IL (312) 923-2000, various hosts, 10pm, pro jam, $10 but free if dine in prior to show
  • Island Bar & Grill, 13414 Olde Western, Blue Island, IL ( 708) 371-4400, www.IslandSportsBarAndGrill.com, host Marco T & the Money Shot Band, 8pm
  • Island Tap, 112 E Cook (behind Morgan’s on Milwaukee Ave), Libertyville, IL, host Matt, 7-9:30pm (open mic)
  • Lake Villa VFW, 130 E Grand, Lake Villa, IL (847) 356-9848, host Al Sjoholm, 8-12pm
  • Lemon St Art Gallery, 4601 Sheridan Rd, Kenosha, WI (262) 605-4745 www.LemonStreetGallery.org hosted by Rachel Young, 6-9pm, all ages open mic
  • Liquid Blues, 126 N Benton St, Woodstock, IL (815) 337-7254, www.LiquidBluesBar.com,  7pm-1
  • Mecca Supper Club, 6666 N Northwest Hwy, Edison Park, IL (773) 775-1077, www.MeccaSupperClub.com , 9pm-1am, various hosts (open mic)
  • Montrose Saloon, 2933 W Montrose, Chicago, IL (773) 463-7663, hosts Friends of Chloe, 8:30pm (blues jam is 3rd Wed- other Weds have other types of jams including bluegrass, open mic, electric)
  • New York Slices, 1843 2nd St, Highland Park, IL (847) 432-6979, all ages, 7-10pm
  • PS Pub, 771 W Dundee, Wheeling, IL, host Madman, 8pm-12m
  • Route 20 Outhouse, 14001 Washington Ave, Sturtevant, WI (262) 898-7900, host Matt Meyer, 7-11pm (2nd & 4th Weds)
  • Walnut Speakeasy, 214 Walnut Ave, Elgin, IL (847) 695-2420, www.theWalnutSpeakeasy.com (every other Wed)
  • West Side Tap, 1356 Houbolt Rd, Joliet, IL (815) 741-4318, OsBand jam session, 8pm

Thursdays

—–“When you touch someone with music, they may not remember the song but they will remember the joy” -from the wall at Sharon & Michael’s

  • America’s Historic Roundhouse, 205 N Broadway, Aurora, IL (630) 892-0034, open jam, 7pm
  • Best Western Midway Hotel, 1005 S Moorland,Road, Brookfield, WI (262) 786-9540, 8pm (open jam)
  • Boosters Sports Bar, 1115 Milwaukee Ave, South Milwaukee, WI (414) 856-2206, host Darkhorse (Mike King, Marshall Holm, Dave Miller) 9pm
  • Bootleggers, 25491 W Old Grass Lake Rd, Antioch, IL (847) 395-0050, host John Linczmeier, 9pm
  • Cabin Fever, Sheridan Rd, Kenosha, WI host AC Blues
  • Cantigny VFW, 826 Horseshoe Drive, Joliet, IL www.VFW367.org (815) 722-5398, 7-11pm
  • Central Grill & Tap, 4800 N Central, Chicago, IL, host Madman, 9pm-1
  • Coop’s Den, 148 W Boughton Rd, Bolingbrook, IL (630) 759-0148 www.CoopsDen.com host Al “Hurricane” Spears, 8-11pm (every other Thurs)
  • Dee’s Place Chicago Soul Food, 2114 W Division, Chicago, IL (312) 348-6117  www.deesplacechicago.com , 7:30-10pm (open mic)
  • Domenico’s Italian Restaurant, 547 E Grand Ave, Beloit, WI (608) 365-9489 www.domenicos.us/ , host Glen Davis, 6:30-10:30pm
  • Envy’s Pub, 3625 W 159th St (just E of I-57), Markham, IL (708) 331-5860, hosted by Little Johnny, 8-11pm
  • Foss Park Golf Club, 3124 Argonne (at Green Bay Rd), North Chicago, IL (847) 689-7490 www.FossParkGolf.org , host Rogers Randall, 8:30pm-12:30am (guitar bring your own amp)
  • Green Town Tavern, 110 S Genesee, Waukegan, IL (847) 244-1001, www.GreenTownTavern.com, host Chris Sipos, 8pm-12:15 (open mic)
  • Harlem Avenue Lounge, 3701 S Harlem, Berwyn, IL (708) 484-3610, www.HarlemAvenueLounge.com, alternating hosts, 8:30pm-12:30
  • Henry & Wanda’s, 501 6th St, Racine, WI (262) 632-1772, www.HenryandWandas.com, host Roy Edwards, 9pm-12am, 2nd Thurs
  • The Hideaway, 13404 Olde Western Ave, Blue Island, IL (708) 385-8535, host Marco T, 8pm (every other Thurs)
  • Irish Mill, 26592 N Rt 83, Mundelein, IL (847) 566-7044, host Paddy Teglia, 830pm (open mic)
  • Lagniappe Creole Restaurant, 1525 W 79th, Chicago, IL (773) 994-6375 http://www.cajunjoynt.com/, host Vivian Vance Kelly & the Deuces, 7pm
  • Lakerz Sportz Bar, 118 E Wisconsin, Oconomowoc, WI (262) 569-2734, 8:30-11pm
  • Miraj Restaurant, 8801 N Milwaukee Ave, Niles, IL (847) 470-9000, hosted by JB Ritchie, 8pm
  • Moe’s Tavern, 2937 N Milwaukee, Chicago, IL (773) 227-2937, host Liz Mandeville, 9pm
  • Redline Tap, 7006 N Glenwood, Chicago, IL, 8pm (open mic)
  • Rosa’s Lounge, 3420 W Armitage, Chicago, IL (773) 342-0452, www.RosasLounge.com, host James Wheeler, 9:30pm-1:30
  • Sheer Lounge, N112W16560 Mequon Rd, Germantown, WI (262) 251-1234, host Robert Allen Jr, 8:30-11:30pm
  • TC Pub, 9700 S Cicero, Oak Lawn, IL (708) 425-4252, www.facebook.com/pages/T-C-Pub/ host Rev T & the Bluez Factor Revival, $1 drafts, free hot dogs
  • Theatre Unchained, 1024 S 5th St, Milwaukee, WI (414) 391-7145, host Craig Omick, 8-11pm
  • Water Hole Lounge, 1400 S Western, Chicago, IL (312) 243-7988, various hosts $5 cover/no cover for  musicians, 9pm-12
  • New Wooden Nickel, 444 Lakeview (in the old Shrimp Walk), Highwood, IL (847) 266-0550, host Barry Gold, 8-11pm

Fridays

  • Dopp’s Bar & Grill, 1753 S 68th St, West Allis, WI (414) 257-1400, host Craig Omick & friends, 9pm (open jam)
  • Dwight House, 35366 N US Hwy 12, Ingleside, IL (847) 973-1476. Host Aaron Hermann, (open electric jam) every other Fri 9pm
  • Hap’s North End Tap, 83 Hankes Ave, Aurora, IL (630) 859-2945, 9pm
  • J Martins Tap, 81 E 34th St, Steger, IL (708) 755-5240, host Bob E Lee, 9pm-1
  • Liquid Johnny’s, 540 S 76th St, West Allis, WI (414) 476-8668, hosts Robert Allen Jr & Rick Holmes, 9:30pm-12:30
  • Nite Cap, 5007 W Irving Park Rd, Chicago, IL, (773) 282-8654 (open jam)
  • Vern’s Friendly Lounge, 1258 S Pulaski, Chicago, IL (773) 521-4477, host West Side Wes & the Smokestack Lightnin’ Band

Saturdays

  • Abel’s Restaurant, 125 Center St, Grayslake, IL (847) 548-2803, host King Robinson, 8pm
  • Celtic Knot, 626 Church St, Evanston, IL (847) 864-1679 (last Sat)
  • R&R Crossing, 14827 Russell Rd, Russell, IL, host AC Blues (monthly- 2nd Saturday) 4-8pm
  • Uptown Tavern, 12 W Burlington Ave, Westmont, IL (630) 969-4717 www.theuptownonline.com, hosted by Mojo Mark, 8pm-1

Out of the Area Jams: check with local blues societies!

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Low-reen’s Live Blues List #61!!

Low-reen’s Live Blues List

http://LowreensLiveBlues.com

Blues Jams Chicago to Milwaukee…and then some

Issue #61

May / June 2014

in memory of Dirty Otis

…join a Band, not a Gang…

Join the Mailing List / Updates / Corrections / List your Jam: send to BlackCatBones@sbcGlobal.net

Quick Updates & Jam Pictures: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Low-reens-Live-Blues/201039673268178

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Low-reen’s upcoming shows:

-Sunday June 1, Los Jabalines MC Benefit for Cancer, La Canoa (formerly San Luis), 50 S Green Bay Rd, Waukegan, IL. Low-reen & the Blues Family Robinson kicks things off from 1-2:30pm, then more music all day! With Johnny Tampa Robinson, John Robinson, Jr, Frank Anderson

-Sunday, June 1, every 1st Sunday, 7-11pm, Jerry’s Cosmic Sandwiches & Drink Blues Jam, 1938 W Division, Chicago, IL (773) 235-1006, Low-reen & the Maxwell St Market Blues Band with Stewart, DC, & Paul Petraitis. June 1 is also Do Division street fest, come early & go to both, be aware of possible parking issues

-Friday June 6, 9:15pm, Lee’s Sports Bar, DesPlaines, IL with Low-reen & the Maxwell St Market Blues Band, Paul Petraitis, Stewart, Jimmi Mayes

-Saturday June 7, 8-11pm, Tipsi Monkey, Bartlett, IL with Low-reen & Al Sjoholm blues duo

-Sunday, June 8, 5-9pm, 1st Polk St Pub beer garden blues jam, 548 W Polk, Chicago, IL, (312) 786-1142, with DC, Paul Petraitis, Stewart (possible rain location Independence Tap Blues Jam, 3932 Irving Park Rd, Chicago, IL (773) 588-2385)

-Wednesday June 11, 8-11pm, Gilhooley’s Grand Saloon, 3901 W 103 St, Chicago, IL with Low-reen & Chicago Paul blues duo

-Friday June 13, opening set 11-11:40am & CD Release Party Chicago Blues Fest @ Windy City Blues Society Street Stage, Colombus just south of Monroe, Chicago, IL, Low-reen & the Maxwell St Market Blues Band with Stewart, Chicago Paul Petraitis, & the Amazing Jimmi Mayes

-Friday, June 20?? 7-10pm, Hilliard Towers, 30 W Cermak (22nd St), Chicago, IL. Chicago Playerz with Earl J, Stewart, & Low-reen

-Sunday, June 22, 5-9pm, Polk St Pub beer garden blues jam, 548 W Polk, Chicago, IL, (312) 786-1142, with DC, Paul Petraitis, Stewart (possible rain location Independence Tap Blues Jam, 3932 Irving Park Rd, Chicago, IL (773) 588-2385)

-Friday June 27, 8pm-12, Towne Square, Trevor, WI, The Blues Family Robinson with Johnny Robinson, Johnny Tampa Robinson, Bill Noth, & Low-reen

-Saturday June 28, private party for Johnny

-Sunday June 29, 3-5pm, Randolph St Market, 1350 W Randolph St at Ogden, Chicago, IL (312) 666-1200, $8 admission, high-end, antique, indoor / outdoor market, beer & food avail for purchase

-Thursday July 3 CANCELLED, 9pm-1, Lee’s Sports Bar, DesPlaines, IL with Low-reen & the Maxwell St Market Blues Band

-Saturday, July 5, private party for Eric

-Sunday, July 6, every 1st Sunday, 7-11pm, Jerry’s Cosmic Sandwiches & Drink Blues Jam, 1938 W Division, Chicago, IL (773) 235-1006, Low-reen & the Maxwell St Market Blues Band with Stewart, DC, & Paul Petraitis

-Wed July 9, 7-10pm, Polk St Pub beer garden benefit for families of slain police, open to the public, 548 W Polk, Chicago, IL, (312) 786-1142, with Paul Petraitis, Stewart, guest drummer

-Sat July 12, 9pm, Hopscotch Beer & Whiskey Bar, 9743 Franklin Ave, Franklin Park, IL (847) 260-5318

-Sunday July 13, 5-9pm Polk St Pub beer garden blues jam, 548 W Polk, Chicago, IL, (312) 786-1142, with DC, Paul Petraitis, Stewart

-Sunday July 27, 3-5pm, Randolph St Market, 1350 W Randolph St at Ogden, Chicago, IL (312) 666-1200, $8 admission, high-end, antique, indoor / outdoor market, beer & food avail for purchase

-Friday Aug 1, 10-11pm, Red Line Tap, 7006 N Glenwood Ave, Chicago, IL www.RedLineTap.com (773) 274-5463, $5 cover

-Sunday August 3, every 1st Sunday, 7-11pm, Jerry’s Cosmic Sandwiches & Drink Blues Jam, 1938 W Division, Chicago, IL (773) 235-1006, Low-reen & the Maxwell St Market Blues Band with Stewart, DC, & Paul Petraitis

-Friday Aug 8, Waukegan Public Library Summer Courtyard Concert, 12-1pm, 128 N County St, Waukegan, IL (847) 623-2041

-Sunday Aug 10, 5-9pm Polk St Pub beer garden blues jam, 548 W Polk, Chicago, IL, (312) 786-1142, with DC, Paul Petraitis, Stewart

-Sunday Aug 17, 4:15-6:15pm, Grandwood Park Music by the Lake, with special guest Bill LaClair from the Nightburners

-Saturday Aug 23, 7:30-11pm, Tuscany Restaurant, 550 S Milwaukee Ave,
Wheeling, IL http://www.tuscanychicago.com/tuscany-wheeling.html 847-465-9988, Low-reen & Chicago Paul duo

-Sunday Aug 31, 3-5pm, Randolph St Market, 1350 W Randolph St at Ogden, Chicago, IL (312) 666-1200, $8 admission, high-end, antique, indoor / outdoor market, beer & food avail for purchase

-Saturday Sept 6, 3pm, Blues for Home III benefit for PADS Lake County homeless services, Fox’s Lounge at the Best Western, 350 Rte 173, Antioch, IL (847) 395-3606, outside weather permitting, bands all day, $5 or more donation, all proceeds to PADS. Contact Low-reen if you want to play or volunteer, also need donations for raffles, cash donations, sponsors

-Sunday Sept 7, every 1st Sunday, 7-11pm, Jerry’s Cosmic Sandwiches & Drink Blues Jam, 1938 W Division, Chicago, IL (773) 235-1006, Low-reen & the Maxwell St Market Blues Band with Stewart, DC, & Paul Petraitis

-Sunday Sept 14, 5-9pm Polk St Pub beer garden blues jam, 548 W Polk, Chicago, IL, (312) 786-1142, with DC, Paul Petraitis, Stewart

-Sunday Sept 21, 5-9pm Polk St Pub beer garden blues jam, 548 W Polk, Chicago, IL, (312) 786-1142, with DC, Paul Petraitis, Stewart

-Sunday Oct 5, every 1st Sunday, 7-11pm, Jerry’s Cosmic Sandwiches & Drink Blues Jam, 1938 W Division, Chicago, IL (773) 235-1006, Low-reen & the Maxwell St Market Blues Band with Stewart, DC, & Paul Petraitis

-Sunday Oct 12, 5-9pm Polk St Pub beer garden blues jam, 548 W Polk, Chicago, IL, (312) 786-1142, with DC, Paul Petraitis, Stewart

-Sunday Oct 19, 5-9pm Polk St Pub beer garden blues jam, 548 W Polk, Chicago, IL, (312) 786-1142, with DC, Paul Petraitis, Stewart

-Sunday Oct 26, 5-9pm Last of the year Polk St Pub beer garden blues jam, 548 W Polk, Chicago, IL, (312) 786-1142, with DC, Paul Petraitis, Stewart

-Sunday Nov 2, every 1st Sunday, 7-11pm, Jerry’s Cosmic Sandwiches & Drink Blues Jam, 1938 W Division, Chicago, IL (773) 235-1006, Low-reen & the Maxwell St Market Blues Band with Stewart, DC, & Paul Petraitis

-Sunday Dec 7, every 1st Sunday, 7-11pm, Jerry’s Cosmic Sandwiches & Drink Blues Jam, 1938 W Division, Chicago, IL (773) 235-1006, Low-reen & the Maxwell St Market Blues Band with Stewart, DC, & Paul Petraitis

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Clubs Off the Beaten Path Now, didn’t you just think that there must be more to the Chicago blues scene than what you see in the Reader or in some of the guidebooks? Well ME TOO! So I started blues traveling in my own city! Here are some Chicagoland spots to check out. Some are not in the safest neighborhoods, so don’t be stupid about it. Be friendly & respectful, don’t have too much to drink, and park on the main street. Some have parking security. These clubs do a great job to create a safe atmosphere inside but be careful coming & going. Oh, and have fun!

  • Big Ed’s BBQ, 30 N Genesee, Waukegan, IL. Blues on Fridays 7-11pm. Look to a new location soon out by Fountain Square (Lakehurst), Waukegan
  • Big O’s, 52nd & Halsted, Chicago, Saturdays 9pm: Grown Man?? call first
  • Carolyn’s Zodiac Lounge, 1744 N Central, Chicago (773) 804-9664
  • The Firkin, 515 N Milwaukee Ave, Libertyville, IL (847)367-6168,
    http://firkinoflibertyville.com, Thursdays Vance Kelly 10pm
  • For the Good Times Lounge, 5545 S Damen, Chicago (773) 737-0184, Sundays 7pm: Killer Ray & the Bottom Dollar Band; Wednesdays jam with Grown Man 8pm
  • Gene’s Playmate Lounge, 4239 W Cermak, Chicago (773) 590-9127, Sundays 9pm
  • Hot City Lounge, 7432 S Racine, Chicago (773) 224-9583, Mondays 9pm: jam with Mz Peaches & the Casanovas with Killer Ray, Smoke, Casper; Thursdays 9:30pm: JoJo Murray
  • Linda’s Lounge, music on Mondays
  • New ImLa Cocktail Lounge, 1116 W 51st St, Chicago (773) 285-0285; Monday jam?? call 1st
  • Keynote Lounge, 1116 W 63rd St, Chicago 1st & 3rd Sundays 7:30pm Smilin’ Bobby, other Sundays Super Percy, also music on Wednesdays
  • Odyssey East (the old Rocking Horse), 9942 Torrence Ave, Chicago, Fridays 9pm-1;  Sundays 7-11pm: JoJo Murray
  • Phyllis’ Musical Inn, 1800 W Division, Chicago, first Thursdays 10pm Smilin’ Bobby, no cover
  • Spectrum Bar & Grill, 233 S Halsted, Chicago (312) 715-0770 sometimes Linsey Alexander
  • Ted’s Lounge, 5813 W Madison, Chicago (773) 378-8389
  • Toby’s Tavern, 1949 Greenbay Rd, North Chicago, IL (847) 689-4742, Saturdays live blues from Chicago or Milwaukee, usual $5-10 cover
  • The Toolbox, California & Arlington, Chicago. Occasional blues: Tail Dragger, Grown Man
  • Vaughn’s, 6633 S Ashland Ave, Chicago (773) 931-9080
  • Vern’s Friendly Lounge, 1258 S Pulaski, Chicago, IL (773) 521-4477, Fridays West Side Wes
  • Wallace’s Catfish Corner, 2800 W Madison, Chicago, IL (773) 638-3474, bands Fri & Mon
  • Wash’s Lounge, 4223 W Madison, Chicago, music some Saturdays, Jerry-O, Tail Dragger
  • The Water Hole, 1400 S Western, Chicago (312) 243-7988, Wednesdays jazz 8-1130pm with Isaiah Spencer $8, Thursdays blues jam with Big Dog Mercer, musicians free / $5 cover, Fridays blues, various bands 9pm-1am, Sundays Willie White & friends soul review 9pm, usually $5-10 cover
  • Other Chicagoland blues clubs you may already know about: Blue Chicago, B.L.U.E.S., Buddy Guy’s Legends, Checkerboard, Chord on Blues, Harlem Ave Lounge, House of Blues, Kingston Mines, Lee’s Unleaded, Nick’s, Rosa’s, Smoke Daddy blues on the weekend, Walnut Speakeasy

Special Events & News —–”It’s 106 miles to Chicago, we got a full tank of gas, half a pack of cigarettes, it’s dark, and we’re wearing sunglasses” -Elwood Blues

  • May 24, Lake / Kenosha Musician’s Breakfast Club, Truck Stops of America, Russel Rd & 94, 8:30am
  • May 30-31, Blues in the Spirit Symposium, Dominican University, River Forest, IL
  • June 1, Los Jabalines MC Benefit for Cancer, La Canoa (formerly San Luis), 50 S Green Bay Rd, Waukegan, IL. Starts 1pm, music all day!
  • Looking for sponsors for Windy City Blues Society Street Stage at Chicago Blues Fest…… contact Low-reen for details at BlackCatBones@sbcglobal.net
  • June 13-15, Chicago Blues Fest, Grant Park, Chicago, IL, 11am-9:30pm, free
  • Ken Saydak dealing with illness. To make a direct contribution through www.Paypal.com, use this email: KenSaydak@aol.com
  • June 15, West Side Blues Festival, Carolyn’s Zodiac Lounge, 1744 N Central, Chicago, IL. Taildragger, Willie Buck, Rockin’ Johnny, Martin Lange, Jimmi Mayes, others. 3pm
  • June 22, Benefit for Barstool Bob Levis, Lyran Club, 1115 4th Ave, Rockford, IL (815) 9640-0511, Ronnie & Wayne Baker Brooks, Dave Specter, Rockin’ Johnny, Barrelhouse Chuck, Dave Weld, Frank Bandy, others. 3pm $20
  • Sept 6, 3pm, Blues for Home III benefit for PADS Lake County homeless services, Fox’s Lounge at the Best Western, 350 Rte 173, Antioch, IL (847) 395-3606, outside weather permitting, bands all day, $5 or more donation, all proceeds to PADS. Contact Low-reen if you want to play or volunteer, also need donations for raffles, cash donations, sponsors
  • Insurance for musicians & others under the Affordable Care Act! In Illinois the website is working: www.GetCoveredIllinois.gov .  This website will let you know if you are eligible for assistance based on your income, then will steer you to the assistance site ABE, or to the marketplace.
  • Cook County: County Care enroll through the above website, or at (312) 864-8200, or in person at Heartland Health Outreach, Stroger Hospital, Provident Hospital and Oak Forest Health Center among others
  • Health, life, & dental insurance group plans for music industry professionals available through the Blues Foundation. For more info: www.Blues.org or www.SoundHealthcare.org or call 615-256-8667
  • Big thanks to Dave Smith for helping me keep the Milwaukee area jams updated!
  • ArtSpace Lofts. Mixed use arts facility with subsidized housing 1-3 bedroom apts & studio space for artists including musicians. Wait list approx 1 yr. Rents range from $350-850, 214 W Washington St, Waukegan, IL (847) 445-6440 http://www.artspacewaukegan.org/
  • Sean Costello Memorial Fund for Bipolar Research, focused on the needs of musicians with bipolar disorder,  www.SeanCostelloFund.org
  • Chicago Musicians: get listed on Windy City Blues Society website www.WindyCityBlues.org
  • Kenosha Musicians: want to influence the local music scene? Join Musicians Advancing and Assisting Musicians on Facebook.
  • Kenosha Musicians: Join Musicians of Kenosha Directory on Facebook
  • Milwaukee Musicians: want to get heard on WMSE FM 91.7? Drop off your CD or album at 820 N Milwaukee or MSOE Krueger Hall 9am-6pm. OR mail it to WMSE, 1025 N Broadway, Milwaukee, WI 53202 attn: Music Director. Tune in weekdays 3-6pm for the Blues Drive. www.msoe.org
  • Maxwell St Market Vendor Association “Like” them on Facebook, help make the market more friendly to musicians
  • Chicago Blues Tour: a good way to go if you want to go with a group and don’t want to drive. Shuttle van between several venues, cover charges included as well as a couple drinks, poster, & CD. www.ChicagoBluesTour.com
  • Cheat You Fair, a documentary about old Maxwell Street, now available for purchase at Amazon.
  • Maxwell St links, courtesy of Professor Steve Balkin http://sites.roosevelt.edu/sbalkin/maxwell-street-webpage/
  • Kickstarter projects: you can get in on the ground floor and financially back blues projects for as little as a buck!   www.KickStarter.com

 

Blues Jams (call ahead, they change frequently!)

Sundays

—–”Let dat boy boogie woogie! It’s in ‘im, and it got to come out!” - John Lee Hooker

  • The Alley, 210 Greenbay Rd (at Hwy 22) Highwood, IL (847) 433-0304 www.BowlHighwood.com hosts Steve Sandman with Jeremy Bustillos alt with JB Ritchie, 7-11pm
  • Bobby Rocket’s, 6291 Hospital Rd, Lyons, WI (262) 880-1553, host Mark Rikje, 3-7pm
  • The Bunker, 29224 Evergreen, Waterford, WI (262) 514-2442, 2-6pm
  • Clark’s Saloon & Eatery, 37895 N Sheridan, Beach Park, IL (847) 662-3020, host AC Blues, 4-8pm
  • Cuzin’s Neighborhood Bar, 17704 Oak Park Ave, Tinley Park, IL (708) 633-1144, host Billy King, 4-8pm
  • Gene’s Supper Club, 4323 N 60th St, Milwaukee, WI (414) 535-7789, host Marvelous Mack & the Pressure Release Blues Band, 3:30pm
  • Irish Mill, 26592 N Rt 83, Mundelein, IL (847) 566-7044, host Rob Ray, 8:30pm (open mic)
  • J’s Bally Muck, 1930 Grand Ave Waukegan, IL (847) 244-5636, host Matt Meyers 4pm (last Sun)
  • J’s Sports Bar & Grill, 816 E Grand, Ingleside (847) 629-5925, host Gary White, 7-11pm
  • Jerry’s Cosmic Sandwiches & Drink, 1938 W Division, Chicago, IL (773) 235-1006, host Low-reen & the Maxwell St Market Blues Band, free street parking, 7-11pm (every 1st Sun)
  • Kegler’s Pub 905 Theodore St (Rt 7 between Rt 30 & Rt 53), Crest Hill, IL (815) 722-1089, host T-Bird Huck, 6-10pm
  • Kingston Mines, 2548 N Halsted, Chicago, IL (773) 477-4646, www.KingstonMines.com, host Linsey Alexander 6-9pm. Also blues on a second stage.
  • Leroy’s Hot Stuff, 333 W Hwy 20, Porter, IN (219) 926-6211, 8pm-12am+
  • Mac’s on Slade, 117 W Slade St, Paletine, IL www.macsonslade.com (847) 907-9621, hosts Steve Sandman & JB Ritchie, 8pm (last Sun)
  • New ImLa Cocktail Lounge, 1116 W 51st St, Chicago (773) 285-0285
  • Polk St Pub beer garden blues jam, 548 W Polk, Chicago, IL, select Sundays, see Low-reen’s schedule above
  • Red’s Steak & BBQ, 11011  N Main St (US Rt 12), Richmond, IL (815) 678-4637, host Glenn Davis, 2-6pm
  • Treats Tavern, 2221 N Humboldt Blvd, Milwaukee, WI (414) 265-7054, host Harvey Westmoreland, 8pm
  • Two Brothers, 9405 S 27th St, Franklin,WI (414) 761-0658, host Freddie Marquez, 3:30-7:30pm
  • Wicker Well, 1637 W North Ave, Chicago, IL (773) 276-8477
  • Woodlawn Tap, 1172 E 55th St, Chicago, IL (773) 643-5516, hosts Dave Waldman, Willie Phillips, Justin O’Brien, Scott Dirks, 4-8pm, most Sundays
Mondays
—–”A bad rendition of you is better than a good rendition of somebody else.” - Willie Dixon
  • Baker Street, 6208 Green Bay Rd, Kenosha, WI (262) 657-7888 www.BakerStreet.tricolirestaurants.com, host Steve Sandman & JB Ritchie, 7:30pm
  • BooCoo, 1823 Church St, Evanston, IL (847) 864-8164, 7pm (last Monday)
  • Buddy Guy’s Legends, 700 S Wabash, Chicago, IL (312) 427-1190, www.BuddyGuys.com, host Jimmy Burns alternating with Brother John, 9:30pm, $10 cover (free for jammers, $5 for jammer’s guests)
  • Hot City Lounge, 7432 S Racine, (773) 224-9583, host Mz Peachez & the Casanovas with Killer Ray, 9pm
  • Lucky Rabbit, 200 Madison St, Waukesha, WI (262) 542-6200, host David Miller, 7-10pm
  • Posen Pub, 14346 S Western, Posen, IL (708) 388-7335, host Smiley Tillmon, 8:30pm
  • Sara’s Pub, 1567 Madison, Beloit, WI (608) 207-3139, host Dave Potter
  • Touch of the Past, 947 Mannheim Rd, Bellwood, IL (708) 493-9236, host Cicero Blake, 9pm
  • Towne Square, 11338- 258th St, Trevor, WI (262) 862-7644, hosts Darryl Bykoff, Michael Elliot, Mike Hackbart, & Kyle Young, 9pm Closed a couple weeks late May, early June for repairs, call first during this time
  • Up & Under Pub, 1216 E Brady, Milwaukee, WI (414) 276-2677, host Misha Siegfried, 9pm
  • VFW, 1015 Center Ave, Janesville, WI (608) 754-4342 6:30-10pm except 2nd Monday (also check out 2nd Sunday 12-4pm concertina jam!)

Tuesdays

—–”I stone got crazy when I saw somebody run down them strings with a bottleneck. My eyes lit up like a Christmas tree and I said that I had to learn” – Muddy Waters

  • Abbey Pub, 3420 W Grace, Chicago, IL (773) 478-4408, host Madman, 8pm-12
  • Champ’s Sports Bar & Grill, 747 Main St (Hyw 50), Lake Geneva, WI (262) 248-6008, host Matt Meyer, 8pm-12 (last Tues)
  • Crossroads, 396 W Irving Park Rd, Wood Dale, IL, host Uptown Groove, 8pm (1st & 3rd Tues)
  • Firehouse Pub, 18517 W Gages Lake Rd, Gages Lake, IL (847) 778-0780, hosts AC Blues Band, 8:30pm-12:30
  • Gallery Cabaret, 2020 N Oakley, Chicago, IL (773) 489-5471, www.GalleryCabaret.com, host Fish & the Blue Fins, 9pm
  • Harlem Ave Lounge, 3701 S Harlem Ave, Berwyn, IL (708) 484-3610, www.HarlemAvenueLounge.com, host Tom Crivellone, (4th Tuesday)
  • Mamie’s, 3300 W National, Milwaukee, WI (414) 643-1673, www.Mamies.net, host Carol Hanzel & Craig alternating with Kenny J & Stokes, 8pm-12
  • Nite Cap Lounge, 5007 Irving Park Rd, Chicago, IL (773) 282-8654, 930pm-1230am
  • Route 12 Bar & Grill, Fox Lake, IL, host Mandy Zahn & Johnsburg Jimmy, 730-1130pm
  • Squawbar, 800 Rollins Rd, Ingleside, IL, (847) 973-2084, host John Linczmeier
  • The Vibe, 1935 Sheridan Rd, Highland Park, IL (847) 780-4815, host Ari Mintz & Phil Palumbo, 730-1030pm
Wednesdays
—– Music is so naturally united with us that we cannot be free from it even if we so desired” -Boethius
  • AJ’s Horsin’ Around, 114 E Washington St, Round Lake Park, IL (847) 546-3314 , host John Linczmeier, 9:30pm-12:30 on hold due to road construction, call first
  • American Legion post 449, 3245 N. 124th, Brookfield, WI (262) 781-0488, hosts Rick Holmes &  Dave Braun, 7:30-10:30pm
  • B.L.U.E.S. on Halsted, 2519 N Halsted, Chicago, IL (773) 528-1012, www.ChicagoBluesBar.com, host Big Ray & Chicago’s Most Wanted alternating with Pistol Pete, 9:30pm-1:30 (1st & 3rd Wed)
  • Blue Bayou Bar & Grill, 3734 N Southport, Chicago, IL (773) 871-3300, host Pete Galanis, 9:30pm-1:30am
  • Brauerhouse, 1000 N Rohlwing Rd, Lombard, IL (630) 495-2141, www.brauerhouse.com, (open mic) 9pm
  • Bottoms Up, 1696 Thornton-Lansing Rd, Lansing, IL (708) 418-3877, www.bottomsuponline.com, host Chicago Bob, 8pm-12am
  • Caroline’s Jazz Club, 401 S 2nd St, Milwaukee, WI (414) 221-9444, host Harvey Westmoreland, 8pm-12
  • Cedarburg Cultural Center, W62 N546 Washington Rd, Cedarburg, WI www.CedarburgCulturalCenter.org, 7:30pm (1st Wed, open mic)
  • Conway’s Smokin’ Bar & Grill, 2127 W Wells, Milwaukee, WI (414) 344-1262, host Big Johnson & the Thrusters, 9pm-12
  • Elbo Room, 2871 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago, IL (773) 549-5549 www.ElboRoomLive.com, host Matthew Alfano, (open jam) 8pm-1
  • Fire On Water, 518 N Water St, Milwaukee, WI (414) 291-4411, 8:30pm-12
  • For the Good Times Lounge, 5545 S Damen, Chicago (773) 737-0184, host Grown Man & the Mississippi Raiders, 8pm
  • Harry’s Cafe & Place, 808 W Main St, Lake Geneva, WI (262) 248-3494, host Glenn Davis & the Cruise Control Blues Band, 8:45pm-12
  • House of Blues Back Porch Stage, 329 N Dearborn, Chicago, IL (312) 923-2000, various hosts, 10pm, pro jam, $10 but free if dine in prior to show
  • Island Bar & Grill, 13414 Olde Western, Blue Island, IL ( 708) 371-4400, www.IslandSportsBarAndGrill.com, host Marco T & the Money Shot Band, 8pm
  • Island Tap, 112 E Cook (behind Morgan’s on Milwaukee Ave), Libertyville, IL, host Matt, 7-9:30pm (open mic)
  • Lake Villa VFW, 130 E Grand, Lake Villa, IL (847) 356-9848, host Al Sjoholm, 8-12pm
  • Lemon St Art Gallery, 4601 Sheridan Rd, Kenosha, WI (262) 605-4745 www.LemonStreetGallery.org hosted by Rachel Young, 6-9pm, all ages open mic
  • Liquid Blues, 126 N Benton St, Woodstock, IL (815) 337-7254, www.LiquidBluesBar.com,  7pm-1
  • Mecca Supper Club, 6666 N Northwest Hwy, Edison Park, IL (773) 775-1077, www.MeccaSupperClub.com , 9pm-1am, various hosts (open mic)
  • Montrose Saloon, 2933 W Montrose, Chicago, IL (773) 463-7663, hosts Friends of Chloe, 8:30pm (blues jam is 3rd Wed- other Weds have other types of jams including bluegrass, open mic, electric)
  • Never Sink’Inn, 2008 Main St, Spring Grove, IL (815) 675-0220 www.NeverSinkInn.com 7:30-11:30pm, host Marie Martens
  • New York Slices, 1843 2nd St, Highland Park, IL (847) 432-6979, all ages, 7-10pm
  • PS Pub, 771 W Dundee, Wheeling, IL, host Madman, 8pm-12m
  • Route 20 Outhouse, 14001 Washington Ave, Sturtevant, WI (262) 898-7900, host Matt Meyer, 7-11pm (2nd & 4th Weds)
  • Walnut Speakeasy, 214 Walnut Ave, Elgin, IL (847) 695-2420, www.theWalnutSpeakeasy.com (every other Wed)
  • West Side Tap, 1356 Houbolt Rd, Joliet, IL (815) 741-4318, OsBand jam session, 8pm

Thursdays

—–“When you touch someone with music, they may not remember the song but they will remember the joy” -from the wall at Sharon & Michael’s

  • America’s Historic Roundhouse, 205 N Broadway, Aurora, IL (630) 892-0034, open jam, 7pm
  • Best Western Midway Hotel, 1005 S Moorland,Road, Brookfield, WI (262) 786-9540, 8pm (open jam)
  • Boosters Sports Bar, 1115 Milwaukee Ave, South Milwaukee, WI (414) 856-2206, host Darkhorse (Mike King, Marshall Holm, Dave Miller) 9pm
  • Bootleggers, 25491 W Old Grass Lake Rd, Antioch, IL (847) 395-0050, host John Linczmeier, 9pm
  • Cabin Fever, Sheridan Rd, Kenosha, WI host AC Blues
  • Cantigny VFW, 826 Horseshoe Drive, Joliet, IL www.VFW367.org (815) 722-5398, 7-11pm
  • Central Grill & Tap, 4800 N Central, Chicago, IL, host Madman, 9pm-1
  • Coop’s Den, 148 W Boughton Rd, Bolingbrook, IL (630) 759-0148 www.CoopsDen.com host Al “Hurricane” Spears, 8-11pm (every other Thurs)
  • Dee’s Place Chicago Soul Food, 2114 W Division, Chicago, IL (312) 348-6117  www.deesplacechicago.com , 7:30-10pm (open mic)
  • Domenico’s Italian Restaurant, 547 E Grand Ave, Beloit, WI (608) 365-9489 www.domenicos.us/ , host Glen Davis, 6:30-10:30pm
  • Envy’s Pub, 3625 W 159th St (just E of I-57), Markham, IL (708) 331-5860, hosted by Little Johnny, 8-11pm
  • Foss Park Golf Club, 3124 Argonne (at Green Bay Rd), North Chicago, IL (847) 689-7490 www.FossParkGolf.org , host Rogers Randall, 8:30pm-12:30am (guitar bring your own amp)
  • Green Town Tavern, 110 S Genesee, Waukegan, IL (847) 244-1001, www.GreenTownTavern.com, host Chris Sipos, 8pm-12:15 (open mic)
  • Harlem Avenue Lounge, 3701 S Harlem, Berwyn, IL (708) 484-3610, www.HarlemAvenueLounge.com, alternating hosts, 8:30pm-12:30
  • Henry & Wanda’s, 501 6th St, Racine, WI (262) 632-1772, www.HenryandWandas.com, host Roy Edwards, 9pm-12am, 2nd Thurs
  • The Hideaway, 13404 Olde Western Ave, Blue Island, IL (708) 385-8535, host Smiley Tillmon, 8pm
  • Irish Mill, 26592 N Rt 83, Mundelein, IL (847) 566-7044, host Paddy Teglia, 830pm (open mic)
  • Kranky’s Pub, 719 Glacier Rd, Pewaukee, WI (262) 691-7779, host Robert Allen Jr, Rick Holmes, & Dave Braun, 8-11pm
  • Lagniappe Creole Restaurant, 1525 W 79th, Chicago, IL (773) 994-6375 http://www.cajunjoynt.com/, host Vivian Vance Kelly & the Deuces, 7pm
  • Lakerz Sportz Bar, 118 E Wisconsin, Oconomowoc, WI (262) 569-2734, 8:30-11pm
  • Moe’s Tavern, 2937 N Milwaukee, Chicago, IL (773) 227-2937, host Liz Mandeville, 9pm
  • Redline Tap, 7006 N Glenwood, Chicago, IL, 8pm (open mic)
  • Rosa’s Lounge, 3420 W Armitage, Chicago, IL (773) 342-0452, www.RosasLounge.com, host James Wheeler, 9:30pm-1:30
  • Scuttlebutts, 5175 S 27th, Milwaukee, WI (414) 281-1447, host Steve Nitros
  • Sheer Lounge, N112W16560 Mequon Rd, Germantown, WI (262) 251-1234, host Robert Allen Jr, 8:30-11:30pm
  • TC Pub, 9700 S Cicero, Oak Lawn, IL (708) 425-4252, www.facebook.com/pages/T-C-Pub/ host Rev T & the Bluez Factor Revival, $1 drafts, free hot dogs
  • Theatre Unchained, 1024 S 5th St, Milwaukee, WI (414) 391-7145, host Craig Omick, 8-11pm
  • Water Hole Lounge, 1400 S Western, Chicago, IL (312) 243-7988, host Big Dog Mercer, $5 cover/no cover for  musicians, 9pm-12
  • New Wooden Nickel, 444 Lakeview (in the old Shrimp Walk), Highwood, IL (847) 266-0550, host Barry Gold, 8-11pm

Fridays

  • Dopp’s Bar & Grill, 1753 S 68th St, West Allis, WI (414) 257-1400, host Craig Omick & friends, 9pm (open jam)
  • Dwight House, 35366 N US Hwy 12, Ingleside, IL (847) 973-1476. Host Aaron Hermann, (open electric jam) every other Fri 9pm
  • Hap’s North End Tap, 83 Hankes Ave, Aurora, IL (630) 859-2945, 9pm
  • J Martins Tap, 81 E 34th St, Steger, IL (708) 755-5240, host Bob E Lee, 9pm-1
  • Liquid Johnny’s, 540 S 76th St, West Allis, WI (414) 476-8668, hosts Robert Allen Jr & Rick Holmes, 9:30pm-12:30
  • Nite Cap, 5007 W Irving Park Rd, Chicago, IL, (773) 282-8654 (open jam)
  • Vern’s Friendly Lounge, 1258 S Pulaski, Chicago, IL (773) 521-4477, host West Side Wes & the Smokestack Lightnin’ Band

Saturdays

  • Abel’s Restaurant, 125 Center St, Grayslake, IL (847) 548-2803, host King Robinson, 8pm
  • Celtic Knot, 626 Church St, Evanston, IL (847) 864-1679 (last Sat)
  • R&R Crossing, 14827 Russell Rd, Russell, IL, host AC Blues (monthly- 2nd Saturday) 4-8pm
  • Uptown Tavern, 12 W Burlington Ave, Westmont, IL (630) 969-4717 www.theuptownonline.com, hosted by Mojo Mark, 8pm-1

Out of the Area Jams: check with local blues societies!

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