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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 #74!!

Rest in Peace Darryl Bykoff, April 2016 Low-reen’s Live Blues List

Remembering Darryl Bykoff

http://LowreensLiveBlues.com
Blues Jams Chicago to Milwaukee…and then some

Issue #74
April 2016
in memory of Dirty Otis
…join a Band, not a Gang…

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Low-reen’s upcoming shows:
  • Saturday April 2, 8pm, Cuda’s, Grass Lake Rd, Antioch. Low-reen & the Lazy Dogs featuring Peewee Hayes, Phil Boomboom James, & Dave Morris. Kitchen, pizza, free parking, no cover.
  • Wednesday April 6, 8pm-12, Water Hole Blues Jam, 1400 S Western, Chicago, no cover, Low-reen & the Maxwell St Market Blues Band with Rasheed Stewart Muhammad, Darnell Conley, & Tony Brown. Kitchen open, soul food specials. Free street parking.
  • Friday April 8, 8:30pm, Humble Pub, 336 Green Bay Rd, Highwood, IL, no cover, Low-reen & the Maxwell St Market Blues Band featuring Paul Petraitis, Tony Matthews, & Roosevelt Johnson. Free street parking.
  • Wednesday April 13, 8pm-12, Water Hole Blues Jam, 1400 S Western, Chicago. No cover, Low-reen & the Maxwell St Market Blues Band with Rasheed Stewart Muhammad, Darnell Conley, & Tony Brown. Kitchen open, wings, catfish, West-side pizza. Free street parking.
  • Wednesday April 20, 8pm-12, Water Hole Blues Jam, 1400 S Western, Chicago. No cover, Low-reen & the Maxwell St Market Blues Band with Rasheed Stewart Muhammad, Darnell Conley, & Tony Brown. Kitchen open, wings, catfish, West-side pizza. Free street parking.
  • Friday April 22, 8:30pm, Humble Pub, 336 Green Bay Rd, Highwood, IL, no cover, Low-reen & the Maxwell St Market Blues Band featuring Paul Petraitis, Tony Matthews, & Roosevelt Johnson. Free street parking.
  • Wednesday April 27, 8pm-12, Water Hole Blues Jam, 1400 S Western, Chicago. No cover, Low-reen & the Maxwell St Market Blues Band with Rasheed Stewart Muhammad, Darnell Conley, & Tony Brown. Kitchen open, wings, catfish, West-side pizza. Free street parking.
  • Sunday May 1. 5-9pm, Polk St Pub Beer Garden Blues Jam, 548 W Polk, Chicago. No cover, Low-reen & the Maxwell St Market Blues Band with Tony Brown, Rasheed Stewart Muhammad, Darnell Conley. & special guests. Free parking in back lot. Great pub food.
  • Wednesday May 4, 8pm-12, Water Hole Blues Jam, 1400 S Western, Chicago. No cover, Low-reen & the Maxwell St Market Blues Band with Rasheed Stewart Muhammad, Darnell Conley, & Tony Brown. Kitchen open, wings, catfish, West-side pizza. Free street parking.
  • Friday May 6, 8:30pm, Humble Pub, 336 Green Bay Rd, Highwood, IL, no cover, Low-reen & the Maxwell St Market Blues Band featuring Paul Petraitis, Tony Matthews, & Roosevelt Johnson. Free street parking.
  • Sunday May 8. 5-9pm, Polk St Pub Beer Garden Blues Jam, 548 W Polk, Chicago. No cover, Low-reen & the Maxwell St Market Blues Band with Tony Brown, Rasheed Stewart Muhammad, Darnell Conley. & special guests. Free parking in back lot. Great pub food.
  • Wednesday May 11, 8pm-12, Water Hole Blues Jam, 1400 S Western, Chicago. No cover, Low-reen & the Maxwell St Market Blues Band with Rasheed Stewart Muhammad, Darnell Conley, & Tony Brown. Kitchen open, wings, catfish, West-side pizza. Free street parking.
  • Sunday May 15. 5-9pm, Polk St Pub Beer Garden Blues Jam, 548 W Polk, Chicago. No cover, Low-reen & the Maxwell St Market Blues Band with Tony Brown, Rasheed Stewart Muhammad, Darnell Conley. & special guests. Free parking in back lot. Great pub food.
  • Wednesday May 18, 8pm-12, Water Hole Blues Jam, 1400 S Western, Chicago. No cover, Low-reen & the Maxwell St Market Blues Band with Rasheed Stewart Muhammad, Darnell Conley, & Tony Brown. Kitchen open, wings, catfish, West-side pizza. Free street parking.
  • Friday May 20, 8:30pm, Humble Pub, 336 Green Bay Rd, Highwood, IL, no cover, Low-reen & the Maxwell St Market Blues Band featuring Paul Petraitis, Tony Matthews, & Roosevelt Johnson. Free street parking.
  • Sunday May 22, 12-3, Maxwell St Market Blues Jaam, 12oo S DesPlaines (back of parking lot), Chicago, IL. No cover. Low-reen & the Maxwell St Market Blues Band
  • Sunday May 22. 5-9pm, Polk St Pub Beer Garden Blues Jam, 548 W Polk, Chicago. No cover, Low-reen & the Maxwell St Market Blues Band with special guest Jimmy Burns, Rasheed Stewart Muhammad, Darnell Conley. Free parking in back lot. Great pub food.
  • Wednesday May 25, 8pm-12, Water Hole Blues Jam, 1400 S Western, Chicago. No cover, Low-reen & the Maxwell St Market Blues Band with Rasheed Stewart Muhammad, Darnell Conley, & Tony Brown. Kitchen open, wings, catfish, West-side pizza. Free street parking.
  • Thursday May 26, 7-9:30pm, Tighthead Brewing, Mundelein, IL, no cover, Low-reen & Jim Harpdog Hellen Blues Duo, free parking
  • Friday May 27, Birthday Jam for Tony Howard, proprietor of Water Hole, 1400 S Western, Chicago. Low-reen & the Maxwell St Market Blues Band with Rasheed Stewart Muhammad, Darnell Conley, & Tony Brown. Kitchen open, wings, catfish, West-side pizza. Free street parking.
  • Saturday May 28, 2-5pm, Randolph St Antique Market, 1340 W Washington,  Chicago. Low-reen & the Maxwell St Market Blues Band. Free street parking. $8 adv / $10 door. Beer & food avail
  • Sunday May 29. 5-9pm, Polk St Pub Beer Garden Blues Jam, 548 W Polk, Chicago. No cover, Low-reen & the Maxwell St Market Blues Band with Tony Brown, Rasheed Stewart Muhammad, Darnell Conley. & special guests. Free parking in back lot. Great pub food.
  • Wednesday June 1, 8pm-12, Water Hole Blues Jam, 1400 S Western, Chicago. No cover, Low-reen & the Maxwell St Market Blues Band with Rasheed Stewart Muhammad, Darnell Conley, & Tony Brown. Kitchen open, wings, catfish, West-side pizza. Free street parking.
  • Saturday June 4, 830pm, TR’s Front Row, Greenwood Ave, Waukegan, IL. No cover, Low-reen & the Lazy Dogs with Charles Delta Blues Hog Hayes, Jojo Hayes, TBA. Free parking, kitchen pub food
  • Sunday June 5. 5-9pm, Polk St Pub Beer Garden Blues Jam, 548 W Polk, Chicago. No cover, Low-reen & the Maxwell St Market Blues Band with Tony Brown, Rasheed Stewart Muhammad, Darnell Conley. & special guests. Free parking in back lot. Great pub food.
  • Wednesday June 8, 8pm-12, Water Hole Blues Jam, 1400 S Western, Chicago. No cover, Low-reen & the Maxwell St Market Blues Band with Rasheed Stewart Muhammad, Darnell Conley, & Tony Brown. Kitchen open, wings, catfish, West-side pizza. Free street parking.
  • Wednesday June 15, 8pm-12, Water Hole Blues Jam, 1400 S Western, Chicago. No cover, Low-reen & the Maxwell St Market Blues Band with Rasheed Stewart Muhammad, Darnell Conley, & Tony Brown. Kitchen open, wings, catfish, West-side pizza. Free street parking.
  • Friday June 17, 8:30pm, Humble Pub, 336 Green Bay Rd, Highwood, IL, no cover, Low-reen & the Maxwell St Market Blues Band featuring Paul Petraitis, Tony Matthews, & Roosevelt Johnson. Free street parking.
  • Saturday June 18, Rockin’ for the Elderly benefit VFW McHenry, IL. Low-reen & the Maxwell St Market Blues Band featuring Paul Petraitis, Tony Matthews, & Roosevelt Johnson
  • Sunday June 19. 5-9pm, Polk St Pub Beer Garden Blues Jam, 548 W Polk, Chicago. No cover, Low-reen & the Maxwell St Market Blues Band with Tony Brown, Rasheed Stewart Muhammad, Darnell Conley. & special guests. Free parking in back lot. Great pub food.
  • Wednesday June 22, 8pm-12, Water Hole Blues Jam, 1400 S Western, Chicago. No cover, Low-reen & the Maxwell St Market Blues Band with Rasheed Stewart Muhammad, Darnell Conley, & Tony Brown. Kitchen open, wings, catfish, West-side pizza. Free street parking.
  • Saturday June 25, 7-11pm, KJ McKeon’s, Morris, IL. No cover, free street parking. Low-reen & the Maxwell St Market Blues Band featuring Paul Petraitis, Roosevelt Johnson, & Tony Matthews
  • Saturday June 26, 3-5pm, Randolph St Antique Market, 1340 W Washington,  Chicago. Low-reen & the Maxwell St Market Blues Band. Free street parking. $8 adv / $10 door. Beer & food avail
  • Tuesday June 28, 7pm, Wooden Nickel Blues Jam guest host, Highwood, IL. No cover, free street parking
  • Wednesday June 29, 8pm-12, Water Hole Blues Jam, 1400 S Western, Chicago. No cover, Low-reen & the Maxwell St Market Blues Band with Rasheed Stewart Muhammad, Darnell Conley, & Tony Brown. Kitchen open, wings, catfish, West-side pizza. Free street parking.
  • Friday July 1, 8:30pm, Humble Pub, 336 Green Bay Rd, Highwood, IL, no cover, Low-reen & the Maxwell St Market Blues Band featuring Paul Petraitis, Tony Matthews, & Roosevelt Johnson. Free street parking.
  • Sunday July 3. 5-9pm, Polk St Pub Beer Garden Blues Jam, 548 W Polk, Chicago. No cover, Low-reen & the Maxwell St Market Blues Band with Tony Brown, Rasheed Stewart Muhammad, Darnell Conley. & special guests. Free parking in back lot. Great pub food.
  • Wednesday July 6, 8pm-12, Water Hole Blues Jam, 1400 S Western, Chicago. No cover, Low-reen & the Maxwell St Market Blues Band with Rasheed Stewart Muhammad, Darnell Conley, & Tony Brown. Kitchen open, wings, catfish, West-side pizza. Free street parking.
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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, Fountain Square, Waukegan. Music on Fri 7pm Archie Parks Project
  • Big O’s, 52nd & Halsted, Chicago
  • Brick, W Madison St, Chicago
  • Carolyn’s Zodiac Lounge, 1744 N Central, Chicago (773) 804-9664
  • Checkerboard Lounge, 5201 S. Harper Ct, Chicago ***CLOSED Aug 2015***
  • The Firkin, 515 N Milwaukee Ave, Libertyville, IL (847)367-6168,
  • For the Good Times Lounge, 5545 S Damen, Chicago (773) 737-0184, Sundays 7pm: Killer Ray & the Bottom Dollar Band
  • Gene’s Playmate Lounge, 4239 W Cermak, Chicago (773) 590-9127, Sundays 9pm ***CLOSED Oct 2015***
  • Hot City Lounge, 7432 S Racine, Chicago (773) 224-9583
  • Linda’s Lounge, music on Mondays w/ Fantastic L-Roy & the Bulletproof Band, every other Wednesday Killer Ray & Ms Rodeo
  • Keynote Lounge, 1116 W 63rd St, Chicago
  • Margaret’s Filling Station, 7007 S Racine, Chicago, ***CLOSED July 2015***
  • 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
  • The Toolbox, California & Arlington, Chicago
  • Vaughn’s, 6633 S Ashland Ave, Chicago (773) 931-9080
  • Vern’s Friendly Lounge, 1258 S Pulaski, Chicago, IL (773) 521-4477
  • Wallace’s Catfish Corner, 2800 W Madison, Chicago, IL (773) 638-3474, bands Fri & Sat? Call first, may have closed Dec 2015
  • Wash’s Lounge, 4223 W Madison, Chicago
  • The Water Hole Lounge, 1400 S Western, Chicago (312) 243-7988, Wednesdays blues jam Low-reen & crew 8pm, no cover. Thurs Joe B w/ Mississippi Wolf. Sat various.
  • Other Chicagoland blues clubs: Blue Chicago, B.L.U.E.S., Buddy Guy’s Legends, Chord on Blues, Harlem Ave Lounge, House of Blues, Kingston Mines, Lee’s Unleaded, Nick’s, Rosa’s, Smoke Daddy, 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
  • NEW NEW NEW Chicago Blues Camp, June 2016, Blues instruction for adults by Chicago Blues Masters! Blues guitar 3 levels, bass, & harp. For more info or to sign up: www.ChicagoBluesCamp.com. Like us on Facebook. ED Brett Champlin, AD & Talent Manager Low-reen, AD & Jam Master Paul Petraitis
  • NEW NEW NEW Chicago Blues News, weekly e newsletter with Chicago & beyond blues happenings. Editor & Photographer Karen Murphy, Photographer Mike Murphy, Photographer Low-reen. Go to www.ChicagoBluesNews.com to sign up
  • Our fellow blues musician Mark Rogers just opened a bar in Silver Lake, WI called Benders. Live music on Saturdays, jam Friday night & Sunday afternoon, stop out & support him! Here’s a link: https://www.facebook.com/#!/Benders-Bar-And-Grill-529860900437948/?fref=ts
  • Martin Lang in January hosted Amplified Harp Clinic at Strobe Studios. It was excellent!! Look for pics on my music page Low-reen’s Live Blues. Look for the next one the first week of May!
  • Rockin’ Johnny Burgin is doing a Chicago Blues Guitar Clinic at Strobe Studios.
    More info or to sign up: https://www.facebook.com/#!/events/1038545286203979/?ref_newsfeed_story_type=regular&action_history=null
  • 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
  • Kenosha Musicians: want to influence the local music scene? Get your gig listed in the local calendar? Join Musicians Advancing and Assisting Music at www.KenoshaMAAM.com, 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
  • 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/
  • Darnell DC Conley on You Tube performing Steve Balkin’s song Maxwell St Market 100th Birthday Blues
  • 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
  • 210 Restaurant (formerly The Alley), 210 Greenbay Rd (at Hwy 22) Highwood, IL (847) 433-0304 www.BowlHighwood.com, 7-11pm
  • Baker’s Street, 6208 Green Bay Rd, Kenosha, WI (262) 657-7888, host Marvelous Mack & the Pressure Release Blues Band, 5pm
  • Bender’s, 409 E Northwater St, Silver Lake, WI, host Mark Rickie, 3-7pm
  • Bobby Rocket’s, 6291 Hospital Rd, Lyons, WI (262) 880-1553, host Tyler Hansen, 3-7pm
  • Breakwater at Kenosha Yacht Club, 5130 4th Ave, Kenosha, WI (262) 652-2320, outside on the deck in warm weather, 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, 2-6pm
  • Drunken Monkey, 101 S Main, Grant Park, IL (815) 466-4016, host Big Dog Mercer, 7-10pm
  • 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)
  • 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, host JB Ritchie, 8pm (last Sun)
  • Polk St Pub beer garden blues jam, 548 W Polk, Chicago, IL (weather high 60 degrees or better), most 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, host The Woodlawn Four (Dave Waldman, Willie Greeson, Justin O’Brien, Scott Dirks), 4-8pm
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)
  • LaVue Bar & Grill, 707 S Halsted, Chicago Heights, 8-11pm
  • Posen Pub, 14346 S Western, Posen, IL (708) 388-7335, host Smiley Tillmon, 8:30pmTouch of the Past, 947 Mannheim Rd, Bellwood, IL (708) 493-9236, host Cicero Blake, 9pm
  • 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
  • Beer Geeks, 3030 45th St, Highland, IN (219) 513-9795, 7pm
  • 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)
  • Cuda’s Bar & Grill, 27045 Grass Lake Road, Antioch, IL (224) 788-9145, host JB Ritchie, 8pm-12
  • Gallery Cabaret, 2020 N Oakley, Chicago, IL (773) 489-5471, www.GalleryCabaret.com, host Fish & the Blue Fins, 9pm
  • Four Shadows, open mic
  • Harlem Ave Lounge, 3701 S Harlem Ave, Berwyn, IL (708) 484-3610, www.HarlemAvenueLounge.com, host Tom Crivellone, (4th Tuesday)
  • Kelly’s Irish Saloon, 2146 Vermont, Blue Island, IL. Host Darryl Wright, Smiley Tilmon, Marco, & Doug
  • Kim’s Lakeside, Pewaukee, WI, host Robert Allen Jr, 8-11pm (1st, 2nd, 3rd Tues)
  • 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
  • New Wooden Nickel, 444 Lake View Ave, Highwood, hosts Ari Mintz, 7-10pm
  • Nite Cap Lounge, 5007 Irving Park Rd, Chicago, IL (773) 282-8654, 930pm-1230am
Wednesdays
—– “Music is so naturally united with us that we cannot be free from it even if we so desired” -Boethius
  • Back Court, 932 S Court, Crown Point, IN (219) 310-8416, host Corey Dennison, John Cosgrove 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 (1st & 3rd) alternating with Rodney Brown & Hotrod. Last Wed Ladies jam hosted by Big Ray 9:30pm-1:30
  • 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
  • Carol’s Pub, 4659 N Clark St, Chicago, IL (773) 334-2402, host Madman, 9pm (open electric jam)
  • 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, 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
  • Humble Pub, 336 Green Bay Rd, Highwood, IL (847) 433-6360, host Sipos & Young, 8pm (1st & 3rd Wed, open mic)
  • 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-1am
  • 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)
  • Pendulum Pub, New Berlin, 730-1030pm
  • PS Pub, 771 W Dundee, Wheeling, IL, host various 8pm-12m
  • Walnut Speakeasy, 214 Walnut Ave, Elgin, IL (847) 695-2420, www.theWalnutSpeakeasy.com (every other Wed)
  • Water Hole Lounge, 1400 S Western, Chicago, IL (312) 243-7988, host Low-reen & the Maxwell St Market Blues Band, 8pm-12, no cover, free street parking, kitchen
  • West Side Tap, 1356 Houbolt Rd, Joliet, IL (815) 741-4318, OsBand jam session, 8pm
  • Wild Card Sports Bar, 1009 Milwaukee Rd, Milwaukee, WI (414) 301-9068, host Jonny T-Bird Trio, 8-12pm
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
  • 50 Grand Sports Bar, Fox Lake, open mic, hosts Lumpy, Andrew Sedlak
  • America’s Historic Roundhouse, 205 N Broadway, Aurora, IL (630) 892-0034, open jam, 7pm
  • 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 Linczmaier, 9pm
  • Cantigny VFW, 826 Horseshoe Drive, Joliet, IL www.VFW367.org (815) 722-5398, 7-11pm
  • Coop’s Den, 148 W Boughton Rd, Bolingbrook, IL (630) 759-0148 www.CoopsDen.com host Al “Hurricane” Spears, 8-11pm (every other Thurs)
  • Cottage Tap, 18580 W Old Gages Lake Rd, Gages Lake, IL, host AC Blues, 7-11pm (every other Thurs)
  • Crystal’s Bar, 1402 - 52nd St, Kenosha, WI, host Andrew Gray, 8pm
  • 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 & 4th 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
  • Moe’s Tavern, 2937 N Milwaukee, Chicago, IL (773) 227-2937, 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, James Wheeler Blues Jam hosted by Little Ed, 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
  • Whammy Bar, 6139 W Beloit Rd, Milwaukee, WI (414) 763-2873, hosts Killer Clowns, 8:30pm-12:00 (1st Thurs)
  • New Wooden Nickel, 444 Lakeview, 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
  • Humble Pub, 336 Green Bay Rd, Highwood, IL (847) 433-6360, host Low-reen & the Maxwell St Market Blues Band, 8:30pm (1st & 3rd Fridays)
  • J Martins Tap, 81 E 34th St, Steger, IL (708) 755-5240, host Bob E Lee, 9pm-1
  • Las Margaritas, 6869 W Forest Home, Milwaukee, WI (414) 321-9800
  • Nite Cap, 5007 W Irving Park Rd, Chicago, IL, (773) 282-8654 (open jam)
  • Pendulum Pub, 1959 S 124th St, New Berlin, WI, host Bentley & Tucker, 730-11pm
  • 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 (occasional)
  • 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 #73!!

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Issue #73
January / February 2016
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Low-reen’s Live Blues List #72!!

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Remembering Little Scotty, photo from his younger years
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Issue #72
September 2015
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Low-reen’s Live Blues List #71!!

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Remembering Jimmie Lee Robinson
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Issue #71
July & August 2015
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Low-reen’s Live Blues List #70!!

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Diane & Dee @ Cabin Fever jam May 2015!
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Issue #70
June 2015
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Low-reen’s Live Blues List #69!!

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Issue #69
May 2015
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Low-reen’s Live Blues List #68!!

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Issue #68
April 2015
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Low-reen’s Live Blues List #67!!

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Issue #67
March 2015
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Low-reen’s Live Blues List #66

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Issue #66

February 2015

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