Low-reen’s Live Blues List #66

Low-reen’s Live Blues List


Blues Jams Chicago to Milwaukee…and then some


Issue #66

February 2015

in memory of Dirty Otis

…join a Band, not a Gang…













Darnell DC Conley on You Tube performing Steve Balkin’s song Maxwell St Market 100th Birthday Blues




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Low-reen’s upcoming shows:

-Monday February 2, every 1st Sunday moves to Monday this month due to Superbowl 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

-Saturday February 14, 8pm-12, Sheridan’s Valentine’s Show, 1039 Sheridan Rd, Winthrop Harbor, IL  (224) 789-5090, Low-reen & the Lazy Dogs with Jimmy D, Pete Podkowinski, & special guest Charles Delta Blues Hog Hayes

-Friday February 20, 7-10pm, Principal’s Pub, 4249 Main Street, Skokie, IL (847) 675-7773, Low-reen & Al Sjoholm Blues Duo

-Friday February 27, 8pm-12, Cuda’s Bar & Grill, 27045 Grass Lake Road, Antioch, IL (224) 788-9145, Low-reen & the Lazy Dogs with John Linczmeier, Pete Podkowinski, & special guest Peewee Hayes

-Sunday March 1, every 1st Sunday Blues Jam, 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 March 15, 5-9pm, Blues Buffet @ the Historic Grand Ballroom, 6351 S Cottage Grove Ave, Chicago, IL (888) 498-0884, $15 adv/$20 door includes dinner. Tickets at http://www.eventbrite.com/e/lowreens-blues-band-tickets-14554668405?aff=eac2 Low-reen & the Maxwell St Market Blues Band with Stewart Rasheed Muhammad, Alif Muhammad, Paul Petraitis, Darnell Conley, & Jimmy Diamond

-Saturday April 4, 6pm-1am, Benefit for Lake County chapter NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) @ The Alley, 210 Green Bay Rd, Highwood, IL
(847) 433-0304. Prizes, skit, personal stories. Music all night by Bob O & Friends, The Stumblers, Big Dog Mercer, Low-reen & Friends, Joe Powers Band, Jerry Lucky Lee Band, & the last hour will be a blues jam.  $5-10 suggested donation if you are able

-Thursday April 30, 7-930pm, Tighthead Brewery, 161 North Archer Ave, Mundelein, IL (847) 970-9174, Low-reen & Jim Harpdog Hellen Blues Duo

-Saturday August 1, Private Party for Steve, Knollwood, IL


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, Waukegan Genesee St location closed. Look to a new location soon out by Fountain Square (Lakehurst), Waukegan. Libertyville location open 536 N Milwaukee Ave for food/no music.
  • 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
  • Margaret’s Filling Station, 7007 S Racine, Chicago, music on Mondays
  • 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

  • Benefit for Lake County NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) April 4, The Alley
  • Looking for sponsors for 2015 Windy City Blues Society Street Stage at Chicago Blues Fest…… 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
  • 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!)


—–“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, 3-7pm
  • 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
  • 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, 6-10pm
  • 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 (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 (weather high 60 degrees or better), 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
—–“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
  • LaVue Bar & Grill, 707 S Halsted, Chicago Heights, 8-11pm
  • 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
  • Touch 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!)


—–“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)
  • Cuda’s Bar & Grill, 27045 Grass Lake Road, Antioch, IL (224) 788-9145, host JB Ritchie
  • 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
  • Nice Ash, 319 W Main, Waukesha, WI, hosts Robert Allen Jr, Rick Holmes, & Dave Braun, 8-11pm
  • Nite Cap Lounge, 5007 Irving Park Rd, Chicago, IL (773) 282-8654, 930pm-1230am
  • The Gabe’s/Vibe jam moved to The New Wooden Nickel (the old Shrimp Walk), 444 Lake View Ave, Highwood, hosts Ari Mintz & Phil Palumbo, 7-10pm
—– 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 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-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)
  • 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
  • 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
  • Whiskey Waters, 35124 Wisconsin Ave, Okauchee, WI, hosts Robert Allen Jr. & Rick Holmes, 7-10pm
  • Wild Card Sports Bar, 1009 Milwaukee Rd, Milwaukee, WI (414) 301-9068, host Jonny T-Bird Trio, 8-12pm


—–“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
  • 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
  • Cabin Fever, Sheridan Rd, Kenosha, WI host AC Blues, every other Thursday
  • 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 & 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, 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, 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
  • Water Hole Lounge, 1400 S Western, Chicago, IL (312) 243-7988, various hosts $5 cover/no cover for  musicians, 9pm-12
  • 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 (in the old Shrimp Walk), Highwood, IL (847) 266-0550, host Barry Gold, 8-11pm


  • 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
  • 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


  • 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!