Low-reen’s Live Blues List #78!

Low-reen’s Live Blues List

Blues Jams Chicago to Milwaukee…and then some

Issue #78
June 2018
in memory of Dirty Otis
…join a Band, not a Gang…

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Low-reen’s upcoming shows:

-Every Wednesday Blues Jam, Water Hole Lounge, 8pm-12, 1400 S Western, Chicago. Low-reen & the Maxwell St Market Blues Band with Tony Brown, Rasheed Stewart Muhammad, & Darnell DC Conley. No cover, free street parking. All players welcome!
-Tail Dragger Tuesdays at Water Hole! Every 2nd & 4th Tuesday, Water Hole Lounge, 830pm-1230am, 1400 S Western, Chicago. Tail Dragger & the All Stars with Kevin Shanahan, Lori Lewis, Rob Lorenz, Mojo Mark Cihlar, & Frank Falduto
-Saturday June 2, Taste of Lake Geneva, 11am-345pm, Flat Iron Park, Lake Geneva, WI. Low-reen & the Lazy Dogs featuring Charles Delta Blues Hog Hayes, Jojo Hayes, Freeman, & Boydog Adams. $2 admission, metered street parking
-Sunday June 3 to Friday June 8, Chicago Blues Camp, held at Roosevelt University, 425 S Wabash, Chicago, IL. All-inclusive blues instruction experience for adults taught by Chicago Blues Masters in Chicago, home of the Blues! For more info / to sign up: www.ChicagoBluesCamp.com
-Saturday June 16, ArtWauk, 5-9pm, Jack Benny Plaza at Genesee & Clinton St, Waukegan, IL. Low-reen & the Lazy Dogs featuring Charles Delta Blues Hog Hayes, Jojo Hayes, Freeman, & Boydog Adams. Free admission, free street parking. Family-friendly event, part of Waukegan’s monthly downtown art event. BYO lawnchair, picnic, cooler. Food truck on site
-Sunday June 17, Maxwell St Market, 1130am-2pm, 800 S DesPlaines, Chicago, IL. Low-reen & the Maxwell St Market Blues Band, with Tony Brown, Rasheed Stewart Muhammad, & Darnell DC Conley. Free admission, metered street parking. Family-friendly event
-Saturday June 23, Randolph St Antiques Market, 3-5pm, 1340 W Washington, Chicago. Stage next to the beer tent. Low-reen & the Maxwell St Market Blues Band with Tony Brown, Rasheed Stewart Muhammad, & Darnell Conley. Admission $8adv/&10door. Free street parking. Family-friendly event
-Sunday June 24, Maxwell St Market, 11am-130pm, 800 S DesPlaines, Chicago, IL. Jim’s Original presents Neil Rose Band, with Low-reen, Tony Brown, & Glenn Gatewood. Free admission, metered street parking. Family-friendly event
-Friday June 29, A Cuban Experience Cigar Lounge, 7-10pm, 119 N Genesee, Waukegan, IL. Low-reen & Rafael host the Cuban Blues Fusion Jam! No cover, free parking, BYO food & drink, buy a cigar
-Saturday June 30, Johnny Harper Birthday, 3pm. If you know where it is, you are invited. Please bring a dish. Jam hosted by Low-reen & the Maxwell St Market Blues Band, featuring Tony Brown, Rasheed Stewart Muhammad, & Darnell DC Conley. Please bring a dish
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
  • Carolyn’s Zodiac Lounge, 1744 N Central, Chicago (773) 804-9664, occasional blues
  • Linda’s Place, music on Mondays w/ Fantastic L-Roy & the Bulletproof Band
  • Keynote Lounge, 1116 W 63rd St, Chicago, occasional blues
  • Odyssey East, 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
  • Rooster’s, 600 S Kedzie, Chicago, Sunday nights Cyrus Hayes
  • Spectrum Bar & Grill, 233 S Halsted, Chicago (312) 715-0770 sometimes Linsey Alexander
  • The Water Hole Lounge, 1400 S Western, Chicago (312) 243-7988, Wednesdays blues jam Low-reen & crew 8pm, no cover. 1st Fri Elmore James Jr. 2nd & 4th Tuesdays Tail Dragger
  • 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
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
  • Chicago Blues News, weekly e newsletter with Chicago & beyond blues happenings. Editor & Photographer Karen Murphy, Photographer Mike Murphy. Go to www.ChicagoBluesNews.com to sign up
  • 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.
  • 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, 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!)
—–”Let dat boy boogie woogie! It’s in ‘im, and it got to come out!” – John Lee Hooker
  • Bender’s, 409 E Northwater St, Silver Lake, WI, host Mark Rickie, 3-7pm
  • The Bunker, 29224 Evergreen, Waterford, WI (262) 514-2442, 2-6pm
  • Cuzin’s Neighborhood Bar, 17704 Oak Park Ave, Tinley Park, IL (708) 633-1144, host Billy King, 4-8pm
  • Hawg Heaven, 10306 Antioch Rd, Salem, WI (262) 862-7777, host Marie Martens, 7-11pm
  • Kingston Mines, 2548 N Halsted, Chicago, IL (773) 477-4646, www.KingstonMines.com, host Linsey Alexander 6-9pm. Also blues on a second stage.
  • Mac’s on Slade, 117 W Slade St, Paletine, IL www.macsonslade.com (847) 907-9621, host Dave Levitt, 8pm (last Sun)
  • Lake St Pub, 1270 Lake St, Roselle, IL, host Low-reen & Maxwell St Trio featuring Charlie Love, 3-7pm, various Sundays
  • 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, various Sundays
—–”A bad rendition of you is better than a good rendition of somebody else.” – Willie Dixon
  • 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)
  • 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
  • Beer Geeks, 3030 45th St, Highland, IN (219) 513-9795, 7p
  • 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
  • Harlem Ave Lounge, 3701 S Harlem Ave, Berwyn, IL (708) 484-3610, www.HarlemAvenueLounge.com, host Tom Crivellone, (4th Tuesday)
  • 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
  • New Wooden Nickel, 444 Lake View Ave, Highwood, hosts Ari Mintz, 7-10pm
—– “Music is so naturally united with us that we cannot be free from it even if we so desired” -Boethius
  • 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
  • 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)
  • Chewy’s Place, 564 W 18295 Martin Drive, Muskego, WI. Host Robert Allen Jr
  • Conway’s Smokin’ Bar & Grill, 2127 W Wells, Milwaukee, WI (414) 344-1262, host Big Johnson & the Thrusters, 9pm-12
  • Drunken Duck, 5906 W Burnham, West Allis, WI. 7pm
  • 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
  • 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
  • Liquid Blues, 126 N Benton St, Woodstock, IL (815) 337-7254, www.LiquidBluesBar.com hosted by the Stumblers,730pm-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
  • 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
—–”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
  • 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)
  • Crystal’s Bar, 1402 – 52nd St, Kenosha, WI, host Andrew Gray, 8pm
  • Envy’s Pub, 3625 W 159th St (just E of I-57), Markham, IL (708) 331-5860, hosted by Little Johnny, 8-11pm
  • 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, hosted by Miles Minor, 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)
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Pin & Tonic, 643 Dixie Hwy, Beecher, IL, host Bob E Lee, 7-10pm
  • 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 Mark Rijke (monthly- 2nd Saturday) 4-8pm
Out of the Area Jams: check with local blues societies!