Low-reen’s Live Blues List #25

Low-reen’s Live Blues List


Blues Jams Chicago to Milwaukee…and then some

Issue #25

May 2011

in memory of Dirty Otis

…join a Band, not a Gang…

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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

  • Blues Foundation & Windy City Blues Society’s Cruisin’ the Blues Highway, a motorcycle run to Memphis starting May 1 in Chicago, with stops in Quad Cities May 2, St Louis May 3, Memphis May 4 for the Blues Music Awards, and May 6 & 7 side rides to Clarksdale, Indianola, Helena, Rosedale. Ride home begins May 8. Blues music & blues attractions at all the stops. Lodging & food discounts. Evening shuttle bus with bike security. www.cruisinblues.com, www.windycityblues.org
  • May 1, Cruisin’ the Blues Highway Chicago Blues Tour, tour includes B.L.U.E.S. on Halsted for music and Low-reen’s Maxwell St Market Blues Jam among other stops. Details at www.cruisinblues.com
  • May 6, Rock for Doc, benefit, Flatlander’s, Rt 45 & 21, Lincolnshire, IL, featuring Louie Zagoris & others, $10, 6pm
  • May 13, Chicago Blues Express, 7:30pm-midnight. Shuttle bus to 3 clubs, Zodiac Lounge with Super Percy & his Soul Clique, Hot City Lounge with Jojo Murray, and the Water Hole with Mary Lane. Includes shuttle, club admission, CD, poster, $99, www.DiscoveryCenter.cc
  • May 15, Benefit for Frolic Bar & Grill, food, bands including AC Blues & Midnight Rider plus more, $5 donation, 2pm
  • May 27, Allens Grove Blues Festival VI, at the park shelter, Hwy X, (2 blocks south of main drag), Allens Grove, WI (near Darien), for info Chris or Mike Moore (262) 882-3373 or mmoore@sharontelephone.com, free, donation bucket for Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, homemade food for sale,  all musicians welcome to jam (last year featured the guitar army!) , bring a lawn chair & cooler, raffles, 7pm
  • May 21 & 22, School of Rock’s Tribute to Blues Legends, Buddy Guy’s Legends, 700 S Wabash, Chicago, IL. 2pm, all ages, $10
  • June 10-12, Chicago Blues Fest, Grant Park, Columbus Dr & Jackson Blvd, Explore Chicago.org or WindyCityBlues.org, free, all ages, 11am-9:30pm, $20 parking or public transport. Look for the Windy City Blues Society tent & street stage on north Colombus- look on Facebook for the lineup! Looking for volunteers to help staff the booth!
  • July 24, Blues for Home, blues bands & blues jam, a benefit for Lake County PADS homeless services, Blinders, 41480 Hwy 45 (at 173), Antioch, IL, 3-9pm. We need raffle prizes!!! Raffle donations can be dropped off at Lake County PADS, 3001 Greenbay Rd, bldg 5 at VA, North Chicago, IL (847) 689-4357
  • 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

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 Aquarium, 139 Arthur Ave, Fox Lake, IL (847) 587-4544, host John Linczmaier, 2pm (1st & last Sunday starting 4/3, open electric jam)

-Broken Spokes Roadhouse, Hwy 14, Darien, WI (262) 882-5400, host Glenn Davis, 1pm

-Bay Billiards, 107 Towne Centre Lane, Fox Lake, IL (847) 587-8888, host Mark Rikje, 3-7pm (open jam, every other Sun)

-New Checkerboard Lounge, 5201 S Harper, Chicago, IL (773) 684-1472, www.CheckerBoardHydePark.com, 8pm, $5 cover

-Gene’s Lanes & Lounge, 6315 W Fon du Lac Ave, Milwaukee, WI (414) 393-3359, host Marvelous Mack & the Pressure Release Blues Band, 7pm

-Irish Mill, 26592 N Rt 83, Mundelein, IL (847) 566-7044 (open mic)

-Kegler’s Pub starting 3/13- formerly the Field House (jam moved from West Side Tap) 905 Theodore St (Rt 7 between Rt 30 & Rt 53), Crest Hill, IL (815) 722-1089, host T-Bird Huck, 9pm

-Kingston Mines, 2548 N Halsted, Chicago, IL (773) 477-4646, www.KingstonMines.com, host Linsey Alexander 6-9pm

-Lamplighter Inn Tavern & Grille, 60 N Bothwell St, Paletine, IL (847) 991-2420, www.lamplighters.com, 8pm (last Sun)

-Leroy’s Hot Stuff, 333 W Hwy 20, Porter, IN (219) 926-6211, 8pm-12am

-Maxwell St Market Blues Jam, Fishman’s Fabrics, 1101 S DesPlaines (1/2 block north of Roosevelt), Chicago, IL, host yours truly Low-reen & the Maxwell St Market Blues Band, 1030AM-2pm, all ages, everyone plays

-Polk Street Pub, 548 W Polk St (2 blks E of 94, 1 blk N of Taylor), Chicago, IL (312) 786-1142, www.PolkStPub.com, host yours truly Low-reen & the Maxwell St Market Blues Band featuring Maxwell St legend Little Scotty, 2 drink minimum, $2 cans, 25c wings, free parking at Porter Pipe at Jefferson & Polk, 4-8pm, under 21 OK with guardian

-Vegas Nights (formerly Jimmy V’s), 816 Grand Ave, Fox Lake, IL hosted by Brian Rothermel & John Linczmaier, 8-11pm

-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


—–“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, starts 3/28)

-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)

-New Checkerboard Lounge, 5201 S Harper, Chicago, IL (773) 684-1472, www.CheckerBoardHydePark.com, 8pm, $5 cover

-Suds O’Hanahan’s Irish Pub, 435 E Grand Ave, Beloit, WI, www.SudsOHanahans.com, host Dave Potter & the Alley Kings, 7pm.

-TG’s, 4120 7th Ave, Kenosha, WI, (262) 658-8080, www.TGsKenosha.com, host Sipos & Young, 6-10pm (open mic), all ages

-The Waterhole, 1400 S Western Ave, Chicago, IL (312) 243-7988, host Charlie Brown, 8:30pm (twice a month)


—–“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

-Bally Muck, 1930 Grand Ave, Waukegan, IL (847) 623-8080, hosted by Matt Meyer, 830pm (open electric jam) 2nd guitar bring amp

-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)

-Irish Mill, 26592 N Rt 83, Mundelein, IL (847) 566-7044, host Pred Petrovic (open acoustic jam)

-Lonie Walker’s Underground Wonder Bar, 10 E Walton, Chicago, IL (312) 266-7761, www.UndergroundWonderBar.com, host Lorna Boston, 11:30pm-3:30am (pro jam, jazz & blues), $8

-Mamie’s, 3300 W National, Milwaukee, WI (414) 543-1673, www.Mamies.net, host Carol Hanzel alternating with Kenny J & Stokes, 8pm-12

-Neighbor’s Social Club, 260 W Main St, Waukesha, WI, (262) 549-3910, host Robert Allen Jr Trio, 7:30-11pm

-Nite Cap Lounge, 5007 Irving Park Rd, Chicago, IL (773) 282-8654, 930pm-1230am

-The Vibe at 1935 (moved from Gabe’s), 1935 Sheridan Rd, Highland Park, IL (847) 780-4815, host Billy Bob Shaffer, 730-1030pm


—– Music is so naturally united with us that we cannot be free from it even if we so desired” –Boethius

-1146 Lounge, 1146 Sheridan, Kenosha, WI (262) 552-0830, host Phil James, 10pm-1:30

-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 w/ 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

-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 Big O & the Night Owls Showband Big Blues Jam, 8pm-12

-Chopper’s Bar and Grill, 26375 Rt 173, Antioch, IL (847) 838-1230, open jam, 9pm

-Chord on Blues, 106 S 1st Ave, St Charles, IL (630) 513-0074, www.chordonblues.com, host Mike Hoge & Chicago Blue Dads, open jam, 8:30-11:30pm

-Chuck’s BBQ, 79th & Narraganset, Burbank, IL, host Rockin’ Johnny Band, 8-11:30pm, every 1st Wed except Feb moved to 2/16 due to blizzard

-Conway’s Smokin’ Bar & Grill, 2127 W Wells, Milwaukee, WI (414) 344-1262, host Big Johnson & the Thrusters, 9pm-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

-Hilltop Bar, 25944 W Rollins Rd (E of Wilson), Ingleside, IL (847) 973-0144, host Mark Rijke, 730pm, (open mic)

-Jerry’s, 1938 W Division, Chicago, IL (773)-235-1006, www.Jerryssandwiches.com, host Highway Rickey & friends, 9pm

-Lamplighter’s, 60 N Bothwell St, Paletine, IL (847) 991-2420, www.lamplighters.com, host Rick, 8pm-12:30 (open jam)

-Liquid Blues, 126 N Benton St, Woodstock, IL (815) 337-7254, www.LiquidBluesBar.com, 7pm-1

-Montrose Saloon, 2933 W Montrose, Chicago, IL (773) 463-7663, host John Liggitt (3rd Wed)

-New York Slices, 1843 2nd St, Highland Park, IL (847) 432-6979, all ages, 7-10pm

-Romano’s Pizza, 27 N Northwest Hwy, Park Ridge, IL (847) 823-7499, host Two for the Blues, 8-12pm

-Squaw Bar, 800 Rollins Rd, Ingleside, IL (847) 973-2084, host John Linczmaier, 9pm (open electric jam)

-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


—–“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, www.WalterPaytonsRoundHouse.com, open jam, 7pm

-Cool River Draught House, 12622- 159th St, Homer Glen, IL (708) 301-8006, www.CoolRiv.com, host Twist & the Groove Machine, 8:30pm-12:30

-Golf Farm, 2100 N Route 12, Wauconda, IL (847) 526-4000, www.golf-farm.com, host Brian Rothermel, 8:30pm, $3 Italian Beef w/ cheese & coleslaw

-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, 8pm-12am

-Irish Mill, 26592 N Rt 83, Mundelein, IL (847) 566-7044, 9pm (open mic)

-Legendary Wooden Nickel, 327 Waukegan, Highwood, IL (847) 266-0550, host John Juul, 8:30-11pm

-Rosa’s Lounge, 3420 W Armitage, Chicago, IL (773) 342-0452, www.RosasLounge.com, host James Wheeler, 9:30pm-1:30

-Screamin’ Mimi’s, 2717 60th St, Kenosha, WI (262) 654-8837, host Phil James (2nd guitar bring your own amp)

-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

-Toby’s Tavern, 1949 Greenbay Rd, North Chicago, IL (847) 689-4742, host Rainman & Real Deal, 8:30-11pm (guitar bring your own amp)

-Zachary’s, 5368 N Milwaukee, Chicago, IL (773) 792-0933, host Madman Blues Band, 9pm-1


-Dwight House Pub, 35366 N Frontage Rd (off Rt 12), Fox Lake, IL (847) 973-1476, host John Linczmaier & Red Eye Express, 9:30pm-12:30 (every other Fri, open electric jam)

-Hap’s North End Tap, 83 Hankes Ave, Aurora, IL (630) 859-2945, 9pm

-Hollywood Lounge, 3303 W Bryn Mawr, Chicago, IL (773) 588-9707, www.TheHollywoodLive.com, host Big John Sanner w/ Willie T & the Blues Explosion, 9pm-2

-J Martins Tap, 81 E 34th St, Steger, IL (708) 755-5240, host Bob E Lee, 9pm-1


-Abel’s Restaurant, 125 Center St, Grayslake, IL (847) 548-2803, host King Robinson, 8pm (last Sat)

-Gene’s Supper Club, 4323 N 60th St, Milwaukee, WI (414) 535-7789, host Marvelous Mack & the Pressure Release Blues Band, 3:30pm

-R&R Crossing, Russell, IL, host AC Blues, 4-8pm (intermittent: call ahead – next May 7)

Out of the Area Jams – also check local blues societies!


-Redwood City,CA, Club Fox, 2209 Broadway (650) FOX-7770, www.clubfoxrwc.com, host Andy Santana & the 3rd Degree, Wednesdays 7-11pm, $5 cover


-Moline, IL, Rascal’s, 1414 15th St (309) 797-9457, host Craig Bentley Band, Wednesdays 9 pm


-Bettendorf, IA, The Muddy Waters, 1708 State St (563) 344-2516, host Alan Sweet, Thursdays 9pm – 1am

-Cedar Rapids, IA, J.M. O’Malley’s Pub & Eatery, 1502 H Ave NE (319) 369-9433, T-Bone Giblin Jam Fest, Thursdays 9:30 pm

-Davenport, IA, Mojo’s River Music Experience, 131 W 2nd St, (563) 326-1333, Wednesdays 7 – 9 pm (open mic)

-Des Moines, IA, Blues on Grand, 1501 Grand Ave (515) 244-3092
Thursdays 9:30 pm

-Iowa City, IA, Iowa City Yacht Club, 13 S. Linn St (319) 337-6464, Mondays 9pm-2am


-Minneapolis, MN, Famous Dave’s, 3001 Hennepin Ave S (612) 822-9900, www.FamousDaves.com, Sundays 8-11pm, host Moses Oakland

-Navarre, MN, The Narrows Saloon, 3380 Shoreline Dr (952) 471-3352, www.TheNarrowsSaloon.com, Tuesdays

-St Paul, MN, Wilebski’s Legendary Blues Saloon, 1638 Rice St (651) 331-0929, www.WilebskiBlues.com Tuesdays


-Kingston Springs, TN, Fillin’ Station, 385 N Main St (615) 952-2100, Wednesdays


-Philadelphia, PA, Warmdaddy’s, 1400 S Colombus Blvd (215) 462-2000 www.warmdaddys.com, host Randy Lippincott, Tuesdays 8pm-12am

South Carolina

-Mac’s on Main St, Colombia, SC, Wednesdays & Thursdays


-Durand, WI, Shari’s Chippewa Club, Main St (715) 672-8785,  www.shari’schippewaclub.com, Sundays 6-10pm

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