Low-reen’s Live Blues List #30

Low-reen’s Live Blues List


Blues Jams Chicago to Milwaukee…and then some

Issue #30

October 2011

in memory of Dirty Otis

…join a Band, not a Gang…

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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 O’s, 52nd & Halsted, 1st Friday Tony Brown, EJ, & Louis Bryant; 2nd Friday Tommy Landis & Sexy Jamie
  • Carolyn’s Zodiac Lounge, 1744 N Central (773) 804-9664
  • For the Good Times Lounge, 5545 S Damen (773) 737-0184, Saturday, Sundays Killer Ray & the Bottom Dollar Band, 9.pm
  • Gene’s Playmate Lounge, 4239 W Cermak, (773) 590-9127, Sundays
  • Hot City Lounge, 7432 S Racine, (773) 224-9583, Thursdays 9:30pm JoJo Murray and Sundays 6pm Total Package with Chuck Finley
  • New ImLa Cocktail Lounge, 1116 W 51st St (773) 285-0285, Wednesdays 8pm Grown Man & the Mississippi Raiders Band, $3 cover
  • Keynote Lounge, 1116 W 63rd St, 1st & 3rd Sundays 7:30pm Smilin’ Bobby, other Sundays Super Percy, also music on Wednesdays
  • Rooster’s Palace, Madison & Kilborne, (773) 678-0739, Fridays & Saturdays West Side Wes, sometimes Tail Dragger
  • Spectrum Bar & Grill, 233 S Halsted (312) 715-0770
  • Toby’s Tavern, 1949 Greenbay Rd, North Chicago, IL (847) 689-4742, Saturdays usual $10 cover
  • Vaughn’s, 6633 S Ashland Ave (773) 931-9080
  • The Water Hole, 1400 S Western (312) 243-7988, Live music Thurs-Sun. Every Friday Mary Lane & the No Static Band 9pm-1am. Saturdays K Jazz & the K1 Band. Sundays Little Scotty. Cover.
  • Other Chicagoland blues clubs you probably already know about: Artis’s, 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, 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

  • Windy City Blues Society now accepting applications for the 2011 Chicago Blues Challenge! Deadlines extended. WCBS financially supports the winners in going to Memphis to compete in the 2012 International Blues Challenge. Categories: Band, Solo/Duo, Youth. Round 1 Band: Oct 2 at Harlem Ave Lounge, 6pm. Congratulations to Nigel Mack & JB Richie, who move to the finals! Round 2 Band: Oct 23 at Checkerboard Lounge, 6pm. Congratulations to Pistol Pete & Will Jacobs who move to the finals!Round 3 Youth CANCELLED due to lack of entrants: was Oct 29 at Colombia College Concert Hall . Round 4 Solo / Duo: Nov 10 at Rosa’s Lounge, 9pm. Finals: Nov 13 at Buddy Guy’s Legends. More info & applications available at www.WindyCityBlues.org
  • 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
  • October 1, Moose’s Annual Rib Cook-off, Zion Moose Lodge, 41517 N Sheridan Rd, Zion, IL, jam hosted by AC Blues, 1-4pm
  • October 1, Taildragger’s Annual Birthday Bash, Toolbox Lounge, 824 S California, 10pm
  • October 3, Billy Branch Birthday Bash at the Monday jam, Artis’s Lounge, 1249 E 87th St (773) 734-0491, 10pm
  • October 5, Big Bill Broonzy: a Chicago Story book talk and musical performance, author Bob Riesman (I Feel So Good: the Life & Times of Big Bill Broonzy, U of C Press, 2011) and musician Chris Walz (instructor & dept chair, Old Town School of Folk Music), Lake Forest College Center for Chicago Programs, in Johnson Science Center (prominent round glass building), 555 N Sheridan, Lake Forest, IL, (847) 234-3100. 7:30pm, free
  • October 19, tribute to and benefit for David “Honeyboy” Edwards Fund for the Blues, an evening of music, films, & stories, Buddy Guy’s Legends, 700 S Wabash, Chicago, IL (312) 427-1190, $20 /$75, 9pm. Looking for a few volunteers! Email to LowreensLiveBlues@gMail.com
  • October 22, House Concert with Roy Bookbinder, home of Richard Kronenberg, Evanston, IL 7:30pm, $20 to artist, BYOB, for more info: robylon@hotmail.com
  • October 27, Blues Blast Music Awards, Buddy Guy’s Legends, 700 S Wabash, Chicago, IL, 6pm, $30, Nick Moss, Eddie Turner, Gina Sicilia, MANY more! www.thebluesblast.com
  • October 27, 9pm and October 30, 3am, broadcast of Cheat You Fair, a documentary about old Maxwell Street, WTTW Channel 11. Also available for purchase at Amazon.
  • December 3, Brother’s Rising MC Toys for Tots benefit, Puerto Rican Society, 150 S Sheridan Rd, Waukegan, IL (847) 662-1459  , noon-midnight, $10 donation or $10 toy, free beer, live music all day, 1:30-2:30pm Low-reen’s Maxwell St Market Blues Band
  • 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

-Breakwater Bar & Grill at Kenosha Yacht Club, 5130 4th Ave, Kenosha, WI (262) 652-2320, hosted by Chris Sipos, 4-8pm (open mic)

-C&J’s Crossroads, N6444 US Hwy 12, Elkhorn, WI (262) 742-3417, 2-5pm

-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 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, @ I Sachs or I Weinberg Hosiery, both at Roosevelt & Des Plaines, Chicago, IL, 10:30AM to 2pm, host yours truly Low-reen & the Maxwell St Market Blues Band, all ages, everyone plays, park free behind I Sachs (enter off Jefferson), weather permitting (above 60 & not raining) 224-440-2173

-Polk Street Pub, 548 W Polk St (2 blks E of 94, 1 blk N of Taylor), Chicago, IL (224) 440-2173, www.PolkStPub.com, host yours truly Low-reen & the Maxwell St Market Blues Band featuring Maxwell St legends Little Scotty & Bobby Too Tuff, no cover, 2 drink minimum, $2 cans, 25c wings, free parking at Porter Pipe at Jefferson & Polk, 4-8pm, under 21 OK with guardian.

-Silver Lake Marina, 28836 Silver Lake Rd (hwy F east of B), Salem, WI (262) 889-8465, www.SLMwi.com, host Loose Shoes, 8pm

-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

-Artis’s Lounge (yep, that’s how they spell it!), 1249 E 87th St (773) 734-0491, pro jam, host Billy Branch, 10pm

-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)

-Sara’s Pub, 1567 Madison, Beloit, WI (608) 207-3139, host Glen Davis

-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

-Up & Under Pub, 1216 E Brady, Milwaukee, WI (414) 276-2677, 9pm


—–”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

-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 & Craig 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

-Sky Box Sports Bar, 3601 W Harrison, Chicago, IL (872) 600-3228, hosted by Lil’ Harvey & Mack, 8pm-12am

-The Vibe, 1935 Sheridan Rd, Highland Park, IL (847) 780-4815, host Ari Mintz & Phil Palumbo, 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 & B Riverfront Club, 724 Railroad St, Joliet, IL (815) 744-9511, host Big Dog Mercer, 7-11pm

-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

-Checkerboard Lounge, 5201 S Harper, Chicago, IL (773) 684-1472, www.CheckerBoardHydePark.com, host Killer Ray, 8pm

-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

-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)

-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

-Mecca Supper Club, 6666 N Northwest Hwy, Edison Park, IL (773) 775-1077, www.MeccaSupperClub.com , 9pm-1am, various hosts (open mic)

-Milwaukee’s Firehouse Pub, 2758 S 35th St, Milwaukee, WI (414) 383-5300, various hosts

-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

–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

-Dee’s Place Chicago Soul Food, 2114 W Division, Chicago, IL (312) 348-6117  www.deesplacechicago.com , 7:30-10pm (open mic)

-Envy’s Pub, 3625 W 159th St (just E of I-57), Markham, IL (708) 331-5860, hosted by Little Johnny, 8-11pm

-Golf Farm, 2100 N Route 12, Wauconda, IL (847) 526-4000, www.Golf-Farm.com, host Brian Rothermel, 8:30pm

-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)

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

-Spirits, 922 Milwaukee Ave, South Milwaukee, WI (414) 762-2005, hosted by Marshall Holm

-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


-Bay Billiards, 107 Towne Center Lane, Fox Lake, IL (847) 587-8888, host Carter, www.BayBilliardsSportsBar.com (open jam)

-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

-Keeper’s, Chicago (sorry- no other info available)

-Screamin’ Mimi’s, 2717 60th St, Kenosha, WI (262) 654-8837, host Larry Wimmer (open jam)


-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 Oct 8)

Out of the Area Jams: sorry, really no way to keep this updated- check local blues societies!

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