Low-reen’s Live Blues List

Blues Jams Chicago to Milwaukee…and then some

Issue #9

December 2009

in memory of Dirty Otis


…join a Band, not a Gang…



Updates / Corrections / List your Jam: send to BlackCatBones@sbcglobal.net




Special Events & News

December 2009 marks the 1-year anniversary of Low-reen’s Live Blues List!

January 8 Chicago Blues Challenge fundraiser at B.L.U.E.S. on Halsted, click on Windy City Blues Society link for details>>>>>>>>>

Feb 10, 3:30pm Free Professional Development Workshop. Use the Blues to Improve Literacy & Help Close the Achievement Gap: Music as a Second Language for teachers  &  administrators. Earn CPDUs.  Columbia College Chicago Music Center.  Hosted by Fernando Jones.  Reservations: Bluesnewz@aol.com, (312) 369-3229 www.BluesKids.com


June 9 & 10, 2010 Blues and the Spirit symposium on Chicago blues & gospel music at Dominican University.  Info at www.Dom.edu/blues



Blues Jams (call ahead, they change frequently!)


-Blues Island Pub, 2100 Vermont, Blue Island, IL (708) 203-6151, host Tony LA, 9pm (not verified)

-Bobby Rockets, 6291 Hospital Rd, Lyons, WI (262) 757-0000, www.BobbyRocketsBar.com, host Michael Coleman, 3-7pm

-Cleveland Lounge, 2691 S 6th St, Milwaukee, WI (414) 645-4420, host Marvelous Mack & the Pressure Release Band, 6-10pm (not verified)

-Kelly’s Bleachers II, 7805 S Loomis Rd, Wind Lake, WI (262) 895-3353, host Robert Allen Jr Trio, 4-8pm

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

-Mahoney’s Madhouse Pub & Grill, 415 Railroad Ave, Round Lake, IL (847) 740-0130?, 8pm (not verified)

-Mama Vesuvio’s, 6361 W College Dr, Palos Heights, IL (708) 371-2500, www.MamaVesuvio.com, host Night Shift, 5-9pm (last Sun, but not in Dec)

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

-String Master’s Lounge, 2323 Mead St (NE of Sheridan & Hwy 11), Racine, WI (262) 637-4094, host Doug Souter, 7-10pm (every other Sun)

-Thirsty’s Saloon & Eatery,6833 W National Ave, Milwaukee, WI (414) 607-9030, host Colin Loman, 6-10pm




-Bombay Louie’s, 2227 60th St, Kenosha, WI (262) 657-9314, host Real Deal Blues Band, 8:30-11pm (every other Mon)

-Buddy Guy’s Legends, 754 S Wabash, Chicago, IL (312) 427-0333, host Jimmy Burns, 9:30pm, $10 cover (free for jammers, $5 for jammer’s guests)

-MVP Pizza & Pub, 2508 Rt 12, Spring Grove, IL (815) 675-6871, host Lake County Express

-Starlite Club, 8936 24th Avenue, Kenosha, WI (262) 697-5560, host Real Deal Blues Band (every other Mon)

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

-Uncle Suz, W1126 N Lake Shore Drive, Pell Lake,WI (262) 295-8723, host Loose Shoes (every other week)

-The Vine, 101 Center St, Grayslake, IL (847) 543-0900, host Bruce Williams, 9pm-12:30




-Big Shotz, Roosevelt & 30th Ave, Kenosha, WI (262) 925-8702, host Matt Meyer, 9:30pm

-Dopp’s Bar & Grill, 1753 S 68th St, Milwaukee, WI (414) 257-1400, host Rick Holmes w/ Chickenscratch, 7-11pm

-Fire House Pub, 18517 W Old Gages Lake Rd, Gages Lake, IL (847) 778-0780, host Marie Martens & Mississippi Overdrive, 8pm-12

-Gabe’s Backstage Lounge, 214 Greenbay Rd (at Rt 22), Highwood, IL (847) 266-1313, host Gary Gand & the Backstage Loungers, 8pm-12 (not verified)

-Gallery Cabaret, 2020 N Oakley, Chicago, IL (773) 489-5471, host Fish & the Blue Fins, 9pm

-Lonie Walker’s Underground Wonder Bar, 10 E Walton, Chicago, IL (312) 266-7761, host Lorna Boston, 12am-3:30am (pro jam, jazz & blues)

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

-Morseland, 1218 W Morse, Chicago, IL (773) 764-8900, host Tom Crivellone, 8:30pm

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

-On the Limiter, 3479 E Plankinton, Cudahy, WI (414) 744-5130, hosts JD & Donnie Mac, 8:30pm-12:30

-Villa Sofia, 26400 N Rand Rd (Rt 12 & Old Rand, 1/2 mile S of 59), Wauconda, IL (847) 526-2112, host Brian Rotherman, 9pm-12:30




-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, host Big Ray & Chicago’s Most Wanted alternating w/ Pistol Pete, 9:30pm-1:30 (1st & 3rd Wed)

-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

-CJ Arthur’s, 1168 Wilmette Ave, Wilmette, IL (847) 256-8870, host dp & the Alley Katz, 8pm

-Conway’s Smokin’ Bar & Grill, 2127 W Wells, Milwaukee, WI (414) 344-1262, host Big Johnson & the Thrusters, 9pm-12

– Cross Lake Inn, 12425 Antioch Rd (Rt 83), Trevor, WI (262) 862-1555, hosts George Lebangood & Marie Martens, 9pm-1

-Dopp’s Bar & Grill, 1753 S 68th St, Milwaukee, WI (414) 257-1400, host Haystack, 8pm-12

-Harry’s Cafe & Place, 808 W Main St, Lake Geneva, WI (262) 248-3494, host Glenn Davis, 8:30pm-12

-Jimmy’s Roadhouse, 227 N Cogswell Dr, Silver Lake, WI (262) 889-8377 (every other Wed)

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

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

-Milwaukee Fire House Pub, 2758 S 35th St, Milwaukee, WI (414) 383-5300, hosts Rick Holmes, Marie Martens, Mike Neal, 9pm (4th Wed)

-Monsignor Murphy’s, 3019 N Broadway, Chicago, IL (773) 348-7285, hosts Nate Manos & Steve Stitz, pro jam, 9:30pm-1

-New Checkerboard Lounge, 5201 S Harper, Chicago, IL (773) 684-1472, host Jesse Born, 9pm-12:30, $5 cover

-Pit Stop, 1907 Sheridan Rd, Zion, IL (847) 746-3600, host Gary White, 8pm-12

-Reggie’s Music Joint, 2105 S State, Chicago, IL (312) 949-0120, host Gary Gand & the Blue Truth, 8:30pm-1

-Vaughan’s, 66th & Ashland, Chicago, IL, host Bob Mandarino, 6-10pm or until all jammers have performed



America’s Historic Roundhouse (formerly Walter Payton’s Roundhouse), 205 N Broadway, Aurora, IL (630) 892-0034, www.WalterPaytonsRoundHouse.com, (starting 1/14)

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

-Cruiser’s, 38498 N Sheridan, Beach Park, IL (847) 249-0419, host Birthday Bob, 9pm

-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

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

-McClain’s (formerly Catcher’s), 900 W 35th St, Chicago, IL (773) 869-9411, host Robert Pasenko & the 35th Street Blues Band, 9pm, free hot dogs

-Papa T’s Night Club, 4660 W 147th St, Midlothian, IL, (708) 385-9200, www.papats.net, host Twist & the Groove Machine

-Railhouse Co, 151 E Grand, Lake Villa, IL (847) 265-1500, www.railhouseco.com, hosts Gary White & Al Sjoholm, Jan 14 special guest Pistol Pete, 9-12:30

-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)

-Starting Gate Bar, W188 N10515 Maple, Germantown, WI (262) 251-4727, host Robert Allen Jr, 8:30pm

-Toby’s Tavern, 1949 Greenbay Rd, North Chicago, IL (847) 689-4742, host Archie Parks, 7-11pm

-Villa Sofia, 26400 N Rand Rd (Rt 12 & Old Rand, 1/2 mile S of 59), Wauconda, IL (847) 526-2112, host Brian Rothermel, 9pm-12:30

-Wilmot Mountain, 11931 Fox River Road, Wilmot, WI (262)862-2301, www.WilmotMountain.com, host Loose Shoes, 9:30pm (every other Thursday)

-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 Red Eye Express, 9:30pm-12:30 (every other Fri)

-Foley’s, W3905 Hwy 50 (west of town), Lake Geneva, WI (262) 245-6966, host Organ Grinders, 9pm (every 1st Fri)

-Grizzly Saloon, 12711 Bristol Rd (State Line Rd & Hwy 45), Bristol, WI (262) 857-2682, host Bill Brock, 9pm-1

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

-Knights of Columbus, 15 N Hickory Ave, Arlington Heights, IL (847) 253-6632, host Bob B Bad, 8:30pm (open mic)

-Wallace’s Catfish Corner, 2800 W Madison (at California), Chicago, IL (773) 638-3474, 9pm-1




-Fire House Pub, 18517 W Old Gages Lake Rd, Gages Lake, IL (847) 778-0780, host Al Sjoholm, 3:30-7:30pm

-R&R Crossing, Russell, IL, host Al Sjoholm,  3-7pm (once a month- next 1/9)

-Squaw Bar, 800 Rollins Rd, Ingleside, IL (847) 973-2084, host Woody & the Wildcats, 8:30pm (1st Sat)

-Villa Sofia, 26400 N Rand Rd (Rt 12 & Old Rand, 1/2 mile S of 59), Wauconda, IL (847) 526-2112, host Brian Rothermel, 9pm-12:30

-Wallace’s Catfish Corner, 2800 W Madison (at California), Chicago, IL (773) 638-3474, 9pm-1

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