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Blues Jams Chicago to Milwaukee…..and then some…..

Low-reen’s Live Blues List May 2019

In memory of Dirty Otis …join a Band, not a Gang…

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The Water Hole- Chicago’s Juke Joint

JAM TIME! Got your picks & sticks? Gotta Go Jam? Then you are in the right place! Blues jams come & go, I started this list to try to keep up! If you hear of one that’s not on the list, or have a correction, please let me know. Low-reen’s Live Blues List is updated at least monthly. Call ahead: these things change minute-to-minute!! Also be sure to drop a few bucks at the establishments that hosts these jams: buy a drink – if you don’t drink, buy some food or buy your friend a drink – otherwise the jams go away, and NO ONE wants that!

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Blues Jams (call ahead, they change frequently!)

Sundays —–”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 Ricky, 3-7pm
  • The Barrel, 2015 S Damen, Chicago, IL (312) 754-0156, host Low-reen & Charlie Love, 5-9pm, 2nd Sundays starting back up in July
  • 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, 6-10pm
  • Humble Pub, 336 Green Bay Rd, Highwood, IL (847) 433-6360, host Low-reen & Firehouse, 4th Sundays 2-5pm
  • 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)
  • 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

Mondays —–”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!)

Tuesdays —–”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 & Bruce Williams, 8pm-12
  • Gallery Cabaret, 2020 N Oakley, Chicago, IL (773) 489-5471, www.GalleryCabaret.com
  • 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 Kenny J & Stokes, 8pm-12
  • Wooden Nickel, 444 Lake View Ave, Highwood, hosts Ari Mintz, 7-10pm

Wednesdays —– “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
  • 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
  • Looney’s Pub, 40805 N Illinois 83, Antioch, IL (224) 788-8672, host Bobby Miller, 8pm, 50c wings
  • 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 & Maxwell St Market Blues, 8pm-12, no cover, free street parking, kitchen

Thursdays —–

  • Bootleggers, 25491 W Old Grass Lake Rd, Antioch, IL (847) 395-0050, host Bobby Miller, 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)
  • Jesse’s Tavern, 10501 S Ridgeland, Chicago Heights, IL (708) 499-0048, various hosts, 8pm
  • 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
  • Union Park Tavern (formerly Pete’s Place), 4520 8th Ave, Kenosha, WI (262) 652-6454, MAAM Jam (Musicians Advancing & Assisting Music) moving to 3rd Thursday starting June, various hosts, 8pm-12
  • Whammy Bar, 6139 W Beloit Rd, Milwaukee, WI (414) 763-2873, hosts Killer Clowns, 8:30pm-12:00 (1st Thurs)
  • Wooden Nickel, 444 Lakeview, Highwood, IL (847) 266-0550, host Barry Gold, 8-11pm

Fridays

  • Bender’s, 409 E Northwater St, Silver Lake, WI, host Cadillac Rob
  • 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

Saturdays

  • Celtic Knot, 626 Church St, Evanston, IL (847) 864-1679 (last Sat)

Out of the Area Jams: check with local blues societies!