We are so excited to invite you to our pop up gallery a year in pictures celebrating Chicago's Blues Legend, Buddy Guy's 82nd Birthday and his incomparable musical journey, BUDDY GUY is ALIVE and WELL and so is The Blues. Our exhibit opens on Saturday, July 28th at 4 pm (gallery limited to 40 people) come for a toast then go directly next door for some spirits, Buddy's favorite cognac and the blues at Buddy Guy's Legends - check out the schedule, www.buddyguy.com
Buddy Guy's 82nd Birthday celebration
"A Year in Pictures"
Owl Music & Media
(Lynn Orman Weiss & Allen Winkler)
Blues For A Cause Chicago Sun Times
BLUES FOR A CAUSE. Thank you, Miriam Di Nunzio. Here's the thing. These days the full page stories are usually obits when it comes to our national treasures, our blues and jazz legends. As Buddy says, 'let me smell the roses while I am alive."
A Tribute to Eddy Clearwater in Skokie
“A First Class Town!”
Eddy’s upcoming album was going to be released this fall. Eddy and Ronnie Baker Brooks were working on some amazing songs including one Eddy penned for his beloved home called, ‘Skokie a First Class Town.’
Eddy was selected as the Grand Marshall for the upcoming 4th of July Parade in Skokie this summer. The Village of Skokie will pay tribute to Eddy at the parade and play his songs along the route.
Thoughts of Eddy by Ronnie Baker Brooks
I will miss Eddy so much. I will continue to work on creating an archive of his life in the Blues which we plan on displaying at his hometown library in Skokie and the Westmont Village Hall (Muddy Waters museum).
Eddy was my friend. He was a showman with flamboyant costumes and a headdress that was every photographers dream. But, for me I got to sit in his living room with him and his wife, Renee and talk and listen to him play the guitar while he was in his pajamas. I worked for him for 10 years, two records, West Side Strut and Soul Funky. It was the best ten years of my life. His stature, 6'4 was big, but not as big as his heart. Together with his wife Renee they shared the most beautiful life, his love of life was his family, friends and fans, his humble beginnings were reflected in every note he wrote and sang. He Came Up The Hard Way, but his journey on the blues trail was sweet paved with love which he shared with fans around the world. A great surprise happened this year when the song he penned in 1957 on Versa Records, ‘Doin The Model’ was picked up by an electronic hip hop music duo out of Australia named, Hermitude. They loved the song and Eddy’s voice so much that they used his vocal track, ‘Baby, Baby’ on their song, “All of You.”. They sampled and put beats to “Doin The Model” for their song using Eddy’s vocals and lyrics with a hip hop beat behind it. The song was used for a Google television commercial advertising campaign and it aired on NBC, The Olympics and still receives international commercial airtime. “I can’t believe this. I wrote this song 50 years ago and it was a hit in the juke boxes, but who would have thought I would ever hear my song and my voice in 2018 on a new recording and on television. And get royalties for it,” Eddy beamed.
Little Walter Tribute
Bob Baldori Talking jazz with mike Jeffers from Chicago Jazz Magazine
From Boogie Woogie to Jazz to Blues - Bob Baldori talks to Mike Jeffers about Boogie Stomp the rollicking dance party that takes the audience on a journey from the end of the Civil War through his major music influence in rock, Chuck Berry. Arthur Migliazza joins Baldori on the ivories for a musical journey like no other, on Saturday June 23, 7:00 PM. Regular and Student tickets available
The Boogie kings celebrates the release of their new cd "disturbing the peace" with two special concerts
The summer solstice jazz festival (SSJF)
The ssjf salutes jazz one of the truly American art forms
Friday, June 22, 2018 @ 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM
Pianoforte:The Boogie kings present
" Boogie stop"
On Saturday, June 23rd, Boogie Stomp returns to Piano Forte in Chicago for an exciting night of music selections, Bob and Arthur have been performing across the country, while also debuting new music from their new CD “Disturbing the Peace."
Click HERE for Tickets
This performance is sponsored by WDCB, 90.9 FM Radio.
Eddy "The Chief" Clearwater
(January 10, 1935 - June 01, 2018)
Beloved Grammy-nominated Chicago blues legend Eddy “The Chief” Clearwater died of heart failure on Friday, June 1. He was 83. Eddy was scheduled to perform at two events this Chicago Blues Festival weekend. In their place there were two special tributes one at Buddy Guy's Legends on June 8, 2018 with Ronnie Baker Brooks playing with Eddy Clearwater's Band. The even was hosted by Johnny Sims, Mark Maddox, and Lynn Orman Weiss. At the event Eddy's friends and fans were joined by his beloved wife Rene and his son, Edgar Harrington. Musicians shared their stories and love for Eddy.
The second event was Blues for Breakfast at Motor Row Brewing on June 10, 2018. "Blues for Breakfast" was originally penned by Eddy "The Chief" Clearwater himself for the album, "The Chief". The Blues for Breakfast was a throwback to the old days of Buddy Guy's blues breakfast at the Checkerboard Lounge. Music by Eddy’s band, Oscar Wilson from the Cask Box Kings, Andre Taylor, The Original Chicago Blues All Stars, Wayne Baker Brooks, Joseph Morganfield and more. This event was hosted by Dan Curry from WDCB Radio. A Southern style breakfast was provided by Ronny's Original Chicago's Steak House.
Eddy "The Chief" Clearwater Dies at the age of 83
(January 10, 1935 -
June 01, 2018)
It is with a heavy heart that we share this sad news. Blues Legend, Alligator Recording Artist and 2016 Blues Hall of Fame inductee, Edward Harrington, Eddy ‘The Chief’ Clearwater passed away this morning from heart failure. His wife, Renee Greenman Harrington Clearwater and his family were with him at Skokie Hospital in Skokie, IL.
Services for Eddy will be at Chicago Jewish Funerals, 11:00 am located at 8851 Skokie Blvd., Skokie, IL. A tribute page will be up shortly on Eddy’s website and you can go leave a tribute at www.chicagojewishfunerals. com
Eddy ‘The Chief’ Clearwater will be honored on:
Sunday, June 10th at Blues For Breakfast
Motor Row Brewing, 2337 South Michigan Ave., 8 — 11 am
— Eddy Clearwater's Band, Wayne Baker Brooks Band (Original Chicago Blues All Stars/Freddie Dixon (Willie Dixon's son), Joseph Morganfield (Muddy Waters son), Oscar Wilson, Andre Taylor and more.
“There will never be anyone as humble and grateful for life and his opportunity to play the blues for you then, Eddy Clearwater. He was so honored to be inducted into the Blues Hall of Fame in 2016 and to receive proclamations naming it Eddy Clearwater Day on his birthday, January 10th 2018 from Westmont, IL and Skokie, IL his two residences. Eddy was proud to have lived in Skokie, IL for the past 20 years with his wife, Renee and their family. He loved the village so much he just penned a song, “Skokie A First Class Town.” Eddy was going to be the Grand Marshall for this years Fourth of July Parade. Eddy was family, I was his publicist and neighbor for the past ten years we enjoyed holidays and celebrations together. I will continue to celebrate his life, his music and his legacy,”
— Lynn Orman Weiss, publicist/archivist
“Eddy was a top notch showman who remained humbled as his beginnings in rural Mississippi. He always brought in fans from around the world and rocked the house. He and his band would have headlined Buddy Guy’s Legends on Friday, June 8th. The Buddy Guy Family at Legends will miss him,”
- Mark Maddox, manager & talent buyer at Buddy Guy‘s Legends.
“I am so saddened by the loss of Eddy Clearwater. He was like an uncle to me. Eddy watched me grow up with my dad the legendary, Lonnie Brooks. I’d be running around, but listening to them play guitar. We had been working on his next CD release, co-writing was so healing for me since my father’s death. I produced his award-winning album, “West Side Strut” on Alligator Records which just celebrated its 10th anniversary. We just wrote some killer songs together. I was so looking forward to doing this next record with him. For Eddy to have so much trust in me was priceless,”
— Ronnie Baker Brooks
Eddy Clearwater’s 2016 induction into the Blues Hall of Fame will always remain a highlight for me as one of my first official duties presiding over The Blues Foundation. It was an honor to know Eddy personally, and while his legacy as a premier blues musician should be forever revered, I will always remember him for his kind disposition and warm personality. He will truly be missed by all who knew him and all who ever saw him perform or heard one of his recordings.
— Barbara Newman — President & CEO, The Blues Foundation
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