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Billy Branch & Sons of the Blues

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1245 Chicago Avenue

Evanston, IL 60202

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DOORS: 9:30pm | SHOW: 10pm

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ABOUT THE ARTIST

While still in college Billy Branch was discovered by the renowned Willie Dixon, the "father of modern Chicago Blues." Willie encouraged Billy to finish his college education, which he did, but instead of going to law school after receiving his political science degree, Billy began touring with the Willie Dixon Chicago All-Stars. This gave Billy the unique opportunity to travel and work as an under study for the legendary Carey Bell who was planning to leave the All-Stars and form his own band. When Carey took his leave, the young Billy Branch took his place, touring with Willie Dixon for 6 years.

Since those early days, Billy has played on over 300 different recordings, including 15 albums under his own name. He's recorded with Willie Dixon, Johnny Winter, Keb’ Mo, Lou Rawls, Koko Taylor, Eddy Clearwater, Honeyboy Edwards, Syl Johnson, Lurrie Bell, Ronnie Baker Brooks, John Primer, and Taj Mahal, just to name a few. Billy has three Grammy nominations, having lost one nomination to BB King and Eric Clapton. He served two consecutive terms on the NARAS Grammy Board of Governors, and founded the Grammy Blues Committee. In addition, he’s won multiple W.C. Handy Awards from the Blues Foundation, an Emmy Award, an Addy Award (this is like an Oscar for TV ads), four Chicago Music Awards, and numerous humanitarian achievement awards. In addition, because Billy’s Blues credentials include the years spent working side-by-side with the illustrious Blues musicians of years gone by, he is considered a legitimate voice of the Blues. In that role he has written the forwards to three books, given numerous U.S. State Department cultural exchanges in other countries and presented to the leaders of Turkey’s Parliament. He also does commercial voice-overs and has acted in two major big screen movies.

Billy Branch and the Sons of Blues (SOBs) celebrated their fortieth anniversary headlining the 2017 Chicago Blues Festival. They kept thousands of Blues fans dancing for nearly two hours. It’s hard to imagine that the SOBs’ very first gig was in Germany at the 1977 Berlin Jazz Festival. Over the many years since, Billy Branch has become a passionate ambassador of the Chicago Blues. During the band’s six week tour of Turkey, they met with the leaders of Turkey’s Parliament, and Billy taught Turkey’s party leaders to play harmonica! Thousands of fans showed up every night of the week to experience authentic Chicago Blues! Billy and the Sons of Blues have made over 100 international tours, sharing the cultural legacy of the Blues around the world.

Billy is a Blues education pioneer. He was one of the first artists to develop a Blues in Schools curriculum. Since 1978, in addition to recording and performing, he's taught hundreds of thousands of children around the world. His internationally recognized Blues in Schools Program is committed to teaching students of all ages about the Blues as the roots of America's music. He has shared his interdisciplinary program in Europe, South America, Asia, and most recently in Mexico where he taught his two week program in Spanish. In addition he has taught in the Grammy Museum Music Revolution Project and lectured at the University of Chicago and other institutions of higher learning.


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Are there ID or minimum age requirements to enter the event? Unless otherwise indicated, all of our shows are all ages. Please bring a valid ID.

What are my transportation/parking options for getting to and from the event? Street parking is free after 6pm Monday through Saturday. Street parking is free on Sunday. SPACE is located one block east of the Dempster Purple Line Stop.

What can I bring into the event? SPACE has a full bar with an exciting array of cocktails and an extensive beer list. While we do not serve food in our venue, customers are welcome to bring in pizza from Union, the restaurant up front. No outside food or beverages are allowed inside.

How can I contact the organizer with any questions? For questions regarding your order, please email boxoffice@evanstonspace.com or call 847.492.8860.

What's the refund policy? All tickets are non-refundable.

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