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BLUES & BREWS FEST - 3 DAYS!

BLUES & BREWS FEST - 3 DAYS!

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BLUES & BREWS FEST - 3 days of CHICAGOLAND'S BEST Blues at The Venue!

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The Venue is pleased to present BLUES & BREWS FEST, a 3 day outdoor Blues event with Chicagoland's TOP Blues artists, JUNE 10, 11 & 12. And, like our Blues, Brews & BBQ series we will be featuring Strawberries Food Truck! Place your order, and enjoy your BBQ during the shows.

FRIDAY, JUNE 10: Doors open at 6

7pm - Ivy Ford

8pm - Bear Williams Band

9:15pm - Toronzo Cannon

Advance General Admission - $25

+$5 door

SATURDAY, JUNE 11: Doors open at 5

6pm - Joey J. Saye

7pm - Dave Herrero and Anne Harris

8pm - Mike Wheeler Band

9:15pm - The Kinsey Report

Advance General Admission - $25

+$5 door

SUNDAY, JUNE 12: Doors open at 6

7pm - A Special Blues Album Cover Tribute: ROBERT CRAY - Strong Persuader

Advance General Admission - $15

+$5 door

Bring Your Own Chair or Blanket.

*This is a rain or shine outdoor concert.

ABOUT THE ARTISTS

IVY FORD

Ivy Ford, singer, songwriter, musician and ENTERTAINER - Young and self made she is a multi-instrumentalist (guitar, bass, drums, piano) that is considered to be one of the current heavy hitters in the Chicago blues and music scene! 2015 kicked started opening for Buddy Guy at his club 'Legends' and is a household name there and other Chicago blues clubs. She is known for her high energy guitar playing and showmanship on stage that gives her audience and listeners an experience they won't forget, raising the bar show after show.Currently Ivy Ford has three original albums which have been recognized in ROOTS magazine, Chicago Blues Guide and other publishings both in the United States and abroad. She made her Canadian debut in 2019 sharing the bill with legendary John Primer and France debut in 2021 with future international travels to come. Ivy Ford is a red lipstick wearing, high heel wearing, guitar slinging woman that is show to have you wanting more!

BEAR WILLIAMS BAND

Chicago's Own Award -Winning Blues Rock Artist/Producer, Bassist and Musical Director of Maze Featuring Frankie Beverly

​" In 1976, I attended the funeral services of "Howlin' Wolf" at the A.R. Leak Funeral Home in Chicago. I was just 17 but it was a very impactful moment in time for me. I was just deciding at that time what I wanted to do with my life and I just knew soon after that chance encounter with the late legend that music would indeed become my life's passion.

My high school band director, George Hunter was the teacher that urged not only myself, but all of my classmates to attend this home going service. Mister Hunter didn't let us know who the artist was, but what he did say was "All of you need to go up to Leak's funeral home after school today and pay your respects to a giant in the music industry." I think the seeds of the Blues were somehow planted in me that day.

Throughout my long career I've played many styles of music from Rock to Soul to Jazz to Country to Reggae to Pop. But I must admit, that the one music that brings me the greatest joy inside my soul is that of the Blues and Americana roots genre. Perhaps it's the simplicity and rawness of the music coupled with the complexity and raw emotion of the stories that grabs me and just won't let go. The great B.B. King once said that, "The Blues is soothing to me, just like if someone had a toothache and a dentist gives them some medicine to stop the toothache." That's what the Blues meant to B.B. and I can agree with him wholeheartedly.

My first project, "Waters Of Love" was the beginning of a brand new journey in music for me. Its a path that I am extremely proud and excited to be traveling upon. The follow-up EP is called "Blues Rebel" with another full length CD coming down soon titled "Train To Chi-Town". If you're a fan of Blues Rock music, I know that we'll have a ball together!

TORONZO CANNON

" Deep, contemporary Chicago blues… razor-sharp guitar and compelling, forceful singing" –Chicago Tribune

"Cannon is at the front rank of Chicago bluesmen. He creates wide-screen modern arrangements for wry, thoughtful songs, molding an ensemble sound that’s both tempestuous and scrupulously controlled." –MOJO

Chicago bluesman Toronzo Cannon defies all expectations. The blistering guitarist, soulful vocalist, singular songwriter and city bus driver fuses his muscular, rock-inspired blues guitar playing with his original, keenly detailed slice-of-life songs, blazing his own blues trail. With the 2016 release of his Alligator Records debut, The Chicago Way, Cannon burst onto the international stage as one the most electrifying bluesmen to emerge from Chicago in decades. His live performances unfailingly earn him heaps of critical praise and hordes of wildly enthusiastic fans. Cannon has played major cities all over the U.S., Canada, and Europe. He recently performed for the first time in Japan, delighting and surprising audiences with one unforgettable gig after another. Now, with the release of The Preacher, The Politician Or The Pimp, Cannon builds upon the foundation he’s laid, creating and defining his vision of contemporary blues.

Toronzo Cannon was born in the Windy City on February 14, 1968, and grew up in the shadows of the notoriously tough Robert Taylor Homes. Theresa’s Lounge, one of the city’s most famous South Side blues clubs, was nearby. As a child, Cannon would stand on the sidewalk outside the door, soaking up the live blues pouring out while trying to sneak a glance inside at larger-than-life bluesmen like Junior Wells and Buddy Guy. He also heard plenty of blues growing up in his grandfather’s home, and listened to soul, R&B and contemporary rock on the radio.

JOEY J. SAYE

Joey J. Saye grew up about 45 minutes west of Chicago in Aurora, Illinois. Born to a Liberian family, he was the first of whom was born in the United States. As a result of being a part of an international family, multiple styles of music, ranging from West African music to American country music, were always near and gave him an appetite for listening to music. Even before guitar, he was always a music lover. As a child, he would spend hours exploring and discovering music in his parents' cd cases.

He was always attracted to guitars and would even borrow guitars from friends before getting his own. Eventually, his father bought him a First Act guitar from a Sam’s Club when he was about 12 years old. But after breaking the strings, he did not play for another two years. Then, when he was 14 years old, he and a friend started a rock duo called Mike K and Joey J. Saye. Impressed by his friend's guitar skills, he was inspired to play again. But this time, while digging through some CDs, he stumbled upon Memphis Minnie and Muddy Waters. These sounds drove him to reimagine what the guitar was capable of doing.

Joey was introduced to the blues community at age 16 when he was out with his high school friends. He heard blues music playing in the distance and chose to follow the sound. This choice led to the meeting, befriending, and playing with the Dave Herrero band that night. Dave Herrero, the group leader, invited him back next week, and this started a cadence of mentoring for Joey J.

Since then, Joey J. Saye has played in and around Chicago, participating in the blues community. During this time, he has shared the stage with many of Chicago's top-shelf blues musicians such as Mary Lane, Willie Buck, Billy Flynn, Bob Stroger, and more. He currently is releasing digital content, holds a residency at Rosas on Thursday nights in Chicago, and plays blues across the country.

ANNE HARRIS

"Anne Harris has played many blues festivals but uses the blues as a starting point. By opening herself up to other realms a more apt description may be a cosmic consciousness that exhibits a spiritual, humanist philosophy." - No Depression magazine

Chicago-based fiddle player and singer-songwriter Anne Harris has produced six indie studio records and played countless performances in the US and abroad. Her collaborations, live and in-studio, span a large and diverse group of artists, including Otis Taylor, Los Lobos, Anders Osborne, Living Colour, Amy Helm, Walter Trout, Cracker, Vieux Farke Toure, Guy Davis and hippie legends Jefferson Starship.

Although it’s been reported that “Anne Harris plays violin like [Buddy] Guy wields his guitar,” (Orange County Register) and her recognition within the Blues community notwithstanding, she is decidedly not a straight-ahead Blues player. “I’m a true hybrid; I guess I’m a true American. I’m influenced by myriad genres,” Harris said. “To me, whatever particular kind of music we’re playing, whatever bin the music is supposed to fit in at the record store; it’s sort of a nebulous thing. Soul music is soul music, and that can come through a classical format, a blues format, a Celtic format or bluegrass.”

DAVE HERRERO

Raised in a small beach town outside of Tampa, Florida, Dave Herrero was introduced to the local and national music scene through a family friend, sneaking out of military school at age 15 to regularly to see bands like the Arc Angels and Johnny Winter, and to go to a local blues jam at the Green Iguana on Monday nights, where local heroes like James and Lucky Peterson would frequently pop in.

Herrero got his start as a professional touring musician in 1996 in Jacksonville Beach, Florida, then moved to Austin, TX and joined Archie Bell and the Drells (of “Tighten Up” fame). While in Austin, he played with the likes of Gary Clark Jr, Charlie Sexton, Lazy Lester, Matt Powell and Seth Walker and was also a founding member of the Blues Society of Austin. It was in Austin that Dave honed in on his guitar playing, singing and songwriting skills, that he then took with him to Chicago.

In Chicago, Dave teamed up with his brother, acclaimed hip-hop producer Mike Hero, and old friend and accomplished songwriter, Felix Reyes, who together produced Dave’s second album, “Austin to Chicago,” which garnered a nomination for the 2009 Illinois Blues Blast Award Debut Artist of the Year. During this time, Dave and his brother also started a production company, TrackForce Productions, and began making music for Harpo Productions (The Oprah Winfrey Show / The Dr Oz Show) and he was asked by Chicago Blues / Soul legend Jimmy Burns to co-produce his album, “Stuck in the Middle.”

Since his move from Austin to Chicago, Dave has toured Europe countless times, started a blues in schools program with Foundations of Music and has been blessed to share the stage with many of his heroes, including the man who inspired him to make music his life, Mr. Buddy Guy.

MIKE WHEELER BAND

With a vast knowledge of music and a voice that’s reminiscent of the late Sam Cooke, Mike can sing and play everything so well, that you may forget what the original record even sounds like. From Jazz to Rock, from popular music to Top 40, Mike slides in and out of musical genres with sophistication, ease and indulgence.

Mike Wheeler is a brilliant staple in the Chicago blues community, playing with and writing songs for a variety of Chicago artists including, Nellie “Tiger” Travis, Peaches Staten, Sam Cockrell, Demetria Taylor, Big Ray and Cadillac Dave. Mike was a well-known member of the Chicago Playboys, a notable band in Chicago, and recorded five albums with this group. Mike has travelled the world as an ambassador for Chicago blues music. He’s travelled to Monaco, France, Switzerland, Spain and Belgium, just to name a few. He’s also shared the stage with the most elite musicians that world has known, including Willie Kent, Koko Taylor, Buddy Guy, B.B. King, George Benson, Jimmy Johnson and Shemekia Copeland. Mike was inducted into the Chicago Blues Hall of Fame in 2014.

Mike plays Gibson Les Paul and 335 guitars, Fender Stratocaster guitars, and uses Elixir strings.

THE KINSEY REPORT

The Kinsey brothers, vocalist/guitarist Donald, drummer/vocalist Ralph, and bassist/vocalist Kenneth, enjoyed enormous success throughout the 80s and 90s recording, and touring first with their late father, Lester “Big Daddy” Kinsey, as Big Daddy Kinsey and the Kinsey Report, and then on their own. The Kinseys arrived on the blues scene in 1985 with a winning formula, joining forces with their father to create a signature sound that mixed the traditional with the contemporary. Big Daddy’s rich baritone vocals, slide guitar and harmonica playing reflected his Mississippi Delta roots, while the younger Kinseys added reggae, rock, gospel and soul to the mix. Driven by Donald’s soulful vocals and impassioned guitar playing, and the tight, in-sync rhythm section of Ralph and Kenneth, the Kinsey Report created a singular sound that caught the attention of blues fans worldwide.

The frantic pace of those years, coupled with the loss of beloved family members, came to a head with Big Daddy’s passing in 2001. Although music was still in their lives, making music became less of a priority as the brothers entered a time of healing and reflection, a time of “trying to get life right,” as brother Ralph says. According to Donald, “we needed time to see where we were individually first, then as a family and as a group.”

The Kinsey Report Line- Up: Ralph Kinsey: Drums-Vcls, Donald Kinsey: Vcls-Guitar, Ken Kinsey: Bass-Vcls, Andy Ogrodzinski: Guitar

ALBUM COVER TRIBUTE: Robert Cray - Strong Persuader.

In keeping with the theme of the festival, Album Covers will perform this classic Robert Cray album. Strong Persuader has sold millions of copies worldwide and has been noted as one of the 50 most important albums of the 80’s according to Rolling Stone. Fans can expect the hits Robert has generated like Smoking Gun or Right Next Door (Because of Me) as well as some deep cuts in the second set. Curator Scott Tipping has assembled a great crew for the evening and promises a fantastic closing to the three day festival.

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