July 14 - November 03

Sundays and Mondays - Open for Special Events Only

Did you know the world was created in just 5 nights? Yes! Specifically Tue-Sat. And on the 6th and 7th, even the creators took a break! That's right, just like the universe's founding mothers, we'll be taking a well-deserved rest on Sundays and Mondays. But don't worry, If you have an idea for a special event during our off days or any other day, please feel free to contact us. We're always looking for new ways to keep the fun going. Thanks for your understanding, and we'll see you soon!

Sun, Jul 14, 2024
Mon, Jul 15, 2024
Sun, Jul 21, 2024
Mon, Jul 22, 2024
Sun, Jul 28, 2024
Mon, Jul 29, 2024
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July 16 - October 29

Dave Herrero feat. Pete Galanis

with Pete Galanis

Raised in a small beach town outside of Tampa, Florida, Dave Herrero was introduced to the local and national music scene though 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). In Austin, he quickly immersed himself into the Austin music community, playing with the likes of Gary Clark Jr, Charlie Sexton, Lazy Lester, Matt Powell, Seth Walker all the while starting the Blues Society of Austin with friends, Mark "Kaz" Kazanoff, Nancy Coplin and Nicole Shiro. It was in Austin that Dave honed in on his guitar playing, singing and songwriting skills, that he then took with him to Chicago. More about Dave Herrero

Tue, Jul 16, 2024
Tue, Jul 23, 2024
Tue, Jul 30, 2024
Tue, Aug 13, 2024
Tue, Aug 20, 2024
Tue, Aug 27, 2024
July 17

Rosa's Blues-Jam Feat. Blues Legends Lil' Ed Williams hosted by Dave Levit

Rosa's Lounge is excited to announce the long-awaited return of its legendary Blues-Jam, now scheduled to take place on the third Wednesday of each month. Since its establishment in 1984, Rosa's Blues-Jam has been a stage for iconic blues personalities such as Chico Chism, Buddy Scott, Valerie Wellington, James Wheeler, Melvin Taylor, Sugar Blue, Lil Ed, Willie Buck, Mary Lane, and many others. The Blues-Jam has always attracted seasoned, world-known recording artists as well as novices with a strong will to learn and network with other musicians. Our focus is on creating the best possible music. What sets Rosa's Blues-Jam apart is its commitment to providing direction and suggestions based on classic Blues songs, paying respect to the original black creators of the Blues. Musicians are welcomed to bring their instruments and immerse themselves in the blues, getting acquainted with the environment and with the intention of creating an unforgettable musical experience.

Wed Jul 17 2024, 8:30 PM
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July 18

Rosa's All-Stars Band Feat. Lil Ed Williams

with Ariyo

Experience the electrifying energy of Lil' Ed Williams, known for lighting up the stage with his band 'The Blues Imperials,' in a rare live performance with an all-star ensemble in an intimate setting. Described as "electrifying, raucous, pure Chicago blues," Lil' Ed is celebrated for his exceptional guitar skills, captivating slide technique, and charismatic stage presence. Critics hail him for his intense and soulful blues performances, characterized by scorching slide guitar and infectious rhythms that exude joy and passion. Don't miss this opportunity to witness Lil' Ed Williams in a dynamic and unforgettable live show.

Thu, Jul 18, 2024
July 19

Stephen Hull Experience :: Don't Lie To Me

Meet the sensational talent of Stephen Hull Experience, a young force breathing new life into the blues scene. Born in 1999 in Racine, Wisconsin, Stephen Hull discovered his love for blues at 14, drawing inspiration from legends like Albert King and B.B. King. His guitar mastery, soulful vocals, and infectious personality define his musical journey. A rising star in Chicago's blues clubs and southeastern Wisconsin venues, Stephen has garnered attention in publications like Living Blues and Blues & Rhythm: The Gospel Truth. From the Chicago Blues Fest to the Mississippi Valley Blues Fest, Stephen Hull is making waves.

Fri, Jul 19, 2024
July 20

Carlos Johnson :: Don't Ever Leave Me

Carlos Johnson, a legendary Chicago blues musician born in 1953, discovered his musical calling at a young age. Surprising his parents by making music on a toy guitar, he soon graduated to a real six-string. Throughout high school, he honed his skills, performing in the Glee Club and sharing the stage with Sheila Hutchinson. Leaving school to pursue music, he later enlisted in the military before embarking on his illustrious blues career.

In the late '70s, Carlos joined forces with iconic blues queen Koko Taylor, marking the beginning of his Chicago blues journey. Over the years, he played with legends like Little Johnny Christian, Vance Kelly, and Son Seals, touring extensively and recording acclaimed albums. Carlos became a sought-after sideman, collaborating with various blues artists.

In 1989, he formed the Serious Blues Band and developed a devoted fan base in Poland. Carlos, a left-handed guitarist playing a right-handed instrument upside-down, influenced generations of players. His powerful vocals and aggressive playing style established him as one of the world's greatest contemporary blues guitarists. Inducted into the Chicago Blues Hall of Fame as a Master Blues Artist, Carlos Johnson's impact on the blues scene is enduring and influential.

Sat, Jul 20, 2024
July 24

Sheryl Youngblood Band hosting Blues, R&B, Soul, and Reggae Jam Session

Sheryl Youngblood, a Chicago Blues Hall of Fame inductee, envelops audiences with the rich tapestry of Gospel, R&B, and Blues in her ballads. Her soul-stirring performances transcend genres, captivating listeners with a blend of heartfelt melodies and high-energy rock. From her roots in a musically talented family to sharing the stage with icons like Jennifer Hudson and Buddy Guy, Sheryl's musical odyssey is a testament to her exceptional talent and unwavering commitment to music. As a versatile artist - vocalist, drummer, songwriter, and bandleader - she continues to enthrall global audiences with her soulful renditions and passionate dedication to her craft.

Wed, Jul 24, 2024
July 25

The Jimmys :: A Powerhouse Blues Experience from Madison, WI

The Jimmys: A Powerhouse Blues Experience

Hailing from Madison, Wisconsin, The Jimmys are a 7-piece blues powerhouse that has been electrifying audiences across the Midwest and beyond. Led by the dynamic, six-time award-winning keyboardist Jimmy Voegeli on keyboards and vocals, Perry Weber on guitar and Chris Sandoval on drums, this high-energy ensemble delivers a potent blend of blues, roots rock, and old-school R&B.

With their killer horn section, greasy guitars, funky keys, and a rhythm section boasting a heart and soul as deep as the Mississippi, The Jimmys create a sound that's both timeless and fresh. Their performances are full-blown parties that leave audiences exhilarated and craving more.

Acclaimed recording artist Tinsley Ellis raves, "The Jimmys are one hard act to follow at a blues festival...they've got it all: songs, musicianship and showmanship. Great guys. Great Sounds!"

Bruce Iglauer, founder of the legendary Alligator Records, adds, “The Jimmys are excellent musicians, wildly fun entertainers, and perform a slew of strong, original songs. They’re a treat for any fans of roots rock, old school R&B, and straight-up blues. Every performance is like a party!”

Thu, Jul 25, 2024
July 26

Stefan Hillesheim: Performing live! Songs from his new recording "Live at Rosa's Lounge"

Originally from Koblenz, Germany Stefan Hillesheim moved to the US in 2014. Stefan played in several gospel, funk, rock, and R&B groups in southern California before he relocated to Chicago, IL in pursuit of a full-time career as a blues musician. The blues has always been at the heart of Stefan’s passion for music - Chicago provided the ideal scene for him to grow as a blues artist and learn from the best and most authentic sources. Stefan is best known for his slide guitar playing, soulful vocals, and dynamic live performances. Being considered an "old soul", Stefan's main inspirations are Elmore James, Howlin' Wolf, and Albert King.

Fri, Jul 26, 2024
July 27

John Primer & The Real Deal Blues Band: "..ain't nothing but chicken wings with hot sauce"

John Primer: A Chicago Blues Living Legend

John Primer has undisputedly helped shape the sound and style of Chicago blues. The echoes of tradition from the birthplaces he played, such as Maxwell Street, Theresa's, Checkerboard, and Rosa's Lounge, can be heard in every chord he plays. John Primer is a true Chicago Blues Living Legend.

Born in 1945 on a Mississippi sharecropper's land, Primer was inspired by his family's hard work, field songs, and the blues. His dream was to one day play with the legendary Muddy Waters.

In 1963, Primer moved to Chicago and began his journey to becoming a great bluesman. He started with a steady gig at the legendary Maxwell Street and then played seven nights a week for seven years at the famous Theresa's Lounge, where he was taught by the founding fathers of the blues.

Primer's talent caught the attention of Willie Dixon, who took him on tour with his Chicago Blues All-Stars Band. In 1981, Primer's dream came true when he got to play with Muddy Waters, who called him to lead his band, a life-changing experience.

After Muddy's passing, Primer joined Magic Slim & The Teardrops for 14 years, traveling the world. In 1995, he began leading his own band, The Real Deal Blues Band. Primer has been recorded on more than 87 albums, with 17 under his own name, and has written and produced over 55 songs.

Primer's contributions to the blues have been widely recognized. He has received two Grammy Award nominations, two Lifetime Achievement Awards, been inducted into the Chicago Blues Hall of Fame, awarded the "Muddy Award," and won numerous Blues Music Awards and Blues Blast Awards. John Primer is a true Chicago Blues Icon, whose music continues to inspire and captivate audiences worldwide.

Sat, Jul 27, 2024
July 31

Sonia Astacio Downs Band: Infusing the Blues with Afro-Latina Heritage

Sonia Astacio, an emerging figure in the Chicago Blues scene, graces renowned venues such as Buddy Guy’s Legends, Blue Chicago, Kingston Mines, and Rosa’s Lounge. A Chicago native born to a Dominican-American family, she discovered her passion for music through singing in church. Initially captivated by Jazz, Sonia's musical journey shifted after experiencing the Blues performances of Muddy Waters and The Rolling Stones. Infusing her Afro-Latina heritage, she brings a unique touch to Blues standards in Spanish. Leading The Sonia Astacio Band, she delivers a live performance that mirrors her Chicago upbringing as a black Latina.

Wed, Jul 31, 2024
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August 01

Rosa's All-Stars Band Feat. Chicago Blues Legend

with Tony Mangiullo , Thaddeus Krolicki and Harlan Terson

Sumito Ariyoshi, aka Ariyo is internationally recognized for his vigorous innovative piano style. He’s an accomplished arranger and sought after studio musician. He's shared the stage and toured the world with such legends as Otis Rush, Jimmy Rogers, Robert Jr. Lockwood, Eddie Shaw, Valerie Wellington, B.B.King, Albert King and Stevie Ray Vaughan. Ariyo currently is a permanent member of Billy Branch & The S.O.B.'s. Sumito Ariyoshi is a pivotal figure in the blues community, dedicated to expanding and enriching the genre's tradition while infusing it with innovative creativity. His past collaborations with renowned keyboardists such as Pinetop Perkins and Detroit Jr. demonstrate the alignment between his unique style and theirs, emphasizing his exceptional rhythmic sensibility and inventive approach to timing and melody. Through his contributions, Ariyo introduces a fresh and contemporary perspective to the traditional blues landscape championed by these respected musicians.

Thu, Aug 1, 2024
August 03

Melvin Taylor & The Slack Band: Cadillac Assembly Line

"One of the most exhilarating blues guitarists to emerge in the past decade is more a blues innovator than a purist, mixing jazz chords and rock influences into his tapestry of electric blues." -Rolling Stone Magazine

"A volcanic guitarist the sort of virtuosity that drags an audience into a world of risks and chances and excitement." -The New York Times

"Melvin Taylor isn't just a some unbelievable long-esteemed player of truly formidable skill but rather a treasury that proves beyond doubt that Melvin Taylor needs to be placed within the museum of the guitar greats: Wes Montgomery, George Benson, Chet Atkins, Frank Zappa, Earl Klugh, Jim Hall, Leo Kottke, Robert Fripp, Grant Green, Pat Metheny, all of 'em, regardless of style and genre." -Folk & Acoustic Music Exchange about "Beyond the Burning Guitar"

Sat, Aug 3, 2024
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August 06

Pete Galanis Feat. Nate Manos

with Nate Manos

Pete Galanis gained recognition as the talented guitarist for Chicago Blues/Jam Band, Howard & The White Boys, when he joined the group at the age of 26 in 2004. His exceptional blues skills, coupled with his natural versatility in handling funk, R&B, and rock styles, seamlessly integrated with the band's signature sound. Galanis brought an exciting, youthful exuberance to their music, evident on their latest release "Made in Chicago" from Evidence Records.

In 2012, Galanis collaborated with Manos on their debut album, featuring all-original music. Additionally, in 2010, he became part of Rob Blaine's Big Otis Blues, contributing to the band's debut album, "Big Otis Blues." Their performance at the 2011 International Blues Challenge in Memphis earned them a remarkable third-place ranking worldwide.

Throughout his career, Galanis has had the honor of sharing the stage with a remarkable lineup of musicians, including Buddy Guy, Sheryl Crow, Steppenwolf, Aretha Franklin, John Mayer, Robert Randolph, and many others. The list goes on to include esteemed names like Hubert Sumlin, Bob Margolin, Lil' Ed, Tab Benoit, and numerous other blues legends.

Pete Galanis's musical journey is characterized by his exceptional talent and his ability to captivate audiences with his remarkable guitar skills.

Tue, Aug 6, 2024
August 07

Stefan Hillesheim :: 'When I'm Gone'

Originally from Koblenz, Germany Stefan Hillesheim moved to the US in 2014. Stefan played in several gospel, funk, rock, and R&B groups in southern California before he relocated to Chicago, IL in pursuit of a full-time career as a blues musician. The blues has always been at the heart of Stefan’s passion for music - Chicago provided the ideal scene for him to grow as a blues artist and learn from the best and most authentic sources. Stefan is best known for his slide guitar playing, soulful vocals, and dynamic live performances. Being considered an "old soul", Stefan's main inspirations are Elmore James, Howlin' Wolf, and Albert King.

Wed, Aug 7, 2024
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August 08

Rosa's All-Stars Band Feat. Tom Holland

with Ariyo , Tony Mangiullo , Thaddeus Krolicki and Harlan Terson

With a legacy spanning over a remarkable 25 years, Tom Holland (of the Shuffle Kings) have left an indelible mark on the global blues stage. Their musical journey has taken them to renowned clubs and prestigious festivals across the world, enchanting audiences with their soul-stirring performances.

At the heart of this musical force is Tom Holland, a blues virtuoso whose dedication to his craft has propelled him to remarkable heights. Tom's musical journey reads like a who's who of blues legends – from sharing the stage with the iconic John Primer to harmonizing with the legendary Eddy Clearwater. Most recently, Tom had the distinct privilege of collaborating with the late James Cotton, a true luminary of the blues genre. These experiences haven't just shaped his artistry; they've solidified his reputation as one of the most sought-after blues musicians in the contemporary scene.

Thu, Aug 8, 2024
August 09

Chris Pitts And The Memphis Prime :: Jus Wanna Live

Chris Pitts, a second-generation blues artist, discovered his love for the guitar at the age of five and later earned his stripes performing at iconic Memphis venues like This Is It and Wild Bill’s. Sharing the stage with legends like Bobby Rush and Blind Mississippi Morris, Pitts honed his craft. In 2016, he joined Mississippi Bigfoot, and now, as Chris Pitts and the Memphis Prime, he leads a dynamic showcase of blues classics, infusing a fresh and funky vibe into Old Soul music with unmatched passion and depth.

Fri, Aug 9, 2024
August 10

Rico McFarland Band: Soul-Blues on Fire

For years, Rico McFarland played guitar for such luminous blues artists as James Cotton and Lucky Peterson, before finally launching his solo career in 2001 to much acclaim. Born on March 5, 1960, the Chicago guitarist worked with countless blues artists over the years: Albert King, Otis Clay, Little Milton, Syl Johnson, Artie White, Kinsey Report, and more. He is perhaps best known for working with Cotton and Peterson, however. McFarland recorded his solo debut album, ‘Tired of Being Alone’, for Evidence Records in 2001 with a large roster of guests, including vocalists Otis Clay, Syl Johnson, Billy Branch, and Teela. The album won much acclaim and earned McFarland a 2002 W.C. Handy nomination for Best New Artist of the Year.

Sat, Aug 10, 2024
August 14

Sheryl Youngblood Band Hosting Blues, R&B, Soul, And Reggae Jam Session

Sheryl Youngblood, a Chicago Blues Hall of Fame inductee, envelops audiences with the rich tapestry of Gospel, R&B, and Blues in her ballads. Her soul-stirring performances transcend genres, captivating listeners with a blend of heartfelt melodies and high-energy rock. From her roots in a musically talented family to sharing the stage with icons like Jennifer Hudson and Buddy Guy, Sheryl's musical odyssey is a testament to her exceptional talent and unwavering commitment to music. As a versatile artist - vocalist, drummer, songwriter, and bandleader - she continues to enthrall global audiences with her soulful renditions and passionate dedication to her craft.

Wed, Aug 14, 2024
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August 15

Rosa's All-Stars Band Feat. Tom Holland

with Ariyo , Tony Mangiullo , Thaddeus Krolicki and Harlan Terson

With a legacy spanning over a remarkable 25 years, Tom Holland (of the Shuffle Kings) have left an indelible mark on the global blues stage. Their musical journey has taken them to renowned clubs and prestigious festivals across the world, enchanting audiences with their soul-stirring performances.

At the heart of this musical force is Tom Holland, a blues virtuoso whose dedication to his craft has propelled him to remarkable heights. Tom's musical journey reads like a who's who of blues legends – from sharing the stage with the iconic John Primer to harmonizing with the legendary Eddy Clearwater. Most recently, Tom had the distinct privilege of collaborating with the late James Cotton, a true luminary of the blues genre. These experiences haven't just shaped his artistry; they've solidified his reputation as one of the most sought-after blues musicians in the contemporary scene.

Thu, Aug 15, 2024
August 16

Morry Sochat & The Special 20'

Morry Sochat & The Special 20’s are injecting a vibrant new energy into the Chicago Blues landscape. Their music blends traditional Chicago Blues with elements of Swing and 1950s Rock 'n' Roll, creating a unique and dynamic sound. Drawing inspiration from blues legends such as Muddy Waters, Little Walter, Louis Jordan, Junior Wells, and other iconic figures from the Chicago blues scene, the band pays homage to the rich history of the genre while infusing it with their own modern twist.

Fri, Aug 16, 2024
August 17

Ivan Singh Band :: Rising Blues Sensation From Argentina

Ivan Singh, a 29-year-old guitarist from Córdoba, Argentina, has carved out a distinct style that revolves around his unique "Lata de Batata" can-box-guitar and his exceptional approach to playing it. Born and raised in Argentina, Singh has brought his unique blend of traditional Argentine and classic Chicago blues to the heart of the Windy City's music scene.

Fusing the soulful rhythms and emotive scales of the Argentine music with the raw energy of Chicago's iconic blues bars, Singh has created a sound that is both fresh and deeply rooted in history. Through tireless performances and community collaborations, he is carving out a distinctive space for himself in the competitive Chicago blues arena.

Singh's live performances have seen him sharing the stage with esteemed artists such as Chris Cain, John Primer, Super Chican, Slam Allen, Lurrie Bell, Lil Ed, Cedric Burnside, Mike Wheeler, and Jimmy Burns, among others. His innovative approach has not only introduced a new perspective to the blues but has also inspired others to explore the cross-pollination of musical traditions.

As he continues to captivate audiences with his soulful and boundary-breaking artistry, Ivan Singh is cementing his legacy as a true ambassador of the blues, connecting the sounds of Argentina and Chicago in a way that transcends geographical and cultural barriers. He is a living testament to the genre's universal language and its power to bridge diverse cultures.

Sat, Aug 17, 2024
August 18 - October 27

Old Town School's Blues Band Showcase

Join us to experience students working out the blues with their own bands from the Old Town School of Folk Music. Witness the transformation that seven weeks of practice can bring to their sound! These performances will feature multiple groups playing non-stop music from 4:30 PM to 8:00 PM.

Admission is free for these performances.

Sun, Aug 18, 2024
Sun, Oct 27, 2024
August 21

Rosa's Blues-Jam Feat. Blues Legends Hosted By Dave Levit

Rosa's Lounge is excited to announce the long-awaited return of its legendary Blues-Jam, now scheduled to take place on the third Wednesday of each month. Since its establishment in 1984, Rosa's Blues-Jam has been a stage for iconic blues personalities such as Chico Chism, Buddy Scott, Valerie Wellington, James Wheeler, Melvin Taylor, Sugar Blue, Lil Ed, Willie Buck, Mary Lane, and many others. The Blues-Jam has always attracted seasoned, world-known recording artists as well as novices with a strong will to learn and network with other musicians. Our focus is on creating the best possible music. What sets Rosa's Blues-Jam apart is its commitment to providing direction and suggestions based on classic Blues songs, paying respect to the original black creators of the Blues. Musicians are welcomed to bring their instruments and immerse themselves in the blues, getting acquainted with the environment and with the intention of creating an unforgettable musical experience.

Wed Aug 21 2024, 8:30 PM
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August 22

Rosa's All-Stars Band Feat. Lil Ed Williams

with Tony Mangiullo , Harlan Terson , Thaddeus Krolicki and Ariyo

You've seen his explosive, dynamic electric band 'The Blues Imperials' light up the night like fireworks on the fourth... ---now see and hear Lil Ed Williams with a group of hand-picked all-star blues musicians, exclusively seen together live of Rosa's Lounge. More about Lil' Ed

”Electrifying, raucous, pure Chicago blues….Lil’ Ed is a guitarist extraordinaire….slashing slide and flamboyant stage persona." –Chicago Tribune
"Rough and ready blues played with unmitigated intensity…Swirling, snarling, riveting slide….The Blues Imperials pound out riffs and rhythms like they’re overdosing on boogie juice. Scorching and soulful, joyous and stomping." –Living Blues

Thu, Aug 22, 2024
August 23

Sorry, Closed for Private Event

Dear Friend of Rosa’s Lounge,

Tonight, our stage undergoes a transformation into an exclusive realm of enchantment as we host a private event brimming with music and joy. In the spirit of crafting unforgettable memories, we will be closed to the public for this special occasion.

While our doors are closed tonight to all but our honored guests, please know that we eagerly anticipate welcoming you back to partake in the magic once more tomorrow night, August 24th, with Sheryl Youngblood Band.

We appreciate your understanding and ongoing support as we embark on this evening of wonder and celebration.

Warm Regards,

Rosa’s Lounge

Fri Aug 23 2024, 11:59 PM
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August 24

Sheryl Youngblood :: Breaking Up Somebody's Home

Sheryl Youngblood, a Chicago Blues Hall of Fame inductee, envelops audiences with the rich tapestry of Gospel, R&B, and Blues in her ballads. Her soul-stirring performances transcend genres, captivating listeners with a blend of heartfelt melodies and high-energy rock. From her roots in a musically talented family to sharing the stage with icons like Jennifer Hudson and Buddy Guy, Sheryl's musical odyssey is a testament to her exceptional talent and unwavering commitment to music. As a versatile artist - vocalist, drummer, songwriter, and bandleader - she continues to enthrall global audiences with her soulful renditions and passionate dedication to her craft.

Sat, Aug 24, 2024
August 28

Sheryl Youngblood Band Hosting Blues, R&B, Soul, And Reggae Jam Session

Sheryl Youngblood, a Chicago Blues Hall of Fame inductee, envelops audiences with the rich tapestry of Gospel, R&B, and Blues in her ballads. Her soul-stirring performances transcend genres, captivating listeners with a blend of heartfelt melodies and high-energy rock. From her roots in a musically talented family to sharing the stage with icons like Jennifer Hudson and Buddy Guy, Sheryl's musical odyssey is a testament to her exceptional talent and unwavering commitment to music. As a versatile artist - vocalist, drummer, songwriter, and bandleader - she continues to enthrall global audiences with her soulful renditions and passionate dedication to her craft.

Wed, Aug 28, 2024
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August 29

Rosa's All-Stars Band Feat. Chicago Blues Legend

with Tony Mangiullo , Thaddeus Krolicki and Harlan Terson

Sumito Ariyoshi, aka Ariyo is internationally recognized for his vigorous innovative piano style. He’s an accomplished arranger and sought after studio musician. He's shared the stage and toured the world with such legends as Otis Rush, Jimmy Rogers, Robert Jr. Lockwood, Eddie Shaw, Valerie Wellington, B.B.King, Albert King and Stevie Ray Vaughan. Ariyo currently is a permanent member of Billy Branch & The S.O.B.'s. Sumito Ariyoshi is a pivotal figure in the blues community, dedicated to expanding and enriching the genre's tradition while infusing it with innovative creativity. His past collaborations with renowned keyboardists such as Pinetop Perkins and Detroit Jr. demonstrate the alignment between his unique style and theirs, emphasizing his exceptional rhythmic sensibility and inventive approach to timing and melody. Through his contributions, Ariyo introduces a fresh and contemporary perspective to the traditional blues landscape championed by these respected musicians.

Thu, Aug 29, 2024
August 30

Stephen Hull Experience :: I'll Play The Blues For You

Meet the sensational talent of Stephen Hull Experience, a young force breathing new life into the blues scene. Born in 1999 in Racine, Wisconsin, Stephen Hull discovered his love for blues at 14, drawing inspiration from legends like Albert King and B.B. King. His guitar mastery, soulful vocals, and infectious personality define his musical journey. A rising star in Chicago's blues clubs and southeastern Wisconsin venues, Stephen has garnered attention in publications like Living Blues and Blues & Rhythm: The Gospel Truth. From the Chicago Blues Fest to the Mississippi Valley Blues Fest, Stephen Hull is making waves.

Fri, Aug 30, 2024
September 04

Stefan Hillesheim :: 'When I'm Gone'

Originally from Koblenz, Germany Stefan Hillesheim moved to the US in 2014. Stefan played in several gospel, funk, rock, and R&B groups in southern California before he relocated to Chicago, IL in pursuit of a full-time career as a blues musician. The blues has always been at the heart of Stefan’s passion for music - Chicago provided the ideal scene for him to grow as a blues artist and learn from the best and most authentic sources. Stefan is best known for his slide guitar playing, soulful vocals, and dynamic live performances. Being considered an "old soul", Stefan's main inspirations are Elmore James, Howlin' Wolf, and Albert King.

Wed, Sep 4, 2024
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September 11

John Primer With Donna Herula Band :: All Acoustic Band

with Donna Herula

Born in 1945 in Camden, Mississippi, John Primer has become a revered and influential figure in the blues genre. Growing up in a farming community deeply immersed in work songs and spirituals, Primer's early exposure to music laid the foundation for his future career. His journey led him to Chicago in 1963, where he began his path to becoming a prominent bluesman. Primer's career flourished as he made significant contributions to various records, but it was his solo endeavors that truly showcased his mastery of soulful music. His solo career has garnered well-deserved recognition, solidifying his status as a purveyor of authentic blues music. Throughout his musical journey, Primer has shared the stage with iconic blues personalities like Muddy Waters and Magic Slim, leaving an indelible mark on the Chicago blues scene. His dedication to preserving the essence of blues music and mentoring younger musicians underscores his commitment to keeping the blues alive for future generations. With over 87 albums and numerous accolades under his belt, including Grammy nominations and inductions into the Chicago Blues Hall of Fame, John Primer stands as a legendary Chicago Blues Icon. Don't miss the chance to experience firsthand the exceptional talent and profound influence of this living legend.

Wed, Sep 11, 2024
September 13

Rising Star 17-Year-Old Harrell "Young Rell" Davenport

17-year-old Harrell "Young Rell" Davenport is a dexterous and inventive guitarist and a fat-toned harmonica phenom, Young Rell is already a commanding vocalist and a poetic and poignant songwriter. Whether he is accompanying himself on guitar while playing harmonica on a rack and singing, or alternating between guitar and harmonica with an ensemble, Young Rell sings his songs with sincerity and without a hint of affectation, working the stage with the poise and charisma of a veteran performer.

A prolific and engaging presence on social media, Young Rell has created a global community of fans and followers who have not only praised his talent but engaged enthusiastically with him on the subject of musicianship, musical instruments and past generations of famous and obscure blues inspirations.

As a child, Rell navigated personal struggles and trauma by immersing himself in music that was born in response to oppression and hardship. He found solace studying and expressing himself in the blues.

His community building and graceful social interaction have landed him relationships and experiences with the greatest blues artists alive today. He has been championed by Billy Branch, Kingfish Ingram, Bob Margolin, Bernard Allison and many others. He has already performed at the King Biscuit Blues Festival, both of Morgan Freeman’s Ground Zero Blues Clubs in Mississippi, Red’s Juke Joint in Clarksdale, and many more.

Fri, Sep 13, 2024
September 14

Ghost Town Blues Band :: SHINE Tour

Ghost Town Blues Band: Redefining the Blues Landscape

"Shine," the new album by Ghost Town Blues Band (GTBB), made an explosive entry at #1 on the Billboard Blues Chart. Embodying a Memphis spirit and breaking the STAX tradition with their contemporary blues vision, GTBB's rise represents an invigorating shift in the blues scene, as praised by Living Blues Magazine.

This Beale Street success story has been making waves, headlining at prestigious events like The Montreal Jazz Festival and The Lucerne Blues Festival in Switzerland. With 5-time Blues Blast Music Award nominations and recognition as International Blues Challenge Runner-up, Ghost Town Blues Band has firmly established itself as a force to be reckoned with in the blues world.

What sets GTBB apart is their unique approach to the genre. Their performances are far from your typical old-fashioned blues band. From the dynamic "second-line horn entrance" to the innovative use of cigar box guitars and electric push brooms, the band brings a refreshing twist to the blues scene. Their live shows boast Allman Brothers-style jams and even feature a captivating hip-hop trombone player, captivating audiences across the United States, Canada, and Europe.

The band's unmatched stage presence and energy have earned them the well-deserved title of the best new live blues show in the world. With their contemporary blues vision, Ghost Town Blues Band is redefining the boundaries of the genre and inspiring a new generation of blues enthusiasts.

As they continue to push the limits of traditional blues, Ghost Town Blues Band remains a shining example of the genre's enduring power to evolve and captivate. Their rise to the top of the Billboard Blues Chart and their acclaimed performances on the international stage solidify their status as one of the most exciting and innovative blues acts of our time.

Sat, Sep 14, 2024
September 20

Matthew Skoller Chicago Wind

Matthew Skoller is one of Chicago’s most respected harp blowers and blues bandleaders. Since 1987 he has played all of Chicago’s heaviest showcase venues and toured much of the world with his super tight ensembles. Deeply rooted in the tradition of the Chicago blues elders with whom he worked and studied, Skoller has developed a unique style that conjures the past while being firmly planted in the present. His blues wardrobe clothes a range of original songs whose subject matter comments on many of the issues and realities of life during this age of technology, information and upheaval. Skoller, known for his fiery and engaging performances, combines passionate harp playing and singing with original song writing and prodigious production skills. He has self produced 4 of his own critically acclaimed cds. More...

Fri, Sep 20, 2024
September 28

Johnny Rawls :: Where Have the Soul Men Gone

Johnny Rawls is a renowned soul blues artist with a career spanning over 50 years. Born in Mississippi in 1951, he began his musical journey as a teenager, backing notable soul artists like ZZ Hill, Little Johnny Taylor

and Joe Tex. Rawls later became the band director for soul singer O.V. Wright and continued to lead Wright's band after his death.

In 1985, Rawls launched his solo career, releasing his debut album "Here We Go" in 1996. He has since released more than 20 albums and is recognized as a prolific songwriter with over 100 recorded songs.

Rawls has received numerous accolades throughout his career. He has been nominated multiple times for Blues Music Awards, with his album "I'm Still Around" winning Soul Blues Album of the Year in 2019. Living Blues Magazine featured him on their cover in 2002, describing him as a "saoul-blues renaissance man".

As a versatile musician, Rawls is not only a singer but also a guitarist, arranger, and record producer. He continues to tour extensively, performing approximately 200 shows annually across North America and overseas.

Johnny Rawls' music is characterized by its blend of deep soul, gospel influences, and contemporary styling. His contributions to the genre have been so significant that the term "soul blues" was coined to describe his unique sound.

Sat, Sep 28, 2024
October 04

Cash Box King :: Oscar's Motel

The Cash Box Kings are bona fide blues royalty. Co-led by real-deal Chicago blues vocalist and songwriter Oscar Wilson and Madison, Wisconsin-based songwriter, harmonica giant and singer Joe Nosek, the band plays masterfully raw and unvarnished houserocking blues. Wilson’s huge, gritty vocals and Nosek’s powerhouse harmonica fuel their razor-sharp original songs. With their top shelf musicianship and trademark good humor, The Cash Box Kings are a one-of-a-kind blues band. In the words of MOJO magazine, the band is “flawless.”

Fri, Oct 4, 2024
November 16

Joanna Connor and The Wrecking Crew :: 'Best Of Me'

Joanna Connor is a blues guitarist and singer who discovered her passion for music at a young age. Born in Brooklyn and raised in Worcester, Massachusetts, she was influenced by diverse musical styles, including blues legends like Buddy Guy and Taj Mahal.

Connor moved to Chicago in 1984 to immerse herself in the blues scene. She quickly became part of the city's vibrant music community, performing with renowned artists such as Junior Wells, Otis Rush, and Koko Taylor. In 1988, she formed her own band and released her debut album "Believe It" in 1990. Throughout her career, Connor has toured internationally, released numerous albums, and shared stages with blues, rock, and jazz greats.

In recent years, viral videos of her slide guitar solos reignited interest in her music. This led to a collaboration with Joe Bonamassa, who produced her 2021 album "4801 South Indiana," which reached number one on the Billboard Blues chart. Connor continues to perform and record with her band, The Wrecking Crew 23', showcasing her powerful guitar skills and soulful vocals. Joanna Connor and The Wrecking Crew '23 released their new album, "Best Of Me,"

Sat, Nov 16, 2024