As you may know Songs:Illinois is based in the Chicago area, but I’ve always thought it silly to focus on the Chicago scene since as far as I can tell I have as many readers in Jakarta as I do in Wicker Park. Besides the one fun, but ill-advised Songs:Illinois show at Cals, I haven’t ventured out into the world of promoting the live music scene. But when I heard about the Chicago Bluegrass and Blues Festival being held at the Congress Theater on November 22 I was intrigued. After seeing the lineup of The Avett Brothers, Ha Ha Tonka, Lil Ed and The Dave Grisman Quintet plus at least 10 more bands I was sold.
So I’ve become one of the media sponsors (whatever that means). I’ll be featuring some of the music of the bands performing between now and show time (Nov. 22). And badgering my local readers to buy tickets and attend. That’s it for now. You can buy early bird tickets now here .
Here’s a sample of “Jenna Lee” by Chicago blues-rockers Blackdog: