| Dec 18, 2010
Don Van Vliet, a maverick musician who emerged from the Southern California desert with the name Captain Beefheart and a singular and influential form of avant-garde rock in the 1960s, died Friday. He was 69.
Van Vliet, who retreated to a reclusive...
| Aug 26, 2010
Every year the VOODOO EXPERIENCE has one of the most diverse artist line-ups of any musical event in America--an unbeatable mix of what's cutting edge, iconic and traditional (New Orleans) that pays tribute to the music of the region. This year VOODOO--...
| Feb 20, 2011
He's a high-ranking cop in charge of one of the most challenging districts in the city, but when his house burned down last month, he and his family were presented with a new challenge.
It was a big night Sunday for Capt. Bob Bardy of NOPD's Sixth...
| Jan 12, 2012
| 6:59 PM
Slow Burn Burlesque is back with another wild tribute. This time they're lampooning the country we love with "Slow Burn Does America" with irreverent tributes to the culture of the good ole' U.S. of A. The show will feature a beauty pageant, has-been...
| Oct 11, 2011
| 8:12 PM
Just when we thought Slow Burn Burlesque couldn't get any more demented and disturbing, it's time for "Show Ghouls," the Halloween horror extravaganza! Join us at the Howlin' Wolf for a night of blood and babes. The show will feature all our favorite Slow...
| Jul 22, 2007
Knowing how obsessed Elvis fans can be, I wasn't surprised when my wife and I drove up to the Heartbreak Hotel and found, true to the song's lyrics, that it was actually "down at the end of Lonely Street" and that the desk clerk was...
| Dec 19, 2007
| 9:19 AM
After this day, Chicago blues--and by extension the popular music of the last half of the 20th Century--would never be the same. McKinley Morganfield, a.k.a. Muddy Waters, already was famous as the singer and guitarist most responsible for bringing the...
| Oct 31, 2006
As one of the most respected figures in the history of the blues, John Lee Hooker should have been an early giant of rock 'n' roll, right? His "Boogie Chillen' " was a smash R&B single in 1949 — just about the time Elvis Presley and the other rock...
| Jun 3, 2008
Primal rock and blues musician Bo Diddley, who helped cast the sonic template of rock more than 50 years ago with a signature syncopated rhythm that became universally recognized as "the Bo Diddley beat," died Monday. He was 79.
Diddley died of heart...
| Jun 4, 2009
Koko Taylor, a Chicago musical icon who became one of the most revered female blues vocalists of her time with signature hits such as "Wang Dang Doodle," "I'm a Woman" and "Hey Bartender," died Wednesday at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago of...
| Apr 19, 2008
I be's troubled I be all worried mind I can't feel satisfied And I just can't keep from
Bernie Pearl bent over his vintage Martin guitar at a Westside recording studio, listening to the playback of his interpretation of the Muddy Waters classic...
| May 12, 2009
| 10:28 AM
In "Together Through Life," the latest missive issued from his woodshed out in Malibu, the bard of America calls up some obvious influences. Bob Dylan has said this album was inspired by midcentury Chess and Sun label recordings, and indeed, the hearty...