| Feb 25, 2013
Singer of Chicago blues
Magic Slim, 75, whose ragged voice and punchy guitar riffs made him a symbol of Chicago blues, died Thursday in Philadelphia after surgery for a bleeding ulcer, according to his family.
A younger contemporary of...
| Jun 17, 2013
| 2:12 PM
"I need some ladies up here," declared Howlin' Wolf, as channeled through Rick Stone, at Black Ensemble Theatre on Sunday. Such moments of audience participation are not unusual at Black Ensemble, a theater long focused on the provision of a darn good...
| May 30, 2013
| 10:01 AM
During the 30th annual Chicago Blues Festival next week, any set definition of the music — or this event's scope — should be busted apart. No doubt, this city will always be identified with the voices of Howlin' Wolf and Muddy Waters, but...
| Jun 4, 2013
| 7:59 AM
He is the poet laureate of Chicago jazz and blues, a man who conveys in words as much melody and rhythm as the musicians he immortalizes in print.
For more than four decades, Sterling Plumpp has transformed the sounds of Chicago jazz giants – such...
| Jun 6, 2013
| 1:19 PM
About midway through the documentary "Deceptive Practice: The Mysteries and Mentors of Ricky Jay" (opening Friday at the Music Box Theatre), Jay emerges backstage after a performance and is greeted by a roomful of people. As he acknowledges his well-...
| May 30, 2013
| 9:18 AM
Even when Chicago Stone Lightning Band was active, it was barely active. The group was an occasional band, at best, a weeknight kick-back dad band that brought a party vibe to the stage. CSLB played a kind of muscular, '70's blues boogie that has never...
| May 22, 2013
| 3:20 PM
Just when you thought it was safe to get out of your house and into the long-delayed sunny season, Chicago theaters of all sizes unleash some of their most promising offerings of the year. When you're ready for a break from the beach and the ballpark,...
| Jan 31, 2013
| 11:57 AM
For Ralph Stanley, the road indeed seems to go on forever. The bluegrass legend, who turns 86 this month, says that touring has gotten easier than when he started out.
"It was harder then," he says by phone. "We have a lot better roads now." The...
| Dec 3, 2012
| 8:00 AM
WASHINGTON -- An array of talents was on display Sunday at the Kennedy Center Honors gala where President Barack Obama toasted the lifetime achievements of an iconic ballerina, a famed comedian, a timeless actor and two chart-topping musical acts.
| May 7, 2013
| 9:28 AM
Bluesman James Cotton has lived the kind of life they make movies about.
He toiled on a Mississippi plantation from earliest childhood, found himself orphaned at age 9, practically was raised by blues master Sonny Boy Williamson II and flourished as a...
| Apr 30, 2013
| 9:40 AM
Wayne Winston has been in a four-year battle to wrestle leadership of the Bridgeport chapter of the NAACP, alleging financial improprieties on the part of its current president. Recently, he petitioned the state NAACP to take over the chapter. Coverage of...
| Mar 18, 2013
| 6:46 AM
ATLANTA - Artists and writers draw inspiration from the time-frozen landscapes of the Mississippi Delta. Roots music fans frequent those lonesome highways to feel the spirits of bluesmen past.
I go for the food.
The Delta is a poor area with a rich...