Blues on the North Shore Review - Brought back by popular demand

The Second Annual Blues on the North Shore
On June 12, 2009, the blues fun begins and ends at SPACE in Evanston. Orman Music & Media Group and Listen to This! Music Chicago present the Second Annual Blues on the North Shore, in celebration of the 30th Anniversary of Earwig Music Company.

The Historic Maxwell Street Blues Bus

In honor of the Maxwell Street Blues Bus, ride in style to the Chicago Blues Festival on the Blues Bus (departure time 1pm) Then ride the Blues Bus back to Evanston for the Mississippi Blues Experience!

$89 includes your ride on the Blues Bus and Reserved Table Seating for Blues on the North Shore, and a BBQ box lunch. Enjoy the festival - no hassle.

Note: We will be riding in a modern school bus. We will visit the original Maxwell Street Blues Bus, pictured, at the Chicago Blues Festival.

The Blues Bus Day Trip & Concert at SPACE is a special package. The bus pick up is at SPACE in Evanston. From SPACE everyone travels to the first day of the Chicago Blues Festival. Why pay for downtown parking? Get on the Blues Bus for some great history and entertainment on the bus to and from the festival! Blues fans will spend the day in Grant Park, listening to blues, checking out the blues booths and dining on some of the best Festival Food in the world. (food and beverages at the festival not included in the price of the Blues Bus excursion).

At 7:00PM we head back to SPACE for the 2nd Annual Blues on the North Shore Festival. The Blues Bus experience will be hosted by Chicago's number one former Quiet Storm radio on-air personality, Irene 'Mamacita' Mojica.

Listen to This! Music Chicago is passionate about promoting and producing live music - especially music that is an American art form - blues, jazz, bluegrass, folk. Dedicated to the education and expansion of these art forms,

"We are proud to bring six generations of the Blues together on one stage. Our hope is to provide families the opportunity to come out together to experience great music, storytelling and culture," said Lynn Orman Weiss, Michael Frank and Denise Ardizonne, Executive Producers.

Tickets for the Blues Bus Day Trip & Concert at SPACE: or call, 847-492-8860 or e-mail [email protected]

The Mississippi Delta to Chicago
SPACE in Evanston will showcase the best of the Mississippi Delta Bluesmen. This is a rare opportunity to enjoy a show with a historic lineup that includes six generations of distinguished blues musicians in a unique and intimate space.

David Honeyboy Edwards

The audience will be up close and personal with 93-year-old Grammy Award Winner, guitarist David “Honeyboy” Edwards.

John Primer

Edwards will be joined by John Primer - the last lead guitarist in the Muddy Waters Blues Band.

Dennis Binder

Dennis Binder - a classic keyboardist who recorded in the early 1950s, at the cusp of blues melding r&b and country - will also be on hand to add his shade of blue.

Jack Johnson

And Big Jack Johnson and the Oilers - the quintessential electric Delta Blues trio will contribute to the exciting evening.

Bob Corritore

The Blue Four is the younger group of Chicago blues players who complete the Chicago connection. The band includes the ubiquitous Kenny Smith on drums, hard-driving Chris James on guitar and rock-steady Patrick Rynn on bass, and Bob Corritore blowing harmonica. Special guest, the formidable keyboard player Allen Batts, will round out this dynamic combo.

The host for the evening will be none other than Bill Wax, Program Director and host of BB King’s Bluesville on Sirius/XM satellite radio. The concert will be filmed for MHZ Networks National Channel, MHz Worldview, of which Chicago’s WYCC digital channel 20.3 is an affiliate station. It will be broadcast in 2010. Visit The concert will also be streamed on, internet television channel and produced by Grammy Award Winning producer, Scott Shuman,

Dave Specter, one of the owners of SPACE, and himself an amazing blues guitarist said of last year’s event,

“This was a great night. The best blues in Chicago right here in Evanston. And it was very clear that the packed house was fully enjoying themselves. It was great to see so many local, national and international blues musicians and fans who came out to last year's event. We’re very glad Blues on the North Shore is back this year.”

Scheduled events from Thursday to Saturday night

How to Put a Blues Trio Together on Thursday, June 11th at 7:00 pm at Fat Tone Guitars in Northbrook, IL,

The Master Class and Performance will feature Earwig Music recording artists and former Wilmette resident, Blues harp player, historian & club owner now residing in Phoenix, Arizona, Bob Corritore,

Jeff Dale

On Saturday, June 13th, join the CD release party for California musician and Chicago South Sider, Jeff Dale and the South Woodlawners at Bill's Blues Bar in Evanston, IL.

The opening act is the Columbia College Blues Ensemble under the direction of Fernando Jones. The evening will be hosted by Chicago's one and only Diva of the Radio airwaves, Irene 'Mamacita' Mojica.

Information on all of the Blues On The North Shore events are listed on

A portion of the proceeds from this year’s event will benefit A SAFE HAVEN FOUNDATION, providing housing, rehabilitation and other services for people in recovery from alcohol and substance abuse. "A Safe Haven is proud to be a resource for musicians in their times of crisis helping them address their diseases of substance abuse and alcoholism," said Neli Vazquez Rowland founder of A Safe Haven.

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