The Annual Chicago Blues Competition Kicks Off This Friday – CBS Chicago


CHICAGO (CBS) — The Chicago Blues Competition begins Friday, rocking out a weekend of music celebrating Chicago’s historic ties to the musical style with native, nationwide, and worldwide performers telling energetic and highly effective tales by means of their songs.


Whereas headlining performers take to the stage at Pritzker Pavilion within the night, different phases all through Millennium Park will host dozens of performers Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. It’s thought of the world’s largest blues pageant.

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The primary Chicago Blues Competition was held in 1984, a yr after the passing of music legend Muddy Waters. Since then, different notable performers have graced the pageant phases in Chicago together with Willie Dixon, Little Milton, Chuck Berry, KoKo Taylor, John Lee Hooker, and Buddy Man, amongst numerous others.

Guitarist Man King will carry out Friday afternoon. He stated the pageant is particular for him for a lot of causes.

“The Chicago Blues Competition is a superb pageant with nice dwell music. It’s a pleasure and an honor to a part of it and it’s positioned on the metropolis I name house,” stated King, who’s initially from Israel. “So after touring and performing nationally and internationally it’s nice to carry out right here in Chicago for the followers.”

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King, who counts Muddy Waters, B.B. King, Albert King, and Eric Clapton as a few of his largest influences, stated assembly Otis Rush and Buddy Man after arriving in Chicago was an ideal expertise. Whereas the music’s historical past is predicated in hardships, King stated it’s an ideal reflection of life.

“It’s deep and wealthy and also you simply really feel it inside. It’s about life, it’s concerning the story, the experiences, the sensation. All good music has this impact,” he stated.

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The occasion attracts tens of hundreds every day of the pageant. This yr’s headliners embrace Bobby Rush, Charlie Musselwhite (with particular visitor Billy Boy Arnold), Bettye LaVette, and The Kinsey Report. King stated whereas the pageant celebrates the blues, each sort of music fan can have a good time.

“You don’t should be a blues fan to get pleasure from good music,” King stated. “The Chicago Blues Competition might be that includes some nice music for all individuals who love good music. Quick, gradual, upbeat, and ballads, there might be one thing good for everybody to get pleasure from and really feel.”

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Click on right here for a schedule of performers, occasions and stage areas.

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