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Buddy Guy's Legends: Blues Prodigy Jamiah Rogers on May 31 + More Performance Picks

Jamiah Rogers at Buddy Guy's Legends
 
It's been a long time coming but after years of playing talent competitions, all ages shows and special performances, Chicago blues young gun Jamiah Rogers will headline at the famed downtown club Buddy Guy's Legends on May 31. At 21 years old, the musician has sharpened his guitar- and song-writing skills to rival much more seasoned artists. Performing since he was three years old, Rogers injects a freshness to the Chicago blues sound that engages everyone who hears him play.

Hear Blues Harp Master Billy Branch LIVE — Rosa's Blues Lounge, April 29-30

Billy Branch

Chicago blues may be defined by the electric guitar, but the invigorating roar of the harmonica is arguably the genre's second most essential instrument. Blues fans and newbies alike are always enthralled by the jaw-dropping skill of Chicago blues harp icon Billy Branch. A 3-time Grammy-nominated blues innovator who's been a mainstay on the Chicago blues scene since his arrival in the early '70s, a Billy Branch show is filled with lots of energy, audience interaction and dazzling


Top Shops To Snag Vinyl: 7 Best Record Stores in Chicago

Reckless Records in Wicker Park ChicagoWith a rich musical history that's nurtured blues, jazz, rock, soul, house and gospel, Chicago has long been a crate diggers paradise. But the recent closings of legendary Jazz Record Mart and Shake Rattle & Read has prompted speculation on the relevance of record shops.

Well, Chicago's record stores continue to thrive and are gearing up for Record Store Day 2016 coming up Saturday, April 16. Most neighborhoods boast their own vinyl meccas and here are some of the best record stores


J is for Jazz: Exploring Chicago A to Z

Green Mill Jazz Club Chicago

While jazz can certainly sometimes can play second saxophone to the blues in Chicago, it has a long and storied tradition that stretches back to Louis Armstrong’s arrival in the city in the 1920s. Since that time, the city’s jazz scene has served as a proving ground for a galaxy of luminaries, including Gene Ammons, Eddie Harris, Kurt Elling, Patricia Barber, and countless others who have come from Dubuque to Dubai to test their mettle.


Movies + Music Mashup: CIMMfest Features 150 Films, 130 Concerts

Gingerr Shankar for CIMMfest

Chicago celebrates spring every year with a dynamic line-up of movies and music at CIMMfest, the five day festival centered around the neighborhoods of Wicker Park, Bucktown and Logan Square on April 13-17. This year, the festivities expand throughout the city, covering miles and miles of arts activities.


Groove To Global Beats: Wired Fridays Dance Party + Funkadesi, Ugochi

Wired Fridays at Chicago Cultural Center

In Chicago, the weekend doesn't wait until sundown. Start your party early at the Chicago Cultural Center's bi-monthly Wired Fridays series. Celebrate the city's status as a House music mecca and groove to guest DJ beats in the middle of the day, on the first and third Friday of the month.


Feel the Rhythm at the Chicago Flamenco Festival

Chicago Flamenco Festival
 
Chicago weather is finally warming up and the firery rhythms of the last weekend of the Chicago Flamenco Festival is an exciting way to indulge in the heat. Explore the expansive culture of flameno dancing with a concert, Colores del Alma this Friday and Saturday at the Insituto Cervantes.

Savor The Sounds of Brazil With Badi Assad at Old Town School of Folk Music

Badi Assad

Carnival season may be over but music lovers can still enjoy the Brazilian rhythms of singer-songwriter Badi Assad. The influential Brazilian musician, who hails from a noted family of artists, brings her innovative guitar stylings to Old Town School of Folk Music on March 2 for their World Music Wednesdays series.


Catch Blues Icon Buddy Guy... In Chicago... This Month Only!

Buddy Guy

January is a special time in Chicago. Not just because the city shimmers with ice and snow and the legendary Hawk blasts through every street. It's because January is the month that hometown fans (and visitors!) can see globe-trotting blue legend Buddy Guy perform at his equally famous blues bar, Legends.


Windy City Riddims: Chicago's Best Reggae Spots

Wild Hare Chicago

Chi-town might be more associated with blues and jazz but the city also boasts a robust offering of reggae music. Whether you like to sway to classic lovers rock or "wine up" to dancehall beats, Chicago has you covered. Although many bars and clubs include reggae in their regular music mix, these are the Chicago spots to experience non-stop reggae, Red Stripes included.


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