Chicago and the blues are an inseparable pair, and this month we're celebrate lauded bluesman Lonnie Brooks' 80th birthday with a bash worthy of a legend. Chicago's vibrant blues community comes together to honor Brooks' profound contributions to the city's rich tradition on Saturday, December 21 at The House of Blues. Serving as Master of Ceremonies is an original Blues Brothers, Dan Aykroyd, making Saturday's bash another in a long stream of collaborations between Aykroyd and Brooks.
About The Bash
Saturday's birthday bash will feature performances from Lonnie Brooks himself, his sons Wayne Baker Brooks and Ronnie Baker Brooks, as well as a list of talented special guests that reads like an Alligator Records discography including Otis Clay, Big Head Todd, Kim Wilson (of The Fabulous Thunderbirds), Sugar Blue, Lil' Ed, Eddie "The Chief" Clearwater, Jimmy Vivino (Conan O'Brien Show), Jimmy Johnson, Billy Branch, Otis Taylor and many more. The star-studded lineup will take attendees through a tour of Chicago blues, one of the city's most valued and celebrated genres. It is truly a rare opportunity to see a group of musicians of this magnitude together on one stage.
Born in 1933, Lonnie Brooks spent his youth Louisiana and Texas but relocated to Chicago early in his life, and was considered a staple of the blues scene by the early 1960s. His blend of Cajun boogie, Memphis delta soul, rock ‘n' roll, and hard-hitting blues made him stand out among his contemporaries; this distinct style made Lonnie Brooks a highly-sought collaborator. Over his 60-year career, he has worked with many luminaries of the genre including B.B. King, Eric Johnson, and fellow Chicagoan Buddy Guy.
Get a taste of Lonnie's legendary guitar licks when he joins his son Ronnie Baker Brooks for a 2011 performance of Chicago's unofficial blues anthem Sweet Home Chicago. Tickets to the December 21st celebration are still available at houseofblues.com. Proceeds from the event will fund the release of a Brooks' new album in 2014.