If you think that blues musicians are all ranked in the senior citizen category, head to the Chicago Blues Productions show, Young Men of Chicago Blues to discover the reality of this thriving scene. The showcase features a dynamic group of millennial performers that have absorbed Chicago blues and play their own contemporary versions. A second installment in a series that celebrated blues women last year, Saturday's show August 13 at Noble's Square's Vittum Theater presents the city's most promising young blues men.
Soul blues singer Theo Huff serves up music that recalls the rhythms of 60s soul and classic blues crooners like Tyrone Davis and Johnnie Taylor. A professional singer since he was 14, Theo puts on an exciting performance with choreography, flashy costumes and great singing.
Jacob Schulz, also known as Brother Jacob, founder of Chicago Blues Productions, has been singing blues since elementary school and offers an old school blues sensibility that's reflected on his recent CD, Blues From Below.
Teen performers The McDowell Brothers play blues mixed with jazz and soul influences. The siblings got their start at Fernando Jones' Blues Camp, and have just released their own CD, "Tribute To Inspiration."
Noted Delmark Recording blues group The Mike Wheeler Band will provide the backing music for all the performers and Art "Chat Daddy" Simms will be the MC. Don't miss this fresh take on Chicago blues traditions.
Saturday, August 13, 7-10:30 pm
Vittum Theater, 1012 N. Noble St.
Tickets $25 (discount with bluesman prop code)
Photo courtesy of The McDowell Brothers