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 skill.

Mentored by the legendary blues musician, Chess Records producer and song-writer Willie Dixon, Billy melds blues history with contemporary sensibilities. 

Film buffs can grab a glimpse of Billy in the Chicago blues club scene of the classic '80s movie, Adventures In Babysitting.

For his two nights of shows at Rosa's Blues Lounge, he'll play tunes from his critically acclaimed album Blues Shock, as well as a few Chicago blues standards. Don't miss this chance to hear authentic Chicago blues!

The upcoming shows start at 9:30 PM, tickets are $15 general admission and $20 reserved seating.

Rosa's Blues Lounge
3420 W. Armitage Avenue
Chicago, IL 60647

Other Chicago calendar dates this spring include a Kingston Mines show May 13 and a performance at The Promotory May 21.

Get a roundup of Chicago blues clubs with this cheat sheet, and — festival alert! — the 33rd annual Chicago Blues Festival is scheduled for June 10-12, 2016 and the headliners were just announced, with Shemekia Copeland and a Tribute to Otis Rush playing top bill.


Photo courtesy of Billy Branch