Coffee Fest Update: 5 Chicago Blues Clubs

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Coffee Fest Chicago February 18 - 20, 2011

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The Chicago blues is a form of blues music that developed in Chicago, Illinois, by taking the basic acoustic guitar and harmonica-based Delta blues, making the harmonica louder with a microphone and an instrument amplifier, and adding electrically amplified guitar, amplified bass guitar, drums, piano and sometimes saxophone and trumpet. The music developed in the first half of the twentieth century due to the Great Migration (African American) when Black workers moved from the South into the industrial cities of the North such as Chicago.

Buddy Guy’s Legends

Owned by five-time Grammy Award-winner and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee Buddy Guy, this blues mainstay recently moved into a new location and features performances by contemporary blues legends as well as top local talent.

Neighborhood: South Loop
700 S. Wabash

Kingston Mines

This Lincoln Park blues favorite boasts two stages. Northside blues club has served up music since 1968.Chow on ribs, catfish and wings at club eatery Doc’s Rib Joint.

2548 N. Halsted St.,
Chicago, Il

Blue Chicago

Find a blues art gallery and blistering live sets from Chicago’s best blues players… One of the best music clubs with narrow, long and no fancy deco. But it’s vintage and it creates an awesome vibe. Great sound even for it’s small space. Only the great musicians get hired to play here. Note: Blue Chicago is known for blues women singers.

Blue Chicago on Clark
536 N. Clark
Chicago, IL 60654

House of Blues

This three-level restaurant/concert venue serves contemporary, Southern Delta-inspired cuisine. Well known for embracing all genres of music, House of Blues features acts in its opera house music hall. Live music nightly.

Marina City Towers, 329 N. Dearborn St.
Chicago, IL


Popular Blues club located in Chicago’s North Side has hosted such great musicians as Sunnyland Slim and Pinetop Perkins.

Neighborhood: North Side/Lincoln Park
2519 North Halsted,
Chicago, IL 60657

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