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Damn Right, We've Still Got The Blues

"Blues fans from around the world will descend upon Grant Park in downtown Chicago for three free days of acoustic and electric blues by mostly-hometown musicians," Voice of America reports.

"The weekend's offerings will salute some of Chicago's blues legends. On tap are tributes to vocalist Koko Taylor, singer and guitarist David 'Honeyboy' Edwards and guitarist Hubert Sumlin. There will also be a celebration of Muddy Waters' disciples Pinetop Perkins, Willie 'Big Eyes' Smith and George 'Mojo' Buford.

"Waters' son Mud Morganfield will lead the All-Star tribute to some of his dad's best-known band members who passed away in 2011."

Let's take a look.

1. Preview Performance at Daley Plaza on Monday: Melvia "Chick" Rodgers and The Blues Machine Band.


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2. Buddy Guy's Blues Fest Kickoff Jam.

Featuring The Brooks Family Blues Dynasty, Shemekia Copeland, Matthew Skoller & Lurrie Bell, Lil Ed Williams, The Chicago Blues Divas: Deitra Farr, Peaches Stanten and Nellie 'Tiger' Travis, and a special appearance by Billy Branch.

More details and the scheduled for Buddy Guy's for the whole weekend can be found at the club's website.

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3. The 2012 Chicago Blues Festival opens on Friday. The day's schedule can be found here; the headliner is Texas Johnny Brown. Here's a taste.

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4. Saturday's headliner is Floyd Taylor. Here's the day's full schedule and a taste of Taylor.

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5. Mavis Staples closes out the festival on Sunday night. Here's the day's full schedule and a taste of Mavis.

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Posted on June 6, 2012


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