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  posted on 3/12/2007 at 10:00 AM
G'day -

Well here I am in Chicago. It's a long way from Melbourne.

Pretty much straight off the plane the first thing I did was go to Buddy Guy's Legends club. Man, what a great club. I've been there a couple of times now and will pretty much be heading there every night until it's time to get on a plane to NY bound for the Beacon Theatre.

On Friday night I went to Legends and early on in the night, who should appear sitting at the bar but Buddy Guy. Cool as. I went over and chatted with him for about 15 minutes about the club moving and some other stuff and shook the mans hand.

Too cool - Buddy is one of my all time favourite musicians on the planet and is the main reason I came to Chicago - ie to go to Legends and also check out Chess records.

The gigs at Legends are awesome. If you are ever in Chicago on a Friday or Saturday night and you aren't at Legends you are going to miss some great blues.

Saturday night I went to Joliet to the Rialto Square Theatre (great venue) to see Buddy Guy peform with Koko Taylor as support. I was 3rd row.

HUGE. What a great gig. Koko was great - far out she is doing well to perform - she is 76 years old and has not performed anywhere for a while now. She thanked the crowd at the end and said she had not performed for a while cause she had been 'resting' and got a standing ovation - she was a bit overwhelmed by it all cause the place just went nuts for her. It was a good vibe all round.

Buddy came out and absolutely tore the place appart. I took a bunch of photos which I will put on my website when I get back to Australian in April.

He did his usual walk around the venue and came down to where I was and played next to me for a bit - I took a shot of him that turned out great - he was so close.

At the end of the show he came over to where I was and gave me a pick.

Very cool - all very very cool.

Chicago is a great city - cept I'm one eyed on hanging out at legends every night. I've been to a few other places that are cool but Legends is my hang out.

The other thing I love here is visiting Chess Records.

http://www.bluesheaven.com/landmark.htm

I guess in a way it's just an empty recording studio (although people can and do still record there) but I love the place. The history in there is incredible and the rooms/set up is cool. I'd definately recommend checking it out sometime to anyone into the blues. It's a must.

So I've got about 17 days till I hit NY for the Allmans.

That sounds like about 2 weeks of gigs at Legends to me.

I love Chicago Blues.

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  posted on 3/12/2007 at 10:09 AM
Sounds like a great time. I'm glad you're enjoying yourself. What else is on the agenda?

I recommend trying to catch Lefty Collins and the No Mercy Band. Introduce yourself to Lefty and let him know you're from the HTW forum. He'll appreciate it.

If you like your blues really raw and dirty with a bit of hard-rock attitude thrown in (Mule-ish, at times), maybe you can find a gig by Frank Bang's Secret Stash, headed by Frank Bang, a Buddy Guy alumni and also a big fan of Warren Haynes.

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  posted on 3/12/2007 at 10:10 AM
We saw Buddy in Charlotte and loved him. Here is a clip we took................

 

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  posted on 3/12/2007 at 10:17 AM
Check out this thread for some other suggestions...


http://www.allmanbrothersband.com/modules.php?op=modload&name=XForum&file=v iewthread&tid=57387

 

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  posted on 3/12/2007 at 10:32 AM
So, Nick, do you like Buddy's club at all?

Hey, you want to do something interesting a few blocks up State Street from Legends--that is, some morning before Legends opens? Go to the Harold Washington Library Center, the main Chicago public library, on State and Congress. That's 400 S. State, and you enter in the middle of the east side of the building. Up in the Performing Arts or Music Department, they have a blues archives you wouldn't believe!
http://www.chipublib.org/001hwlc/vpablues/cbabrochure.html
http://www.chipubweb.org/cgi-bin/cw_cgi?fullRecord+16552+735+1633127+2+4
http://www.chipublib.org/001hwlc/001hwlc.html



I don't remember what kind of catalog or something they had me looking in, but I requested to see a box of Howlin' Wolf's personal papers and other things, as donated by his widow, Lillie. Sure enough, in a couple minutes a librarian came back to my table with a box of Howlin' Wolf's stuff! I'm not a Chicago resident, so of course I don't have a Chicago library card, and I don't recall that they even checked my Illinois driver's license.

Some of the contents of the box were pretty cool. Some of them also seemed too personal, like I was invading Wolf's privacy to look at his workbooks for his music classes. But you'll definitely have an intense Chess experience just looking at some of the Wolf and other archival material.

 

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  posted on 3/12/2007 at 10:54 AM
Cleveland is east of Chicago. I am guessing about a 4-6 hr drive, Go see the R&R Hall of Fame.
I am here in the south and not really sure the driving time. Others may give better advice.
I went there about a year ago and am glad I did. It would be a good day trip.

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  posted on 3/12/2007 at 11:08 AM
I visited Legends about 4 years ago and Buddy was sitting at the Bar. Hw told me that he thought Derek was the best young guitarist out there. He also gave me a t shirt.
 
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  posted on 3/12/2007 at 12:02 PM
Seconded the go see Lefty Collins and No Mercy Band. And to help you out, here's some dates.

13 (Tue) - HOUSE OF BLUES Chicago, Illinois - Lefty's Birthday Show
17 (Sat) - JT'S PORCH Lombard, Illinois
31 (Sat) - BEACON HOTEL New York, New York - Left Coast / Hittin The Note Magazine Party in The Beacon Hotel Conference Room
31 (Sat) - BB KING'S New York, NY, New York - Live in the Lucilles Room

 

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  posted on 3/12/2007 at 03:44 PM
Cool - thanks for the tips - much appreciated.

Will definately go check out the Library and try to catch Lefty.

Anyone else who knows Chicago or has seen some cool stuff here let me know what/where/why/how!!

Oh - I went to Jazz Record Mart - that place is awesome - too many blues cd's to comtemplate buying 1 though - I left confused.

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  posted on 3/12/2007 at 03:51 PM
Thanks for posting-----great review,great show(i love seeing BUDDY)

 

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  posted on 3/12/2007 at 04:52 PM
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[Edited on 3/12/2007 by lolasdeb]

 

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  posted on 3/12/2007 at 04:58 PM
http://www.msichicago.org/temp_exhibit/bodyworlds2/index.html

 

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  posted on 3/12/2007 at 05:06 PM
Chicago has a lot of fine museums. Here are a couple of popular ones I love to visit and an off-the-beaten-path one (the first 2 are not hard to access by foot from downtown - don't know where you are staying)

The Art Institute of Chicago
111 S Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL
Great collection

The Field Museum
1400 S Lake Shore Dr, Chicago, IL
Home of the world's largest Tyrannosaurus rex, Egyptian tombs and a hall of priceless gems at Chicago's natural history museum.

For something a little different:
Museum Of Holography-Chicago (there are only a couple museums devoted holography - this is one)
1134 W Washington Blvd (Cross Street: N May Street)
Chicago, IL 60607-2021
(312) 226-1007
(note - if you're based downtown and don't want to schlep out to this place but enjoy holographs there is a place in North Shore that has some cool stuff, anyway there was a few years ago)

Tomorrow (3/13) is Lefty's birthday and he will be playing House of Blues - now I haven't heard these guys yet (will later this month in NYC HOB, though!) but ask anyone who has and they'll tell you - don't miss this one! Plus, you may find yourself running into others from this site while you're there.

Music (a few Blues bars)
B.L.U.E.S. on Halsted
2519 N Halsted St
Chicago, IL 60614

Kingston Mines
2548 N Halsted
Chicago, IL 60614

Rosa's Lounge
3420 W Armitage
Chicago, IL 60647

Lincoln Park is nice ... you have access to the Lake and the Lincoln Park Zoo is free.
(warning - look out for Sang...he has been known to pass out on park benches in this area).

Are you going to still be in Chicago on Saturday? If so, Chi-town does it up big for St. Patty's day. They dye the Chicago River green, big parade, party. You won't be able to miss it.

I think that from this site Lee, TopDroog, Sang, and Lefty all live in the Chicago area.
Check out Lee's link above - it points to a lot of Chicago places for music and food, I believe (in fact the 3 suggestions I gave are probably repeated there).

Good Luck and have fun!!!



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  posted on 3/12/2007 at 05:16 PM
Oh yes, the Field Museum Deb mentions, the Adler Planetarium and John G. Shedd Aquarium (and oceanarium) are all on the same stretch of land on the lakefront, basically on the same "block" (but it's a huge effin' block), and are an easy walk to Buddy Guy's.

So, you could do one, two, or all three of these during the day, then head on over to Legends for some tunage.

The Museum of Science and Industry, current home of the Bodyworlds 2 exhibit I linked to above, is in the historic "Hyde Park" neighborhood, where the University of Chicago is located. That's a very nice part of the city. You don't want to wander too far away from the Museum and University, however, and make sure you stay on Lake Shore Drive if you decide to travel between there and downtown.

 

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  posted on 3/12/2007 at 06:17 PM
I was at the Rialto show w/ Koko. It was really good. It was the first time I had seen Buddy. I wish I could get to Legends, but he lost the lease and I'm only 14. Well, I enjoyed the show two. I got 3 picks. He played really close to me to. He sold Legends to Columbia College. Student housing?

 

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  posted on 3/12/2007 at 07:56 PM
Cool links/info - keep it coming people.

Ah DTfan - you must have been close to me - were you down front in the Orchestra Pit?

How cool was his Voodoo Chile excert?

And The Brookes Brothers coming out to play - that was pretty cool.

Legends isn't closing - it's moving. He didn't sell it - the lease is up, Buddy didn't own the building, he was just renting it. He does own a block over the road from Legends and said he was thinking of building on it but he's decided to look for a new place to lease instead.

Legends is moving around May or so - but not till they find a new premesis. The owners of the building are being pretty flexable with the lease and there are other people who want to make sure Buddy finds the right venue to move to.

So you'll be able to go to Legends later on down the track - it'll still be alive and kickin' I'm sure of it - no one is going to let it just shut down - it's a Chicago institution.







 

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  posted on 3/12/2007 at 08:29 PM
if you come to HOB, make sure to say hi

 

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  posted on 3/12/2007 at 10:03 PM
Hi Lefty -

I can't make the HOB gig - I'm going to the Bulls/Celtics game tomorrow.

Hopefully I'll meet up with you at one of the other gigs - I'll be sure to say hi if I do.

Unless you are playing till late - any idea what time you will be playing till tomorrow?

Cheers,

Nick.

PS Just went to Legends - couldn't get in cause of a private party but funnily enough I ran into Buddy again - had a laugh with him and high tailed it out of there. He is a cool dude, to say the least.

 

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By the way - how does one get into/invited to the hittin' the note magizine party thang on the 31st in NY??

What time is it at and where?

Cause I'll go to that for sure if I'm 'allowed'.

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  posted on 3/12/2007 at 10:11 PM
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The other thing I love here is visiting Chess Records.

http://www.bluesheaven.com/landmark.htm

I guess in a way it's just an empty recording studio (although people can and do still record there) but I love the place. The history in there is incredible and the rooms/set up is cool. I'd definately recommend checking it out sometime to anyone into the blues. It's a must.
That is MECCA my friend!
Sounds like you know how to enjoy the windy city to the fullest Nick.

 

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  posted on 3/12/2007 at 10:17 PM
Buddy is one of my very favorites as well have seen him many times and I have never been dissapointed .
 

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  posted on 3/12/2007 at 10:37 PM
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I can't make the HOB gig - I'm going to the Bulls/Celtics game tomorrow.

Hopefully I'll meet up with you at one of the other gigs - I'll be sure to say hi if I do.

Unless you are playing till late - any idea what time you will be playing till tomorrow?


we play the downstairs stage..9:30 -1am...you will 10 minutes from us

 

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Nick, there's so much great stuff to see and do within walking distance of Buddy Guy's Legends! Here's just one more page for a public place that's full of free music at noontime and other times during the day:
http://egov.cityofchicago.org/city/webportal/portalDeptCategoryAction.do?BV _SessionID=@@@@0067619943.1173766787@@@@&BV_EngineID=ccccaddkgglflflcefecel ldffhdfhg.0&deptCategoryOID=-536884157&contentType=COC_EVENT&topChannelName =SubAgency&entityName=Cultural+Center&deptMainCategoryOID=-536884157
The City of Chicago departments have the longest links!



The Chicago Cultural Center is up at Michigan & Washington, across from Millenium Park, with its Bean and Gehry-designed Pritzker Pavilion. The CCC building used to house the main library, but now it has the best tourist info center in town, performance spaces, galleries, and more. The building itself has many interesting old architectural features, plus it's just fun taking the stairs and ramps and seeing what you'll find next!
http://egov.cityofchicago.org/city/webportal/portalContentItemAction.do?BV_ SessionID=@@@@0067619943.1173766787@@@@&BV_EngineID=ccccaddkgglflflcefecell dffhdfhg.0&contentOID=536891988&contenTypeName=COC_EDITORIAL&topChannelName =SubAgency&blockName=Cultural+Center%2FGeneral+Information%2FI+Want+To&cont ext=dept&channelId=0&programId=0&entityName=Cultural+Center&deptMainCategor yOID=-536884129

Jazz, Blues, & Beyond, Tuesdays at 12:15
http://egov.cityofchicago.org/city/webportal/portalContentItemAction.do?BV_ SessionID=@@@@0067619943.1173766787@@@@&BV_EngineID=ccccaddkgglflflcefecell dffhdfhg.0&contentOID=536945298&contenTypeName=COC_EVENT&topChannelName=Sub Agency&blockName=Cultural%2BCenter%2FMusic%2FContent&context=dept&entityNam e=Cultural+Center&deptMainCategoryOID=-536884157



Lefty's House of Blues is at Marina City, in the very left center of this map,
between State and Dearborn & on the N bank of the Chicago River.
You were only 3 blocks NE of there while you were being dazzled by the Jazz Record Mart.

 

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  posted on 3/13/2007 at 10:01 AM
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By the way - how does one get into/invited to the hittin' the note magizine party thang on the 31st in NY??
Just show up to the Beacon Hotel conference room around 2:00 on 3/31 ... you've already been inviited !!!
Here is a link that covers things:

http://www.allmanbros.com/modules.php?op=modload&name=XForum&file=viewthrea d&tid=56236

 

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  posted on 3/13/2007 at 11:02 AM
Thanks Peter I will check that stuff out.

Cool as deb - thank you for the link - I will be there with bells on.

Lefty - I'll see you tonight after the bulls - WHOOO HOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!

 

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