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                      Illinois Central Blues Club
                           News and Reviews

“BLUZAPALOOZA gives America’s greatest Blues musicians the opportunity to say ‘Thank you’ and
 ‘We love you’ to America’s greatest troops,” stated Steve Simon, co-producer of BLUZAPALOOZA.
                        April 1—April 14. MISSION ACCOMPLISHED!!!

   L to R: Bobby Rush, Janiva Magness, John Hahn, Steve Simon, Billy Gibson, Tony Braunagel
                               photo courtesy of Mark Goodman

                                                    I want to personally thank everyone who comes out on a Monday night to
  OFFICERS                                          support the ICBC's Blue Mondays. The crowd was elbow to elbow on
  Mark Edmiston -President                          Monday, April 21 to see Bryan Lee & the Blues Power Band from New -                           Orleans. He did not disappoint. These performances are an outreach of
  ph 622-0340                                       our mission to promote blues music in central Illinois, and with a $2.00
                                                    admission fee, we understand that at times we may lose money when
  Dan Bringman - Vice Pres.                         crowds are light. Because of State budget cuts, our funding from the Illi-
  ph 523-2827                                       nois Arts Council was reduced by 42%, making it more difficult for us to
                                                    underwrite these programs. The State is forecasting another difficult year,
  Jenny Kepner - Treasurer -   and the possibility of further agency budget cuts impacting us, is a reality. Reductions in our -     grant funds force us to rely more heavily on our membership dues and individual and corpo-
  ph 698-9661                  rate contributions. I am very appreciative of your support through your membership dues, but
                               would like to ask you to consider making a small tax deductible donation to the ICBC to assist
  Judy Burgess                 us during this time of reduced funding. Sponsorship opportunities are also available and I
  Secretary & Newsletter       would be happy to discuss these with anyone who might be interested. Most non-profits have -        an Annual Appeal, and I guess this is ours. Together we can accomplish great things for the
  ph 726-3149                  Blues!
                                                                                               Your President
  MEMBERS AT LARGE                                                                             Mark
  John Coss
  Shane Denney
  Maria Ferraro                                   Special Thanks to our Corporate Members….
  Candy German                   American Legion Post 809,                                Dean Huston (Sound)
  Lenny Miner                    Bernard Armbruster (Armbruster Tents)                    Edward Kelley,
  Charlotte Montgomery           Steve Bailey                                             Dave Lumsden (Sofa Kings)
  Sylvia Sil                     Judy Burgess (Coldwell Banker Devonshire)                Decatur Celebration Inc.
  Bob Sipe                       Catch 22 (Carrie Dressler),                              Downtown Springfield Inc.,
  Will Sternitzke                Ed Caupert Painting,                                     Byron Nesbitt
  Clarence Stowe                 Janis Cellini                                            Michael E. Rapier (Rapier Surveying)
                                 Thea Chesley                                             Recycled Records, Inc.
    Volunteer                    Rick Dunbar
                                 E&F Distributing Co. (Miller Products)
                                                                                          The Red Light Blues Band
                                                                                          Bobby Shaw Property Maintenance
   Opportunity!                  Bill Evans (N-Da-Groove)                                 Thomas Sutton (Price Street Pub)
                                 Barry Gibbs                                              Traffic Jam Blues Band
     Come Join the Fun!!!
                                 Michael Goza (DJ on WQNA)                                Sharon Whalen (Illinois Times)
                                 Groove Daddies
 Washington Street
   Jazz & Blues
 Saturday, June 28, 2008                                       The Illinois                                 I.C.B.C. thanks Penny Lane for
                                  The Rock Shop Inc.           Central Blues                               donations and continued support!
    6PM—midnight                   1808 W. Jefferson           Club appreci-
                                Springfield, Illinois 62702
                                         Call us:
                                                               ates the contin-
We invite you to be                  (217) 546-8980
                                     (217) 546-9128
                                                               ued support of
                                                               our first spon-
 part of the action!                                           sors. From
                                                               1986 until
$10 cover waived for                                           2007—Our thanks to
     Volunteers                                                Mark and Greg Kessler!!!

                                                               Recycled Records Inc.
        contact                                                625 E Adams
 volunteer coordinator                                         Springfield, IL 627-1
                                                               Ph 217-522-4122
     Maria Ferraro                                             Fax 217-424-2917
      217-622-5015              Thanks to “The Rock Shop”      Email
                               for their support of the ICBC                     guitar raffle.

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                CHRIS CAIN —BLUE MONDAY MAY 5, 2008
        Raisin’ CAIN again with Drummer Tyler Eng and Bassist Dewayne Pate!!!
                               Monday, May 5, 2008 The              started playing with Norton Buffalo and the Knockoutsin
                               Alamo will welcome West              1994. Having grown up in Richmond, California, a tough
                               Coast bluesman Chris Cain and        blue-collar, industrial town on the San Francisco Bay, giv-
                               his blues trio back to Blue          ing him a culturally mixed and musically diverse back-
                               Monday. Chris will be heading        ground (Tyler even went to the same high school with Nor-
                               our way after appearing at           ton Buffalo for a couple years), he was in and around a lot
                               Buddy Guy’s Legends in Chi-          of the same musical circles as Buffalo. He is currently also
                               cago on Friday, May 3. Chris         performing with Chris Cain, Brenda Boykin and Terry
                               was Born November 19, 1955.          Hanck.
                               His passion and intensity are a
                               blend of his mother's Greek          Veteran bassist Dewayne Pate will
                                ancestry and his father's soulful   complete the trio. Pate grew up in
           Chris Cain                                               the San Francisco Bay Area town of
             A.V. Ervin's       black heritage. Cain's debut
      Total Image Photography   recording, Late Night City          Pinole. He switched from guitar to
                                Blues (Blue Rock'it Records-        bass in junior high and played
   1987) garnered four W.C. Handy Blues Award nomina-               through high school in rock bands
   tions, including Guitarist of the Year. Chris was 31 at that     and jazz ensembles. After high
   time. He signed to Blind Pig in 1990, releasing his second       school, Pate headed to Los Angeles
   album, Cuttin' Loose, the same year. The guitarist stayed        for studies at the Los Angeles Musi-
   at Blind Pig for the next few years, releasing Can't Buy A       cian’s Institute of Technology,
   Break in 1992 and Somewhere Along the Way in 1995.               where he worked with bassist’s Jeff
   The rest of his releases are: 1997 - Unscheduled Flight          Berlin and Bob Magnussen and visit-
                                                                    ing artists like Steve Lukather and         Dewayne Pate
   (Blue Rock-It); 1998 - Live at the Rep (Chris Cain Re-
   cords); 1999 - Christmas Cain (Chris Cain Records); 2001         Robben Ford. He graduated in 1981, and returning to the
   - Cain Does King (Blue Rock-It); and his latest release          Bay Area, Pate dove into the life of a working musician,
   five years ago in 2003 - Hall of Shame (Blue Rock-It).           taking gigs of all sorts and styles. In the late 80s, he joined
                                                                    the Ford Blues Band, led by Robben Ford’s brother Pat-
                                      Tyler Eng (Drums &            rick. Through Patrick, Pate made contact with Robben Ford
                                      Vocals) has a resume'         again, nearly a decade after those visiting artist sessions at
                                      that reads like a virtual     MIT. After a stint filling in with Robben’s band, Pate got
                                      who's who in music.           the call to join the group full-time, beginning a tenure of
                                      He has performed with         touring and recording that lasted for several years. Since
                                      Roy Clark, Willie Nel-        then, Pate has continued his busy and versatile career, play-
                                      son, Eddie Money, Neil        ing, as noted with Escovedo, Obiedo and Brooks, as well
                                      Shon of Journey,              as with ex-Prince keyboardist RAD, and, most recently,
                                      Levon Helm and Rick           blues guitarist Chris Cain. He’s even recorded a best-
                                      Danko of The Band,            selling instructional bass tapping video, “The Art of Tap-
                                      Martha Davis of the           ping.”
             Tyler Eng                Motels, Toy Caldwell          Dewayne recently released his own CD, Melting Pot. “The com-
                                      of the Marshall Tucker        posing is what I’m most proud of,” Pate says. “The playing is
   Band, Lightnin' Hopkins, Big Mama Thornton, Albert               great, but I really wanted to focus on making a CD that people
   Collins, Bo Diddley, and Jimmy Buffet. 1977-1979, Tyler          would want to listen to over and over again because the material
   toured the U.S. with Harmonica great, Charlie Mussel-            is so good. The recordings I listen to most are albums where the
   white. In 1979 he began a 5-year stint with the Elvin            song-writing is so strong it doesn’t even matter what genre
   Bishop Band. While with Bishop, Tyler recorded the               they’re in. That’s what I was going for with Melting Pot …. I love
   European-released album "IS YOU IS OR IS YOU AIN'T               all kinds of music, and that’s why I get hired to do a lot of differ-
   MY BABY?", and worked on numerous tours of the U.S.              ent gigs. One day I might be playing with Pete Escovedo, and the
                                                                    next day I’ll be working with Chris Cain, the blues guy …. When
   and Europe. 1984 was the year the Greg Kihn Band                 you’re playing different music all the time, a lot of different mu-
   snared Tyler. Some of his appearances with the group             sic will come to you. And if you hear something you like, you
   included: Saturday Night Live, Dick Clark's American             write it down. That’s what happened with Melting Pot. I wrote
   Bandstand, and Solid Gold. With Kihn, Tyler recorded the         these songs over a 10-year span. I was playing a lot of different
   album "CITIZEN KIHN", on the EMI label. Tyler                    styles, and it all rubbed off on me.”

May/June 2008                                                                                                            Page 3
       The Pauline York Blues Band from Joliet, IL
   Playing at Washington Street Jazz & Blues Festival June 28 7:00PM
                                       The Pauline York             BLACKBERRY WINE
                                       Band's third album re-       (2001), Pauline’s criti-
                                       lease,                       cally acclaimed debut
                                       Get Down and Ride!,          CD is a blend of her
                                       features raw, inspired,      many influences, com-
                                       guitar-driven Blues. A       ing from folk-rock,
                                       modern twist on old-         blues, and Cajun music.
                                       school roots. Although       Her 2004 follow-up
                                       this isn't PYBs first re-    MUDDY WATER takes
                                       lease, it is the first CD    her unique style one step
                                       to have the actual "road     further after building
                                       band" together and re-       chops and confidence on
                                       cording!                     the road between records. Aside from York’s own club dates
                                                                    and headline gigs, the band has also warmed up the stage for
                                                                    a variety of Blues artists. From the Chicago styling of
  Since jumping into the Chicago music scene in 1997, Pauline       Lonnie Brooks, to the tradi-
  York has been putting her personal spin on American Roots         tional Mississippi delta
  & Blues Music. York, lead guitar and vocals, and her band         Blues of Paul Wine Jones, to
  deliver pure, honest, from-the-heart music. No pedals, guitar     the swampy Louisiana
  tricks, or frills here, just real music for real people. At age   sounds of Tab Benoit,
  14, Pauline was exposed to the driving “Texas Sound,”             Pauline’s gigs are as diverse
  which inspired her to explore the roots of that music. Rather     as they are impressive. As
  than becoming another “Power Blues” copycat, she dug              an innovator of contempo-
  deeper, into the music of Freddie King and Jimmy Reed.            rary Roots music, Pauline
  York then went stylistically from Texas to Louisiana, where       blends the traditional and
  she fell in love with the Cajun sound, and to Memphis for         the modern aspects of Blues
  some of that Stax Soul. The result is a fresh new sound…a         with a love of all types of
  style all her own.                                                music, daring the listener to
                                                                    pigeonhole her.

    Pleasure Chest Blues Band from Springfield, IL
 Playing at Washington Street Jazz & Blues Festival June 28 at 11:00PM
                                            The Pleasure Chest       the world’s largest gathering of Blues bands in Memphis,
                                            Blues Band has been      Tennessee. The band is rounded out by Shane Denney, Rich
                                            chosen at the Grand      Hohnann, Keith Altevogt, and Steve Suiter.
                                            Finale at the 2008
                                            Washington Street        Always a crowd pleaser, Pleasure Chest has performed at the
                                            Jazz & Blues Festival    Illinois Central Blues Club’s Blue Monday at the Alamo in
                                            this year.               Springfield several times. Their debut Blue Monday was
                                            Although their reper-    December 11, 2006, and their most recent performance there
                                            toire is broad, this     was April 21, 2008. They were selected to perform at the
                                            central Illinois band    Springfield Blues and BBQ festival and the Chatham Sweet
is best known for performing post-war blues through 1970. In         Corn Festival in 2007. The band was also the featured artist
2008, Pleasure Chest created and performed “History of the           for the 2008 Black History Month at the Illinois Capitol
Blues”, a two-hour educational program using live music to in-       Complex presenting “The History of the Blues”.
troduce young people to the Blues. Featured guitarist Robert
“Memphis Bob” Sampson was recently honored as one of six
finalists at the 2008 International Blues Solo/Duo Challenge at

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                                                                                                                 News and Reviews
     Washington Street Jazz & Blues Festival
                                 9:00 PM

                                                                                    Downtown Springfield
                                                                                    Saturday, June 28, 2008
                                                                         up in Memphis on Beale Street. Once getting to the
  The Illinois Central Blues Club hosted this remark-                    Blues Mecca, it did not take long for them to land a
able young blues band January 14, 2008. We were                          coveted spot in Blues Hall. The band has taken the
delighted with their performance. Brandon Santini                        influences of the Blues greats before them and cre-
and Justin Sulek are just amazing - "Steady Kevin                        ated a traditional sound that has its roots in the past
Eddy" is also outstanding. I see that Tom "Slim"                         but its branches reach far into the future. Released in
Louis has been replaced - but I don't know the new                       November 2007, The Devil Had a Woman shows
guy's name. At any rate - he also was to our liking.                     the maturity of these
The band really rocked. It is a wonderful experience                     growing artists. The
when a new band (to us - or to me I should say) just                     band features Santini
absolutely blows you away - and they did. When                           on vocals and har-
Brandon did "Howlin Wolf" - he got the nod from                          monica, Sulek on
the pros. He was right on. Justin's guitar prowess                       guitar, Tom “Slim”
is fantastic. I loved every single song.                                 Lewis on Bass and
                                                                         “Steady” Kevin Eddy
Considered the next generation of authentic Blues,                       on Drums.
founders Brandon Santini and Justin Sulek were born                                                Brandon Santini at The Alamo Jan 14,
                                                                                                                2008—Photo by Judy Burgess
in the piedmont region of North Carolina, but grew

         Washington Street Jazz & Blues                                       Our thanks to Mansion View Hotel, Springfield Area Arts Council,
                                                                              Illinois Arts Council, and Downtown Springfield Inc. for their sup-
    Street Party in Springfield June 28rd, 2008!!                             port.

                       Spend a great evening of jazz and blues at the         Illinois Central Blues Club is a proud member of The Blues Founda-
                       22nd Annual Washington Street Jazz and Blues           tion.
                       Festival. The event runs from 6 p.m. to 12 mid-
                       The event showcases six great bands performing
                       on two stages located on Washington Street
                       between 5th and 6th Streets in downtown
Admission is $10 and the event will be held rain or shine.
Proceeds from the concert provide matching funds for the Community
Arts Access grant program. This program benefits local artists, arts
organizations and social service organizations with arts programming.
                         *** details page s 4,5 & 6

May/June 2008                                                                                                                    Page 5
                AND ALL THAT JAZZ….
       Washington Street Jazz & Blues June 28, 2008
6:00PM – The Beatniks, Decatur IL                                  Decatur in 2007. With Kevin on lead vocals, sax and flute, the
                   The Beatniks have been together since 2004,     band is rounded out by Dave Burdick on guitar, Chas Blythe on
playing progressive jazz music with an emphasis on composi-        bass, and Brad Davis on drums.
tion and improvisation. A collection of standard jazz tunes,
often with a “Beatniks” stamp to the treatment, rounds out the     10:00PM – Glenn Wilson Quartet, Bloomington IL
groups’ repertoire. Jazz America, their first CD was released in                                      Saxophonist Wilson is a
early spring 2006 under the First Step Records label. The                                             graduate of the Dana School
group is comprised of the following members, each a Central                                           of Music at Youngstown State
Illinois musician in high demand: Perry Rask – saxophone,                                             and has toured and recorded
Darin Holthaus – drums, Dave Burdick – guitar, Andy Burschi                                           with some of the greatest jazz
– bass.                                                                                               legends including Buddy
                                                                                                      Rich, Lionel Hampton, Tito
8:00PM – Bob Katt and the Missing Lynx, Springfield IL                                                Puente and more. Wilson
                                 After spending 30 years as                                           and his quartet come highly
                                 a musician in southern Illi-                                         recommended, particularly
                                 nois, Kevin (Bob Katt) Cox        after the release of One Man’s Blues featuring Steve Kessler
                                 returned to his hometown          on Piano, Jim Masters on Bass and Tony Martucci on Drums.
                                 of Springfield to form the        Glenn also regularly collaborates with New York guitarist of
                                 Missing Lynx in 2001.             critical acclaim, Rory Stuart, and has recorded six solo albums
                                 Their soon-to-be-released         and appeared on 21 others as a sideman.
                                 CD, Third Stone Disco-
                                 theque was recorded in

                                            Returns to Blue Monday June
                                      Born in the United King-     larly when the lyrics related to the plight of the Aborigines in
                                      dom, Harper’s musical        Australia. When I added the didgeridoo to the more tradi-
                                      journey began early, per-    tional blues instruments, it worked
                                      forming in brass bands
                                      playing the trumpet and      Prior to his introduction to American audiences, Harper re-
                                      euphonium. At the age of     leased six albums to great acclaim in his homeland of Austra-
                                      ten, his family moved        lia. Harper’s first Blind Pig release and American debut,
                                      half way the world to        2005’s Down To The Rhythm, won accolades from the press
                                      Perth, Western Australia,    for its unique sound and virtuoso performances, coupled with
                                      and his father introduced    Harper’s compositional skill. Harper’s latest release from
                                      Harper to the harp. In       Blind Pig Records, Day By Day, showcases the results of
                                      Perth, one of the most       steady touring over the past several years, and his always
                                      isolated cities in the       unparalleled songwriting. Distorted guitars blend with the
world, there was a thriving blues and folk scene. The blues        unique drone of the didgeridoo to create raw yet eerie sonic
had a rawness, an honesty and a passion of the soul which          textures, somehow sounding primal and contemporary, while
spoke to Harper deeply. Then, like every blues lover, Harper       Harper’s ace band holds down the groove with a keen sec-
began his journey backwards to discover the deeper roots of        ond-sense of interplay and dynamics that so many groups
the music. Fascinated with the spirituality and culture of the     strive for. Complementing the music are Harper’s compelling
American Natives, he found the same qualities present in the       lyrics, portraying personal struggles, spiritual discovery, and
Australian Aborigines of his homeland. On adding the native        modern relevance and topicality. Day By Day is certain to
didgeridoo to his music, Harper says "It is a sound I grew up      turn the heads of audiences looking for originality, honesty,
with, so it seemed natural to add it to my songwriting particu-    passion and skill in modern roots music.

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May 2008                                     Blue Monday Jams are sponsored by the Illinois Cen-
                                             tral Blues Club at The Alamo, 115 N. Fifth Street,
                                             Springfield, beginning at 8:30 pm Musicians are en-
                                             couraged to bring their instruments because very of-
                                             ten the scheduled band invites them to join in.

 Sun            Mon              Tue   Wed        Thu               Fri             Sat

                  ********                        1    ********     2               3
                Every Monday                       Every Thursday     Texas         Mike Burnett
                Frank Parker's                     Acoustic Blues
                                                                      Groove              &
                                                    w/Springfield                   Jeff Kornfield
                Jambalaya Jam                          Shaky         Koo Koo’s
                  Brewhaus                                                            at Boones
                                                    Café Kanichi-      Nest
                5:30-8:30 p.m.                      Wa 8pm-1am.
                  ********                             ******

 4              5                6     7          8                 9               10
                Chris Cain                                                          Texas Groove
                From                                                                  Riverside
                                                                                     Rock N Roll
                                                                                     The Oohs at

 11             12               13    14         15                16              17
                The Blues                                                               Texas
                Deacons                                             The Mud Bugs      Groove
                From                                                  At Boones      at Boone’s

 18             19               20    21         22                23              24
                Sanchez &                                           Mark & Joe
                the Kings of                                        At Boones
                From the
                West Coast

 25             26               27    28         29                30              31 BBQ,
                Stone Cold                                                          Blues &
                Blues Band                                          Mark & Joe      Cruise in
                (formerly                                           At Boones       Taylorville
                KMC)                                                                Blues noon
                                                                                    until 10:30

May/June 2008                                                                      Page 7
June 2008
                                                  ********            ********
                                                Every Monday       Every Thursday
                                                Frank Parker's     Acoustic Blues
                                                  Jambalaya            Shaky
                                                     Jam            Café Kanichi-
                                                  Brewhaus          Wa 8pm-1am.
                                                5:30-8:30 p.m.         ******

 Sun     Mon           Tue   Wed   Thu            Fri               Sat

 1       2             3     4     5          6          7
         Texas                          CHICAGO BLUES FESTIVAL
         Groove                           Free admission JUNE 5-8, 2008
         Springfield                                                 Texas Groove at The
                                                                          Rusty Spur
                                                                       in Decatur 9PM

 8       9             10    11    12             13                14

 15      16            17    18    19             20                21
         The Deak                                 Texas Groove
         Harp Blues                               Boone’s Up-
                                                  town Grill
         Band                                     6:30
         From                                     Beer Garden

 22      23            24    25    26             27                28
         HARPER                                                     Street
         From                                                       Jazz
         Australia                                                  & Blues

 29      30
         Levee Town
         Kansas City

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                   Dan Sanchez & the Kings of Pleasure
                                             Blue Monday May 19
                                   Originally from                  dem invited Ball to sit in on keyboards; he has been
                                   the West Coast,                  playing piano as a king ever since. Don and Cody's
                                   Dan Sanchez is                   percussion fill out the rhythmic backbone of the
                                   the quintessential               kings, sealing a sound that is both mesmerizing and
                                   blues man, han-                  energizing.
                                   dling both vocals
                                   and lead guitar.                 Dan Sanchez (lead vocals and guitar) was born to
                                   And while Dan                    play the blues. A native of Los Angeles, California,
                                   Sanchez and the                  he has been playing guitar for more than two dec-
 Kings of Pleasure initially operated under his name                ades. His exposure to the sounds and rhythms of the
 alone, he felt that the rhythm section deserved a                  West Coast enabled him to craft a musical style that
 name of its own. Following one night’s spectacular                 is both richly smooth and electrifyingly exhilarating.
 performance, Sanchez dubbed the surrounding                        And that cultural education now consistently perme-
 combo “the kings of pleasure” and it was the dawn                  ates his writing, singing, and performing.
 of a new day for this singularly sensational opera-
 tion in swing. Not just a brotherhood on a mission,                Ryan Ramos, on harmonica, is from Orange County
 they became a force to be reckoned with.                           California and has been playing harmonica for fif-
                                                                    teen years
 The kings consist of Donald Durham, Jason Ball,
 and Cody Lowery. Sanchez and bassist Durham                        Jason Ball is now into his third decade as a piano-
 grew up together in Los Angeles, California. In                    playing blues man. his mission is simple—keep the
 2001, they decided to follow their passion and                     true blues piano alive.
 make great music. A band was formed and the tan-

                                    RIP Sean Costello 4/16/79-4/15/08
                              Delta Groove recording artist         up the guitar. Within a few short years he’d won the Memphis
                              Sean Costello passed away in          Blues Society’s new talent award, and was on the road with his
                              Atlanta, GA on Tuesday, April         own band. At age 17 he released his first album, Call The Cops,
                              15th, one day before his 29th         acclaimed by Real Blues Magazine as “an explosive debut.” He
                              birthday.                             soon joined forces with fellow Blues guitarist Susan Tedeschi,
                              Many Springfield Blues Fans           with whom he toured and recorded, laying down tasteful lead
                              had the opportunity to see this       guitar work on her Gold-certified Tone-Cool debut Just Won’t
                              amazing young man at the Sum-         Burn. Sean’s Delta Groove debut
                              mer CILCO concert a few years         CD We Can Get Together, just
                              ago. Losing someone as young,         released in February, was pro-
                              vibrant, and talented as Sean,        duced by Costello himself. He
                              who had accomplished so much          called it the best work he’d ever
                              in just a few short years and still   done, and the critics agreed. He
had so much potential, is a terribly difficult blow, not only to    recently said, “All I’ve ever
those who knew him personally, but for the music commu-             wanted to do was play the guitar
nity as a whole. He had been unanimously praised as one of          well. I’ve been fortunate to be able
the main torch-bearers of the Blues flame for the coming            to make a living doing it, and I
generations, and now that potential will go sadly unfulfilled.      plan to keep it up for the rest of
Costello was born in Philadelphia in 1979, moved with his           my life.”
family to Atlanta at the age of 9, and soon afterward picked        *photos from World Music Central
 May/June 2008                                                                                                      Page 9
                                          Blues fans won’t want to miss Blue Monday June 16, when we welcome The Deak Harp Blues
                                          Band back to the Blues Stage at The Alamo. Their last appearance here was Monday,
                                          February 4. That was the day that THE FOG ROLLED IN. There were multi-car pileups all
                                          around us - we canceled our scheduled board meeting planned for 7pm that night - and at 7:30,
                                          THE FOG LIFTED! Unfortunately, many people didn't notice that the fog lifted, and about
                                          8:30 the thunderstorms started. I made it to The Alamo "in the eye of the storm", and was
                                          pleased to find that Deak and his band had arrived on time in spite of the horrible weather. I
                                          talked to some blues fans who had come in from Champaign (half the band was from the
                                          Champaign area and half from the Charleston area) in the dense fog as well. Gradually the
Deak Harp & Rev Robert at The Alamo 2007
                                          room filled. Deak and Company didn't hold back. They couldn't have been more enthusiastic,
                                          or more into giving their audience the best performance possible. Deak's harp playing is
strongly influenced by James Cotton, who he traveled with and studied with for years.
Deak started playing harmonica at age 12 When he heard a schoolmate playing blues on a harmonica. Deak listened to British
blues until his brother Bob told him about a harp master named James Cotton. After years following Cotton around, Cotton asked
Deak to drive for him on the east coast tours... February of 1992 Asbury park press writer Robert Santelli reviewed a show in New
Jersey where Deak and Cotton were two of the featured harp players. Santelli wrote "Deak jumped into the Audience and ran
down the main aisles at lease twice, playing his harmonica like a man possessed". Deak still has the same
exuberance that Santelli saw 16 years ago!!!
In 1993 Deak had a the good fortune and Opportunity to drive for the James Cotton Band from Chicago to
                                         Miami, Florida and back. Deak later drove for the James Cotton special
                                         acoustic trio featuring James Cotton, Dave Maxwell and Luther Tucker;
                                         who was Little Walter's guitar player back in the 60s on the tour. Deak
                                         learned directly from James Cotton, who helped him with his tone on the
                                         harp and taught him how to be a band leader".

                                         The Deak Harp Blues Band is made up of Deak Harp on harmonica and
                                         vocals, Bobby Reynolds, aka Rev. Robert, on guitar, and Steve Adelman on        Deak Harp Chatham
                                         drums.                                                                         Sweet Corn Fest 2007
Deak Harp Chatham Sweet Corn Fest 2007

Levee Town is a radiantly hot rockin' Americana foursome out of Kansas City. Their
music ranges from covers of Willie Dixon, Muddy Waters, Freddie King, Bob Dylan,
and Big Joe Turner, to originals like Go to Heaven, The Winter song, and Forgive the
Intrusion. The sound is a searing mix of traditional rock‘n’roll, blues, and rockabilly.
The beat is supplied by Jan "Big Show" Faircloth. He is originally from central Kan-
sas, and builds the rock solid foundation of Levee Town’s rhythm. He can mesmerize
you with a constant count, bang’em like Bonham, or tickle your ears with the brushes.
Jan even sings chorus.
Jacque Garoutte multi-instrumentalist arranger and producer fills in the bass with
years of musical experience. From Miami Oklahoma, Jacque lays down a deep strong
bass line, supplies quite bit of energy onstage, and sings with a smooth single malt
From Chicago, Jimmie Meade plays the harmonica like a man possessed by…angels and demons alike. He will make you smile
as he jumps and jives during his intense harp and vocal renditions of Dylan and Waters.
While growing up in central Oklahoma, Brandon Hudspeth saw Johnny Cash on Sesame Street and had to start pickin’ on guitars.
As he sings, he rings the
neck of his wide body Gibson like its a Flying Vee dipped in gasoline.

These guys are blazing hot! They will cause you to stomp your feet, clap your hands, and maybe dance on the tables. Levee
Town generates a lot of excitement and a smokin’ good time. For your own protection, you better wear a fire suit!

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                                 Bluzapalooza – the first            me, within eight seconds we            SSG James Burgess
                                 blues concert to ever tour a        stopped the show and all the        FOB Liberty, Baghdad, Iraq
                                 war zone – was produced             soldiers and musicians got to
                                 by Steve Simon and John             the nearest bunkers. Only a
                                 Hahn and presented by               few seconds later, the per-
                                 Armed Forces Entertain-             formers and audience heard
                                 ment. The musicians                 just how close of a call the
                                 shipped out on April 1 for          rocket attack was…. The
                                 the nine-day tour which             ground shook with the explo-
 found blues legends, Bobby Rush, Janiva Magness, Billy              sion of the incoming rockets.
 Gibson and Tony Braunagel playing three hour gigs, some-            It turned out they had targeted the base we were at and actually hit
 times twice a day, in Kuwait City and several different             200 yards from where we were in the bunker. It rattled your teeth
 bases in Iraq.                                                      – it was a very surreal experience.”

 Simon said, “Bringing the blues to America’s soldiers had           “As the music gave the troops a break from their reality, this inci-
 nothing to do with politics. It wasn’t about whether we             dent reminded us what their life is all about. That made our ex-
 should be there or not or why we went there. We toured              perience that much more real.”
 there to give these kids a break and it was incredibly inspir-
 ing to all of us. On the last night in Iraq we were playing at      Simon is putting together a second blues tour scheduled to head
 a base in Baghdad called Victory and in the middle of the           out in min-October.
 show the siren went off, which is an indication of a rocket
 attack about to happen. They have sirens all over the base          ** Editor’s note: My son, SSG Jim Burgess, is stationed at For-
 of their sophisticated electronic system which detects in-          ward Operating Base Liberty. He met the blues troop the morning
 coming mortars and rockets. You have about eight seconds            of their concert, and talked to Billy Gibson, but his platoon was
 from the time you hear the siren to seek cover….believe             called out on a mission and he wasn’t able to attend the concert.

Bobby Rush, Janiva Magness and Billy Gibson Take the Blues to Our Troops
                                      Some people think it's           struggle you happen to be in.
                                      ironic we're bringing the        Blues is the music of the peo-
                                      blues to the troops. Don't       ple. I can't think of a better
                                      they have enough al-             message to try to carry to the
                                      ready? But the blues is          men and women in Iraq.
                                      really joyous music. And         Hang on, hang on, we will
                                      this tour is going to be         get through this and come out
                                      one joyous party." John          the other side. We will see
                                      Hahn, Producer                   you home soon!" Janiva
                                                                       Magness, Performer
“The blues is all about feeling good when you're feeling bad
and that's exactly the message that we are bringing to our             "Protecting this great nation's
troops; no matter where you are, no matter what you are do-            interest abroad and defending
ing, no matter how you are feeling, the blues will make you            our country is what the men
feel better." Steve Simon, Producer                                    and women of our American troops
                                                                       have been called to do. They serve
“It’s all about the soldiers. Thousands of miles from home             PROUD AND STRONG…. Music is
doing their duty. Whether you support the war or not, these            what I do and what I am. To be called
are our young uns.” Bobby Rush, Performer                              to serve the troops as a musician and
                                                                       entertainer is a real blessing - the
"This great American art form called Blues Music is all about          chance of a lifetime. I’m gonna give
surviving and celebrating that we do! It's about getting               'em everything I got because that's
through to the other side of whatever struggle you happen to           what they're giving me and this coun-
be in. Blues is the music of the people. I can't think of a better     try!" Billy Gibson, Performer

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    SPRINGFIELD, IL                                                          Peoria                                          Delta Frank Black—Blues 24/7           but we never share our mailing list
                                                                        WEFT-FM, 90.1                  with other organizations
   Sundays Noon—2pm                                                  Champaign, Illinois,
                                                            Dave Wright—”Dave’s Blues” - Tues-
 Dan Bringman & Michael                                                   days at 11:30
“The Deal Hi-Fi Blues Show”                                     New!! On the Air in Kankakee                                        Amount paid:__________
                                                                        WKCC 91.1 FM
                                                                 Kankakee Community College
    Mondays 5pm—7pm                                         D’Arcy Ballinger and James Walker will
       Mike Goza                                            be hosting “Friends of the Blues” Thurs-
                                                                     days 4:30pm—6:00pm
      “Blues Power”

                                                                Taylorville BBQ, Blues & Cruise                                                   7:00 to 10:30
      Noon to 3:00                                         Saturday, May 31 —-10:00AM to 11:00PM                                                  The Soulard
      The Voodoo                                                                                                                                   Blues Band
       Blues Band           Amateur Barbeque Cook-off — Car Show                                                            3:30 to 6:30         from St. Louis
     from St. Louis Blues Bands from Champaign and St. Louis 12:00PM-11PM                                                   The Kilborn
                                  Christian County Fair Grounds                                                             Alley Blues
                                 West Spresser St., Taylorville, IL                                                          Band from
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                                      THE BLUES DEACONS
                                 Blue Monday at The Alamo May 12
                               The Illinois central Blues Club is happy to welcome The Blues Deacons back to the blues stage at The Alamo on
                               Monday, May 12. Billy Galt, from Monticello, Illinois, has been Singing the Blues since 1980. He is an amazing
                               acoustic guitarist, and can sing in the deepest, most gravelly blues voice you've ever heard. His range is phenome-
                               nal, and his voice can be mellow when that fits the song. No matter the style, Billy is a musician that ranks right
                               up at the top of any list.

                               The Blues Deacons have been a mainstay of the downstate Illinois blues scene since forming in 1990.

                               Galt has honed his skills backing blues luminaries such as Homesick James, Sonny Boy Williamson Jr., Maxwell
                               Street Jimmy, and Shirley King (daughter of the legendary B.B. King).

                               Andy Burnett (drums) re-joins the Blues Deacons after a few years absence. He brings energy, a driving beat, and
                               a fresh look to the Deacons lineup.

                               Beau "Blind Dog" Renshaw (bass) has had many years of classical cello training. He lays down sturdy bass lines
 and also adds some real spice to the mix. His excellent stage presence adds a lot to the Deacons experience.

 Together, these three veteran musicians form a tight blues machine while retaining a raw, soulful edge. When the East Central Illinois Blues
 Club was asked to send a representative to "Bluestock," a Memphis showcase of blues bands from across the country and around the world, the
 Blues Deacons were chosen.

 The Deacons have appeared at the House of Blues tent at the Illinois State Fair and have played numerous festivals and street fairs throughout
 downstate Illinois. Even though they strive to play true blues venues, they are always willing and able to work the small town taverns and road-
 houses that dot the map in rural areas.

                   STONE COLD BLUES BAND—Blue Monday at The Alamo May 26
                        Stone Cold Blues Band is a new incarnation of an old favorite, the KMC Blues Band.
                        KMC founder Ken Pollard was one of the first performers at the first Blue Mondays
                        back in the 1980s. Originally, the band was named for the 3 Pollard brothers, Ken,
                        Michael, and Charles.

                    Stone Cold Blues Band features Ken as the lead guitarist and vocalist, along with John
 Coss, “Mr. 50/50” on drums and the very talented Mr. George Dew on keyboard.


                              TEXAS GROOVE—Blue Monday at The Alamo June 2
                                             Inspired by the energy and soul of Texas blues music, Texas Groove was formed in 2006 by guitarist
                                             Rick Meadows. This trio from Springfield, Illinois provides gritty electric blues for generations of
                                             blues lovers.
                                             The Illinois is pleased to host the great local band at Blue Monday on June 2.
                                             BLAKE EVERIST - Electric Bass, Lead Vocals
                                             Blake is a veteran musician with over 40 years of playing and singing experience. Playing with many
                                             bands in the Springfield area including The Young Swingers, Sofa Kings, Groove Daddies and more,
                                             Blake brings a wealth of talent and experience to the group. Come check this guy out. You won't be
                                             BOB SIMONSON - Drums
Bob was added to the lineup in 2007 and is also veteran musician. Bob has a bachelors degree in music from Roosevelt University in Chicago and
provides impeccable timing for the group. Bob was a professional musician for 10 years and has a ton of experience including a 3 year stint with the
band Cold Shot who opened for Buddy Guy in 1990.
Rick, the originator of Texas Groove, has been playing guitar for 23 years. Rick brings an unending passion for Texas Blues music and prides him-
self on spending endless hours listening and practicing in order to pay homage to the Texas Blues legends while performing.

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     Blue Mondays                     Win a Guitar Signed by BB King
                                                                       ICBC Member & local musician Denny
          At                                                           Moore attended BB King’s performance
      The Alamo                                                        in Peoria, IL on November 28, 2007, and
                                                                       was able to get another guitar signed by
May 5 Chris Cain                                                       BB King. This guitar, Epiphone Dot 335
May12 Blues Deacons                                                    - Sunburst, will be awarded to some lucky
May 19 Dan Sanchez                                                     winner at the Old Capitol Blues & BBQ
                                                                       in downtown Springfield this August.
May 26 Stone Cold
       Blues Band                                                      The guitar will be on display and tickets
                                                                       will be available at Blue Mondays and at
June 2 Texas Groove                                                    the Washington St. Jazz & Blues Festival.
June 9 Shawn Kellerman
June 16 The Deak Harp
        Blues Band                                                     ***Tickets available from ICBC
June 23 HARPER                Board Members, at Blue Mondays and at the Washington Street Jazz & Blues
June 30 Levee Town                                           Festival

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