| Sep 16, 2012
| 4:24 PM
What all-indoor festival? ArtsQuest's second Blast Furnace Blues festival, which was supposed to be among the SteelStacks festivals to move entirely indoors this year after disappointing crowds and weather last year, changed plans with forecasts...
| Sep 11, 2012
| 4:24 PM
A Chicago blue guitarist who played Pennsylvania Blues Festival last year will replace an ailing headliner who canceled his appearance at this weekend’s Blast Furnace Blues Festival, officials have announced. Magic Slim & the Teardrops, who have won...
| Nov 3, 2012
| 4:25 PM
A multiple Grammy and Blues Music Award-winning guitar player will headline the annual Toys for Tots concert drive by 2nd Story Blues Alliance, it has been announced. Joe Louis Walker, who dueted with B.B. King on King’s 1993 Grammy -winning......
| Apr 27, 2012
| 4:23 PM
A blues singer and harmonica player who has performed with many of the greats of his day will headline the second annual Blast Furnace Blues festival, Sept. 14-16 at the ArtsQuest Center at SteelStacks in Bethlehem, organizers just announced. James......
| Sep 5, 2013
| 8:50 PM
Headed baseball negotiations
during 1981 players strike
Ray Grebey, 85, who led Major League Baseball labor negotiations during the tumultuous 50-day strike that split the 1981 season, died Aug. 28 in Stamford, Conn. His family said he...
| Aug 2, 2013
| 12:03 PM
Almost two years ago 2nd Ward alderman Bob Fioretti stood in the rain on a South Wabash Avenue corner and held up a street sign that read “Buddy Guy Way.”
Those who have carped about the proliferation of honorary street signs in Chicago over...
| Jun 24, 2013
| 7:21 PM
When blues singer Bobby "Blue" Bland was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1992, his longtime friend B.B. King, considered one of the most successful and influential blues singers of the 20th century, praised Bland not just for the blues...
| May 30, 2013
| 10:01 AM
During the 30th annual Chicago Blues Festival next week, any set definition of the music — or this event's scope — should be busted apart. No doubt, this city will always be identified with the voices of Howlin' Wolf and Muddy Waters, but...
| Jun 22, 2011
| 7:14 AM
Willimantic's Shaboo Inn, co-founded in 1971 by David Foster when he was only 19, was THE quiet corner jaunt to hear great music in the 1970s; AC/DC, The Police, Elvis Costello, Joe Cocker, Dr. John, Iggy Pop, David Crosby, Bob Weir, Tom Petty, Cheap...
| Dec 10, 2011
When Howlin' Wolf romped through "Wang Dang Doodle" or thundered in "Three Hundred Pounds of Joy," the snarling guitar that accompanied him belonged to one of the greatest bluesmen to pick up the instrument: Hubert Sumlin.
The cry of Sumlin's guitar ...
| Jun 7, 2011
| 8:48 AM
Some kind of magic switch seems to have gotten flipped. With summer here, Connecticut turns into a sunny wonderland of outdoor music festivals, county fairs, regional food shindigs and other finely focused affairs. Celebrate the seasonal joys of...