| Jun 3, 2008
Primal rock and blues musician Bo Diddley, who helped cast the sonic template of rock more than 50 years ago with a signature syncopated rhythm that became universally recognized as "the Bo Diddley beat," died Monday. He was 79.
Diddley died of heart...
| Jun 4, 2009
Koko Taylor, a Chicago musical icon who became one of the most revered female blues vocalists of her time with signature hits such as "Wang Dang Doodle," "I'm a Woman" and "Hey Bartender," died Wednesday at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago of...
| Sep 2, 2009
Chicago blues singer
Jesse Fortune, 79, a veteran Chicago blues singer, died Monday after collapsing on stage while performing at a West Side club. He was pronounced dead at Mt. Sinai Hospital, and an autopsy showed he died of coronary...
| Feb 8, 2013
| 7:30 AM
More than a week has passed since local bands returned from the International Blues Challenge in Memphis, time enough for the experience to marinate in the minds of musicians.
Members of the Peninsula youth blues band The UnXpected as well as hard-...
| Dec 25, 2012
The site where Michael Reese Hospital once stood isn't much to look at, just a 37-acre swath of overgrown land in Bronzeville, behind a shoddy chain-link fence.
Developers are itching to build a casino or perhaps a sports entertainment complex on the...
| May 27, 2012
| 4:23 PM
For the myriad things great about the Levitt Pavilion SteelStacks on the ArtsQuest campus in South Bethlehem, the one bad thing – that it’s uncovered and the shows are held rain or shine – threatened the Saturday’s opening of the.....
| Sep 8, 2012
| 4:23 AM
Blues guitar legend Buddy Guy sang at the Sands Bethlehem Event Center on Friday night, "I'm 76 years young, there ain't nothing I haven't done." I believe it. Guy played with John Lee Hooker, Muddy Waters and Howlin' Wolf. He......
| Dec 19, 2011
| 6:28 PM
Members of the Harrisburg Chapter of Heeding God's Call led a prayer vigil in memory of two people who lost their lives to gun violence last week.
The vigil was held on the 100 block of Beaver Road in Paxtonia, where 31-year-old Travis Vogelsong was shot...
| Oct 23, 2012
| 7:17 AM
Last May, during a conference on "Race, Gender & the Blues" at Dominican University, the master harmonica player Sugar Blue addressed the theme in an impassioned, unforgettable soliloquy.
Lamenting that blues increasingly has been expropriated by white...
| Jun 7, 2012
| 11:00 AM
As a teenager in ‘60s San Francisco, Joe Louis Walker lived just blocks away from Sly Stone, roomed with Mike Bloomfield, and played shows with B.B. King, Jimi Hendrix and Thelonious Monk.
Walker was the 16-year-old house guitarist at the Matrix,...
| Jan 16, 2012
If there's such a sound as "authentic" Chicago blues, there's one player, one man, one artist who still delivers that musical genre like no one else. Buddy Guy is now the nation's most influential blues guitarist. He's won six Grammys, he's in the Rock...