Join the Chicagoland Crazy Bout the Blues and Chicago Jazz Meetup Groups at Buddy Guy's Legends for dinner and blues featuring THREE wonderful women of the blues.
We will begin with acoustic blues goddess Donna Herula.
Donna Herula is a Chicago born singer and slide guitar player that plays country, Delta and modern blues styles. With a percussive guitar style and soulful voice, Donna plays fingerstyle as well as blues slide guitar on her resonator guitars, including a 1930’s National Steel Triolian and National Steel Tricone.
Donna’s second CD “The Moon Is Rising: Songs of Robert Nighthawk” was released in February 2011 and in September 2011, placed #32 on the Roots Music Report for top Blues albums played on the radio. People are still talking about Donna's tribute to Robert Nighthawk performed at the 2009 Chicago Blues Festival.
We will enjoy our meetup dinner during Donna's set. Legends' menu features the best of Southern cooking representing the dishes of Buddy's home state of Louisiana. See the menu here.
Dinner and Donna's show begins at 6:00 sharp. As you know from previous meetups Legends does not allow for the saving of seats but I will do what I can to seat us together or near each other if you are there early.
Donna's show is just the beginning of a fabulous night of the blues with three blues divas. After the acoustic set, Chicago's own Mary Lane will perform at 9:30pm. Mary has been the queen of the Chicago West Side blues scene since she moved here in 1961. Her gritty bare bones vocals reflect the hard times she has had to endure over her years. Here's what Blues author David Whiteis says about Mary: "Untainted by pop, soul, or even R & B influence, Lane's straight-ahead wail harks back to primal blues architects like Memphis Minnie, and her stolid stage presence is a far cry from the flirtatiousness or bathetic emotionalism so fashionable among modern blueswomen."
If you still haven't had enough stick around for the headliner, Joanne Shaw Taylor. The whiskey voiced singer-songwriter is considered the first lady of British Blues. Joanne left school at 16 and ran straight into her big break, as a twist of fate directed her demo tape into the hands of Eurythmics icon Dave Stewart after a charity gig. Reflecting on his first impressions, Stewart recalls that “she made the hairs on the back of my neck stand on end”, and his phone-call the following day proved the start of a lasting friendship, with Joanne seeking his advice on the industry and even accompanying his DUP supergroup across Europe in 2002.
• No cover charge for the acoustic set. $20 at the beginning of the Mary Lane performance
• Parking available in surrounding lots. Limited on street parking
Three blues divas, each with a different style and take on the blues. What an evening!!!! Come out and join us.