Next Meetup

11/21 Thanksgiving Eve Blues Concert w/The Smiley Tillmon Band & Carlise Guy $25
BAC’s Thankful for the Blues Party with The Smiley Tillmon Band (host Robin T's dad!) and The NuBlu Band featuring Carlise Guy Click here to buy tickets with our group: Then indicate PAID in the comments. You may buy 1 extra ticket for a guest. Please RSVP as well. We will meet in the lobby at 6:30p to meet & greet and line up to get seated together. Seating is first come so arrive early. Host Robin T will have a Meetup sign and nametag[masked]. Call or text if you don't see her or are running late. The NuBlu Band has been performing dance, funk, pop and R&B together for more than seven years. The band is headed by Carlise Guy, daughter of legendary Chicago Blues Musician Buddy Guy. They have performed with Buddy, all over Chicago, the Midwest and over seas. The NuBlu Bandincludes: Carlise Guy (lead vocals), Mark Maddox (lead guitar), Dan Henley (drums) Kenyatta Gaines (back-up vocals) Michael Sterling (bass guitar) and Dave Holloway (keyboards). One of the busiest blues outfits in Chicagoland, The Smiley Tillmon Band is a guaranteed crowd-pleaser. There’s an obvious reason why the veteran guitarist’s booking schedule is so jam-packed: Smiley knows how to have a good time and makes sure his audience does too. After 55 years on the local blues scene, Tillmon serves up the blues and soul standards that people never seem to stop craving, his rich vocals and fluid guitar backed by a band that keeps his grooves tight and right. Born Moses Tillmon in rural Jefferson County, Georgia, Smiley grew up on a hearty musical diet of gospel, country, and a little blues. His mother moved to Fort Lauderdale when he was ten; there he was exposed to calypso music, adding up to a singular list of influences. Tillmon took up guitar and was good enough by the dawn of the ‘60s to back Miami R&B singer Billy Miranda in the studio. He joined Sammy Ambrose & the Afro-Beats, a calypso-oriented band, touring from Canada to New York. Smiley bid the Afro-Beats adieu in 1962 and moved to Chicago. There he established himself on the blues circuit, playing with Billy “The Kid” Emerson, Denise LaSalle, and other South Side luminaries until he opted for a day job in 1977. He retired after 30 years and returned to his love of playing music full time in 2007. He has been going full steam ever since!

Beverly Arts Center

2407 W 111th St · Chicago

1 comment

What we're about

Chicago Intercultural Explorers is a new meetup that brings people together who are interested in cross-cultural, ethnic, or racial relations and relationships. Our gatherings offer a mixture of events and open discussion on the experiences, issues, benefits and challenges of those in the mixed couples dating scene. In the process, we hope to foster a dynamic cross-cultural exchange. If you’ve been looking for great conversations with creative, diverse people and a blend of international music, film, and food, please join us at one of our upcoming events!

Members (1,371)

Photos (1,154)