Saturday, November 17 / 1:30 p.m.
Windy City Blues Doubleheader
CHICAGO PLAYS THE BLUES
featuring RONNIE BAKER BROOKS, BILLY BRANCH and more
LIL’ ED & THE BLUES IMPERIALS
Tickets: Part of All-Day Saturday Package / $79
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Ronnie Baker Brooks and Billy Branch performed on the Chicago Plays the Stones album, which has 12 all-new recordings of iconic Rolling Stones songs, reimagined in the Chicago blues style and played by today’s greatest Chicago blues artists.
Artists on the album included the legendary Buddy Guy and Mick Jagger and Keith Richards of the Stones.
Ronnie Baker Brooks is a Chicago blues and soul guitarist, singer, songwriter and recording artist. He is a highly respected club performer in Chicago.
His father Lonnie Brooks was a symbol of Chicago blues as a guitarist and vocalist. Ronnie’s brother Wayne Baker Brooks also is a blues guitarist.
Billy Branch is a harmonica player and singer who was discovered by Willie Dixon, known as the father of modern Chicago blues. Branch toured with Dixon for six years.
Branch has played on over 150 different recordings, including 12 under his name. Some of the notables he has recorded with are Dixon, Johnny Winter, Lou Rawls, Koko Taylor, Eddy Clearwater, Honeyboy Edwards, Syl Johnson, Lurie Bell, John Primer, Taj Mahal, Lonnie Brooks and Ronnie Baker Brooks.
Branch and his band, the Sons of Blues, have delivered the blues around the world with over 70 international tours.
His internationally recognized Blues in Schools program has taught thousands of children around the world. Branch is committed to teaching both young and old about the blues as the roots of America’s music.
Lil’ Ed Williams is a blues slide guitarist, singer and songwriter. With his backing band, The Blues Imperials, he has built up a loyal following.
Living Blues magazines has described the band as “rough-and-ready Chicago blues. Ed’s swirling, snarling slide guitar work is riveting, and The Imperials pound out blues-rock riffs and rhythms behind him as if they’re overdosing on boogie juice.”
Guitar Player has called the band “a snarling boogie-blues machine.”