Chicago Blues Festival 2022
The Keeshea Pratt Band
An enjoyable start to the Festival for me!
Erwin Helfer and His Boogie Woogie Ensemble
Erwin is now 86, and still plays an enjoyable boogie woogie styled blues
She is a solid, powerful guitar player and singer!
Subtle - she is NOT - but most enjoyable!
Joey J Saye
Strong, warm and great show! 20 minutes after she finished - I passed her walking up the isle
A Very Solid Guitar Player and Singer!
First off, I must admit my prejudices! Billy Branch is, in my estimation, the greatest living blues harp player. I've seen him perform perhaps 20 or more times. This set started out in a non-descript manner. Then it simply Took Off! "Boom, Boom, Boom, Boom" - was one of the initial, incredible songs. There was a tribute to Theresa's Lounge (Junior with Buddy - wonderful there decades ago - as well as most memorable New Year's Eve with James Cotton. The set got better, and better and better! It was the most wonderful set I've ever heard Billy Branch play! I will remember it well into the future! Normally Billy Branch plays with a four or five piece band and things are adlibbed at least in part. Clearly here - with an 11 piece band - things were orchestrated - the horns - had sheet music; It was perfectly scripted and performed!
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