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Blues at the Taste of Chicago 2014

Toronzo Cannon in the crowd at 2013 Chicago Blues Fest
Joe Skotnicki

Chicago’s Taste of Chicago starts on Wednesday July 9th and runs through Sunday July 13th. Believe it or not they will include Chicago’s signature music, the blues. The most recognizable performer will be Gary Clark Jr., who will open Thursday at 5:30 p.m. on the Petrillo Music Shell. Tickets are $25.00 for seats. Why bother, watch from the grass. The greed of the City of Chicago rears its ugly head at this festival.

Fortunately there is the Bud Light Stage that will feature two Chicago Bluesmen on Friday starting at 3:00 p.m. with one of Chicago’s finest young guitarists, Toronzo Cannon. By day Toronzo drives a CTA bus, then he steps into a phone booth and straps on his flying V and becomes the Super Bluesman. Following the bus driving blues man will be former Lil Ed & Blues Imperial’s guitarist Dave Weld at 4:45 p.m. It doesn’t look like they charge at this stage, but you can be sure they will get into your pocket some way.

Gary is the blues superstar that the genre has been missing since Stevie Ray Vaughan boarded that ill fated trip from Alpine (Death) Valley up in Wisconsin. Gary has a quiet confidence that makes him extra cool. His debut album Black and Blu has done outstanding and fans can’t wait for his next release.

Toronzo Cannon is riding high on his current release “John The Conquer Root”. Check out his awesome title songs official video here. His latest release is a follow up to his fine “Leaving Mood” CD of 2011. Toronzo can wail like Jimi Hendrix or play some slow heartfelt ballads with enough emotion that will leave one amazed. Check him out, you won’t be disappointed.

Dave Weld started his career in Chicago as a sideman for Little Ed Williams who fronts the Blues Imperials. Dave started his own band in 1988 called the Imperials Flames. In addition to playing with Lil Ed, Dave has played over the years with Hubert Sumlin, Eddie Shaw, JB Hutto (Lil Ed’s uncle), Guitar Junior, Otis Rush and Tail Dragger just to name a few.

Check out some blues at the Taste and have an Original Rainbow Cone while your there.

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