"There will be lots of cake" affirmed Eddy "The Chief" Clearwater emphatically followed with a jovial booming laugh as he prepares to celebrate his 79th birthday with many of his friends at SPACE Evanston during his 3rd Annual Blues Birthday Bash this Friday, January 10th, 2014, at 8:00pm. It is also fitting and appropriate that the Chicago Blues legend's Birthday Bash kicks off opening night for the 5th Annual Chicago Bluegrass and Blues Fest 2014. (see 5th Annual Chicago Bluegrass and Blues Fest 2014 full schedule here)
"I've already exposed one of my biggest surprises" declares Clearwater excitedly, "Ronnie Baker Brooks will be my special guest. Johnny Iguana is going to appear as well. And, Freddie Breitberg, a recording engineer from the old Chess recording days will be there as I will be recording a live album. There will be a combination of old and new songs. We'll give it our best shot. Bruce Iglauer is going to be there. And, Lonnie [Brooks] and Wayne [Baker Brooks] will attend the show. We are just going to have a good old time!" And, Ronnie Baker Brooks adds "you know it's gonna be a good time and good vibe...just come on down and have some fun!"
During the 1950s, Chicago's West Side was a breeding ground for some of the world's greatest bluesmen. Magic Sam, Otis Rush, Freddie King and others ruled the clubs. A Chicago Blues legend, Eddy "The Chief " Clearwater is an intense, flamboyant, blues-rocking showman with his fierce guitar playing, soulful and emotive vocals and wild stage shows. He's equally comfortable playing the deepest, most heartfelt blues or rocking, good-time party music. DownBeat said, "Left-hander Eddy Clearwater is a forceful six-stringer...He lays down some gritty West Side shuffles and belly-grinding slow blues that highlight his raw chops, soulful vocals, and earthy, humorous lyrics."
Between his slashing left-handed guitar work, his room-filling vocals, his self-defined "rock-a-blues" style (a forceful mix of blues, rock, rockabilly, country and gospel), his boundless energy and even his signature Indian headdress, Clearwater is among the very finest practitioners of the West Side blues working today. The blues world recognized his talent by giving him the Blues Music Award for Contemporary Blues – Male Artist of the Year in 2001. His release in 2003, Rock 'N' Roll City, was nominated for a GRAMMY Award in the Best Traditional Blues Album category.
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Friday, January 10th, 2014
SPACE Evanston and 5th Annual Chicago Bluegrass and Blues Fest present
Doors: 7:00pm Show: 8:00pm
Tickets: SPACE Evanston