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Chicago Players: Muddy Waters – “Got My Mojo Workin’”

What can be said about this man that hasn’t already been written? Grammy winner and Rock Hall of Fame Inductee Muddy Waters (aka McKinley Morganfield) came to Chicago in 1943 from Clarksdale, Mississippi, and was one of the driving forces that shaped the revolutionary musical genre known as the Blues. Waters himself matter-of-factly summed up his importance by stating “I think I’m responsible for Chicago Blues. I think I’m the man that set Chicago up for the real blues.”

Waters transitioned from acoustic to electric guitars and pioneered… Read More

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Great Venues: Double Door – Chicago

Located in the heart of Chicago’s Wicker Park area, Double Door is one of the best places in town to see great live rock music in a comfortable, subterranean setting. It is the smaller, more intimate sister club to the Chicago’s legendary rock venue Metro, and offers an impressive range of performers ranging from mainstay rock acts to hip-hop, Latin, new-country, and electronic.

The club has a killer sound system and a layout similar to a rehearsal studio, making it ideal for bands and audiences… Read More

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NYC Venues: B.B Kings Blues Club and Grille


 

When the big blues acts come through town, they head for the big blues club–B.B. King Blues Club and Grille in Times Square. The Robert Cray Band, Dr. John, Shemekia Copeland and Hubert Sumlin are just some of the internationally renowned blues and R&B stars who play B.B. King’s regularly.

 

B.B. King has also hosted big mainstream pop and rock artists like Erykah Badu, Better Than Ezra, Macy Gray and The Roots, as well as nostalgic favorites such as… Read More

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Great Venues: Rosa’s Lounge – Chicago

Rosas Chicago

 

According to its website “Rosa’s Lounge operates in the hallowed tradition of Chicago blues lounges, family owned and operated by an Italian immigrant who came to Chicago in 1978 after meeting Junior Wells in Milan. Tony Mangiullo found the true spirit of the blues at legendary South Side lounges like Theresa’s, and he opened Rosa’s (1984) as a tribute to those cradles of blues tradition, and named it after his mother, Rosa, who had followed him here to help.”

 
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LA Players: Joe Satriani – “Andalusia”

Joe Satriani is a guitarist whose style resembles a modern updating of the classic blues-rock style pioneered by past greats like Jimi Hendrix, Jimmy Page and Ritchie Blackmore (whom Satriani would at one point replace as lead guitarist for Rainbow). Satriani is unique amongst guitar heroes in that he began his career as a teacher and is able to count the likes of Steve Vai, Kirk Hammett and Charlie Hunter among his former students. Satriani’s success in fact followed closely on… Read More

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Virgin Atlantic Airways: Coolest Carrier in the Sky

Virgin Atlantic is the only airline we know of that was financially birthed by a record label that signed the Sex Pistols in the 1970s. If that seems weird to you, than do yourself a favor and buy an Upper Class ticket on any Virgin flight. It’ll become pretty clear why living the rock ‘n’ roll lifestyle 30,000 feet above ground isn’t exactly a bad idea at all.

 

In fact, rock ‘n’ roll has been obsessed with the airplane for just about as… Read More

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