Blues On The North Shore "Harp & Soul Festival"

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Country and Region United StatesIllinois
Type of Festival Music
Location of Festival Evanston, Illinois, USA
Festival Contact Information

Lynn Orman Weiss
Phone: +01 847-452-6469

Festival Description

Since 2008 Blues On The North Shore has produced the festival. 2010 edition will be a harmonica festival called "Harp & Soul", which happens on June 10th, 8:00pm, at SPACE in Evanston, Illinois. Bob Corritore will kick off the event with a set featuring Billy Flynn, Bob Riedy, Chris James & Patrick Rynn, Kenny “Beedy Eyes” Smith, and a guest appearance by the legendary Sam Lay. Bob grew up on the north shore and the first blues show he ever saw was a 1971 concert by the Sam Lay Blues Revival in the auditorium of New Trier West High School! This set will also serve as a CD pre-release party for Bob’s new CD, Harmonica Blues on the Delta Groove label. Other sets in the Harp & Soul Festival feature Willie “Big Eyes” Smith (who has a new CD coming out with Pinetop Perkins on Telarc), Rob Stone (who has a new CD out on the Earwig label), and Grady Champion (this year’s winner of the International Blues Challenge). Emceeing the event will be Bill Wax, host of B.B. King’s Bluesville on Sirius/XM Satellite radio. This show is all about the blues harmonica. Lynn Orman and Scott Shuman produce, organize, and promote Harp & Soul.

Festival Dates June 10 - 13, 2010
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Festival Story:

“The mission of the Blues On The North Shore is to bring live music to audiences, to present, preserve and perpetuate the music from the South and its rich culture, traditions and storytelling that came from the rural landscape and migrated to the North, here in Chicago,” said Lynn Orman, Founder and Executive Producer of the festival. The music changed racial barriers and opened doors to social change. The elders, the Legends paved the way for a new journey of freedom through their music. That is what the rock and roll stars came to hear and adapted into their music. If it wasn’t for the traditional Bluesmen, the soul, R&B;, and country blues there wouldn’t be rock and roll.

Blues On The North Shore is here to honor them and to pass on their music, their narrative, their notes, their heritage to you the audience and to the next generation of musicians. Supporting live music is essential to the landscape of America. From the Mississippi River to the street corners of Maxwell Street musicians have traveled and settled in places where they could make a living doing what they love to do.

Whether it be playing in a Juke Joints, hobo jumping from freight train to freight train, busking on the corner of Maxwell and Halsted, playing at Theresa’s or Lee’s Unleaded or touring throughout the Europe the Blues musician has found a place in society making a living and entertaining people around the world. If not for Chicago’s Maxwell Street where artists like Arthur ‘Big Boy’ Crudup, Little Walter, Muddy Waters, Junior Wells played and penned many Blues songs there wouldn’t have been music scouts listening to songs where they would be discovered and signed to recording contracts.

As a matter of fact, Arthur Crudup who lived in a cardboard box under the train tracks penned his first song there, “That’s All Right Mama’ later recorded by Elvis Presley. Little Walter recorded his first amplified harmonica tune on Maxwell Street his sound became an explosion of sound for Rock n Roll acts like the Rolling Stones who came to Chicago and heard this sound for the first time.


Festival Events:

Line-up 2010:
  • Bill Wax — Emcee
  • Bob Corritore
  • Billy Flynn
  • Bob Riedy
  • Chris James
  • Patrick Rynn
  • Kenny “Big Eyes” Smith
  • Sam Lay
  • David “Honeyboy” Edwards
  • Charlie Love
  • Rob Stone
  • Grady Champion


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Photo slideshow credits:
  • In order of appearance
    • Bob Corritore, photo by Szabo
    • David Honeyboy” Edwards, photo by Gene Tomko
    • John Primer
    • Rob Stone, photo by Paul Natkin
    • Willie “Big Eyes” Smith


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