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Saturday 10th June 2017

courtesy Pete Evans

Saturday 10th June

Unfortunately due to a long standing commitment I was not able to see as much of the festival as I wanted on the Saturday, however at The Crossroads Stage, Chicago Wind i.e. Matthew Skoller and Deitra Farr got the day off to a great start. Matthew is great harp player and demonstrated his skill on Devil Ain’t Got No Music and then Deitra who is a superb singer rather than a blues shouter sang beautifully on a slow blues Je Me Souviens and That’s What They Do When They Really Love You. Also playing were the excellent Tom Holland on guitar who had played with John Primer and Felton Crews on bass.

The Juke Joint Stage then showcased the amazing precocious talents of 18 year old Christone “Kingfish” Ingram who was making his first appearance at the Chicago Blues Festival having developed a growing reputation in his native Mississippi and the other southern states. He has to be the most talented young guitarist on the current blues scene displaying maturity beyond his years, although like many youngsters, he sometimes plays more notes than are needed. Having said that, a great future beckons for a young man who has already played at The White House for Michelle Obama.

One of the weekend’s highlights was the visit to The Front Porch Stage to see the evergreen Jimmy Johnson still playing and singing superbly at the age of 88. A mainstay on the Chicago blues scene for nearly 60 years his performance was faultless particularly on the slow South side blues Cold, Cold Feeling.

I couldn’t stay for the evening’s entertainment but heard that soul legend William Bell was superb.


Photo Gallery
courtesy Pete Evans


  Mathew Skolar



  Deitra Farr  


  Felton Crewes




  Christone 'Kingfish' Ingram  


  Jimmy Johnson



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