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2006 CHICAGO BLUES FESTIVAL

IMAGES FROM THE 23rd ANNUAL CHICAGO BLUES FESTIVAL BY KURT SWANSON AND SOULFUL IMPRESSIONS
(c) 2006
E-MAIL: kurtswanson@juno.com

Soulful Impressions would like to thank Block Magazine (The Netherlands) for their generous support. Please visit them at http://home.planet.nl/~wisse225/

Barry Dolins, Chicago Blues Festival Coordinator, posted a letter to the cityofchicago.org website which details the history of the Chicago blues festival. Check it out.

The Chicago Blues Festival has presented countless number of blues notes and moments to millions of blues fans from around the world on Chicago's lakefront Grant Park. After coming on board midstream for the initial festival in 1984 I have had the opportunity to help the City of Chicago celebrate an important part of the city's heritage and lay the foundation for the annual festival's role in becoming an important city institution. The city's first Blues festival helped open the summer festival season and came a year after the death of blues icon Muddy Waters. Thus the first festival celebrated Muddy's memory and presented many artists who today are just a memory. Eddie Taylor, Estella Yancey, Jr. Wells, and many who represented the Sons and Daughters who today make up a very important part of the mature Chicago Blues community.

Through the years the festival has celebrated many benchmarks; what would have been Robert Johnson or T-bone Walker turning 80 years old to the centennials of Big Bill Broonzy, Bessie Smith, Skip James and others. Each benchmark places the blues in context especially when icons like Sunnyland Slim, Jimmy Walker, and Willie Dixon were around to help keep the blues alive. In previous years we have been privileged to present Honey Boy Edwards, Henry Townsend and Homesick James on days when the Blues in the Schools students perform. That's what the festival is all about-showing the blues as a living tradition and celebrating the men and women who lived their lives playing and singing the blues.

So, let it be the night Chuck Berry shared the stage with Keith Richards or the evening the crowd left the park after Little Milton's set singing "Hey Hey the Blues are Alright"; or even the days Janie Hunter did circle dances with the audience and John Lee Hooker did "Boogie chillen" solo for a crowd of hundreds the Chicago Blues Festival as it stands has provided countless number of memories for too numerous numbers of patrons to be able to quantify in this passage. Thus, turn the page and plan your weekend out with a music to "let you hair down and have a good time."

Barry Dolins
Chicago Blues Festival, Coordinator

All images taken during the four days of the 2006 Chicago Blues Fest
are Dedicated to to my father Herb Swanson 1/2/1926 - 6/3/2006

CHICAGO,ILLINOIS JUNE 8TH - JUNE 11TH 2006
CHICAGO
CHICAGO
BLUES CAPITAL
BLUES CAPITAL
OF THE WORLD
OF THE WORLD
2006 CHICAGO BLUEFEST COLLAGE
2006 CHICAGO BLUEFEST COLLAGE
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VASTI JACKSON
VASTI JACKSON
FERNANDO JONES
FERNANDO JONES
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DSC_0047a copy.jpg
KING EDWARD
KING EDWARD
DIETRA FARRAR
DIETRA FARRAR
ANDRA FAYE
ANDRA FAYE
Ann Rabson
Ann Rabson
GAYE ADEGBALOLA
GAYE ADEGBALOLA
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DSC_0041a6x4 copy.jpg
RONNIE BAKER BROOKS
RONNIE BAKER BROOKS
JOHNNY JONES
JOHNNY JONES
JELLYBEAN JOHNSON
JELLYBEAN JOHNSON
RONNIE BAKER BROOKS
RONNIE BAKER BROOKS
VASTI JACKSON
VASTI JACKSON
BETTYE LAVETTE
BETTYE LAVETTE
Fred Johnson
Fred Johnson
VANN SHAW
VANN SHAW
BOBBY BLAND
BOBBY BLAND
JELLYBEAN JOHNSON & RONNIE BAKER BROOKS
JELLYBEAN JOHNSON & RONNIE BAKER BROOKS
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WALTER WOLFMAN WASHINGTON
WALTER "WOLFMAN" WASHINGTON
ABB LOCKE
ABB LOCKE
EDDIE SHAW
EDDIE SHAW
DARYL COUTTS
DARYL COUTTS
NOLAN STRUCK
NOLAN STRUCK
CARL ARMSTRONG
CARL ARMSTRONG
LARRY McCRAY & THORNETTA DAVIS
LARRY McCRAY & THORNETTA DAVIS
LARRY McCRAY
LARRY McCRAY
LUCILLE
LUCILLE
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DORTHY MOORE
DORTHY MOORE
CASEY SCOTT
CASEY SCOTT
Vasti Jackson & Henry Butler
Vasti Jackson & Henry Butler
LOUISIANNA RED
LOUISIANNA RED
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GUCCI RULES
GUCCI RULES
LARRY McCRAY
LARRY McCRAY
BEN WILEY PAYTON
BEN WILEY PAYTON
LITTLE ARTHUR DUNCAN
LITTLE ARTHUR DUNCAN
ED EARLY
ED EARLY
LARRY McCRAY & THORNETTA  DAVIS
LARRY McCRAY & THORNETTA DAVIS
LITTLE ARTHUR DUNCAN
LITTLE ARTHUR DUNCAN
BETTYE LaVETTE
BETTYE LaVETTE
BETTYE LaVETTE
BETTYE LaVETTE
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LITTLE MILTON'S GUITAR
LITTLE MILTON'S GUITAR
GENE SCHWARTZ
GENE SCHWARTZ
ROBERT LOCKWOOD & GENE SCHWARTZ
ROBERT LOCKWOOD & GENE SCHWARTZ
CORKY SIEGEL
CORKY SIEGEL
JIM SCHWALL
JIM SCHWALL
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DSC_0140A5X3 copy.jpg
CHRIS BEARD
CHRIS BEARD
HENRY BUTLER
HENRY BUTLER
KENNY SMITH
KENNY SMITH
LOUISIANNA RED
LOUISIANNA RED
ZORA YOUNG
ZORA YOUNG
EDDIE BO
EDDIE BO
ELVIN BISHOP
ELVIN BISHOP
ELVIN BISHOP
ELVIN BISHOP
BOBBY BLUE BLAND
BOBBY "BLUE" BLAND
VASTI JACKSON
VASTI JACKSON
VASTI JACKSON
VASTI JACKSON
SUPER CHIKAN
SUPER CHIKAN
HOLLYWOOD SCOTT
HOLLYWOOD SCOTT
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 Lucille
Lucille
CARL ARMSTRONG
CARL ARMSTRONG
RONNIE BAKER BROOKS
RONNIE BAKER BROOKS
Dorothy Moore
Dorothy Moore
DOROTHY MOORE
DOROTHY MOORE
ELVIN BISHOP
ELVIN BISHOP
GAYE ADEGBALOLA
GAYE ADEGBALOLA
LARRY McCRAY
LARRY McCRAY
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HOMESICK JAMES
HOMESICK JAMES
ZORA YOUNG & KOKO TAYLOR
ZORA YOUNG & KOKO TAYLOR
DUWAYNE BURNSIDE
DUWAYNE BURNSIDE
BETTYE LaVETTE
BETTYE LaVETTE
BETTYE LaVETTE
BETTYE LaVETTE
 Lucille
Lucille
KING EDWARD
KING EDWARD
 Lucille
Lucille
DAVE SPECTER
DAVE SPECTER
THORNETTA DAVIS
THORNETTA DAVIS
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DSC_0130A5X3 copy.jpg
BOBBY BLAND
BOBBY BLAND
THORNETTA DAVIS
THORNETTA DAVIS
VASTI JACKSON
VASTI JACKSON
HENRY BUTLER
HENRY BUTLER
DUWAYNE BURNSIDE AND THE MISSISSIPPI MAFIA
DUWAYNE BURNSIDE AND THE MISSISSIPPI MAFIA
DUWAYNE BURNSIDE
DUWAYNE BURNSIDE
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DSC_0123A5X3 copy.jpg
BETTYE LaVETTE
BETTYE LaVETTE
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JELLYBEAN JOHNSON & RONNIE BAKER BROOKS
JELLYBEAN JOHNSON & RONNIE BAKER BROOKS
LARRY McCRAY
LARRY McCRAY
 Lucille
Lucille
BILLY FLYNN
BILLY FLYNN
GENE SCHWARTZ AND KURT SWANSON
GENE SCHWARTZ AND KURT SWANSON
DARRYL THOMPSON
DARRYL THOMPSON
DARRYL THOMPSON
DARRYL THOMPSON
RAFUL NEAL JR.
RAFUL NEAL JR.
BETTYE LaVETTE
BETTYE LaVETTE
 Lucille
Lucille
CHRIS BEARD
CHRIS BEARD
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RONNIE BAKER BROOKS
RONNIE BAKER BROOKS
RAFUL NEAL JR. / LITTLE MILTON'S GUITAR
RAFUL NEAL JR. / LITTLE MILTON'S GUITAR
RONNIE BAKER BROOKS
RONNIE BAKER BROOKS
LIL' RAY
LIL' RAY
CHRIS BEARD
CHRIS BEARD
RONNIE BAKER
RONNIE BAKER
CHRIS BEARD
CHRIS BEARD
RAFUL NEAL JR.
RAFUL NEAL JR.
BOBBY BLUE BLAND
BOBBY BLUE BLAND
BRETT LUCAS
BRETT LUCAS
BETTYE LaVETTE
BETTYE LaVETTE
JELLYBEAN JOHNSON
JELLYBEAN JOHNSON
BETTYE  LaVETTE
BETTYE LaVETTE
VASTI JACKSON
VASTI JACKSON
ELVIN BISHOP
ELVIN BISHOP
VASTI JACKSON
VASTI JACKSON
TBA
TBA
VANN SHAW
VANN SHAW
SUPER CHIKAN
SUPER CHIKAN
CHRIS BEARD
CHRIS BEARD
DIETRA FARRAR
DIETRA FARRAR
 Lucille
Lucille
RONNIE BAKER BROOKS
RONNIE BAKER BROOKS
LARRY McCRAY
LARRY McCRAY
JOLIET JAKE & ELWOOD BLUES
JOLIET JAKE & ELWOOD BLUES