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2012 CHICAGO BLUES FESTIVAL

Digital images of the 2012 Chicago blues Festival by Kurt Swanson and Soulful Impressions
E-Mail: kurtswanson@juno.com
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The Chicago Blues Festival is an annual event held in June that features three days of performances by top-tier blues musicians, both old favorites and the up-and-coming. It is hosted by the City of Chicago Mayor's Office of Special Events, and always occurs in early June. The event has always taken place at Petrillo Music Shell in Grant Park, adjacent to the Lake Michigan waterfront east of the Loop in Chicago

Chicago has a storied history with blues that goes back generations stemming from the Great Migration from the South and particularly the Mississippi Delta region in pursuit of advancement and better career possibilities for musicians.[1][2] Created by Commissioner of Cultural Affairs Lois Weisberg, the festival began in 1984,[2] a year after the death of McKinley Morganfield, better known as Muddy Waters, who is generally considered "the father of Chicago blues".[3] Each year the organizers choose a theme, generally to honor a recently departed blues musician.[4] Obviously, Chicago blues acts are common. Also, in keeping with the blues' influence on other musical genres, there are some soul, jazz blues and blues-rock acts. Since those early beginnings the festival has risen to a status that the City of Chicago bills as the world's largest free concert of its kind.[5] The Blues Festival is the largest of the city's music festivals
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Tod Bowers
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Lil' Ed Williams
Lil' Ed Williams
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Danny Baron
Danny Baron
Floyd Taylor
Floyd Taylor
Bob Margolin
Bob Margolin
Nick Charles
Nick Charles
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Omar Coleman
Omar Coleman
Koko Taylor's Blues Machine - Vino Louden & Shun Kikuta
Koko Taylor's Blues Machine - Vino Louden & Shun Kikuta
Ray Goren
Ray Goren
Mud Morganfield
Mud Morganfield
Nick Charles
Nick Charles
Joe Louis Walker
Joe Louis Walker
Tom Holland
Tom Holland
The Colonel and The Queen
The Colonel and The Queen
Zora Young
Zora Young
Kenneth Hollywood Scott
Kenneth "Hollywood" Scott
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