We’re Having A Party –March 3rd 7:30 PM

Windy City Blues, my novel about Chess Records, the Chicago blues and the Civil Rights Movement will be out in the world in just a few weeks (Feb. 28). To celebrate John and I have decided to throw a blues bash at the legendary Chess Records studio, now home to the Willie Dixon Blues Heaven Foundation and you’re invited!

There are a million reasons why we wanted to have this book event at this particular location. This historic landmark at 2120 South Michigan Avenue is where such musical icons including Muddy Waters, Howlin Wolf, Little Walter, Buddy Guy, Koko Taylor and even The Rolling Stones recorded. 2120 has been called “hallowed ground” by Keith Richards. This is the very place where (among many other greats) Etta James recorded “At Last” and where Chuck Berry recorded Johnny B. Goode.

Knowing that we’re going to launch this book at that site gives me goose bumps. And we have some very special guests that will be there that night including members of the Chess family and the Dixon family.

In addition to talking about Windy City Blues here’s a bit more of what we have planned that night. Everyone will have an opportunity to tour the legendary studio and even hold Willie Dixon’s bass! We’ve invited Doktu Rhute to give us a harmonica lesson. We have lots of prizes to give away, including these: IMG_2869

But c’mon now, what’s a blues party without lives music?! So we’ll head just a few doors down the street to Motor Row Brewing where our friends Chuck Crane and Gail Reid will perform some classic blues for you.

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We’ll be serving lite bites and libations too. This is a ticketed event and space it limited so if you’re in the Chicago area or  know someone here who would like to attend, there’s still some spaces available. Purchase tickets here: