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The Blues (In) Story


Chicago, IL
Printers Row neighborhood (Exact location TBA)

The story of the Chicago blues runs so deep as to be almost mythical. From Junior Wells to Buddy Guy, the Maxwell Street Market to Kingston Mines, from Chess Records to Alligator Records, blues has not only come but stayed, as ingrained a part of Chicago's reputation as skyscrapers and deep-dish pizza. This story, Chicago blues, gets told not just as history but as literature. Poet Sterling Plumpp, novelist Renee Rosen, and front man Billy Branch explore how Chicago blues serves as a profound storytelling instrument. Sterling, as one of our foremost blues poets, has spent his entire career turning his research--decades in the clubs--into art. Rene did a deep dive into the Chess Records era in her novel Windy City Blues. Billy, now the leader of The Sons of the Blues, long has been one of Chicago's best and most reverred blues men. Together, these three phenomenal talents will offer insight into the relationship between story and blues music. 

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