Veteran event producers Bud Monaco and Red Rose of SoPro, continue their annual tradition of presenting “The Thanksgiving Chicago All Star Blues Revue” Saturday.
“This is not only our 30th annual Thanksgiving, revue, but our first at Sullivan’s Irish Pub and Eatery, a beautiful new facility with a full size stage, pro gear and lighting, great food and plenty of free parking,” noted Monaco. “We’ve got all the familiar faces of past revues back with us to really blues-up this great new venue. And we’re starting the show earlier this year, as the music begins at 9 p.m.”
This year’s event will feature special performances by vocalist Deb Seitz and Francine Marie Green, harmonica player Doug Lee, and guitarist Billy King, all capably backed by The Chicago Horns (Bill McFarland, Hank Ford, Kenny Anderson and Tony Ferraro) and The SoPro Blues Revue Band (guitarists Joey Drada and Frank Anastos, bassist John Falstrom, keyboardist Greg Wolfman, and drummer Scott Bonshire).
Monaco and Rose have really fine-tuned this event into a very well-oiled machine over the years, always presenting a constantly moving parade of top shelf players that dish out a repertoire of tunes blending classics with some fine original tunes and performed with passion and the kind of electricity that comes with pairing up stellar musicians in a structured, but still “free-form” scenario.
“As in the past, we’ll have lots of door prizes for folks to win and some of the best blues music the South Side has to offer,” concluded Monaco. Sullivan’s Irish Pub is located at 4660 West 147th St. in Midlothian. FYI: www.sopromusic.com.
• Former “American Idol” finalist Amy Davis, a native of Lowell now residing in Los Angeles, returns home for an acoustic concert this evening at Northwoods (8101 Rt. 41) in St. John. Davis will be accompanied by singer/guitarist Gene Louis for a 6-9 p.m. performance. Following the acoustic duo will be a plugged in and amped up evening of music (10 p.m. to 2 a.m.) of vintage ‘80s hair band music from Chicago’s Slippery When Wet band. FYI: www.nightwoods.com or (219) 558-8130.
• Over 100 Chicagoland artists have collaborated on the “Seasons of Carols” album, a collection of holiday songs benefitting Season of Concern, a charity organization that cares for ailing members of the Chicago theater community.
“It started with the idea to raise money by recording one holiday song,” explained album producer Cory Goodrich. “That idea quickly blossomed to include 18 songs recorded by some of the brightest stars of the Chicago theater and music community.” To celebrate the CD’s release, many of the artists involved will perform a special 7:30 p.m. concert Dec. 3 at The Mercury Theatre in Chicago. Tickets are $30 each or $50 a pair. FYI: www.mercurytheatrechicago.com or (773) 325-1700.
• Imagine Music Productions – the Valparaiso-based company that brings top talents to that city’s stately Memorial Opera House with their annual concert series – is producing a fundraiser Dec. 1 with the help of local businesses, to further upgrade the sound equipment at the historic venue. Midwest rock ‘n’ roll trio, The Neverly Brothers, will take music fans through the history of old school rock from the rockabilly of the 1950s thru the experimental sounds of the late 1960s. FYI: www.mohlive.com
• Looking ahead… Area music fans may want to plan an evening at County Line Orchard in Hobart on Dec. 8, as the Collins Family who owns the facility presents an all acoustic concert to benefit a variety of region veterans groups.
Performing stripped down and unplugged in various collaborations for this event, will be some of the area’s top musicians – Phil Miller, Greg Ashby, Dan Soto, Mike Horgash, Chris Sulcer, Lou Samaniego, Shane Samaniego, Chad Clifford, Mike Curtis, Aaron Hedges, Phil Hardesty, Bruce Chronister, Mami Matsuda, John and Jim Bonnick, and others still to be announced. Tickets are $20 for the 7 p.m., all ages family event. FYI: www.countylineorchard.com.