Blues On The North Shore

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Country and Region United StatesIllinois
Type of Festival Music
Location of Festival Evanston, Illinois, USA
Festival Description

Blues On The North Shore took place from 2008-2010 in Evanston, Illinois. The festival was produced, organized, and promoted by Lynn Orman and Scott Shuman.

Festival Dates June 10 - 13, 2010

Festival Story:

“The mission of the Blues On The North Shore is to bring live music to audiences, to present, preserve and perpetuate the music from the South and its rich culture, traditions and storytelling that came from the rural landscape and migrated to the North, here in Chicago,” said Lynn Orman, Founder and Executive Producer of the festival. The music changed racial barriers and opened doors to social change. The elders, the Legends paved the way for a new journey of freedom through their music. That is what the rock and roll stars came to hear and adapted into their music. If it wasn’t for the traditional Bluesmen, the soul, R&B, and country blues there wouldn’t be rock and roll.

Blues On The North Shore is here to honor them and to pass on their music, their narrative, their notes, their heritage to you the audience and to the next generation of musicians. Supporting live music is essential to the landscape of America. From the Mississippi River to the street corners of Maxwell Street musicians have traveled and settled in places where they could make a living doing what they love to do.

Whether it be playing in a Juke Joints, hobo jumping from freight train to freight train, busking on the corner of Maxwell and Halsted, playing at Theresa’s or Lee’s Unleaded or touring throughout the Europe the Blues musician has found a place in society making a living and entertaining people around the world. If not for Chicago’s Maxwell Street where artists like Arthur ‘Big Boy’ Crudup, Little Walter, Muddy Waters, Junior Wells played and penned many Blues songs there wouldn’t have been music scouts listening to songs where they would be discovered and signed to recording contracts.

As a matter of fact, Arthur Crudup who lived in a cardboard box under the train tracks penned his first song there, “That’s All Right Mama’ later recorded by Elvis Presley. Little Walter recorded his first amplified harmonica tune on Maxwell Street his sound became an explosion of sound for Rock n Roll acts like the Rolling Stones who came to Chicago and heard this sound for the first time.


Festival Events:

Line-up 2010:
  • Bill Wax — Emcee
  • Bob Corritore
  • Billy Flynn
  • Bob Riedy
  • Chris James
  • Patrick Rynn
  • Kenny “Big Eyes” Smith
  • Sam Lay
  • David “Honeyboy” Edwards
  • Charlie Love
  • Rob Stone
  • Grady Champion


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Photo slideshow credits:
  • In order of appearance
    • Bob Corritore, photo by Szabo
    • David Honeyboy” Edwards, photo by Gene Tomko
    • John Primer
    • Rob Stone, photo by Paul Natkin
    • Willie “Big Eyes” Smith


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