The Chicago Blues Fest took place over the weekend in Grant Park, a free event which is scheduled every year over the first weekend in June. If you ever plan a visit to Chicago, Blues Fest weekend would be a rockin’ good time.
Unfortunately we weren’t able to make it downtown to see the likes of Koko Taylor, B.B. King, Johnny Winter and the many other incredible blues musicians playing from afternoon until evening over the six stages and four days. But we did make it down to Buddy Guy’s Legends for a sold-out show Monday night to see Back Door Slam, a fantastic young band from the Isle of Man.
All three in the band are great musicians, especially for their young age, but Davy Knowles, the guitarist and singer, is freaking unbelievable! The band dynamics reminded me of Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble with SRV as the guitar virtuoso and lead singer (in fact, in Back Door Slam, neither the drummer nor bassist sang at all).
In any case, if you like blues rock, Hendrix, Cream —you will LOVE this band, and if you ever have a chance to see them, don’t hesitate. Their debut album is great, but they’re even better live.
The crowd varied from 20-somethings to 50-somethings, but overall it was generally an older crowd. The band were very congenial, gave out autographs and let people take photos with them. You can tell they are just so nice and genuine. They were just blown away that they were playing in Buddy Guy’s place, and that they just saw B.B. King play over the weekend.
Pete and I were blown away to be able to see such a great band in its infancy. Go see them.
* Damn Right, I’ve Got the Blues, performed by Buddy Guy: