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Stax legend William Bell joins Eric in conversation to discuss his early days of discovering music, seeing Sam Cooke as a kid, getting started with The Del-Rios as a young teenager, how he first connected with Stax Records, meeting Sam Cooke and what he learned from him, what the environment was like working with such Stax legends as Booker T & The MGs and Mavis Staples, he shares a wonderfully funny road story from his time touring with Otis Redding, what it was like to tour in the segregated South as part of the Stax family, his meeting with Martin Luther King Jr, bringing that full circle in regards to performing… 74 more words


Evaluating More Negro Leagues Pitchers, Part 1

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All Hallows Music and More: 10.25 - 10.31

Greetings to one and all;

What a week coming up. It starts with the Bob Dylan/Mavis Staples concert at the X, and ends with Halloween. In between there are a number of Halloween-themed events, from a musical about a haunted house, to a Masquerade Ball, and a classical music take on dark legends. 1,726 more words

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Blues Fest pulls off move to Millennium Park without major hitches

By Connor Carynski

The 34th annual Chicago Blues Festival maintained its title as the nation’s largest blues festival and its change of venue seemed to please most attendees and performers, even if many said a little fine tuning is needed going forward. 1,066 more words