How A Chicago Woman Is Keeping The Blues Alive With Help From Joe Bonamassa – Joanna Connor On New Album

Chicago-based blues guitarist Joanna Connor performs on stage with her band at Kingston Mines. Thursday, April 22, 2021 in Chicago, IL Photo by Barry Brecheisen

As indoor venues across the country begin the arduous task of safely reopening thanks to increasing vaccination rates in America, many musicians have been able to go back to work following a debilitating stretch spent off the road amidst the COVID pandemic.

In Illinois, nearly 70% of adults have received at least one shot and the city of Chicago began a full reopen earlier this month, allowing for the return of one of the Windy City’s chief exports: the blues.

While Chicago blues clubs like Theresa’s Lounge, Koko Taylor’s Celebrity, Eddie Clearwater’s Reservation Blues and the Checkerboard Lounge have fallen victim to changing tastes, gentrification and more, venues like Buddy Guy’s Legends, Rosa’s, B.L.U.E.S. on Halsted, Kingston Mines and more are still around, traditionally offering musicians an array of live performance opportunities that don’t require sleeping in a van… MORE >>