When the belly is full of turkey, stuffing and sweet potato pie, there will be a need to burn it off by getting out and about. Fortunately there are two blues clubs that will be open on Thanksgiving. B.L.U.E.S and Kingston Mines on Halsted are open 365 days a year. And they’re right across the street from each other.
At B.L.U.E.S the amazing Toronzo Cannon and the Cannonball Express will be performing at 9:30 p.m. Doors open at 8:00 p.m. They are located at 2519 N. Halsted. Phone number is (773) 528-1012. Cover charge is just $7.00.
Kingston Mines is located at 2548 N. Halsted. On Thursday, the Chicago Blues All-stars play on the Main Stage with Joanna Connor on the North Stage. Doors open at 7:30. Acoustic sets start shortly after. The music alternates on the two stages. Call for details at (773) 477-4646 & 477-4647.
Shaw’s Crab House is located at 21 E. Hubbard St. They will have their usual Thursday night blues show. The Tom Holland Band will be performing. Show time is 7:00 p.m. For more details call (312) 527-2722.
Buddy Guy’s Legends, Blue Chicago, Rosa’s Lounge and Harlem Avenue Lounge will all be closed on Thanksgiving.
Toronzo Cannon is one of the best guitarists in Chicago. Don’t miss this opportunity to celebrate Thanksgiving with family and exceptional entertainment. With his last two releases “Leaving Mood” and “John The Conquer Root”, they have put Toronzo on the blues world map. He has toured Latvia, Armenia, France, Netherlands and South Africa. Closer to home, he’s been to Canada and Mexico too. He has a March tour set for Germany, Belgium and the Netherlands.
The Chicago Blues All-Stars feature Killer Ray Allison on guitar and vocals and Daniel “Chicago Slim” Ivankovich also on guitar and vocals. Ray is best known for playing drums with Muddy Waters, Buddy Guy, James Cotton, Koko Taylor, Junior Wells and many more. He’s stepped out from behind the drum kit to lead his own band and now is leading the CBAs. Chicago Slim would be better named Dr. Blues as when he’s not playing the blues, he’s a real bone doctor, keeping the blues healthy.
Guitarist Tom Holland can be found performing with the Shuffle Kings or with James Cotton. He has also worked with John Primer, Eddy Clearwater and Byther Smith. Known as a hard working blues guitarist, he can be found making a guest appearance with others when he’s not playing his own gig.
If these musicians can take time out from their families to entertain, don’t be a turkey and take the family out to see some Chicago blues.