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Second Annual Blues Women Weekend 

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Contrary to what the popular press usually claims, there are still a good number of formidable women blues singers in Chicago. Six of them--above from left, Bonnie Lee, Foxy Lady, Deitra Farr, Mary Lane, Pat "Soul" Scaggs, and Nora Jean--will be featured this weekend along with ace guitarist Johnny B. Moore and a band of his fellow west-siders--Fred Lester, sax; Willie Kent, bass; Bald-Head Pete Williams, drums--augmented by the superb traditional Chicago piano of Barrelhouse Chuck. Like most artists, Chicago's blues women are at their best when engaged in friendly competition; this setting should show their talents and diversity to excellent advantage. Moore is one of the most versatile accompanists around, proficient in a dizzying variety of styles and able to bring out the best in both a lead singer and his fellow musicians. Multistar revues like this are common on the west and south sides, less so up north; here's a chance to see some living Chicago blues tradition in as "authentic" a setting as can be found north of Madison and east of Western. Tonight and Saturday, Blue Chicago, 937 N. State; 642-6261.

Art accompanying story in printed newspaper (not available in this archive): photo/Janet Heintz.

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