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Chicago Museum Features Spring Treasure Series - HULIQ
On Wednesday, May 20, blues legend Lonnie Brooks shares his stories from the Chicago blues scene; on Thursday, May 28, actor Tim Kazurinsky talks about his journey from Second City to Hollywood; and on Wednesday, June 3 journalist Phil Ponce discusses...
Lots of live blues at Cool River - Southtown Star
On its large stage, Cool River hosts big Chicagoland blues names including Billy Branch and Ronnie Baker Brooks, son of blues legend Lonnie Brooks (who makes appearances). Cool River also presents other local favorites, such as the Afrodisiacs,...
Two More for the ASCS Gulf South Region this Weekend - WhoWon.com
by Lonnie Wheatley TULSA, Okla. -- The American Sprint Car Series Gulf South Region continues action with another pair of events this weekend, including one familiar stop along with a first-time venue. It's familiar territory for the ASCS Gulf South...
Nester Takes "Wild Child" Win at Spartan - Battle Creek Enquirer
Nick Johnston worked his way up into the top three with Lonnie Saumier Jr. and Lechota duking it out for position. At the checker, it was Lamson, Damon, Johnston, Lechota and Saumier as the top five. Damon and Rob Clark took home heat wins....
B'ville: Warm greeting for anglers - CNYLink from Eagle Newspapers
Brothers James and Andrew Deeley of England landed the Biggest Fish award ($1000 prize) with a 34 lb. catch and Lonnie King and Andrzej Tyminiewski landed the Big Four award ($2000) with 117 lbs. caught. Overall, 2210 qualifying carp (10 lbs. or more)...
The Chesapeake Bay Blues Festival returns to Sandy Point - Annapolis Capital
Another highlight of the day is the Lonnie Brooks Band. Born in Louisiana in 1933, Brooks played with a slew of blues greats before forming his own act playing what some have called "voodoo blues." He got his start playing with Zydeco king Clifton...
Introducing: Some Things to Do This Weekend - Washington City Paper
Navy-Marine Corp Memorial Stadium: Chesapeake Bay Blues Festival: The Chesapeake Bay Ladies of Blues, Sugar Blue, Davy Knowles and Back Door Slam, The Lonnie Brooks Band, Ana Popovic, Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, Los Lonely Boys. $45-$115....

Lonnie Brooks

Lonnie Brooks (born Lee Baker Jr., December 18, 1933) is an American blues singer and guitarist. He was born in Dubuisson, Louisiana.

Brooks began performing with Clifton Chenier during the 1950s under the name Guitar Junior. He recorded some songs under that name which had local success. Among these songs was "Family Rules," which remains a regional favorite of the swamp pop idiom in south Louisiana and southeast Texas. In 1960, he moved to Chicago, Illinois. Luther Johnson was already using the name "Guitar Junior" there, so he adopted the alternative stage name, Lonnie Brooks.

In 1961 he played guitar on the double album, Jimmy Reed at Carnegie Hall.

In 1978, four of his songs were included on an anthology of Chicago blues released by Alligator Records. The following year, he released his album Bayou Lightning on the Alligator record label.

Brooks' style, sometimes described as "voodoo blues", includes elements of Chicago blues, Louisiana blues, swamp pop and rhythm and blues. Lonnie's vocals seem to be an inspiration of the late Stevie Ray Vaughn. Live performances of his band are dead ringer inspiration for ZZ Top's live setup.

Brooks appeared in the movie, Blues Brothers 2000.

Millions who have never heard his records have seen him playing the back porch bluesman, who loses his wife but wins a recording contract, in a sequence of TV advertisements for Heineken lager.

Brooks' sons, Ronnie Baker Brooks and Wayne Baker Brooks are also full-time blues entertainers, fronting their own bands and touring extensively both in the U.S. and abroad. Ronnie appears on his father's 1991 Alligator release Satisfaction Guaranteed on rhythm guitar. The Brookses are frequent guest performers at each others' shows and have booked appearances as 'The Brooks Family', performing entire concerts together.

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Bruce Iglauer

Bruce Iglauer (born July 10, 1947) is the founder and head of the independent blues record label Alligator Records in Chicago.

Iglauer was born in Ann Arbor, Michigan and grew up in Grand Rapids, Michigan and Cincinnati, Ohio. He became interested in the blues during the mid-1960s while attending Lawrence University in Appleton, Wisconsin, and began hosting a college radio show, then moving on to promoting concerts by Howlin' Wolf and Luther Allison. He came to the attention of Bob Koester, and joined the staff of Delmark Records in Chicago as a shipping clerk. When Iglauer's advice to sign Hound Dog Taylor & The HouseRockers was declined, he recorded the group himself, and in so doing created Alligator Records in 1971.

Nine months after the release of the first album, he left Delmark and continued at Alligator, making acclaimed recordings from Big Walter Horton, Son Seals, Fenton Robinson, Koko Taylor, Albert Collins, Lonnie Brooks and many others. A breakthrough came in 1975 with Koko Taylor's "I Got What It Takes", which earned Alligator its first Grammy nomination. In 1978, he signed Albert Collins, and in 1982 Clifton Chenier's "I'm Here!" won a Grammy. In 1984, Iglauer signed Blues-rock master Lonnie Mack, who recorded three albums on the Alligator label. Mack's 1985 album, Strike Like Lightning remains one of Alligator's biggest-selling titles.

The Alligator catalog contains over 250 CDs, ranging from electric Chicago blues and blues/rock to acoustic Piedmont blues and West Coast jump blues. By the 1990s, Alligator was established one of the top contemporary blues labels in the world.

The Chicago magazine honored Iglauer with the 2002 Chicagoan of the Year award. In addition, Iglauer was a founder of the National Association of Independent Record Distributors (NAIRD, later the Association For Independent Music (AFIM). He sits on the Board of the Blues Foundation, the Blues Community Foundation and the American Association For Independent Music (A2IM), which replaced AFIM as the main organization of the U.S. independent music industry.

Iglauer is married to Jo Kolanda of Mequon, Wisconsin. They have a daughter, Rachel Beaudry of Glencoe, Illinois, and he has a stepdaughter, Rebekah Beaudry of Mequon, Wisconsin.

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Nuno Mindelis

Nuno Mindelis (born August 7, 1957), nicknamed "The Beast", is an Angolan-born Brazilian blues guitarist and singer-songwriter.

Mindelis was born in Cabinda, Angola. Most of his recorded work has been sung in English; however, he recorded his 2006 album Outros Nunos in Portuguese,his native language. He has recorded two albums with the band Double Trouble. Mindelis counts Otis Redding and Johnny Winter among his musical influences.

Nuno Mindelis became a guitar enthusiast at the very young age of 5. By the age of 9 he began building and playing self-made guitars.

A primary influence at that time was Otis Redding and his great rhythm section, Booker T. & The MG's, made up of Booker T., Steve Cropper, Donald "Duck" Dunn, and Al Jackson. Nuno continues to enjoy the work of these musicians to this day.

In 1990, an independent recording he had made began to receive airplay on local radio stations. In 1991 he was invited to record his debut solo album, "Blues & Derivados", which received very positive reviews in Brazilian media.

In 1992 he recorded his second solo album, "Long Distance Blues" for "Movieplay Records" . In this album Nuno was joined by Larry McCray, guitarist from Gary Moore's band, and French harp player J.J. Milteau, considered as the best Harp Player in France and one of the most important in Europe. The album received rave reviews from Brazilian media. As part of his promotional tour for the album, Nuno was fortunate to gain a spot in a blues festival in Sao Paulo featuring Robert Cray, Otis Clay, Ronnie Earl, Lonnie Brooks and Bo Diddley.

1994 saw Nuno's first known recognition by a major American music magazine. "Guitar Player Magazine" profiled Nuno in an issue. In the article, Jas Obrecht (the editor at the time) compared Nuno to Jimmy Page. ("think Jimmy Page I can't quit you baby") Further recognition came in their May, 1998 issue, as Nuno was selected as "Best Blues Guitarist" in the 30th Anniversary Guitar Player Magazine Competition.

In 1995 Nuno was invited to play at Antone's 20th Anniversary in Austin, Texas, opening for Guy Forsite, Junior Wells, and others. Clarence Gatemouth Brown and Storyville also performed at this event. The headlines of the Austin Blues newspaper warned of Nuno's forthcoming visit as "The South American Beast is coming!".

Later that year Nuno would record his album "Texas Bound", featuring newly made friends Tommy Shannon & Chris Layton, Stevie Ray Vaughan's rhythm section supreme, "Double Trouble".With this album Nuno gained audiences in the entire world, from Brasil to the US and Europe and had all his records licensed for the old continent by Taxim Records/Germany from then on. Texas Bound came to be the 12th top seller in Benelux (Belgium, Netherlands and Luxemburg) sharing the shelfs with the world's biggest blues names: BB King, Robert Cray, Buddy Guy.

In 2001 and 2004 Nuno was invited to play the 22nd Montreal International Jazz Festival with great reactions from the audiences.

In 2003 Nuno released the album “Twelve Hours”, which is considered by many people as his best album ever.

In 2005, Nuno did an album especially dedicated for Brazil. All the songs were sang in Portuguese and Nuno officially showed his poetical skills for the first time, highlighting the songwriting and the fusion with other musical elements (rap,hip hop,even samba) rather than his usual guitar playing. The album received very good reviews from the main newspapers and magazines in Brazil and was considered one of year's best album.

Nuno is considered by the media and fans of his native Brazil as the best blues guitarist. His records are well played on radio stations as well as Brazilian MTV. Fans of British guitar legend Eric Clapton identify with graffiti once spray-painted on a London wall; "Clapton is God". In Brazil the graffiti says "Mindelis - Brazil's Guitar God!".

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Luther Johnson (Guitar Junior)

Luther Johnson (11 April 1939, Itta Bena, Mississippi) is a Chicago blues singer and guitarist, who performs under the name Luther "Guitar Junior" Johnson.

Johnson moved to Chicago with his family in 1955. During the 1960s, he performed with Magic Sam. He also performed in Muddy Waters's band from 1972 to 1980. In 1980, four of his songs were included on an anthology by Alligator Records.

Johnson moved to the East Coast and began fronting his own band, the Magic Rockers. His "Walkin' The Dog," was recorded live at the Montreux Festival's Blues Night. Johnson won a Grammy Award in 1985 for Best Traditional Blues Album for his part in Blues Explosion.

Johnson appeared on three albums by The Nighthawks. He now lives in New Hampshire.

Earlier in his career, Lonnie Brooks also performed under the name Guitar Junior.

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List of blues standards

A blues standard is a blues song that is widely known, performed, and recorded by blues artists. The following list identifies blues standards and some of the blues artists that have recorded them. Blues songs that have been inducted into a hall of fame are noted as follows: Blues Hall of Fame - "B", Grammy Hall of Fame - "G", and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame - "R".

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Notodden Blues Festival

Notodden Blues Festival (NBF) is one of the largest blues music festivals in Europe and the largest in Scandinavia. The festival is held in Notodden Norway, usually in early August.

In 1988, thirteen local blues enthusiasts gave their personal guarantee to the bank and were granted a cash credit, and the first Notodden Blues Festival became a reality. The credit from the bank turned out to be unnecessary, and the festival soon became one of Norway’s most popular music festivals. Today, the Notodden Blues Festival is the largest "Pure-Blues-Festival" in Scandinavia, expanding from 2,000 sold tickets (NOK 200,000 gross ticket sales) to 24,500 sold tickets (NOK 12,000,000 gross ticket sales) in 17 years.

Being "the biggest" is not their ambition. However, their aspiration is to become Europe’s "largest blues experience", which is reflected in their emphasis on quality over quantity. This ambition obligates the festival to innovation and concept development.

NBF is an ideal organization, where the General Assembly is the highest authority. Every year, the General Assembly elects a new Board, consisting of one leader and 6 Board Members. The General Assembly provides the guidelines and financial frames wherein the Board can operate. The daily administration includes a General Manager, a Booking- and Production Manager, and a secretary. In 1992, NBF established the Notodden Blues Festival Foundation. The goal of this entity is to secure the financial costs needed to operate the festival. Presently, the "operation capital " controlled by the Foundation is NOK 900,000, which has been accumulated as a result of the economic success of previous festivals.

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