This weekend has been filled with incredible music, people, and experiences. I kicked off my “weekend” on Wednesday with the Chicago Blues Festival Kick Off party at Buddy Guy’s Legends. I met up with my friend Paul, (yes that’s Paul Natkin, yes that’s the super incredible music photographer) and we headed down towards The Loop. I walk in and the place is packed with people, it’s hard to find anywhere to stand, let alone sit, but where do we end up? Sitting at Buddy Guy’s table! I got to meet Buddy Guy, which was awesome, because he is just a legend and also sitting at his table was Quinn Sullivan the 14 year old guitarist that you might have seen on the Ellen show several years back when he impressed audiences with his guitar at age 6! Quinn, Buddy, and Shemekia Copeland took on the stage and swooned the audience with their talents.
Next, came Thursday when I took my roommate Dylan with me to the first night of the Chicago Blues Festival at Millenium Park. Shemekia Copeland and Quinn Sullivan were playing and it was incredible. Shemekia Copeland is so talented and Dylan and I were both very impressed. After that, we met up with Paul who drove us to The Vic to see Barry Goldberg, Charlie Musselwhite, Corky Siegel, Harvey “The Snake” Mandel, Eric Burden, and Nick Gravenites team up to play a killer show!
The blues music was incredible this night as well, it’s one of those things where you think you’ve heard the blues before, but you don’t really understand until you’re there and you’re hearing it live and seeing the people around you experience it. The crowd is half of the show when it comes to the blues with all the hootin’ and hollarin’. Then came Friday when my other roommate Rob and I made the trek down to Grant Park to check out Bobby Rush at the Chicago Blues Fest. There aren’t really words to describe his performance, well…there are words, but I would encourage you to YouTube search “Bobby Rush live performance” and you may get a good idea of what Rob and I saw on Friday, nonetheless it was definitely a good time!
The blues wasn’t the only things I did this weekend though! Shure took all of their interns to a Chicago Cubs game! Wrigley field was pretty cool to see just because it’s historic and still pretty much the same as when it was first built. I have to admit though that I felt a little awkward being there. As I mentioned in my first post, I hail from good ol’ Missoura, which makes me a loyal Cardinals fan! I did enjoy the game though which I attended with Rich since my manager Cory is a die-hard White Sox fan and has never stepped foot in Wrigley Field!The rest of my weekend was spent watching the Blackhawks beat the Kings, even though I think technically I’m supposed to hate the hawks as well because of the STL blues haha, I don’t know what it is with my state and Chicago…but I’ve never really watched hockey until I moved to Chicago, so I have no loyalty to any one team, plus the hawks fans are just crazy about their team. Example A below!
Being at Grant Park this weekend for the Chicago Blues Fest just made me get more and more excited about Lollapalooza in August! I have printed out my schedule and been slowly filling it in with the shows I want to attend! I’m excited because it will be my first real festival experience, I’m not sure what it will be like. I’m such a fan of the small venue/intimate show experience that it’s going to be wild to see all these bands perform and be standing in a crowd of thousands!
I’m also looking forward to this weekend because on Saturday I get to participate in Chicago Cares with some other Shure employees including my roommate Rob and then that evening some friends of mine from high school are playing a show at Reggie’s Music Joint. I’m super excited to see them in Chicago, since I’ve only ever seen them play in my hometown! Overall, I couldn’t ask for a better start to this summer internship. I’ve already seen and experienced so much and I can’t wait to see what the rest of the summer has in store for me!