~Portraits in Blues~



Chuck's Fest 09/12/2010

Toyota Park, Bridgeview Il.


Chuck’s Fest, which is the brainchild of Chuck’s Voodoo Lounge and Southern Comforts Cafe.

6501 West 79th Street, Burbank Illinois 60459,

 a late summer event that all music enthusiasts, and anyone wanting to have good, clean fun should not miss.


This was a 3 day fund raising event which benefited Hope Children's Hospital  located in Oak Lawn, Illinois.  Of the 3 days of 9/10 through 9/12, we were only able to attend the performances of 9/13, which was phenomenal.  We spent the late afternoon and evening diggin’ the performances of Dave Herrero, Morry Sochat & The Special 20s, Kim Wilson's Blues All-Stars, Kim Wilson (harmonica) of The Fabulous Thunderbirds notoriety,Rockin' Johnny Burgin (guitar), Billy Flynn (guitar), Barrelhouse Chuck Goering (keyboards) -- both musicians were part of the soundtrack for the hit movie, Cadillac Records -- Bob Stroger (bass), Kenny Smith (drums), just to mention a few.  This was an absolutely captivating and successful event which was well organized and truly enjoyable with something for everyone.  The Bears Ultimate Kickoff Party, plenty of great food, booths of jewelry and art, hot rod car show, raffles for televisions and a motorcycle, and face painting artists all added to the fun.  One of the things that really made this weekend such an enjoyable time was the fact that there were people of all ages having a good time -- little ones who won’t be able to appreciate this kind of music for a few years, were wearing their parents out dancing and running around.  People were dancing everywhere; together, alone, in groups, and in their seats.  There was so much appreciation for the music and simply enjoying this good time with other music lovers, that it was over before you knew it. 


One of the fans among the crowd was Marie Dixon (Mrs. Willie Dixon), who is as charming and as elegant as anyone can be.  She is responsible for the Chess Records building at 2120 S. Michigan Avenue becoming home to the Willie Dixon’s Blues Heaven Foundation.   The Blues Heaven Foundation keeps the memory of the great musicians of the early blues preserved.  This is vital in keeping the continuity and promotion of music education programs for blues musicians, students of music, and all the fans of the blues.  



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Dave Herrero




Morry Sochat & The Special 20s











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