6th Annual Ice Meltin’ Blues Weekend: March 1 & 2
Local merchants invite guests to stroll to their charming shops, while enjoying the soothing tunes of some of Chicagoland’s best Blues talents including: Carl Weathersby; Demetria Taylor & The Blues Band; Billy Branch & The Sons of Blues; The Corey Dennison Blues Band; The Rockin’ Johnny Blues Band and more!
Look for “Blue Plate” specials in restaurants, such as “Bleu” Cheese Burgers; Martini “Blues” and “Blue” inspired desserts. Shops, throughout, will offer “Blue Light” shopper specials; and Jake and Elwood will be in town handing out “Blues Bucks” for retail shopping, to those “lucky” enough to spot them. Enjoy a live Ice Carving Demo of the Blues Brothers on Saturday, 1:30 – 3:30 p.m. in Fountain Square.
The Rivellino School of Art will host youth and adult art classes themed Paint in the Picasso “Blues” Period Style, accompanied by rhythm of the blues background music, on Saturday & Sunday. Reservations are limited, call 847.383.6673 or visit www.rivellinoschool.com.
Stay the weekend or a night at Hotel Indigo! Call 1-847-918-1400, ask for “Reservations” and request the “Ice Meltin’ Blues Group Block” or place your reservations online. The package is $99 per night plus tax for select suites; includes one $20 breakfast voucher and a welcome gift at check-in. Certain restrictions apply*
The music schedule is as follows:
SATURDAY, MARCH 1
9 a.m. – Noon at Long Grove Café: Carl Weathersby
Carl Weathersby was born in 1953, in Jackson, Mississippi and moved to East Chicago, Indiana with his family when he was eight. His debut solo album on Evidence Records, ‘Don’t Lay Your Blues On Me’, was nominated for the W.C. Handy ‘Blues Album of the Year’ award. His latest release ‘Hold On’ is available online at Cdbaby.com. Mixing Southern charm, soulful vocals, and fierce guitar-playing, Carl plays the blues, from down-and-dirty to scintillating Albert King influenced chops. This is one powerful blues performer that will leave you amazed and thoroughly entertained.
Noon – 3 p.m. at The Village Tavern: Demetria Taylor & The Blues Band
Demetria Taylor is the seventh of eight children born into the family of late Blues legend Eddie Taylor Sr. Now, Taylor is helping to keep the legacy of her father alive. Her vocals have a wide range that can tear the roof of the house and bring angels down to earth. Demetria has recently completed successful tours to Japan, Finland, Mexico and Italy and she has also performed at the Chicago Blues Festival several times, serving as a festival headliner is 2012. Seating is limited, reservations are recommended.
6 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. at The Village Tavern: Billy Branch & The Sons of Blues (Dinner Show 1)
8:30 p.m. – 10 p.m. at The Village Tavern: Billy Branch & The Sons of Blues (Dinner Show 2)
Billy Branch was discovered by Willie Dixon, the “father of modern Chicago Blues”, who he eventually played alongside on tour for six years. Since then, Billy has played on over 150 different recordings, including 12 under his own name. In addition, he has received three Grammy nominations, won multiple W.C. Handy Awards from the Blues Foundation, an Emmy Award, an Addy Award and two Chicago Music Awards. $10 cover charge for each dinner show. Seating is limited, for reservations contact Mary Ann Ullrich at The Village Tavern at (847) 634-3117.
SUNDAY, MARCH 2
9 a.m. – Noon at Long Grove Café: The Corey Dennison Blues Band
Long-awaited by loyal fans, The Corey Dennison Blues Band debuted in Chicago in early 2013, storming the stages of Buddy Guy’s Legends, Rosa’s, and Leroy’s Hot Stuff. In late 2013, Corey’s always entertaining stage presence prompted the release of “Live in Chicago” a thrilling document of a typical night in a Windy City blues club. The album leaves little doubt that the Blues has found its premier young lion, Corey Dennison. Seating is limited, reservations are recommended.
1 p.m. – 5 p.m. at The Village Tavern: The Rockin Johnny Blues Band with Special Guest Singer Mary Lane
The Rockin’ Johnny Band has been one of Chicago’s most loved blues bands since 1995. The band plays vintage Chicago blues, but also is known for a wide repertoire which ventures into Stax style soul, swing, and lots of originals that are harder to classify. On stage, the band performs with spontaneity and fun, always showcasing fantastic guitar playing. Living Blues states: “top notch ensemble work, with power, drive, and a keen sense of dynamics”. The band consists of true veterans: Rick Kreher (rhythm guitar) played rhythm guitar with Muddy Waters for four years; John Sefner (bass) was formerly with Studebaker John and Eddie Kirkland; and Steve Bass (drums) also plays with Chicago blues legend Eddy Clearwater. Seating is limited, reservations are recommended.
Long Grove Visitor’s Information Center (847) 634-0888
Long Grove Café (847) 955-9600
The Village Tavern (847) 634-3117
* Hotel Indigo Restrictions: A credit card will be required to guarantee reservations. Hotel will accept cash or credit card for payment upon arrival. Debit card holders: Upon arrival, if you present a debit card at check-in, please be aware that the full amount for your stay will be authorized/debited at check-in. If you anticipate any issues with your debit card, the hotel suggests using a credit card or paying cash upon check-in. Cancellation policy is 6:00 pm on the scheduled check-in date. The hotel is 100% nonsmoking, however, if you are a smoker, please request a 1st floor suite to ensure you are near an exit. There is a $250 cleaning fee for smoking in the suites. Hotel check-in time is 3:00 pm CST and check-out time is 12:00 pm CST. Request for early check-in will be noted in reservations but are never guaranteed. Anyone requesting a check-in time earlier than 3:00 pm CST should strongly consider staying over the night before to ensure a room is available. For additional information, please visit their website at www.vernonhillsboutique.com.