Meet and mingle with the artists

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The Chicago Blues Fest Kickoff Reception in celebration of the ‘Women Of The Blues: A Coast-to-Coast Collection’ photography exhibit takes place this Wednesday, June 8, from 7 to 10 PM at Firecat Projects, 2124 N Damen Ave, Chicago.

Come to meet and mingle with many of the photographers and artists featured in the show as we gear up for the 33rd Annual Chicago Blues Festival.

The reception event on Facebook.

Live from the Heartland Show

Put three blues women around mics, and here is the result: Fun, fun, fun!

This past Saturday, June 4, the Live from the Heartland show, on WLUW, 88.7 FM in Chicago, invited Liz Mandeville, guitar, Ellen Miller, harmonica, and Holle Thee Maxwell vocals. They all gave an energetic and exciting talk about themselves and the blues, closing with “Sweet Home Chicago.”

Before that, Dr. Janice Monti, of Dominican University, talked about women in the blues, and Peter Hurley, photographer, art curator, and muralist about blues photography. He is one of the photographers featured in the “Women of the Blues: A Coast-to-Coast Collection” exhibit,

Lynn Orman Weiss shot a video showing the fun:

You can also listen to the whole show by following this link (scroll down to the June 4 show):

Live from the Heartland

A tour of the exhibit

Some photos by Marcey Abramovitz to discover the “Women of the Blues: A Coast-to-Coast Collection”.

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Featured in the Examiner

Claudette Miller and Holle Thee Maxwell's hand - Photo Lynn Orman Weiss

Claudette Miller and Holle Thee Maxwell’s hand – Photo Lynn Orman Weiss

As every blues aficionado knows, Chicago is a mecca for the music when the 33rd Annual Chicago Blues Festival gets underway on Friday, June 10th. This free festival attracts attendees from all over the world who descend upon the city for live music in Grant Park as well as a full slate of blues-related events and activities.

One of those events will be a special Blues Festival kickoff show of “Women of the Blues—A Coast to Coast Collection” on Wednesday, June 8th from 7-10bpm. Lynn Orman Weiss, curator, organizer and driving force behind this unique exhibit feels that this scheduled showing ties in perfectly with so many international blues lovers who come into town for the festival. It was also fortuitous. In true Chicago fashion, Firecat usually books out early and often!

Robin Zimmerman wrote an extensive feature about Women of the Blues” in the Examiner. The story’s title is “Focus is on the dynamic women of the blues at Firecat Projects’ new exhibit.” Read the full story and look at the photo gallery:

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Interviewed on WGN

Today’s guests include Lynn Orman Weiss, Orion Samuelson, Ernie Watts, and Corky Siegel. Steve and Johnnie talk music, Memorial Day, get some in studio performances, and more.

Lynn Orman Weiss was interviewed by Steve King and Johnnie Putman on WGN radio. Listen to the podcast.

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