Sharon Jones tops Blues Fest 2009 bill
Posted in Blues Fest 2009, Music by Brent DiCrescenzo on March 26th, 2009 at 1:43 pm

The City of Chicago announced the lineup for the 2009 Blues Fest, going down June 12–15 at Grant Park. Two economic aftereffects—not entirely unwelcome—immediately stand out on the schedule. First, Thursday has been lopped off the traditionally four-day affair. Second, most of those groan-inducing corporate sponsorships are gone. Yes, the Zone Perfect Route 66 Roadhouse survives, but the (U.S. Cellular) Front Porch stage seems to have been trimmed to its brandless title.

Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings

This year has pinch of soul. She’s not exactly a blues act, but Sharon Jones is a killer headliner. You’ll hear no genre nitpicking from us. Other retro–R&B highlights include Sunday’s soul revue from local indie Rabbit Factory records. Rabbit owner John Ciba (partnered with TOC contributor James Porter) also spins vintage wax as East of Edens Soul Express in numerous slots throughout the fest.

The complete lineup:

Friday, June 12, 2009

(schedule is subject to change)

Front Porch (12:00-8:00 pm)
• 12:00-1:00 pm - Blues in the Schools
• 1:30-2:30 pm - Gloria Thompson Rogers
• 3:00-4:30 pm - Big Bill and Mud Morganfield with special guests Pinetop Perkins and Willie “Big Eyes” Smith
• 5:00-6:00 pm - Andrew Jr. Boy Jones
• 6:30-8:00 pm - Charlie Musselwhite Band

Gibson Guitar Crossroads (1:00-7:00 pm)
• 1:00-2:00 pm - Chicago Blues Experience featuring Vince Agwada and Russ Green
• 2:30-3:30 pm - Mary Lane’s Blues All Stars
• 4:00-5:30 pm - Sherman Moody Thomas and the Lee’s Unleaded Revue
• 6:00-7:00 pm - Grana’ Louise