60+ degrees isn't exactly cold in Chicago, particularly next to lake Michigan, but when it was 93+ degrees for the prior two days, it feels like the Hawk has blown into town. Chilled. Yet, Day 3 of the Chicago Blues Festival brought many warm pleasures. I stopped in to catch the day's opening acts, and then I needed to move on. Glad I made the time.
First up was Charlie Love. Basic, but excellent blues. Charlie called one Steven up from the audience. This Chicago teen had his chops down, performing three or four numbers with a cracker jack band. Steven held his own. And he has the red and orange shirt thing going on for him. That made things a little tough on photographers given the backlighting, but it all worked out in the end.
Then it was over to the Pepsi Front Porch Stage for Melody Angel, who performed with a bassist and a drummer. Angel has a powerful voice and a commanding stage presence. Stan Lee is a fan.
And then it was off for the day. In retrospect, I wish I had hung around for John Primer and Lurrie Bell. Perennial festival favorites, both hopefully will be back again next year.
Charlie Love on Guitar
Youth Meets Experience
Red and Orange Shirted Steven From the Audience
Stepping Forward with Charlie Love
Melody Angel Shows How It's Done
Let Me Be You
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