By Tom Marker

Here comes the 16th annual Blues Breakers Blues Fest Broadcast. This is an action-packed 90 minutes of some of the best blues around! Live! From Buddy Guy’s Legends. It’s from 6:00pm to 7:30pm on Wednesday, June 5. Yes, once again on the day before the Chicago Blues Festival, 93XRT, official radio station of Blues Fest, kicks off the big event with a free broadcast that you’re all invited to attend.  (Must be at least 21, space is limited, first come, first served.)

Shemekia, crowned Queen of the Blues, with her biggest fan.

Shemekia, crowned Queen of the Blues, with her biggest fan.

Last year Buddy was out of town and so it was one of the rare times that he wasn’t part of our broadcast. This year he’ll be there. Buddy will be my co-host and he’ll perform at least a couple of songs, and maybe talk a bit about playing for President Obama and with The Rolling Stones. Last year, in Buddy’s absence, Shemekia Copeland took over the role as co-host. She was so good at that I was a little nervous about my job. Man, that was fun. This year she asked if she could come back with her own band and do some of her own songs. Hell yeah! We hope to hear something from her recent Grammy nominated album, 33 1/3.  (Don’t miss Shemekia on the stage of the Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium Park the following evening, Thursday, June 6, the opening night of the Blues Festival.) Also performing will be The Kinsey Report. Donald, Kenny and Ralph Kinsey grew up in a blues family led by their father Big Daddy Kinsey. It’s easy to tell that these guys have been playing the blues all their lives, and playing it together. Donald is really one of the best blues guitar players and band leaders anywhere, ever. Plus, he played for years with Bob Marley and has played with Albert King and other blues legends. They’re joined by another excellent guitar player, Nic Byrd, also from the NW Indiana region.

I’m so excited, I just can’t wait. I hope you can make it by or listen live on XRT. The timing of the show is such that a lot of people will be able to hear it during the evening rush hour, and, I hope, a lot of people will be able to come by and join us live after work.

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See the line-up for the Chicago Blues Festival here.

Donald Kinsey at Kingston Mines with his biggest fan.

Donald Kinsey at Kingston Mines with his biggest fan.

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