Discover how to tell your story in your own three-line blues verse. Born of African-American poverty and struggle, blues music came to Chicago with the Great Migration. “Barrelhouse Bonni” McKeown, piano player, teaching artist, journalist, and Austin resident, will help everyone make up and sing our blues. Another West Side neighbor, legendary bluesman Larry Taylor, will stop by to sing a song, tell a bit about his blues life and music, and encourage us to learn more. All are welcome.
Community development expert Valerie Leonard will be the guest speaker July 12 at Gone Again Travel & Tours, 5940 W. Chicago Ave., as residents continue to discuss how to use blues and soul to develop the West Side.