The Center for Performing Arts at Governors State University continues its 25th anniversary season with “Sweet Home Chicago–An Online Blues Celebration.”
The concert will be recorded on the center’s stage to an empty 1,171-seat house, and it will debut as a ticketed streaming event on March 13 at 7 p.m.
This celebration of Chicago blues and Chicago-based Alligator Records’ 50th anniversary will feature an online concert starring four of the label’s most popular artists.
Legendary harmonica player Billy Branch will return to the center for the third time with his band, The Sons of Blues. In addition, the concert will feature three special guests, including Grammy Award-nominated vocalist Shemekia Copeland, slide guitar master Lil’ Ed Williams and Chicago blues guitarist and songwriter Toronzo Cannon.
The Sons of Blues will serve as the house band for the show, backing each of the headliners. Alligator Records Founder and President Bruce Iglauer will serve as emcee, sharing stories about the label’s history.
People will be able to purchase tickets through March 29 and will be able to access the concert on demand through April 11.
During the 25-year history of the Center for Performing Arts at Governors State University, many blues artists have graced its stage, including Buddy Guy, B.B. King, Eddie Clearwater, Jimmy Burn, Eddie Shaw, Zora Young, Demetria Taylor, Jamiah Rogers, Tail Dragger, Billy Branch, Howard Levy, Sugar Blue, Corky Sigel, Melody Angel, Lurrie Bell, and the Chicago Ladies Sing the Blues Collective.
For tickets and more information, visit centertickets.net.