Summertime is here once again and we have some really cool events happening! We are starting a new jam session!! Matthew Skoller’s Blue Monday Jam session featuring Tom Holland on guitar!! It will be held at Lizard’s Liquid Lounge 3058 W. Irving park Road, Chicago. It’s a dynamite classic tavern in my own neighborhood of Albany Park. Drinks are poured strong and prices are perfect for up and coming artists! The artwork on the walls is provided by all local artists and the ambience is down home and hip in a totally unpretentious way.
We want to give back to the up and comers what was given to us when we were up and coming! I have done this many times over the past three decades. Notably in the mid to late 1990’s at Winner’s Lounge on Lincoln Avenue. Jammer’s at this jam session went on to become respected and highly accomplished players. Notable artists who cut their teeth at the Winner’s jam session were: Shoji Nato (Eddie Clearwater Band, Guitar, bass and harp), Toronzo Canon (guitar and vox, Alligator recording artist and Grammy nominee), the late Sam Green (Carlos Johnson Band, bass guitar) and many others. We hope to create the same kind of fertile, growing environment at Lizard’s Liquid Lounge!!! Join us from 8:00pm-12:00am every Monday night starting May 29th (Memorial Day!!!)
CHICAGO BLUES FESTIVAL AND CHICAGO WIND (Featuring Deitra Farr and Matthew Skoller)
On June 10th my new collaboration with the great blues diva Deitra Farr called Chicago Wind (feat. Deitra Farr and Matthew Skoller) will hit the Budweiser Crossroads Stage in Millennium Park for this year’s Chicago Blues Festival! 11:15 am-12:15pm.
Matthew for the 5th year in a row will play the farmer’s markets in the “under-served” communities (food deserts) in Chicago. A full schedule of venues and times will be posted in the beginning of June. Stay tuned!!!