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Monday, November 17, 2008

Second Annual Chicago Blues Party

From the Blues Triangle folks

The Blues, Jazz & Folk Music Society, Inc. November 17, 2008 PO
Box 2122, Marietta, Ohio 45750 Contact: Steve Wells 304.295.4323 Chicago's Chico Banks Plays Marietta The Blues, Jazz &
Folk Music Society present their Second Annual "Chicago Blues Party" on Friday,
November 21, 2008 at The Lafayette Hotel, 101 Front Street, in downtown
Marietta. This year's featured performers will be The Chico Banks Blues Band
with special guest Toronzo Cannon from Chicago. The Chicago blues starts at
8:30pm, and admission is $15 for BJFM Society members, $20 for non-members. All
tickets available at the door. No advance ticket sales for this show. Chico
Banks comes from a musical family; His dad and brother used to practice in the
basement when he was just a kid. Chico joined his first Top 40 band at the age
of 13, and before he knew it, he was backing Johnny Christian, along with his
brother. After Johnny, Chico played with Otis Clay, then moved on when he got
the chance to play with Buddy Guy for several tours. After that, he toured with
Junior Wells, and then James Cotton for three years. Over the next few years,
Chico played with almost everyone in Chicago, including Little Milton, Magic
Slim, Big Time Sarah and Tyronne Davis. In 1997, he hooked up with Mavis
Staples, and has done may tours throughout the world with Mavis, as well as The
Staples Singers. Special guest for the "Chicago Blues Party" will be Toronzo
Cannon, who is a show all by himself. Blues & Rhythm (UK) says: "Modern,
loud and funky blues…one of the striking new talents on the Chicago blues
scene…Cannon dazzles with his guitar playing." Since the release of Toronzo's
latest album, My Woman, he has been tearing up the stage and exciting crowds
from Chicago to the Balkins. At the core of Toronzo's appeal is his heartfelt
love for the music, whether it is blues, soul, gospel, jazz or rock – all of
which may creep into his show, and his respect for the audience. "If he doesn't
leave them sweatin' and smilin' he feels he hasn't done his job," said Banks
-30-Steve WellsThe Blues, Jazz & Folk Music

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