“Asia’s largest and finest Blues phenomenon” is going to have a Chicago edition, and it’s going to be just as amazing as it is in Mumbai, if not more.
This is going to be the first international extension of the festival that brought some incredible artists to Mumbai’s iconic Mehboob Studio. The creators of the Mahindra Blues Festival have created Mahindra Blues Weekend in Chicago on October 16-17, in partnership with Buddy Guy’s Legends, which has built a reputation as the premiere blues club in the world. The show will feature performances by Mike Wheeler and Carlos Johnson.
Mahindra Blues has attracted legendary names like Buddy Guy, Taj Mahal, Derek Trucks, Susan Tedeschi, Quinn Sullivan, Shemekia Copeland, Jonny Lang, Doyle Bramahall II and Robert Randolph in the past. Together with Buddy Guy’s Legends, the festival attempts to keep blues, and the legacy of artists like BB King, Muddy Waters, Howlin’ Wolf, alive.
Buddy Guy said, “I worry a lot about the legacy of BB King, Muddy Waters, Howlin’ Wolf, and all the guys who created this music. I want people to remember them. They got all kinds of technology now you can use to make a guitar sound different, but the way BB squeezed those strings, the only special effect he ever needed was his left hand. Those guys told me that if they left this world before I did, then everything was going to be on my shoulders. So as long as I’m here, I’m going to do whatever I can to keep the blues alive and I want to thank Mr. Anand Mahindra and the Mahindra Group for helping me keep that promise.”
Here’s a video of Buddy Guy at Buddy Guy’s Legends for the blues lover inside you: