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Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Live on the Lake!: Demetria Taylor

5:15 pm - 9:30 pm

Join us in the Miller Lite Beer Garden for a free, all-ages show with blues band, Demetria Taylor, and special guest, Leilani Kilgore, part of Navy Pier’s free music and dance series, Live on the Lake

Performance Schedule

On Wednesday, July 18, 2018, see blues band Demetria Taylor perform a free, all-ages show at the Miller Lite Beer Garden at Navy Pier with special guest, Leilani Kilgore.

Demetria Taylor
7pm – 8pm & 8:30pm – 9:30pm

On Wednesday, July 18, 2018, see blues band Demetria Taylor perform a free, all-ages show at the Miller Lite Beer Garden at Navy Pier with special guest, Leilani Kilgore.

Leilani Kilgore
5:15pm – 6:15pm

About the Performers

Demetria Taylor

Demetria Taylor is the seventh child of eight from the family of the late blues legend Eddie Taylor Sr. and is helping keep the legacy of her father alive.

Eddie is best known as the rhythm guitarist in the band of Jimmy Reed but he also had his own solo career and recorded some wonderful sides for the VJ label including the classic “Bad Boy”. Her mother Vera Taylor was also a blues singer. Demetria has fond memories of blues greats and friends of the family coming by the house– including Floyd Jones, Carey Bell, Sunnyland Slim, Johnny Littlejohn, Sam Lay, Willie Kent, Tail Dragger, Eddie Shaw, Johnny B. Moore and Magic Slim. 
Born in Chicago, Demetria grew up surrounded by Blues music listening on records to her biggest influences including Etta James, Bessie Smith, Big Mama Thornton and most importantly, “The Queen of The Blues” Koko Taylor (no relation to the Eddie Taylor family). 

Demetria started playing drums at age 14, coached by her older brothers Larry and Tim, both professional blues drummers. She played in family shows across Chicago which also featured brother Eddie Taylor Jr. on guitar. She also sang in the gospel choir at Trinity All Nations Church on Chicago’s south side. 

“I put God first and everything else will work out”, says Demetria, who is married with eight children. “I feel that singing is something I was born to do. Sometimes on the stage my eyes tear up as I feel the music I’m singing. I love to listen to all types of music, but the blues caught my ear. I’ll never give up my dream.” 

Demetria has toured nationally and internationally and performs in many clubs and festivals including the Chicago Blues Festival. Her first album, Bad Girl, is on Delmark Records.  Demetria was nominated in 2012  Blues Music Awards for “Best New Debut Artist”. 

Leilani Kilgore

Blues musician Leilani Kilgore began playing guitar at the age of 9, a result of her childhood dream to grow up and professionally play music as a career. Starting with classical and ending (more recently) with blues, Leilani has studied under accomplished and skilled musicians that have helped her achieve multi-genre experience as a guitarist. 

Her fascination with the blues began at the age of 16, when she met and jammed with local blues musicians who educated and encouraged her. Now a regular performer in Southern California, Leilani Kilgore continues to work at growing as a musician and make a name for herself in the blues genre. She is inspired by musicians both local and international, including Jack White, Joe Bonamassa, Robben Ford, Gino Matteo, Chris Cain, Tom Waits, Son House, Jimmy Page, John Hiatt, Eric Clapton, Jimi Hendrix, John Scofield, B.B. King, Beth Hart, Etta James, Albert King, and others.

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About this Series: Live on the Lake!

This free, all ages concert is presented as part of Live on the Lake!, Navy Pier’s free summer music series in the Miller Lite Beer Garden

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