Wednesday, August 15, 2018
5:15 pm - 9:30 pm
Join us in the Miller Lite Beer Garden for a free, all-ages show with blues band, Lil’ Ed & The Blues Imperials, and special guests, Sonic Soul, part of Navy Pier’s free music and dance series, Live on the Lake!
Lil’ Ed & The Blues Imperials
7pm – 8pm & 8:30pm – 9:30pm
5:15pm – 6:15pm
In Chicago, a city overflowing with unrivaled blues talent, world-renowned Lil’ Ed & The Blues Imperials have been standing tall for almost 30 years. The band’s big sound, fueled by Lil’ Ed’s gloriously rollicking slide work and deep blues string bending, along with his rough-edged, soulful vocals, is as real and hard-hitting as Chicago blues gets. The Chicago Sun-Times says, “Lil’ Ed & The Blues Imperials are the hottest purveyors of bottleneck boogie to come out of Chicago since Hound Dog Taylor.”
Lil’ Ed Williams comes to the blues naturally. His uncle, Chicago slide guitar king and master songwriter J.B. Hutto, taught him how to feel, not just play the blues. Nine albums and thousands of performances later, Lil’ Ed is now universally hailed as a giant of the genre. Lil’ Ed and The Blues Imperials—bassist (and Ed’s half-brother) James “Pookie” Young, guitarist Mike Garrett and drummer Kelly Littleton—have remained together for nearly 30 years (an extraordinary feat for any group), the band fueling Ed’s songs with their rock-solid, road-tested, telepathic musicianship.
SonicSoul is a Chicago band deeply rooted in the city’s blues scene but enjoy infusing elements of rock, funk, jazz and reggae into their original music. In terms of covers, they hit you with a mix of groovin’ blues, house rockin’ classic rock and a variety of danceable tunes that gets the crowd on their feet!
Each member of the band is a virtuoso and has decades of experience performing locally and internationally. SonicSoul is a sonic force that captures the audience from the first note and leaves them wanting more with the last!
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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