Wednesday, August 1, 2018
5:15 pm - 9:30 pm
Join us in the Miller Lite Beer Garden for a free, all-ages show with blues band, Wayne Baker Brooks, and special guest, Louisiana Al, part of Navy Pier’s free music and dance series, Live on the Lake!
Wayne Baker Brooks
7pm – 8pm & 8:30pm – 9:30pm
5:15pm – 6:15pm
Wayne Baker Brooks is considered one of todays top guitarists who’s signature style combines powerful vocals with liquid fire guitar playing that honors his rich blues heritage yet effortlessly expands the boundaries of the genre.
Born and raised in Chicago, IL amongst the most prolific blues legends and blues masters in the world, Wayne Baker Brook’s blues roots may run deeper and wider than the Great Lakes themselves.
Chicago Blues laid the foundation to Wayne’s innovative style. Growing up Brooks was a regular visitor to such historic places as Chess Studios, Checkerboard Lounge, Wisefools, and many other blues landmarks at which he witnessed many live performances by blues masters like Buddy Guy, Jr. Wells, Luther Allison, KoKo Taylor, the great Muddy Waters, & his father. The youngest son of blues master Lonnie Brooks – Wayne Brooks was literally born into the blues!
Leaving no way around the fate appointed him he soon joined his father’s (Lonnie Brooks) band as his guitarist. And then formed the Wayne Baker Brooks Band which while continuing to work with his father’s band he appeared in the film Blues Brothers 2000.
With the release of his acclaimed debut CD “Mystery” “an album that brilliantly draws on blues, blues rock, soul, funk and beyond”. “Mystery” received multiple awards and praise from the music world.
Along with releasing his new release he was soon touring the world and featured on national TV programs (including CNN’s “Showbiz”), as well as endless radio programs including performing for First Lady Hilary Rodham Clinton at Chess Studios (Willie Dixon Blues Heaven Foundation) with legends Bo Diddley, KoKo Taylor, At the conclusion of the band’s explosive set, Hillary stated, “My husband is going to be so jealous he missed this!”.
WBB has performed and or recorded alongside such notables as:
Buddy Guy, Koko Taylor, Bo Diddley, Corey Harris, The Black Crowes, Otis Rush, Jr. Wells, Shemekia Copeland, Johnny Lang, Susan Tedeschi, Keb Mo, Jimmy Vivino, Robert Randolph, Taj Mahal, Mick Fleetwood, Otis Clay, Bobby Rush, Elvin Bishop, Billy Branch and many more…
Wayne Baker Brooks and this Band continue to play the world over with WBB’s signature top shelf brand of guitar playing and a live show that should not be missed.
“Alonzo Jones”, also known as ‘Louisiana Al’, 49, grew up in the heart of the south engulfed in the rhythm of the blues. His mother, Lucille Jones, was a gospel singer and his father, a dedicated jazz and blues enthusiast and fan. As a young boy, Al developed a special love for the blues that immediately created a connection deep down within his soul; a connection that he was compelled to share with others. As a young man, Al would sing Howlin Wolf songs to his dying grandmother and would watch as she raved with joy in response. It was during this experience, that Al gained the desire to bring joy to others through the rhythm of the “blues”. It was then, that Al learned of the magic of music.
Al would later go on to study under the legendary Killer Ray Allison of Chicago (2016), who was the first to refer to him as “Louisiana Al”. The name was a perfect fit and reflects Al’s strong, southern roots. Shortly after this valuable mentorship, Louisiana Al was finally able to form his band. Since then, Louisiana Al has made quite a name for himself performing in front of thousands at venues across the country becoming well known for performing the songs of Howlin Wolf.
Louisiana Al has established himself as an artist who controls the environment. Through the magic of his voice on top of smooth rhythms, his listeners are able to relax in an atmosphere where the daily concerns of life are long forgotten.
One of Louisiana Al’s goals is to open and perform for some of today’s greatest legends. He firmly believes in paying your dues and honoring one’s predecessors. He recently released his first CD entitled Louisiana Al & T he Bayou Players, Live which is already opening to rave reviews. Keep your eye out for this rising star!
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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