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"Born in Chicago" blues doc to make Chicago premiere

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Charlie Musselwhite (l) and Mike Bloomfield in the' 60s.

The film "Born in Chicago" about the white Chicago teens (Michael Bloomfield, Paul Butterfield, Charlie Musselwhite, etc.) who migrated to the south side in the early 1960s to learn blues from the masters will make it's Chicago debut at 6 p.m. June 6 at the Vic Theater, 3145 N. Sheffield.

"Born in Chicago" includes interviews and /or performances from Bob Dylan, Buddy Guy, B.B. King, the late Hubert Sumlin, Jack White, Steve Miller, the ubiquitous Harvey Mandel, Sam Lay and others. "Born in Chicago" is narrated by Marshall Chess of Chess Records fame.

Following the screening a concert will feature the core band Chicago Blues Reunion (Nick Gravenites, Barry Goldberg, Mandel, Corky Siegel) and special guests Musselwhite, Eric Burdon and Elvin Bishop. Other stars will be announced.

"Born in Chicago" debuted at SXSW last month. It was slated to play at CIMMfest (Chicago International Movies & Music Festival) this weekend but was delayed in post production.

The film was directed by Chicagoan John Anderson ("Brian WIlson Presents SMilLE"), produced by Chicagoan John (producer of Eric Clapton "Crossroads" concert DVDs) and co-produced by Goldberg,. Executive producers are Timm Martin, Chris Stewart and Bert Moreno of Out The Box Records in Northbrook. The project was born in 2004 after Out of the Box invited Anderson to a Chicago Blues Reunion concert at FitzGerald's in Berwyn.

Tickets to the June 6 premiere, which features a pre-show dinner, go on sale the first week of May.

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As much as I liked Bloomfield et. al, but come on...these guys learned everything they knew from Magic Sam, Otis Rush, Muddy, Guy, Walter, Wells, etc., etc..Born in Chicago really means born down south...and any documentary about this should high light this...Blues is a dying art form for obvious reasons. perhaps nothing can be done about this, but it wouldn't hurt to expose people to where it came begets art..

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Dave Hoekstra

Dave Hoekstra has been a Chicago Sun-Times staff writer since 1985. His collection of Sun-Times travel columns, "Ticket To Everywhere," was published in 2000 by Lake Claremont Press. He was lead writer for "Farm Aid: Song for America" (Rodale Press, 2005) which commemorated the 20th anniversary of the Willie Nelson inspired effort.
He won a 1987 Chicago Newspaper Guild Stick O-Type Award for Column Writing. Hoekstra wrote and co-proudced the WTTW-Channel 11 PBS special: "The Staple Singers and the Civil Rights Movement," nominated for a 2001-02 Chicago Emmy for a documentary program/cultural significance.
He lives in Chicago.


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