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Born In Chicago at Sonoma Film Festival

One month after The Academy Awards are given out on March 2, the 17th annual Sonoma International Film Festival (SIFF) will take center stage around Sonoma's historic Plaza for 5 days (April 2-6) of independent films, special events & guests, receptions, and much, much more. More than 100 films will be shown - including Born In Chicago with The Chicago Blues Reunion musicians, Harvey Mandel, Barry Goldberg, Nick Gravenites, Corky Siegel and Sam Lay!

Born In Chicago is a soulful documentary film that chronicles a uniquely musical passing of the torch. It's the story of first generation blues performers who had made their way to Chicago from the Mississippi Delta and their ardent and unexpected followers.  See trailer

"Born In Chicago" Nominated For Awards

The movie, "Born In Chicago" chronicling the Blues-Rock explosion from Chicago's mighty and tough urban blues scene of the early 60s featuring Chicago Blues Reunion band members, has been nominated for "Best of the Midwest" by The Midwest Independent Film Festival.

Winners will in part be determined by public vote. You can vote for "Born In Chicago," Click Here

The voting closes in just a few days so please take a moment to support CBR and "Born In Chicago." Winners will be announced at the Best of the Midwest Awards Gala on Tuesday, December 3rd at the acclaimed Underground, 56 West Illinois in downtown Chicago. (Click here for ticket info)

NY Times Review "Born In Chicago"

"Born In Chicago" feature-length documentary film featuring CBR generated a stellar review in the New York Times after the film's debut at the famed Lincoln Center. The article written by Larry Rohter, published on the front page of the Saturday July 25th entertainment section, is a stellar description of the film, director John Anderson's vision and features interviews with CBR band mates on the films groundbreaking development. Click here for the full article.

Chicago Blues Reunion at ShedFest Saturday July 20th, Highland Park, IL

Chicago Blues Reunion appearing at ShedFest July 20, 2013 Highland Park ILCBR returns to Chicagoland July 20th, to appear at ShedFest in Highland Park, Illinois. CBR will open the second night of the outdoor festival at 6 pm. CBR's Harvey Mandel, Corky Siegel, Nick Gravenites, and Barry Goldberg with backing by Gary Mallaber and Rick Reed will be joined by special guests, Sam Lay and Marcella Detroit. Proceeds from ShedFest go to benefit Rebecca's Dream, a local organization dedicated to promoting awareness and compassionate understanding of depression and bipolar disorder as real diseases. Tickets are $25 for the Saturday program and are available at www.ShedFest2013.eventbrite.com.

Check out Harvey's other band, Canned Heat
Sat, Jul 20 - 8:00 PM S.P.A.C.E., Evanston, IL

Harvey Mandel Canned Heat July 20, 2013 SPACE Evanston ILAfter his ShedFest appearance, Harvey Mandel will sprint south to Evanston for his show with Canned Heat at S.P.A.C.E. at 8:00 pm. Come hear their Top-40 country-blues-rock songs, "On The Road Again," "Let's Work Together," and "Going Up The Country," that became rock anthems. For tickets and information see http://evanstonspace.com/artists/canned-heat


Chicago Blues Reunion at The Vic June 6Featuring Chicago Blues Reunion with special guests Sam Lay, Charlie Musselwhite, Elvin Bishop, Eric Burdon And Others

A premiere party and (Sweet) homecoming for the documentary film Born In Chicago is set to for Thursday, June 6 at the Vic Theatre in, 3145 N. Sheffield in Chicago, 7 pm.  The evening will be highlighted by full sets of musical performances by Chicago Blues Reunion -- Barry Goldberg, Nick Gravenites, Harvey Mandel, and Corky Siegel – who will be joined by special guests including Charlie Musselwhite, Eric Burdon, Sam Lay and Elvin Bishop plus surprise guests. Proceeds from the event will benefit Chicago’s Coalition for the Homeless. Tickets on sale through etix.com.

Born In Chicago documentary film screens Friday, June 7

Born In Chicago documentary film screens Friday, June 7 at 8:15 PM at the Gene Siskel Film Center, 164 N. State Street, followed by a discussion and audience questions with Barry Goldberg, Nick Gravenites, Sam Lay, Harvey Mandel and Corky Siegel.

Additional screenings are scheduled for Saturday, June 8 at 5:15 PM, Monday, June 10 at 6:15 PM, Wednesday, June 12 at 6:15 PM and Thursday, June 13 at 8:30 PM. Tickets on sale through Ticketmaster Ticketmaster, 800-982-2787, www.ticketmaster.com and at the Gene Siskel Center box office, 312-846-2600.

Link to trailer: http://vimeo.com/sinapz/review/61650612/1b89ba3898

Check out Born In Chicago Facebook Page: www.facebook.com/BornInChicagoMovie

CBR's Corkey Siegel interviewed on WGN TV Chicago about Born In Chicago

Judy Garcia interviewed members of CBR, detailing their roles in new movie, 'Born In Chicago" and the historyu of the '60s blues explosion. The featurette, aired on WGN TV 9 PM CST can be accessed in here, View The Clip. View the Film Trailer.

'Born in Chicago': Butterfield, Bloomfield & the Sixties' Young Turks
By Gene Sculatti, Back Page's Blogs, 18 Apr 2013 "Is it just me? Or has anyone else who's seen the PBS special Muddy Waters and the Rolling Stones Live found the whole affair cringe-worthy and borderline creepy?...." "....The incongruity of Waters and the Hoochie Coochie Boy in that film is rather the opposite of what we get in Born in Chicago, a new documentary now making the rounds of the festival circuit. Here, the Sixties generation of young white hipsters—Paul Butterfield, Mike Bloomfield, Barry Goldberg, Charlie Musselwhite, Harvey Mandel, Nick Gravenites, Corky Siegel—come off respectful and still awed after 50 years that they were even invited onto Muddy's and Howlin' Wolf's stages. There's a lot of love on display, and the film makes clear that it flowed in both directions, from acolytes and mentors alike." Read the whole review at Rock's Back Page's Blogs.

SXSW Film Review: 'Born in Chicago'
Archival footage meets contemporary performances in this music documentary
By Michael King, Austin Chronicle, 12:34PM, Fri. Mar. 15

Born In Chicago movieJohn Anderson; with Barry Goldberg, Sam Lay, Elvin Bishop, Paul Butterfield, Michael Bloomfield, Nick Gravenitas, B.B. King, Bob Dylan, Keith Richards, Buddy Guy, and many others

"You cannot play music that hasn't passed through Chicago." So declares Marshall Chess, scion of legendary Chess Records and narrator of Born in Chicago, which focuses on "the transition" from the city's blues giants – Howlin' Wolf, Muddy Waters, Junior Wells, et al. – to the very young white musicians who sat at their feet, studied their licks, and took their places among the bands that both extended the tradition and spun off the myriad genres of rock & roll. The film began, said director John Anderson, as a concert film of the Chicago Blues Reunion, and grew into a broader project of Out the Box Records, sustaining the music chronicled here. Fascinating archival footage is mixed with contemporary performances – often yearningly brief. Survivors recount the early South and West side clubs, and inheritors (e.g., Jack White) describe the influence and transformations of the blues as the central matrix of popular forms. Enjoy, and ponder. Originally piosted: Austin Chronicle 3/15/13; http://www.austinchronicle.com/blogs/sxsw/2013-03-15/sxsw-film-review-born-in-chicago/

Great Quotes: Born In Chicago SXSW premiere

"Finally! Born In Chicago sets the record straight about the mighty and tough urban blues scene that exploded from the Windy City in the 20th Century. The film also proves that many of the same musicians are still blowing harps and minds in the 21st. This is soulful stuff -- exactly what America needs to remind itself of what it used to be."
-- Michael Simmons, MOJO, The Huffington Post

First Screening of Born In Chicago

First Screening of Born In Chicsago staring members of The Chicago Blues Reunion Band"We've waited 5 years to see this... " said Timm Martin, Out The Box Records founder, who took this shot down in Austin, TX at the SXSW 3/13/13 premiere of the movie Born In Chicago staring Corky Siegel and members of the Chicago Blues Reunion Band! More at ChicagoBluesReunionBand.com.


SXSW: 10 Must-See Music Movies

(10:00 AM PST 3/7/2013 by Tatiana Siegel, Mitch Myers) The best of the fest's film slate includes docs about Green Day, the Beatles' secretary, blues greats and renegades of funk. Born In Chicago Director John Anderson chronicles the passing of the torch between first-generation blues masters like Buddy Guy, who came from the Mississippi Delta, and their young, white apprentices in Chicago. Among the musicians featured in the doc: Elvin Bishop, Paul Butterfield, Michael Bloomfield, B.B. King, Bob Dylan and Keith Richards. March 13, Paramount Theatre. (see original posting at The Hollywood Reporter)

SXSW Filming Schedule set for Born In Chicago

The screening schedule for Born In Chicago, the new documentary film starring CBR has been set:

03/13/2013, Paramount Theatre, 2:00 PM

03/14/2013, SXSatellite: Alamo Village, 9:15 PM

03/15/2013  BIC Panel @ Convention Center, 3:30 PM

03/15/2013, Alamo Ritz 1, 5:00 PM

Additional details and schedule updates available at: http://schedule.sxsw.com/search?q=born+in+chicago

Born In Chicago Feature Length Film to be released
They Brought The Blues To Rock and Roll

Born In Chicago is a feature-length documentary film that chronicles the story of the Chicago teenage musicians who, in the early sixties, cut their teeth in the city’s tough blues neighborhoods, were accepted and treated like sons by the original blues masters, then went on to play a key role in bringing the blues to rock and roll, in what many refer to as the “blues-rock explosion.”

With special appearances by Marshall Chess, the film stars Elvin Bishop, Michael Bloomfield, Eric Burdon, Paul Butterfield, Bob Dylan, Barry Goldberg, Nick Gravenites, Buddy Guy, B.B. King, Sam Lay, Harvey Mandel, Steve Miller, Charlie Musselwhite, Mark Naftalin, Keith Richards, Jim Schwall, Corky Siegel, Hubert Sumlin and Jack White. For complete details, read the PR Release.

Dave Mason, OTB’s Chris Stewart and Ronnie Baker Brooks perform together at the Lake Forest 150th Anniversary celebration

A year long celebration of the 150th anniversary of Lake Forest, dubbed The Sesquicentennial Heritage Festival, was held Saturday Sep 3, 2011. Legendary rock guitarist Dave Mason launched into all of his classic tunes, from originals to songs he played with Jimi Hendrix and others. Chris Stewart joined Mason adding his special percussive touch. Blues guitarist Ronnie Baker Brooks also joined in, coming on stage later in the night to join Mason and Stewart.

The celebration, more than two years in the making, was held in Market Square behind Lake Forest City Hall. Fans cheered and sang along from the start, jamming the parking lot, streets and surrounding cafes. Dave showed his Rock and Roll Hall of Fame roots through his duets with Ronnie Baker Brooks and a powerful closing.

Photos by Sam Subar Photography. Click to view larger photo

Harvey Mandel joins Bob Dylan at the Grammys

Here's Harvey Mandel with Bob Dylan at the 53rd Grammy Awards.

Here's Harvey Mandel with Bob Dylan at the 53rd Grammy Awards. Read a great article, "Interview with Canned Heat's Harvey Mandel, Bob Dylan's Grammy guitarist" from Examiner.com

Blues Reunion band comes alive

MUSIC REVIEW | Free-form odyssey sets tone for finale of 27th annual festival
June 14, 2010 By Jeff Johnson, Staff Reporter, Chicago Sun Times.

By Sunday night, the finale of the 27th annual Chicago Blues Festival, everyone was feeling "Buried Alive in the World," so it was fitting that the Chicago Blues Reunion band used that song not only to open its set on the Petrillo Main Stage but also to set the tone for the evening.

And what a great song it is. Written by guitarist-vocalist Nick Gravenites for Janis Joplin, who was set to record it the morning after she died, it propelled the band on a free-form 70-minute blues, rock, jazz and psychedelic odyssey. Gravenites and other soul survivors of the '60s white Chicago blues movement got together at the 2003 blues fest for a one-time reunion gig, then re-formed two years later for a highly successful tour and CD/DVD. This summer, they're a real band. Exit vocalists Tracy Nelson and Marcy Levy; welcome (at least for this Chicago homecoming gig) Charlie Musselwhite, a terrific harpist-vocalist and long-ago Chicago running mate of Gravenites, keyboardist Barry Goldberg, guitarist Harvey Mandel and harpist Corky Siegel.

Among them, they had a couple of centuries of material from which to build their set. Highlights included a Musselwhite-led "Help Me" that he dedicated to Sonny Boy Williamson II, who worked Curly's Twist City on the West Side with a young Musselwhite and Mandel in the audience, and a pair of instrumentals, "Wade in the Water" and Mandel's "Cristo Redentor." For the latter, Musselwhite made his harp gently weep while Mandel squeezed out sparks of ecstasy with his fuzz tone- and feedback-laden guitar, and Goldberg's Hammond B-3 laid the foundation. Sam Lay and James Cotton helped with the encore, "I've Got My Mojo Workin'."

The Reunion band will be seen in a new documentary, "White, Black & Blues," which is being screened privately after the blues festival. The three-day festival attendance was announced Sunday night at 500,000 -- not bad, given three days of threatening weather, a lack of genre-crossing stars and a reined-in budget. (see the complete article at: http://www.suntimes.com/entertainment/music/2389754,CST-FTR-blues14.article

OTB's Chris Stewart performs with Dave Mason

OTB's Managing Partner, Chirs Stewart, joined Dave Mason at the 2010 Benefit Concert for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum May 1 at Koka Booth Amphitheatre in Cary. Rock fans enjoyed performances by Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Dave Mason, the Georgia Satellites, Atlanta Rhythm Section, Alan White’s White Sox All-Star Band featuring former members of Yes, Queen and Journey, and a closing performance by power rockers Cheap Trick. Proceeds from the show benefited the Rock Hall's award-winning music education program, as well as the United Way of the Greater Triangle.

 Quick Clips:

CBR at The Vic, Chicago June 5

Born In Chicago Film Screenings set in Chicago for June In Chicago

CBR's Corky Siegel interviewed on WGN TV Chicago about Born In Chicago

Born In Chicago earns stellar reviews!

Born In Chicago deemed "10 Must See Music Movies"

Born In Chicago Premieres at SXSW

Mandel at the Grammys

OTB's Stewart, Dave Mason & Ronnie Baker Brooks on stage together

CBR closes out Chicago Blues Fest with a feeling...

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