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Blues R and B

2519 N Halsted St, Chicago, Illinois 60614 USA

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“blues bands playing in close atmosphere”

Whether you are an invested blues aficionado, or just a blues browser, you'll enjoy B.L.U.E.S. A trip here is a no-risk venture into some reliably good music. And this stands true seven days a week, 365 days a year. B.L.U.E.S. features primarily local artists (e.g. Son Seals, Eddie Shaw, Magic Slim, Eddy Clearwater). The atmosphere is friendly and intimate. Stretching along its right side is a long bar, and along its left side a riser for overflow seating. Small tables mold parties into intimate groups, fostering a close atmosphere amongst friends and neighbors. The set-up is such that no matter where you sit, you're always in the middle of the action. Weekends are busy, so if you want to score a barstool, you'll need to arrive early. There is plenty of space on weeknights, though. As a matter of fact, you might find yourself elbow to elbow with your favorite blues artist having a drink on his or her day off. B.L.U.E.S. features primarily local artists (e.g. Son Seals, Eddie Shaw, Magic Slim, Eddy Clearwater). The atmosphere is friendly and intimate. Stretching along its right side is a long bar, and along its left side a riser for overflow seating.    Small tables mold parties into intimate groups, fostering a close atmosphere amongst friends and neighbors. The set-up is such that no matter where you sit, you're always in the middle of the action.    Weekends are busy, so if you want to score a barstool, you'll need to arrive early. There is plenty of space on weeknights, though. As a matter of fact, you might find yourself elbow to elbow with your favorite blues artist having a drink on his or her day off.    B.L.U.E.S. has been voted best blues club on Chicago's north side. It offers the assurance of good music in a friendly, intimate environment.

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September 30, 2014
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If you're looking for a blues venue in Chicago north of the Loop, head to B.L.U.E.S. Sure, it's somewhat gimmicky and it definitely caters to tourists, but that's what a blues club has to do to survive these days, even in Chicago. And it's a far more authentic experience that actually focuses on the music than the yuppie/fratstar/godawful trash you get when you step into Kingston Mines next door.

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