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Its 980 miles to Chicago, its dark and we're wearing sunglasses.. HIT IT!

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Going to be gone until Sunday achieving a 20 year dream of seeing Buddy Guy live at Legends in Chicago during his annual residency. Mrs Hoodoman and I are pumped to be doing a quick trip to Chi town and seeing a living legend in his own bar.  Don't miss me when I'm gone as this dream is nearly over...   😎  see you all on the flip side! And it will be reasonably warm in the windy city!! 

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Oh my god.. Legends was soo much fun.  Just an amazing vibe from the crowd.  so those of you that are not fans of Dr Buddy Guy (more on that shortly) every year for decades he has done a stint of shows at his Chicago club in January.  Think of Tom at the Fillmore but if Tom owned the Fillmore.  He does a Thursday, Fri, Sat and Sun set late in the evening. Doors open anywhere from 11-noon and the crowd lines up as early as 5:30 am some days waits outside in the cold and then stays from 11am until around 1-1:30 am.  As I mentioned in my earlier post its a bucket list thing for me and has been on my to do since about Y2K.  I'd been to Legends once before and had the pleasure of seeing Linsey Alexander in 2015, if you have ever seen Buddy he is showman and story teller, he could do a stand up act and not bomb if he wanted to. 

I've been a Buddy Fan since discovering him in 1989 or so via a Stevie Ray Vaughan bootleg where Stevie does a cover of Mary Had A little lamb and says you love Buddy Guy? I sure do! and then plays a second cover of BG.  Coincidentally Legends Opened in 1989  but he was doing these residencies even before that club opened at the old Checkerboard Lounge. I first caught Buddy in 1993 when he made his comeback album on Silvertone records and his performance at Lupo's Heartbreak hotel made me a fan for life. I've since caught Buddy over 20 times, probably over 30 after the two nights at Legends even at 83 going on 84 he has a touring schedule that takes him to my area in MA at least twice a year often more not that I can afford to see him every single time. As he has aged he has not slowed down too much all things considered and as I understand it he is headed to New Zealand shortly and then on to China and Japan before hitting Euorpe on his way back to the US to start his next world tour again so there has never been a need to see him at his club aside for the fact the man is a legend and seeing him in a small room on a small stage held a lot of appeal.  Buddy is not like the Heartbreakers playing stadiums and arenas all the time He has for sure done crowds over 20K-30K but normally he is at a venue that can seat between 700-3K depending on the venue. Enough background...

We flew out of Boston around 1145 on Friday and between Thursday night and that time things changed a lot weather wise. Instead of the 40 degree temps and partly cloudy sky nearby Wisconsin was under blizzard watch. Chicago was getting 2-6" of snow followed by an ice storm that could leave 1" of ice and bitter cold.  The forcast I had heard called for sneakers and guess what I was wearing as the captain announced we were trying to push back early to get in ahead of the snow...  We landed and took the CTA down from O'hare and were in Downtown 45 min later and at the hotel across from Grant park a short walk later. As luck would have it our hotel was literately across the street from the club. 

By 4pm or so we were all settled in to the hotel and hungry for dinner. We had planned on deep dish pizza nearby at one of the Gino’s East is my GOAT Chicago pizza but was on the other side of town so we planned on the nearby Lou Malnati's Pizzeria we popped our head into Legends first and damn near never left.  First of all I have an odd tendency to be an introverted extrovert. Get me into my element and I become an extrovert.  we are happy to squat at home and hang out and are not social butterfly's, not normally anyhow. The crowd at legends was just different, almost like I was back in Boston at Cheer's where legit everybody knows your name.  Nearly everyone I spoke with at the tables had been there year on year for 5-7 years and the folks at the tables tend to go back religiously each year and all know each other as they spend 12 or so hours hanging out listening to live music drinking beer and eating Cajun/Louisiana BBQ cooked perfectly.  

They have an acoustic set early in the day around 1pm on weekdays and Sundays and live music for the rest of the day with occasional breaks so you can chat with your neighbors. The couple we had sat with the first night had gone into line at 11am and had been there since then. They were hysterically funny with a cutting sarcastic wit that was just right. At one point I joked with my new friend that she should try out for Second City. She stopped what she was doing and looked me dead-ass in the eye and said 'what did you say? I just started a class there last week....'   It turns out she was a writer too, had left her job about 6 months ago and was tying loads of new things. Eerily like me... they had been to 5 shows over the years but normally are part of the standing room only crowd.  

I ended up talking to dozens of people that night form all over the world (there were people from England, Germany, Italy and Oz there in addition to many states). Toward the end of the night I ran into Linsey Alexander  at the bar who I had seen play back  in 2015 and he ended up playing a set the next night. (it turns out according to the Johnny the MC;  Linsey is the old uncle that shows up unexpected at Thanksgiving and never leaves, as he is there 6 nights a week most weeks but he is an amazing performer and I ended up talking to him several times over the next few nights.)   More on the night later as I have to get my day moving... 

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23 hours ago, Big Blue Sky said:

o.m.g. how good would that be??

not to get too far ahead of myself in the story we did that on Saturday ourselves and it was amazing!   Getting ready for grad school which starts Saturday for me so its been crazy busy with getting stuff organized so not too much time to write this up... My wife heads to Berlin for her MBA class and comes home Monday so its going to get weird at home again its like the perfect storm, my oldest starts classes tomorrow, my youngest has mid terms and short days and with my wife away I get to deal with all the weirdness in the schdule with drop off at school for 830 and pick up at 11 something.....  😲  so I have to squeeze my day into the spaces in between that... and of course nobody told us Mid terms were coming so all sorts of last minute appointments are going off at the moment...   its like the old chineese curse of may you live in interesting times... ;) 

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