Festival of Books and Blues

I’ve always wanted to go to Printers Row Lit Fest and the Chicago Blues Fest since migrating here 11 years ago. Unfortunately, I never had the opportunity to attend to any of them. It’s either that I needed to study for a test, or I’m working on that weekend. But not this year, however. Because I requested a couple of days off for these events, months in advance.

It’s also fortuitous that both events were held on the same weekend. So, I was able to kill two birds with one stone. I also took my camera out with me, and did some photography. I’ve been slaving away at work these past few weeks that I didn’t have time to take pictures, killing my project 366. So, it feels great to be a shutterbug once more.

Printers Row Lit Fest

The Book Fair on Dearborn St.

I never really stayed long at the Lit Fest. I only stayed there for an hour. Mainly because I wanted to go to the Blues Fest. But I did have fun browsing for books, looking for bargains, and listening to writers giving advice and talking about literature. I wasn’t able to do what I set out to do, however. Which is getting my copy of The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks signed by Rebecca Skloot.

First edition copies of The Lord of the Rings and The Once and Future King.

I saw a lot of cool books though. By cool, I meant their bindings. There was a huge bible with a nice red leather binding and a gold cross on the cover. It costs $400 though. I also found a the first edition copies of The Lord of the Rings and The Once and Future King, two of my most favorite fantasy books. The copies were mint too. So, I didn’t ask for their prices. Because I know I won’t be able to afford them.

The only book I can afford from the Lit Fest.

I wasn’t able to stock up on books as I’ve planned either. But I really didn’t know what I was looking for. Plus, I only have a $10 budget. The only book that I got was The Daily Book of Photography. It’s a good book for newbie photographers like me. Because you can read it one page a day and learn a new skill or some factoid about photography.

Chicago Blues Festival

The Mississippi Juke Joint stage.

Blues fest was a blast! It was hot as hell, however, and I got sun burnt. So, I left the grounds earlier than I expected. But I still saw a couple of bands, great bands, that I really enjoyed.

Homemade Jamz. These kids know how to play.

His muffler guitar is smoking –literally and figuratively speaking.

The first performer I heard was the sibling band, Homemade Jamz. I was walking into the festival ground and their sweet music, like the pied piper, guided me in. They’re good. They’re pretty young too. The vocalist/guitarist is 20, the bassist just turned 18 the day before, and the girl drummer is only 13.

“The Devil Ain’t Got No Music” –Lurrie Bell

I also saw Lurrie Bell. In all of the fest performers, he’s the only one I’m familiar with. He mostly sings sanctified songs. But I really like them. Plus, he’s a good picker.

Charlie Wilson’s awesome string men.

This old dude is the boss!

Charles Wilson’s band probably had the best sound at yesterday’s fest. He sings good, and his guitarists were really great too. They also had the best rendition of B.B. King’s “The Thrill is Gone”.

I had an awesome day in the city yesterday. But that was only the primer. I still have Pitchfork Festival and Lollapalooza coming in the next few months.

Parting Shot: Photography in a photograph.

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3 thoughts on “Festival of Books and Blues

  1. this looked so much fun! I missed this when it happened here in LA.

  2. PM says:

    OMG that lit fest looked so rad!

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