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Live on the Lake!: Buddy Guy’s Legends, Chicago Blues

This summer, join us in the Miller Lite Beer Garden every Wednesday night for free, live blues presented by Buddy Guy’s Legends, a Chicago institution since 1989. See below for the full blues lineup. 

Buddy Guy’s Legends, Chicago Blues is part of Live on the Lake!, Navy Pier’s free music and dance series, featuring a wide array of live local and national musical talent spanning the genres of rock, pop, folk, soul, blues, and more. Learn more. 

About Buddy Guy’s Legends

700 S. Wabash, Chicago, IL 60605

Owned and operated by seven-time Grammy winner and Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Buddy Guy, Buddy Guy’s Legends is the premier blues club in the world. Enjoy award-winning gumbo and Cajun cuisine, with acoustic performances for lunch and dinner and live bands every night. Behold a major archive of blues memorabilia (including a mind-blowing collection of famous guitars). Learn more at buddyguy.com.

Upcoming Performances

Live on the Lake! Feat. The Mike Wheeler Band and Jimmy Nick

May 31st

Live on the Lake! Feat. The Mike Wheeler Band and Jimmy Nick

5:15 pm - 9:30 pm

Miller Lite Beer Garden

Free music and dance series in the Miller Lite Beer Garden

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Jimmy Nick
Blues – Rock
5:15pm – 6:15pm

Jimmy Nick is an old-fashioned, guitar slinging blues prodigy who spent his teenage years being schooled by legendary bluesmen in the famous Chicago clubs of Kingston Mines, Rosa’s Lounge, and B.L.U.E.S. on Halsted.

Mike Wheeler 
Blues
7:00pm – 8:00pm & 8:30pm – 9:30pm

Mike Wheeler is a brilliant staple in the Chicago blues community, playing with and writing songs for a variety of Chicago artists including, Nellie “Tiger” Travis, Peaches Staten, Sam Cockrell, Demetria Taylor, Big Ray and Cadillac Dave. Mike was a well-known member of the Chicago Playboys, a notable band in Chicago, and recorded five albums with this group.

Live on the Lake! Feat. Corey Dennison and Louisiana Al

June 7th

Live on the Lake! Feat. Corey Dennison and Louisiana Al

5:15 pm - 9:30 pm

Miller Lite Beer Garden

Free music and dance series in the Miller Lite Beer Garden

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Louisiana Al
Blues – Soul
5:15pm – 6:15pm

Corey Dennison 
Blues – Rock
7:00pm – 8:00pm & 8:30pm – 9:30pm

Formed in 2013, The Corey Dennison Band has become a favorite attraction at Chicago blues venues, including twice-weekly appearances at Kingston Mines. Led by Corey Dennison’s soulful voice and muscular guitar, the band released its self-titled studio debut for the legendary Delmark Records in 2016 after honing 13 original songs night after night on the bandstand.

Live on the Lake! Feat. NuBlu Band and Ivy Ford

June 14th

Live on the Lake! Feat. NuBlu Band and Ivy Ford

5:15 pm - 9:30 pm

Miller Lite Beer Garden

Free music and dance series in the Miller Lite Beer Garden

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Ivy Ford
Blues
5:15pm – 6:15pm

Ivy Ford, singer, musician, entertainer. Waukegan born and raised, at just 24 she is quite the artist of the Chicagoland blues and live music scene. She has managed to take the Chicago scene by storm, including making her debut performance at The Chicago Blues FESTIVAL 2016. In January,2015 Ivy Ford opened for the legendary, Buddy Guy at his club in Chicago and continues to share the stage with Chicago blues hall of famers, J.B. Ritchie, Joe Moss, Toronzo Cannon and Tom Holland.

NuBlu Band 
Blues
7:00pm – 8:00pm & 8:30pm – 9:30pm

This high energy group pairs a tight rhythm section led by Mark Maddox on lead guitar, Dan Henley on drums, with the powerful vocals of Carlise Guy, the dynamic daughter of the Legendary seven-time Grammy award winner, Buddy Guy. The three are the foundation of the band. They perform a wide range of genres, Blues, R&B, Pop, and Motown, their soulful sound is enough to make any audience get up and dance. It’s always a party when NuBlu is on stage.

Live on the Lake! Feat. Guy King and Vino Louden

June 21st

Live on the Lake! Feat. Guy King and Vino Louden

5:15 pm - 9:30 pm

Miller Lite Beer Garden

Free music and dance series in the Miller Lite Beer Garden

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Vino Louden
Blues
5:15pm – 6:15pm

Guy King 
Blues – Jazz
7:00pm – 8:00pm & 8:30pm – 9:30pm

2017 Blues Music Award Nominee Guy King’s music is fresh and unique while maintaining a strong link to the musical masters that came before him. His natural musical abilities and his one of a kind blend of Blues, Jazz, Soul, and R&B, are some of what makes Guy King so special in the music world.

Live on the Lake! Feat. Morry Sochat & The Special 20s and Trayce Eileen

June 28th

Live on the Lake! Feat. Morry Sochat & The Special 20s and Trayce Eileen

5:15 pm - 9:30 pm

Miller Lite Beer Garden

Free music and dance series in the Miller Lite Beer Garden

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Trayce Eileen
Jazz – Soul
5:15pm – 6:15pm

Tracye Eileen, a Chicago native blends her Gospel roots with a rich, sultry, soulful sound. She has the ability to captivate her audience by embodying the raw emotion of a tune, and has the vocal chops to channel this into a powerful performance. Tracye makes a personal connection with her audience, through her warmth and sense of humor and is backed by her own 5-piece band, “The PTR Band” made up of top Chicago-based musicians.

Morry Sochat & The Special 20s 
Blues – Swing
7:00pm – 8:00pm & 8:30pm – 9:30pm

Morry Sochat & The Special 20s play Chicago Blues mixed with swing and vintage rock n’ roll. They put on an energetic show that will get you moving and cheering for more.

Live on the Lake! Feat. Quinn Sullivan and Anthony Moser

July 5th

Live on the Lake! Feat. Quinn Sullivan and Anthony Moser

5:15 pm - 9:30 pm

Miller Lite Beer Garden

Free music and dance series in the Miller Lite Beer Garden

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Anthony Moser
Jazz – Soul
5:15pm – 6:15pm

Anthony Moser is a Chicago musician playing blues, folk, jazz and original tunes.

Quinn Sullivan 
Blues – Rock
7:00pm – 8:00pm & 8:30pm – 9:30pm

Quinn Sullivan has been a music professional for more than 75 percent of his life. He’s shared the stage with Buddy Guy, Eric Clapton, Los Lobos, The Roots, Derek Trucks & Susan Tedeschi and Joe Bonamassa, and he opened for B.B. King, who later invited him to play his treasured “Lucille” guitar.

Live on the Lake! Feat. Brother John and Melody Angel

July 12th

Live on the Lake! Feat. Brother John and Melody Angel

5:15 pm - 9:30 pm

Miller Lite Beer Garden

Free music and dance series in the Miller Lite Beer Garden

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Melody Angel
Blues – Rock
5:15pm – 6:15pm

Melody Angel is not a stage name, its the name on my birth certificate. I was born and raised on the south-side of Chicago. I started singing at 7 yrs old, and when I was 13 my mama bought me, my first guitar from the local pawn shop. I dedicated my every day and night to teaching myself to play. Once I learned 5 Jimi Hendrix song’s I put my first band together and I never looked back.

Brother John 
Blues
7:00pm – 8:00pm & 8:30pm – 9:30pm

Brother John has been a resident musician at Buddy Guy’s Legends in Chicago for 25 years. He has played with Eric Clapton, Steve Miller, the Black Crowes, and acquired ringing endorsements from many other musicians of renown.

Live on the Lake! Feat. Joe Moss and Rob Blaine

July 19th

Live on the Lake! Feat. Joe Moss and Rob Blaine

5:15 pm - 9:30 pm

Miller Lite Beer Garden

Free music and dance series in the Miller Lite Beer Garden

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Rob Blaine
Blues
5:15pm – 6:15pm

Great rockin’ blues band. Rob was the winner of The Albert Collins Award as best guitar player at the 2011 International Blues Competition.

Joe Moss 
Blues
7:00pm – 8:00pm & 8:30pm – 9:30pm

A guitarist since the age of 10, Moss was given his passport into the blues world by Buddy Scott, who noticed him at a jam session at Rosa’s Blues Lounge in Chicago. Soon, Moss was playing seven nights a week as a member of Buddy Scott’s Rib Tips Band. Moss’s guitar skills, quickly, became notorious on the local scene and he became an in-demand sideman. In 1996, Joe started his own band and has never looked back since.

Live on the Lake! Feat. Jamiah Rogers and Joanna Connor

July 26th

Live on the Lake! Feat. Jamiah Rogers and Joanna Connor

5:15 pm - 9:30 pm

Miller Lite Beer Garden

Free music and dance series in the Miller Lite Beer Garden

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Joanna Connor
Blues – Rock
5:15pm – 6:15pm

No doubt you’ve seen it by now: That viral video of a woman onstage in a bright purple dress, playing one absolute scorcher of a slide guitar solo. That’s Joanna Connor in her home turf of Chicago, with the firepower she delivers to local crowds on a nightly basis.

Jamiah Rogers 
Blues
7:00pm – 8:00pm & 8:30pm – 9:30pm

Three musicians on one accord. Doing what we love to do! Love Everyone, Play From The Soul, Speak To The People and they will embrace your gift!

Live on the Lake! Feat. Sheryl Youngblood and Nick Bell

August 2nd

Live on the Lake! Feat. Sheryl Youngblood and Nick Bell

5:15 pm - 9:30 pm

Miller Lite Beer Garden

Free music and dance series in the Miller Lite Beer Garden

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Nick Bell
Blues
5:15pm – 6:15pm

he Nick Bell Band has performed at various venues and festivals across the country such as the 75th Sturgis Bike Rally in South Dakota, Buddys Guys Legends, The Arcada Theater, The Hard Rock Cafe, The Double Door Chicago, Chicago Blues Festival, The Mancow Show, New Life Radio, The Harmonica Collective, True Blues Radio, and countless others venues and festivals. See Nick in a venue near you!

Sheryl Youngblood 
Blues – Soul – R&B
7:00pm – 8:00pm & 8:30pm – 9:30pm

Growing up in a musically inclined family with her mother having her own female group “The Royal Harmonetts” and being a pianist and vocalist in the church, Sheryl was born into music. A 2015 inductee into the Blues Hall Of Fame, Sheryl began singing and playing various instruments in the church. In her teen years Sheryl started her own female group in the church called “Sisters” in which she wrote several of their songs and also wrote songs for the National Baptist State Convention.

Live on the Lake! Feat. Breezy Rodio and Jimmy Nick

August 9th

Live on the Lake! Feat. Breezy Rodio and Jimmy Nick

5:15 pm - 9:30 pm

Miller Lite Beer Garden

Free music and dance series in the Miller Lite Beer Garden

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Jimmy Nick
Blues – Rock
5:15pm – 6:15pm

Jimmy Nick is an old-fashioned, guitar slinging blues prodigy who spent his teenage years being schooled by legendary bluesmen in the famous Chicago clubs of Kingston Mines, Rosa’s Lounge, and B.L.U.E.S. on Halsted.

Breezy Rodio 
Blues – Soul – Reggae
7:00pm – 8:00pm & 8:30pm – 9:30pm

Breezy Rodio is an up-and-coming Bluesman. His understanding of music coupled with his impressive guitar skills allows him to create a truly unique sound. Breezy began building an audience quickly playing with local bands in New York. Within a year, he decided it was time to go for broke. He moved to Chicago intending to take his career to the next level.

Live on the Lake! Feat. Sam Cockrell Band and The Blue Coast Band

August 16th

Live on the Lake! Feat. Sam Cockrell Band and The Blue Coast Band

5:15 pm - 9:30 pm

Miller Lite Beer Garden

Free music and dance series in the Miller Lite Beer Garden

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The Blue Coast Band
Blues
5:15pm – 6:15pm

The Blue Coast Band takes their traditional sensibilities of this music and puts their own spin in it. Years of working with blues greats as well as rock and rollers, gives them the freedom to intuitively mix things up. Their stamp on the music is one that is not over the top, but at the same time definitely not in a retro bag. It’s an honest interpretation.

Sam Cockrell Band 
Blues
7:00pm – 8:00pm & 8:30pm – 9:30pm

When there has been a fourteen-year gap between a bluesman’s second and third album, the imagination can supply all sorts of explanations, but singer-songwriter-bassist Sam Cockrell hasn’t been incarcerated, or strung out, or selling dubious products, or even out of the music biz.

Live on the Lake! Feat. Wayne Baker Brooks and Melody Angel

August 23rd

Live on the Lake! Feat. Wayne Baker Brooks and Melody Angel

5:15 pm - 9:30 pm

Miller Lite Beer Garden

Free music and dance series in the Miller Lite Beer Garden

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Melody Angel
Blues – Rock
5:15pm – 6:15pm

First off, Melody Angel is her real name, she was born and raised on the south side of Chicago. Melody Angel is a self taught guitarist, who loves Rock N’ Roll and plans on doing both for the rest of her life. Here’s just a few of her influences: Prince, Michael Jackson, Jimi Hendrix, Chuck Berry, Slash, Santana, and Big Mama Thornton.

Wayne Baker Brooks 
Blues
7:00pm – 8:00pm & 8:30pm – 9:30pm

Wayne Baker Brooks is considered one of todays top guitarists who’s signature style combines powerful vocals with liquid fire guitar playing that honors his rich blues heritage yet effortlessly expands the boundaries of the genre.
Born and raised in Chicago, IL amongst the most prolific blues legends and blues masters in the world, Wayne Baker Brook’s blues roots may run deeper and wider than the Great Lakes themselves. 

Live on the Lake! Feat. NuBlu Band and Morry Sochat & The Special 20s

August 30th

Live on the Lake! Feat. NuBlu Band and Morry Sochat & The Special 20s

5:15 pm - 9:30 pm

Miller Lite Beer Garden

Free music and dance series in the Miller Lite Beer Garden

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Morry Sochat & The Special 20s 
Blues – Swing
5:15pm – 6:15pm

Morry Sochat & The Special 20s play Chicago Blues mixed with swing and vintage rock n’ roll. They put on an energetic show that will get you moving and cheering for more.

NuBlu Band 
Blues
7:00pm – 8:00pm & 8:30pm – 9:30pm

This high energy group pairs a tight rhythm section led by Mark Maddox on lead guitar, Dan Henley on drums, with the powerful vocals of Carlise Guy, the dynamic daughter of the Legendary seven-time Grammy award winner, Buddy Guy. The three are the foundation of the band. They perform a wide range of genres, Blues, R&B, Pop, and Motown, their soulful sound is enough to make any audience get up and dance. It’s always a party when NuBlu is on stage.

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