Bluesfest this Friday: Cash Box Kings, Rockin’ Johnny Band and Mary Lane, Paul Filipowicz

The time has come for yet another great Bluesfest weekend on the Terrace! I can barely hold in my excitement. This Friday night, three great acts will be tearing it up with plenty of swanky guitars and harmonicas to go around.

Straight out of Chicago, Cash Box Kings has surely created a name for themselves in the Midwest blues scene. The band attributes their music style to 1940s and 1950s post-war Chicago blues while still adding pinches of quirky yet swanky melodies into their songs. In 2010, Cash Box Kings was awarded the Blues Blast Music Magazine “Sean Costello Rising Star” Award. But they don’t stop there! Cash Box Kings has an amazing track record of collaborations with big acts such as Buddy Guy, Billy Boy Arnold, and Lurrie Bell. The Chicago Blues Guide thought that “the music has the liveliness and energy that only roots music genius can provide, and it is easy to see just what the Kings’ growing reputation is based on.”

The Rockin’ Johnny Band will be performing with Mary Lane as well on Friday night. Also coming from Chicago’s blues scene, Johnny moved to the area to attend the University of Chicago. After playing at local clubs, Johnny toured around the U.S. as a guitarist with blues names like Sam Lay and Pinetop Perkins. Once Johnny started his own band, his music quickly started gaining recognition. With five albums under their belt, the Rockin’ Johnny Band has made their mark on the Midwest blues scene. Karen Hansen, writer of Today’s Chicago Blues Blog compliments Johnny by saying, “the great thing about Rockin’ Johnny is that his sound is fully rooted in the old style Chicago Blues sound, but his approach is original and contemporary.” You can read other praise like Karen Hansen’s in Rockin’ Johnny’s biography. Sharing the stage with Rockin’ Johnny will be Mary Lane, yet another Chicago favorite. After moving from Arkansas to Chicago in 1957, Mary Lane quickly started singing in blues clubs around Chicago. Throughout the years, Mary Lane has been part of a plethora of music acts, but has always enjoyed fronting her own band. Each weekend, Lane continues to play with her band, The No Static Blues Band.

Before all of these superb blues acts, Paul Filipowicz will start off the night. Born in Chicago in 1950, Paul Filipowicz is the perfect example of a classic blues veteran. Filipowicz has really made a name for himself all over the U.S. including the Midwest, Colorado, Mississippi, and Texas. Filipowicz has previously released four critically acclaimed albums and continues to play live shows in the Wisconsin area. The Real Blues Magazine stated that “there are less and less authentic Blues purveyors on the scene today and an overabundance of poseurs pushing sanitized excuses for Blues. Paul Filipowicz is a much-appreciated antidote for all that.” Check out his song “Jackson Transfer” to see for yourself.

With three great Chicago blues acts on the Terrace, how can you do anything else with your Friday night? See you on the Terrace for Bluesfest, starting at 6pm! Check out these videos below to get a feel for the soulful night to come.

Cash Box Kings:

The Rockin’ Johnny Band:

Paul Filipowicz:


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