JOE BEARD is Rochester, New York's legendary blues guitarist and vocalist. He has toured the United States as well as Europe multiple times and has sat in with Muddy Waters, B.B. King, and his idol, John Lee Hooker. Beard performed at the inauguration gala of President George H.W. Bush. Beard’s music is rooted in the delta and early urban blues of Memphis, Detroit, and Chicago. Critics and fans say his songs have a storytelling quality about them. Beard has recorded several acclaimed blues albums, incuding the critically acclaimed Blues Union with musician Ronnie Earl in 1996, which won Offbeat Magazine‘s Blues Album of the Year award. He followed up that album with 1998's For Real and 2000's Dealin' , both featuring Duke Robilliard. He grew up in Ashland, Mississippi, surrounded by aspiring and veteran blues musicians, singing at an early age and taking to the guitar when he was 17. After settling in Rochester in the mid-1950s, he formed the Soul Brothers Six and also befriended famed classic blues guitarist Son House, who was his neighbor in Rochester (and now a fellow inductee in the Rochester Music Hall of Fame). Beard and Son House began playing together, including a concert for students at the University of Rochester in 1968. He has a reputation as one of the best local (Rochester) players around, and although he may not be a household name in other parts of the U.S., Joe toured Europe in 1983 and did studio and stage work with Buster Benton, Lafayette Leake, and Memphis Slim. At the famed BK Lounge, Beard and his backing bands opened for

Grammy award winning, Delmark recording artist BILLY FLYNN is one of the best known names in blues music, at least among other blues artists. Around 1970 at the age of 14, Flynn was discovered playing outside a Green Bay, Wisconsin club. The man who noticed him and invited him to join in on stage was none other than the great Jimmy Dawkins. A fixture on the Chicago blues scene since his teens, Flynn is one of the most soft-spoken and understated guitarists in the Windy City. Despite his modesty, he’s unquestionably an international star of the brightest magnitude — the go-to guy for anyone wanting to round out an all-star band or add polish to a recording session. His fret work has been a key part of seminal blues recordings for decades. He frequently pops up in various top-notch musical collectives. A former fixture in both The Legendary Blues Band and Chicago-based Mississippi Heat, he’s been touring most recently as a member of harmonica player Mark Hummel’s star-studded entourage of merrymakers as well as the revolving lineup of The Cash Box Kings. As a front man, Flynn works in several different band configurations across the Midwest, and appears regularly in Chicago for regular monthly gigs at Shaw’s Crab House on the near North Side, B.L.U.E.S. on Halsted and the Smoke Daddy barbeque franchises. As a recording artist, his work graces dozens of CDs. His 2017 solo disc – Lonesome Highway on Delmark – was a Blues Blast Music Awards nominee for Traditional Blues Album of the Year. He has released albums as a surf rocker and mandolin player, too. Through it all Billy remains true to the music and an independent contractor at heart, crisscrossing the globe to deliver some of the most stylish fret work imaginable. This past summer alone he made three separate forays across Canada, hopscotched across Europe and played several major American festivals. billyflynn.com SPONSORED BY CHEVRON FRIDAY 5:30 pm ADORNI CENTER Mark Hummel & Billy Flynn with the Blues Survivors and Ethan Leinwand SATURDAY 11:30 am ADORNI CENTER Acoustic Blues with Mark Hummel, Billy Flynn, Oscar Wilson & Joe Beard 8:30 pm EUREKA THEATER Mark Hummel's Chicago Blues Party

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FRIDAY 4:00 pm ADORNI CENTER Duke Robillard & Joe Beard with Wes Starr and Randy Bermudes SATURDAY 11:30 am ADORNI CENTER Acoustic Blues with Mark Hummel, Billy Flynn, Oscar Wilson & Joe Beard 8:30 pm EUREKA THEATER Mark Hummel's Chicago Blues Party


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