Joanna Connor became a viral phenomenon when a video of her scorching slide guitar solo from the 2014 North Atlantic Blues Festival was viewed over 1.4 million times (if you haven’t seen it yet, do yourself a favour and go find it). Hailing originally from Worcester, Massachusetts (not exactly a hotbed for the blues), Joanna credits her mom for her early musical education. “I heard Buddy Guy and Taj Mahal when I was a kid and got into the more obscure artists as I went on. And I saw all the Chicago bands who came through town.” She eventually relocated to Chicago where she learned from the best, including James Cotton, Junior Wells, and Buddy Guy.
Jamiah Rogers has rapidly risen within the ranks of Chicago blues artists to be among the city’s favourites. With two albums recorded with The Jamiah Rogers Band plus one solo outing, “Blues Superman”, released last fall, Jamiah has toured extensively throughout the U.S. and has performed at many prestigious festivals in North America and Europe.
Tuesday, July 9, 7:15 p.m.
Casino Stage – Place Saint-Bernard