(UNIVERSITY PARK, IL) – Governors State University (GSU) Center for Performing Arts (the Center) will celebrate Chicago blues and Chicago-based Alligator Records’ 50th anniversary by presenting an online streaming video concert starring four of the label’s most popular artists.
“Sweet Home Chicago – An Online Blues Celebration” will feature a performance by legendary harmonica player Billy Branch with his all-star band, The Sons Of Blues, with three special guests – Grammy-nominated vocalist Shemekia Copeland, slide guitar master Lil’ Ed Williams, and beloved Chicago blues guitarist and songwriter Toronzo Cannon. Alligator Records founder and president Bruce Iglauer will serve as Emcee.
The once-in-a-lifetime event will be recorded on the Center’s stage to its empty 1,171 seat house. This concert is part of the Center’s 25th anniversary celebration. The show will debut as a ticketed streaming event at 7pm Central time on March 13, 2021, and will be available to watch on demand through April 11. The event will stream on the Center’s YouTube channel. For tickets and more information, click here.