Blues finds a pleasing way to put identifiable emotions to music, unlike polarizing genres such as freestyle contempt and blue-eyed jealousy. Get emotional with this GrouponLive deal for a show at Rosa’s Lounge. Each option includes one general-admission ticket and a beverage up to $8. Doors open at 8 p.m. for all shows. Choose from the following options:
- For $8, you get admission to one of the following shows (up to a $16.25 value):
- Pete Galanis with Nate Manos & Friends on Tuesday, March 13, at 9:30 p.m.
- Blues Jam with James Wheeler, Ariyo, Harlan Terson, and Tony Mangiullo on Thursday, March 22, at 9:30 p.m.<p>
- For $9, you get admission to one of the following shows (up to a $19.25 value):
- Eric “Guitar” Davis on Saturday, March 10, at 10 p.m.
- Albert Castiglia on Friday, March 30, at 9:30 p.m.
- Chicago Blues All-Stars on Saturday, March 31, at 9:30 p.m.<p>
- For $10, you get admission to one of the following shows (up to a $21.25 value):
- Lurrie Bell on Friday, March 9, at 9:30 p.m.
- Billy Thompson on Friday, March 16, at 9:30 p.m.<p>
- For $12, you get admission to one of the following shows (up to a $24.25 value):
- Jimmy Burns on Saturday, March 3, at 10 p.m.
- Billy Branch & The Sons of Blues on Saturday, March 17, at 10 p.m.
- Nellie “Tiger” Travis on Friday, March 23, at 9:30 p.m.
- Lil’ Ed & The Blues Imperials on Saturday, March 24, at 10 p.m.
Rosa’s Lounge, praised as “perhaps the best blues club in town” by the New York Times, celebrates 28 years as Chicago’s bastion of blues with a ripe calendar of bona fide ringers and 12-bar big leaguers. Six-string flamethrowers such as James Wheeler appease smoky appetites, and guitar pro Pete Galanis jams and pickles with Nate Manos and Howard and the White Boys. Second-generation blues guru Lurrie Bell shares the chops passed down from his father, and Billy Branch & The Sons of Blues showcases the second city’s modern blues scene as they bend notes until they cry Uncle. An $8 beverage credit allows fans to partake in PBRs ($3), imported beers ($5–$6), drafts ($5), and mixed drinks ($7–$8) as ears wiggle to Delta-drenched frettings and slow-burning solos.
Founded by an Italian immigrant who was love struck by the blues, Rosa's Lounge gathers minor-key maestros and their fans into a rollicking joint celebrated by Frommer's as "One of the best joints in town for spirited, authentic Chicago blues." Throughout its cozy, low-lit caverns, guests groove to the soulful strains of the guitar, the impassioned wail of the harmonica, and the haunting tinkle of the triangle. Since 1984, performers from a wide spectrum of styles have strode across the stage, from traditional Delta musicians such as Pinetop Perkins and David Honeyboy Edwards to the latter-day Chicago-school folk such as Billy Branch and Sugar Blue.