Alligator Records 50th Anniversary Streaming Concert Set For March 13, 2021
Governors State University Center For Performing Arts Hosts “Sweet Home Chicago — An Online Blues Celebration” Featuring Blues Stars Billy Branch & The Sons Of Blues, Shemekia Copeland, Lil’ Ed Williams And Toronzo Cannon
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, sharing stories about the label’s history.
The once-in-a-lifetime concert is part of the Center’s 25th anniversary celebration. The show will debut as a ticketed streaming event at 7:00PM Central time on March 13, 2021, and will be available to watch on demand through April 11. The show will stream on the Center’s YouTube channel. This program is partially supported by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council. Radio station WDCB is a media sponsor.