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Lil' Ed & The Blues Imperials In Concert TONIGHT!!!
WOJB-FM presents authentic West Side Chicago blues with Lil' Ed & The Blues Imperials, Friday, April 24 at The Park Center, 15791 U.S 63 in downtown Hayward. Showtime is 7:30 p.m. Admission is $20 at the door.
A master slide-guitarist, a gritty, soulful vocalist and an incredible showman, Lil' Ed Williams and his blistering, road-tested band have been tearing up clubs and festival stages all over the world for almost 40 years.
Williams boasts a direct bloodline to Chicago blues history — his uncle and musical mentor was Chicago blues guitarist and band leader, the late J.B. Hutto, an acknowledged master slide-guitarist. “J.B. taught me everything I know,” says Williams. “I wouldn't be where I am today without him.”
Lil’ Ed formed the first incarnation of The Blues Imperials in 1975. Their first gig was at a West Side Chicago club called Big Duke's Blue Flame, where they split a $6 take four ways. Over the years The Blues Imperials maintained a rigorous gig schedule in nearly every West Side neighborhood club.
Recording and years of touring followed during the 1980s and 1990s; then after a hiatus the Blues Imperials reformed in 1998, returned to their original recording company, the legendary Chicago blues label, Alligator Records, and released their fourth album Get Wild! in 1999. That summer, Lil' Ed and The Blues Imperials proved that they were back with a much-heralded performance in front of 100,000 blues fans at the Chicago Blues Festival.
Sixteen years and four critically-acclaimed albums later, including their latest, 2012's Jump Start, the band continues to tour extensively, bringing their brand of West Side Chicago blues to audiences world wide.
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