Dead to Rights to Play Cubby Bear

Looking ahead on the NWI Jam calendar, local crowd pleaser Dead to Rights will be playing at the Cubby Bear in Chicago, Wednesday, January 22nd.

This young band has quickly taken the local scene with their Grateful Dead tribute that will keep you grooving all night.

Get your tickets early. Tickets are on sale in advance for $5 though Ticketweb:

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Joe Marcinek announces Florida dates with Melvin Seals of JGB, and Ashley and Taylor Galbraith

Looking for a winter escape? Joe Marcinek has announced a run of 3 dates coming up in February with organist Melvin Seals of JGB, and Ashley and Taylor Galbraith

February 6th is in Dunedin, Fl.
February 7th and 8th are in Winter Park, FL with Bobby Vega and Papa Mali opening the show.

Then book your Valentine’s Day weekend – The Punta Gorda Funk Fest is February 14th and 15th where Joe Marcinek is a featured performer that includes Lettuce and many others. Special thanks to Rich Woodrick for pointing this one out.

Punta Gorda Funk Fest information can be found here:

More information regarding Joe Marcinek dates including tickets can be found through his band website at or his Facebook page at

These dates won’t be on the NWI Jam calendar, but if any fans make it down there, be sure to report back to us and NWI Jam will get pictures/video and a story uploaded.

Chester Brown and Mr. Blotto Open 2020 at Reggie’s

Mr. Blotto’s 2020 NYE show was a night to remember. In a night billed as a Watkins Glen inspired show, Chester Brown opened the night at Reggie’s on South State Street in Chicago with a set covering many of The Band’s songs starting with Back to Memphis, and following with The Shape I’m In, I Shall Be Released, Don’t Do It, The Night they Drove Old Dixie Down, Up On Cripple Creek, Slippin’ and Slidin (Little Richard), The Weight, and finishing with Ophelia.

Chester Brown opening with Back to Memphis by The Band

Mr. Blotto took the stage and started off the end of 2019 and brought us into 2020 with a show to remember. There were times I closed my eyes during the first set and could imagine a show I was at in Darien Lake, NY in the early ‘90s. They were that dead on.

Set 1 – Allman BrothersSet 2 – Grateful Dead
Trouble No More
Rambling Man
Done Somebody Wrong
Blue Sky
Stormy Monday
Mountain Jam
Playing In the Band
Mexicali Blues
Loose Lucy
Here Comes Sunshine>Truckin’>Sunshine Reprise
China Cat Sunflower>I Know You Rider
Mr. Blotto Encore Set
Mama Grady
Nietzsche Stares
Working For the Man

Recorded audio:

Mr. Blotto with their opening song, Trouble No More
Watkin’s Glen inspired.
Billing for the event.