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Exhibition Program

Civic Talks: Chicago Blues

Wednesday, April 18 — Wednesday, April 18

Delve into the stories behind Amplified: Chicago Blues as CHM chief historian Russell Lewis moderates a talk with its curator Joy L. Bivins and legendary blues harmonica player and singer Billy Branch. Find out how the Great Migration shaped the blues, how the music captured the challenges of being a newcomer in an urban environment, and how musicians such as Branch have carried on that legacy and continue to define the Chicago blues sound. Enjoy live music and discover the stories that document a community of musicians who defined a distinctive sound.


5:00–6:30 p.m.
Amplified: Chicago Blues open for viewing

6:15 p.m.
Doors to the Robert R. McCormick Theater open, first floor

6:30 p.m.
Talk begins in the McCormick Theater

8:00 p.m.
Program concludes



The Details



18 th

6:30 p.m.



$ 10

$5 Members

Event Location

Chicago History Museum

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