Kickoff FUNDRAISER for TRTB held April 3 2016 - Sponsored by Danny K Davis, 4350 W. 16th St., WEST SIDE Chicago

Congressman Danny K. Davis, Illinois 7th District, and other public officials including Water Rec. Commissioner Barbara McGowan and former Ald. (and sax player!) Isaac Carothers celebrated our city’s historic legacy of blues and soul music by supporting the Chicago independent movie The Rhythm and the Blues, at a fundraiser April 3, 2016, at Ashunti Community Center.  The event launched ongoing efforts to help producers finish the film, which is two thirds complete and stars the actor Leon as the frustrated blues guitarist Eddie Taylor.

 “When they hear about the West or South Side of Chicago, too often people think ‘Guns and Drugs’,” Davis said. “What might help us in solving our problems is to see the positive forces in our community. One of these cultural assets is our amazing music. My generation brought these blues from the South during the Great Migration, and the blues are still with us today.  Music helps us keep on keeping on. So not only during Black History month, but all year, let’s be thinking “Blues and Soul” instead of ‘Guns and Drugs.”

 Larry Taylor, on whose life story The Rhythm and the Blues is based, is one of current Chicago’s talented blues musicians—a West Side singer and drummer.  He’ll bring his Larry Taylor Blues and Soul Band to play at the fundraiser April 3.  Soul singer Cicero Blake wasa special guest singer and hiphop artist Minister Seamore sat in on guitar for a house-rocking great time. 

Those not able to attend the party can still donate on line via this site under SUPPORT.