ROSEMONT, IL (March 21, 2017) - - AXPONA (Audio Expo North America) is excited to announce an all-star line-up for its weekend live concert series including Jazz and Blues artists’ the Frank Catalano Band, Ronnie Baker Brooks, Billy Branch and Mud Morganfield. AXPONA ticketholders are treated to entertainment on Friday and Saturday evenings and offer music lovers the enviable opportunity to experience top performers in an intimate venue. After a jam-packed day of visiting Listening Rooms and testing the best audio equipment on the market, attendees can sit back, relax, reset their ears and enjoy live music.
On Friday, April 21, WDCB, Chicago’s home for jazz, has organized an electric evening with the Frank Catalano Band. Named the “John Coltrane energy for the 21st Century” by Downbeat Magazine, Frank Catalano’s hits keep coming as his new Ropeadope Recording, "God's Gonna Cut You Down" debuted at #2 on the iTunes Jazz sales chart and was the #1 charting Instrumental album upon its release in April, 2015.
New this year, AXPONA will feature a Chicago blues concert, Saturday, April 22, presented by the Jazz Foundation of America. The JFA provides housing assistance, pro bono medical care, and emergency financial support to musicians in crisis. Donations to the Jazz Foundation of America are encouraged. All proceeds raised at AXPONA will support blues and jazz artists in need who have made immeasurable contributions to American music.
Frank Catalano Band, sponsored by WDCB
Friday, April 21, 6:30-8:30pm
About Frank Catalano
Catalano is the only known saxman to have performed with Miles Davis, Randy Brecker, Charles Earland, Elvin Jones, Stan Getz, Betty Carter, Von Freeman, Tito Puente, Tony Bennett, Les Claypool and Louis Bellson while still in high school! This led to his signing to Delmark Records at age 18 and a string of critically acclaimed recordings. Catalano has been heard by millions of people all over the world thanks in part to 3 Grammy-winning and 11 Grammy-nominated recordings with artists such as Jennifer Lopez, Destiny’s Child, and John Legend. He recently performed live on the Oprah Winfrey TV show with singer/composer Seal.
Blues Revue & Benefit Concert, presented by the Jazz Foundation of America (JFA)
Saturday, April 22, 6:30-8:30pm
About Ronnie Baker Brooks, Billy Branch and Mud Morganfield
Ronnie Baker Brooks, son of Chicago blues master Lonnie Brooks, is an accomplished blues guitarist who has headlined at the 2013 Chicago Blues Festival and performed internationally at the Notodden Blues Festival in Norway. Billy Branch is a three-time Grammy Award nominee and played harmonica in Willie Dixon’s Chicago Blues All-Stars band. Mud Morganfield is the eldest son of Muddy Waters and has been taking the world’s blues festivals by storm of late and recently released a Blues Music Award-winning album with Fabulous Thunderbirds frontman Kim Wilson.
“For 28 years, the Jazz Foundation of America (JFA) has been keeping jazz, blues, R&B and soul alive by helping the musicians who have played with everyone from Duke Ellington and Billie Holiday to Jimi Hendrix and The Rolling Stones. In additional to providing emergency relief services for artists in need, we love to celebrate the shared experience of live music. We are delighted to partner with AXPONA to showcase the legendary Chicago Blues artists who give heart and soul to create the recordings that bring our audience of audiophiles and music lovers so much joy and comfort.”- Joseph Petrucelli, Deputy Executive Director, Jazz Foundation of America
AXPONA will be open Friday and Saturday 10 am – 6 pm; Sunday 10 am – 4 pm.
The Westin O’Hare is located 6100 North River Road. Parking is available at the Westin’s self-parking lot for a discounted rate of $10/day for AXPONA attendees and exhibitors. A discount ticket is needed in order to get the discounted rate. Discount tickets can be picked up at AXPONA registration during AXPONA event hours.
To purchase tickets or for more information about the event, please visit www.axpona.com or call 203-371-6322.
About the Jazz Foundation of America
For 28 years, the Jazz Foundation of America (JFA) has been keeping jazz, blues, R&B and soul alive by helping the musicians who have played with everyone from Duke Ellington and Billie Holiday to Jimi Hendrix and The Rolling Stones. Their social work services provide housing assistance, pro bono medical care, and emergency financial support to musicians in crisis. Their Jazz in the Schools program provides dignified employment for musicians who are too old or too ill to tour and reaches thousands of public schoolchildren every year. JFA now assists in 7,000 cases annually across the country.
Learn more at www.jazzfoundation.org.
To purchase tickets or for more information about the 2017 event, please visit www.axpona.com or call 203-371-6322.
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