Concert Preview: Jammin' on Ashland 2 (Thursday, February 20th at Temple Bar)

Concert Preview: Jammin' on Ashland 2 (Thursday, February 20th at Temple Bar)

This Thursday night, don't let the weather keep you away from a great night of live music for an even better cause.  "Jammin' on Ashland 2" at Temple Bar features an eclectic evening of country infused rock courtesy of Nick Lynch, the scorching blues guitar of Rob Blaine's Big Otis Blues and the horror/hilarity of metal masters Beast Warrior - with proceeds to benefit the MaeBell Ward Foundation in conjunction with the Alzheimer's Association... 

Forget about the fact that it's snowing, raining, sleeting, flooding and foggy.

Let's focus on the positive...

  • Today's forecast features a high of FIFTY degrees
  • There's great live music to catch tonight
  • That live music benefits a great cause (the MaeBell Ward Foundation)
  • DRINK SPECIALS (each paid admission includes two complimentary well drinks or draft beers to be determined.  Plus, one dollar of each Two Brothers "More the Merrier" draft poured goes directly to charity)

In only it's second year, "Jammin' on Ashland" has become a highlight of the late winter concert season, offering music fans the chance to catch a night of local, live music unparalleled in it's diversity: country, the blues, covers, metal and more.

"You get three different types of [artists] that are very, very talented.  We have three very unique acts and all three acts will have a lot of crowd participation:  sing-a-longs, crowd interaction - All of that will keep the night going" says MaeBell Ward founder, Terron Edmonds of the night's performers.

Edmonds founded the MaeBell Ward Foundation in August of 2011 to honor the memory of his Grandmother MaeBell Ward - herself a music fan - who lost her fight with Alzheimer's Disease in 2001.  "I was thinking about her the entire time when I came up with the idea of adding a blues band... Al Green was her favorite artist.  I'm always thinking about her when I do events - What would she approve of? What wouldn't she approve of?  And with live music, you really can't go wrong."

Former American Idol participant Nick Lynch gets the evening started with a mix of country and roots rock spanning influences anywhere from Bob Seger and Tom Petty to Dierks Bentley and more.

From there, the pace picks up - as does the volume - in the form of fiery, local blues guitarist Rob Blaine.  Big Otis Blues specializes in loud Chicago blues with a rock edge.  Think along the lines of the more rock oriented work of someone like Buddy Guy.  This isn't the raw sounds of the delta, it's the amped up sounds of contemporary blues and it's incendiary.

Closing out the night is Beast Warrior - one of the stranger acts currently gigging on the local rock scene (and I mean that entirely in a good way).  Combining a rapier wit and literary sensibility that could awe even the most jaded poet laureate with a pummeling guitar assault in the vein of Iron Maiden, Beast Warrior's between song banter is the stuff of legend - and hilarity has been known to ensue.

MaeBell Ward Foundation logo

Since 2011, MaeBell Ward Foundation has worked in partnership with the Alzheimer's Association to raise awareness and funds in support for the fight against a terminal disease that has no cure - one which, according to the Alzheimer's Association, currently afflicts more than five million Americans (the sixth leading cause of death in the United States).

Over the course of the past two and a half years alone, MaeBell Ward Foundation has donated $19,932 and continues to work with the city of Chicago toward obtaining 501(c)(3) tax exempt status.

So forget about the weather, drink cheap beer and rock out to a great cause this Thursday night on the city of Chicago's north side at Temple Bar - and support the MaeBell Ward Foundation in the fight against Alzheimer's Disease.

And be sure to visit MaeBellWard.org for information on forthcoming events like the annual 5K and golf outing as well as the foundation's upcoming participation in the Illinois Alzheimer's Advocacy Forum in Springfield and the National Advocacy Forum in Washington, D.C. this April.

"People dig live music.  And I think people dig going to charity events.  So when you add those two together, I think it's a recipe for success.  And that's how you get 'Jammin' on Ashland.''

(In the interest of full disclosure, Terron Edmonds and I have been friends for over ten years... but don't let that keep you from attending this Thursday night)

*** This interview was conducted by Jim Ryan (@RadioJimRyan)

(Details on Thursday's "Jammin' on Ashland 2" concert after the jump)

(Jim Ryan also hosts "The Rock N' Roll Radio Program" Sundays at 6PM central on WIMS and WHFB - streaming at wimsradio.com and via the free TuneIn Radio app for the smart phone or tablet - Just search "WIMS" to find it on TuneIn)

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Jammin' on Ashland 2
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Thursday, Februrary 20, 2014
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Temple Bar
3001 North Ashland Avenue
Chicago, IL 60657
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Performing: Nick Lynch, Rob Blaine's Big Otis Blues, Beast Warrior
Doors open at 8PM
21+

Tickets: $20 (each paid admission includes two complimentary well drinks or draft beers to be determined)
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