Master blues pianists featured in upcoming concert

March 20, 2013

“Speaking of the Blues,” a concert and discussion featuring master blues pianists Erwin Helfer and Barrelhouse Chuck, will take place on Wednesday, April 10, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in Dingeldine Music Center, located at 1417 W. Barker Avenue. Admission is free and open to the public.

 The program will begin with a 30-minute discussion moderated by Dr. Steve Dolins, chair of the Bradley Department of Computer Science and Information Systems, followed by a 60-minute performance.

 Erwin Helfer, a Chicago boogie-woogie innovator and master, has been forging his own piano music legacy for more than forty years. He performs regularly at Chicago clubs and annually at the Chicago Blues Festival garnering rave reviews from publications such as “The Reader” and “Chicago Magazine.” His local gigs and frequent European tours have created a strong and loyal following in Chicago and overseas. His most recent European tours include the Berlin Jazz Festival and the Debrecen Jazz Festival, the oldest jazz festival in Hungary.

Chicago blues pianist Barrelhouse Chuck studied under Sunnyland Slim, Pinetop Perkins, Blind John Davis, Detroit Junior and Little Brother Montgomery. He draws on this distinguished lineage to create a blues, boogie-woogie and barrelhouse piano style that places him at the forefront of this celebrated tradition. Born Charles Goering in Ohio in 1958, Chuck has played all over the U.S., Canada, Mexico, and South America and tours Europe regularly. He has also appeared more than a dozen times at the Chicago Blues Festival.

The program is sponsored by Bradley University’s Intellectual and Cultural Activities Committee.