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Posted by Admin On May - 29 - 2014

Chicago Detours to Offer Chicago Blues History Bus Tour on June 14

CHICAGO, IL– On Saturday, June 14th, before the Chicago Blues Festival performances begin, Chicago Detours will host a “Chicago Blues Tour with Jazz” of stories and places of Chicago music history that even jazz and blues aficionados don’t know about. This two-and-a-half-hour special bus tour, which begins at 10:30am and is offered only once a year to the public, ventures to Chicago neighborhoods north and south. The tour integrates historic videos and photos, expert guide commentary, a live blues performance, and exclusive entrance to see hidden relics of a historic jazz club. (See a sneak peek in this video.)

Amanda Scotese, Executive Director of Chicago Detours, curated the “Chicago Blues Tour by Bus with Jazz” with a journalistic approach by consulting with local experts, such as music photographer Paul Natkin and former Blues Festival director Barry Dolins. “We curate our tours to include the perspectives of many people over history,” Scotese says. “We present documentary video clips of historic interviews, we share stories from primary sources, and we give tour guests information that we have uncovered from archival materials like personal letters, club flyers, and old magazines.”

The tour, which is normally only available for private groups, delves into the people, politics and culture that have made Chicago a hotbed for musical innovation. Tour guide Scotese will share vivid stories and thought-provoking perspectives on topics such as the Great Migration, Maxwell Street Market, Chess Records, and the evolution of the blues and jazz genres. The group will venture to Uptown, Bronzeville, South Loop, and the Near West Side.

Along with guide commentary, video screens on the bus illuminate the past through archival images. The photos and brief documentary clips include performances of musical artists, and historic pictures of recording studios, clubs and theaters.

A highlight for many prior guests on the tour is an exclusive visit to step on the stage of a former 1920’s and 1930’s jazz club where Louis Armstrong and Earl Hines once played. Additionally, guests learn to play blues harmonica with a Chicago blues musician who hops on board the bus.

Guests on past tours have described it in five-star Yelp reviews: “An amazing adventure,” “Loved the harmonica lesson,” and “This is a MUST DO if you live in Chicago.”

For this tour, to be held June 14th, 10:30am-1:00pm, guests meet at Jazz Record Mart, which is also the tour end location. To maintain a personal group dynamic, the group is capped at a maximum of 26 guests. Reservations are required via www.chicagodetours.com. Tickets for this premium experience are $65 for adults and $62 for students/seniors/children, and include transportation, tour guide commentary, multimedia presentation, live blues musician performance, harmonica lesson, and gifts. The “Chicago Blues ” sells out every year.

About Chicago Detours:
Chicago Detours offers guided tours of architecture, history and culture that bring curious people to explore stories and places locals don’t even know. The tour company is a team of educators, historians, artists and storytellers, founded by Amanda Scotese, who honed her skills as a tour professional during her work as a tour guide and guidebook researcher with Rick Steves. Chicago Detours is one of very few Chicago tour companies with five stars on both Yelp and TripAdvisor.

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