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Chicago Detours to Offer Chicago Blues History Bus Tour on June 13
CHICAGO, IL – On Saturday, June 13th,Â before the Chicago Blues Festival performances begin,Â Chicago Detours will hostÂ aÂ â€œJazz, Blues & Beyond BusÂ Tour” of stories and places locals don’t even know of Chicago music history. This two-and-a-half-hour special experience begins at 10:30am and ventures to Chicago neighborhoods north and south. Offered to the public only annually, the event has sold-out every year since 2011.
The tour integrates historic videos and photos, expert guide commentary, a live blues performance, and exclusive entrance to see the relics of a historic jazz club. (See sneak peaks in this video.)
Amanda Scotese, Executive Director ofÂ Chicago Detours,Â curated theÂ “Jazz, Blues & Beyond Bus Tour”Â with a journalistic approach byÂ consultingÂ with local experts, such as music photographerÂ Paul Natkin and formerÂ Blues Festival director Barry Dolins.Â â€œWe curate our tours to include the perspectives of many people over history,” Scotese says. â€œWe do this through the video presentation of historic interviews, theÂ sharing of stories fromÂ primary sources, and giving tour guests information that we uncovered fromÂ archival materials like personal letters, club flyers, and old magazines.â€
The tour, which is normally only available forÂ private groups, willÂ delve into the people, politics and culture that have made Chicago a hotbed for musical innovation. Tour guide Scotese will shareÂ vivid stories and thought-provoking perspectives on the Great Migration, Maxwell Street Market, and Chess Records. TheÂ group will ventureÂ to Uptown, Bronzeville, South Loop, and the Near West SideÂ while screens on the bus illuminate the past. The photos and brief documentary clips presented on screens in the bus 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 1920â€™s and 1930’s jazz club where Louis Armstrong and Earl Hines once played.Â Additionally, guestsÂ learn to play bluesÂ harmonica with a Chicago blues musician who hops onboardÂ 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 13th, 10:30am-1:00pm, tickets goÂ on sale today. The tour meetsÂ and ends atÂ Jazz Record Mart.Â To maintain a personal group dynamic, the group is capped at a maximum of 28 guests andÂ reservations are required via www.chicagodetours.com.Â Tickets for this premium experience are $65 for adults and $62 forÂ students/seniors/children, and include transportation,Â tour guide commentary, multimedia presentation, live blues musician performance, harmonica lesson, and gifts. Reservations are required here. Space is limited.
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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 companyÂ is a team of educators, historians, artists and storytellers, founded five years ago byÂ Amanda Scotese, who honed her skills as a tour professional during her work as a tour guide and guidebook researcher withÂ Rick Steves. Chicago Detours is one of very few Chicago tour companies with five stars on both Yelp and TripAdvisor.
For more information, contact:
Amanda Scotese, Executive Director and Tour Curator