Chicago Blues History With Jazz Bus Tour, June 13th Only

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Chicago Detours to Offer Chicago Blues History Bus Tour on June 13

CHICAGO, IL – On Saturday, June 13th, before the Chicago Blues Festival performances begin, Chicago Detours will host a “Jazz, Blues & Beyond Bus 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 of Chicago Detours, curated the “Jazz, Blues & Beyond Bus Tour” 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 do this through the video presentation of historic interviews, the sharing of stories from primary sources, and giving tour guests information that we uncovered from archival materials like personal letters, club flyers, and old magazines.”
The tour, which is normally only available for private groups, will delve 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 the Great Migration, Maxwell Street Market, and Chess Records. The group will venture to Uptown, Bronzeville, South Loop, and the Near West Side 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 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 onboard 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 go on sale today. The tour meets and ends at Jazz Record Mart. To maintain a personal group dynamic, the group is capped at a maximum of 28 guests and reservations are required via 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. Reservations are required here. Space is limited.

High resolution photos available.

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 five years ago 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.

For more information, contact:
Amanda Scotese, Executive Director and Tour Curator

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