"Chasin' Gus' Ghost" Featuring Chicago's Charlie Musselwhite
Among the luminary musicians featured in the acclaimed music documentary "Chasin' Gus' Ghost" is Chicago bluesman Charlie Musselwhite. He is one of many to cite jug band music as a source of inspiration early in his musical career. Says Musselwhite in the film, "I think jug bands is where the later electric blues came from. It's an important part of American music."
Musselwhite is an acclaimed blues harp player from Mississippi who made his way north on Highway 51 to Chicago looking for work. In Chicago, he immersed himself in music and met legends such as Buddy Guy, Howlin' Wolf and Muddy Waters. He has released over 20 albums, topped Billboard's blues charts, performed on Grammy-winning records and is synonymous with Chicago blues. Musselwhite will perform at the Will Shade Gravestone Benefit Tribute Concert following the screening of "Chasin' Gus' Ghost."
The bluesman's source of musical inspiration is echoed by legends like Bob Weir (Grateful Dead), John Sebastian (Lovin' Spoonful) and David Grisman throughout the film. The Grateful Dead - one of the best-known bands in American music - started as a jug band, Mother McRee's Uptown Jug Champions. Weir and Jerry Garcia created the band on one fateful New Year's Eve, a historic meeting that Weir discusses in the film.
"Chasin' Gus' Ghost" is entertaining and educational. Full of archival video and concert footage featuring John Sebastian, Jim Kweskin and the beloved jug and washtub bass master Fritz Richmond, this film is a must-see for any music fan.
What: Will Shade Gravestone Benefit featuring Charlie Musselwhite, Carolina Chocolate Drops and a screening of "Chasin' Gus' Ghost" at the Old Town School in Chicago
When: Sunday, Jaunary 27, 2008
2PM - SCREENING OF CHASIN' GUS' GHOST (FREE)
4-6PM - Jug Band Jam Session (FREE)
7PM - Benefit Concert featuring Charlie Musselwhite and Carolina Chocolate Drops
$20, $18 for Old Town School Members, $16 for seniors and kids
Where: Old Town School of Folk Music
4544 N Lincoln Avenue, Chicago, IL