Blues legend Eddie Shaw will visit The Record Exchange for a special in-store performance and Eagle Island Experience Festival preview at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, May 20. Shaw, accompanied by his son, Eddie Vaan Shaw, Jr., will perform and sign autographs. As always, this Record Exchange in-store is free and all ages.

When the blues revival of the ’60s and ’70s were in full swing, Eddie Shaw was a focal point of the movement. Most notably, Eddie Shaw and the Wolf Gang was the original backing band for the legendary Howlin’ Wolf until his untimely death in 1975.

But it doesn’t end there. The band has performed in virtually every state in the United States and in over a dozen foreign countries. They have played everywhere from Carnegie Hall to the small, intimate blues clubs in Chicago to JFK’s inauguration.They are considered to be one of the premier Chicago blues bands performing today.

Shaw, who plays tenor and alto saxes and harmonica, is a very talented singer/songwriter, musician, arranger and band leader. His music has been recorded by John Hammond, Magic Sam, Otis Rush, Howlin’ Wolf, Willie Dixon and others. He’s responsible for all the arrangements on The London Howlin’ Wolf Sessions featuring Eric Clapton and on Muddy Waters’ Unk in Funk.

The annual Eagle Island Experience Festival (May 21-23) features three days of fun, emphasizing family, community, global awareness and, of course, music. This year’s music lineup includes Eddie Shaw and the Wolf Gang, Rosalie Sorrels, David Andrews and many more acts. For full lineup and ticket information, click HERE. Purchase music from the festival musicians at The Record Exchange and get $1 off each album!

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