Larry Taylor and the Soul Blues Healers will be playing Saturday June 2, from 8 to 10:30 p.m. at Blues in the Sanctuary, a fundraiser for the ministry of  St. Martin’s Episcopal Church, 5700 W. Midway Blvd., Chicago IL 60644.  

This 140 year old church, with an active music and social ministry is still doing good in the hood; this summer they will be hosting restorative justice circles. St. Martins has been hosting blues and jazz in the sanctuary for several years to support its ministries.  Past performers have included blues educator Fernando Jones and singer Katharine Davis. 


This year’s featured artist is Larry Taylor, legendary blues singer and drummer— the oldest son of the master guitarist Eddie “Playboy” Taylor—VeeJay recording artist, Jimmy Reed’s music partner, who powered Chicago blues with the boogie and “lump.”

Today Larry’s a legend in his own right. He faithfully carries his Mississippi-born father’s talent and his mother Vera Taylor’s singing traditions. With his band, the Soul Blues Healers, he brings the rhythm and spirits of his West Side Chicago neighborhood–from Howlin’ Wolf to James Brown. His music brings people together.

Larry’s band will play two exciting sets, and the church will be set up like a coffee house or night spot with tables. Cash bar and food are for sale. An art auction will add to the fun and fundraising.  Yours truly will be barrelhousing on the church’s grand piano for the intermission.   Out of towners here early for the Chicago Blues fest will find this classy concert venue to be a welcome treat.

 Call Lisa Scott, church administrator at 708 814-8152 for information and tickets or get them on-line at St. Martins website


"Barrelhouse Bonni" McKeown, the author of "West Side Blues Blog," has played piano and written about blues music for over 15 years.  She has led classes for young and old on...