Smoke Daddy features music seven nights a week. You can find blues on Friday and Saturday regularly. Sunday, Wednesday and Thursday also have several blues acts. Check their calendar for updates as only the current month is displayed. Monday through Thursday feature food and drink specials. Monday features $3.00 drafts. Tuesday has $6.00 Pulled Meat Nachos. Wednesday is $2.00 Miller products. Thursday has half price burgers. Smoke Daddy is located at 1804 W. Division St. in Chicago. Phone number is (773) 772-MOJO.
Smoke Daddy has been around since 1994 under several different ownerships. Their website boasts their small music venue has been a favorite among such musicians as the late Willie “Big Eyes” Smith (Muddy Waters), Kim Wilson (Fabulous Thunderbirds), Billy Boy Arnold (Bo Diddley), Jimmy Lee Robinson (Little Walter & Elmore James) and Jerry Portnoy (Muddy Waters & Eric Clapton).
Some of the blues acts scheduled for the month of September of 2011 are Nigel Mack and the Blues Attack, Dave Specter, Special 20’s, Gerry Hundt & Matt Hendricks, Rob Stone and Andrew Diehl.
Nigel Mack is a Vancouver native (go Blackhawks) who has been around Chicago since 2003. He’s played the Chicago Blues Festival several times and can be found at different venues around Chicago. One of his regular gigs is at the Harlem Avenue Lounge in Berwyn, Illinois. He’s a triple blues threat playing guitar, harmonica and vocals.
Gerry Hundt was born in Appleton, Wisconsin and raised in Rockford. He’s a multi instrumentalist who plays guitar, harmonica, bass and mandolin. He’s been nominated for best instrumentalist by the Blues Music Awards in 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2011. From 2004-2009 Gerry toured the US and Europe with Nick Moss and the Flip Tops. Gerry has been making a name for himself in Northwest Indiana with a regular gig in Chesterton at Holt’s Coach Lite Inn and by teaming up with members of the Kinsey Report.
Guitarist Dave Specter has been performing around Chicago since 1985. He started out behind such greats as Son Seals, Hubert Sumlin, The Legendary Blues Band and Sam Lay. In 1989 he formed his own band. In 1991 he received critical acclaim for “Bluebird Blues”. Another CD garnering accolades is “Left Turn On Blue”. His latest release “Spectified” was released in 2010.
Rob Stone is a Boston born harmonica player. At 18, Stone went to see Charlie Musselwhite and was so impressed he bought his first harp the very next day. While living in Colorado in 1993, Sam Lay came through town and Rob was able to sit in with the band. Sam must have been impressed because a year later he asked him to join the band. Rob bonded with guitarist Chris James and bassist Patrick Rynn right away. Stone went out on his own in 1998 and formed the C-Notes. Both Chris and Patrick are still with him. They capture the flavor of the Windy City blues on their latest album, “Back Around Here”.
Come early and have dinner, then sit back and enjoy some Chicago blues and a cold one.