Legendary! Elvin Bishop’s Big Fun Trio at City Winery Chicago (April 6, 2022)

The Big Fun Trio is Elvin on guitar and vocals, Willy Jordan on cajon and vocals, and Bob Welsh on guitar and piano. Bishop lived in Chicago for a while on the south side. He played blues with many of the artists on Alligator Records and he is a true Chicago bluesman.

Early in the set, he plays “Old School” from his latest album, 100 Year of Blues, which he recorded with Charlie Musselwhite. He sings “No foolin on Facebook. No Twitter and tweets. Call me on the phone if you want to talk to me.” The audience cheers after this great line. They also love this one: “I go to the club, I don’t want no DJ jive. I like my real music up close and live!”

In the middle of the night, he plays “My Dog”. “My dog don’t have to work at all. He’s got it made.” This is such a fun song that put’s a smile on everyone’s face. Also, this line is awesome: “My dog’s name is just My Dog”.

He plays Ann Peebles’ hit, “I Can’t Stand the Rain”.  “Bringing back sweet memories, I can’t stand the rain, against my window, ’cause he ain’t here with me.” Wow, this one is a true classic and fits very well in his set.

To introduce the next song, he says, “This song is 100 years old.” Then he plays the instantly recognizable melody from “Fooled Around And Fell In Love”.  The song was released in 1975 and was his biggest hit. It has over 122 million streams on Spotify. It was also featured on the Boogie Nights soundtrack. “I must’ve been through about a million girls. I’d love ’em and I’d leave ’em alone.” It’s an honor to see this legendary song performed live and everyone soaks up the moment.

See photos by Janet Mami Takayama here.

Cost of a ticket: $45

PlaylistHQ Economic Rating: Worth It +

Rating Scale: Exceptional Value > Worth It > Half Price > Go for Free > Don’t Bother

Quinn Delaney


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