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Toronzo Cannon

Toronzo Cannon, lead g & voc
Anderson Edwards Jr., keyb
David Forte, b
Melvin “Pookie Stix” Carlisle, dr

Chicago-born-and-raised blues guitarist / vocalist / songwriter Toronzo Cannon’s unofficial launch from local hero to national star took place on June 13, 2015 at the world-renowned Chicago Blues Festival, where he performed as a festival headliner for the massive crowd. He delivered a riveting set, instantly earning tens of thousands of new fans. “The Chicago Way” is the Alligator debut by the electrifying Windy City bluesman. The album is powered by his blistering guitar and soul-baring vocals. His songwriting is inspired by his deep, home-grown Chicago roots, his years observing the public while working as a city bus driver on the West Side, and his own battles and triumphs. Cannon was born in Chicago on February 14, 1968. Theresa's Lounge, one of the city's most famous South Side blues clubs, was nearby. As a child, Cannon would stand on the sidewalk outside the door, soaking up the live blues pouring out while trying to sneak a glance inside at bluesmen like Junior Wells and Buddy Guy. Cannon bought his first guitar at age 22, and his natural talent enabled him to quickly master the instrument. He absorbed sounds, styles and licks from greats like Buddy Guy, Albert Collins, B.B. King, Albert King, Jimi Hendrix and others. Although influenced by many, Cannon’s biting, singing guitar sound is all his own. From 1996 through 2002, Cannon played as a sideman. In 2001 he formed his own band, The Cannonball Express. By 2003, he was working exclusively as a band leader. Cannon's first three albums — 2007’s “My Woman”, 2011’s “Leaving Mood” and 2013’s Blues Music Award-nominated “John The Conqueror” — document his rise from promising up-and-comer to star-in-the-making. Toronzo Cannon has become one of Chicago's most recognized and most popular bluesmen through the sheer force of his music, his songs, his live charisma, and maybe most impressively, his passion for what he is doing. Toronzo Cannon is the real deal. He’s battled his way to the top of the ultra-competitive Windy City blues scene, has already played multiple tours of Europe and delivered roof-raising performances around the U.S.A. He’s earned his place through charismatic talent, long hours, hard work, and his burning desire to succeed. That’s his way, that’s the only way he knows. That’s the Chicago way.

Concerts

Tue. 14.3. - Sat. 18.3.2017

1st Concert 7:30 p.m.
(Doors 7:00 p.m.)

2nd concert 10:00 p.m.
(Doors 9:30 p.m.)

Admission

One Concert CHF 46.-
Both Concerts CHF 69.-

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