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Riverside Art, Wine & Blues Festival

September 7

Riverside Park, Murphysboro. Always the first Saturday after Labor Day, multiple Illinois wineries, Fine Arts Vendors, Food , Music. Go to our event facebook page for more info. www.murphysborochamber.com

Toronzo Cannon, the songwriter, guitarist, vocalist and Chicago Transit Authority bus driver, blazes his own visionary blues trail, fusing his original, keenly-detailed tales of everyday life with his muscular guitar playing. Blues Music Magazine says, “Cannon has all the fire and spontaneity of the Chicago legends. His songwriting is a timely and original look at the world he sees by day on a bus and in blues clubs by night, and his assertive voice is the perfect vehicle to deliver the message.”

His upcoming release, The Preacher, The Politician Or The Pimp. (Available September 20) raises the ante on Toronzo’s modern day blues vision, with 12 distinctive new songs that skillfully blend witty anthems with searing topical observations. Through it all Toronzo burns on guitar and brings his lyrics to life with spirited, soul-drenched singing.

His gritty, rock-tinged blues guitar work echoes the sounds of the city. His impassioned vocals are filled with muscle and personality. His potent original songs are inspired by his deep Chicago roots, the wisdom of his grandparents and his years of observing the public while driving a bus. “It’s not about the solos,” Cannon says, “It’s about the songs. People get used to everyday life, so it’s easy to miss the things around them. I write about those things. I know the problems of Chicago, the hardship. But I choose to love and respect the city because of the Chicago blues giants that came here from down south. I’m proud to be standing on the shoulders of every great Chicago blues musician who came before me.”


September 7