Rosa's Lounge operates in the hallowed tradition of Chicago blues lounges, family owned and operated by an Italian immigrant who came to Chicago in 1978 after meeting Jr. Wells in Milan.
Tony found the true spirit of the blues at South side lounges like the legendary Theresa's, and he opened Rosa's (1984) as a tribute to those cradles of blues tradition, and named it after his mother, Rosa, who had followed him here to help.
Rosa's family of blues performers ranges the entire spectrum of styles, from traditional legends like David Honeyboy Edwards, Homesick James and Pinetop Perkins to Chicago modernists like Billy Branch, Melvin Taylor and Sugar Blue, and attracts second-generation sons of the blues like Eddie Taylor Jr. and Lurrie Bell.
This is a blues haven that feels like home to both the novice and the seasoned blues fan, "Chicago's Friendliest Blues Lounge", and Rosa's was named "Chicago's best blues club" by the New York Times and " ...a blues mecca for true believers" by Rolling Stone.
We are presently celebrating our 29th Anniversary, and we invite you to share in the festivities.
Upcoming Events @ Rosas Lounge
James Wheeler Blues Jam James Wheeler was born in Albany, Georgia on August 28, 1937. His favorite music as a youth was the big band sounds popular in the day. Folks like Joe Stafford, Glenn Miller and Duke Ellington. "That was the sound that I had to listen to. Louis Jordan was my main man". Nineteen years old, James headed north to join his [more]
Lurrie Bell Blues in my Soul Tour Guitarist Lurrie Bell, son of harmonica legend Carey Bell, spent his childhood at the feet of such fabled bluesmen as Eddie Taylor, Big Walter Horton, and Pinetop Perkins. By his mid-20s Bell's resume included recording sessions with Eddie C. Campbell and Eddy Clearwater, stints with Billy Branch's Sons of Blues [more]
Lil' Ed and The Blues Imperials They blow down the walls. Dim the lights, turn up the stereo, and let the house party begin” —Guitar Player “The world’s #1 houserocking blues band” —The Boston Globe “Lil’ Ed And The Blues Imperials throw down old-style house-rocking shuffles, duck-walking struts and stomping rhythms as if marching [more]
Pete Galanis Pete Galanis is best known as guitarist for Chicago Blues/Jam Band, Howard & The White Boys, having joined the band in 2004 at just 26 years old. Galanis’ tight blues chops—coupled with his natural versatility at handling the funk, R & B, and rock styles that have become Howard & The White Boys trademarks—have magnificently [more]
New Year's Eve Party Celebration 2015 Don’t miss out on this great opportunity to party at Rosa's Lounge with Chicago Blues legend: Billy Branch & The SOB Celebrate with friends and loved ones as you ring in the New Year in a Chicago Blues style. You can celebrate the spirit of Chicago Blues as you enjoy our live music and the complimentary [more]
Vance Kelly And The Backstreet Blues Band Guitarist Vance Kelly, a stalwart on Chicago's south side for some years, has been making occasional forays north and west, including a torrid appearance at last year's Blues Festival. His repertoire ranges from 12-bar Chicago-blues chestnuts to funky soul and R & B to contemporary postfunk aggression; [more]
Dave Specter Blues guitarist, bandleader and producer Dave Specter has earned an international reputation as one of the premier young talents on the Chicago blues scene. Since 1985 Specter has performed regularly at top Chicago blues and jazz clubs in addition to festivals and concert halls throughout the USA. Since 1989 Dave has toured [more]