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]
Corey Dennison Son of the Blues Corey Dennison, developed a deep and profound love for the art of music, especially the soulful genre of the Blues at a tender, young age. Born in Chattanooga, Tennessee, in 1975, he spent a majority of his childhood moving about Tennessee and Georgia. As a young boy, Corey heard the powerful, soulful sounds of the [more]
Dave Specter Featuring Jimmy Johnson 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 [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]
Sugar Blue Unplugged You've seen his explosive, dynamic electric band light up the night like fireworks on the fourth... ---now see and hear an introspective and melodious side of this powerhouse, rarely seen live in an intimate setting. Sugar Blue acoustic is showcasing an eclectic repertoire of original songs, traditional Blues and standard [more]
Sugar Blue Band Born and raised in New York, harmonica genius Sugar Blue began his career as a street musician, he grew up listening to the jazz greats and then honed his chops by wailing along with Bob Dylan (with whom he would later record...) and Stevie Wonder songs on the radio. Like many american musicians before him Sugar Blue left these [more]
Theo Huff and The Platinum Band Featuring Honey Dew Theo began his career in musical theater productions, working with Ms. Jackie Taylor at the Black Ensemble Theatre, he received nominations for most promising actor and best featured actor in a play or musical for his role in “That Sensuous Seductive Seventies.” He continues to work with [more]
Ronnie Hicks and Masheen Company Band Show bands and house bands are the unsung heroes of R&B and blues. They need to have impeccable chops, quick-fire improvisational instincts, and the ability to both warm up a stage and keep it burning after being summoned, often at a moment’s notice, to accompany front-line acts whose repertoires they may [more]
Toronzo Cannon The John The Conquer Root Tour Growing up in the shadows of Chicago's blues mecca, Theresa's Lounge, had a lasting effect on Toronzo Cannon. He'd listen to the raw, soulful sounds of legends like Junior Wells, Buddy Guy and Muddy Waters. This led him to pick up his first guitar as a teenager and learn to sing and play the sounds [more]
Mike Wheeler Band Self Made Man - Delmark Records "Mike Wheeler has been a fixture on the Chicago blues scene for almost 30 years and his eloquent Delmark debut, Self Made Man, showcases his well-earned expertise. An alum of blues/soul outfits Big James & The Chicago Playboys and Cadillac Dave & His Chicago Redhots, Wheeler possesses the [more]
Melvin Taylor and The Slack Band Melvin Taylor is one of the greatest guitarists in the history of rock, blues and jazz. This self taught master was influenced by many of histories true guitar pioneers including - Albert King, Wes Montgomery, and Jimi Hendrix. So it won't surprise you to know that Melvin's ability has been recognized by many of [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]
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]