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Oct 19, 2012 Flavor Restaurant w/ Gloria Shannon Flossmoor Illinois
Oct 6, 2012 Global Fusion w/ Gloria Shannon Homewood Illinois
Oct 4, 2012 Maple Tree in W/ Gloria Shannon Blue Island, Illinois USA
Sep 23, 2012 Ellie's Cafe with Gloria Shannon Chicago Illinois USA
Sep 6, 2012 Maple Tree in W/ Gloria Shannon Blue Island, Illinois USA
Aug 26, 2012 Ellie's Cafe with Gloria Shannon Chicago Illinois USA
Aug 25, 2012 Ellie's Cafe with Larry Taylor Chicago Illinois USA
Aug 16, 2012 Chicago's Home of Chicken & Waffles Oak Park Illinois
Aug 9, 2012 Winston Plaza Mall with Chi School Blues Melrose Park Illinois
Jun 30, 2012 Ellie's Cafe Chicago Illinois USA

Great night with Gloria Shannon as the Barrelhouse Ladies at my neighborhood coffee place, with our guest Abb Locke on sax. EllliesGloriaAbbBon63012a.JPG

Jun 29, 2012 Waukegan Library courtyard Waukegan Illinois USA

WaukLarBon62912.jpgThis was originally billed as "Barrelhouse Ladies," but Gloria Shannon was unable to travel due to health restrictions from the 99 degree day before. So Larry Taylor, only one generation removed from southern heat, stepped in to sing with me. Family Piano Co. moved the library piano into the courtyard and the concert goers sat through a few raindrops and the show went on! Thanks to Larry and all who came. Here we are taking the train back to Chicago.

Jun 21, 2012 Chicago's Home of Chicken & Waffles Oak Park Illinois
Jun 15, 2012 Private party West Virginia
Jun 1, 2012 Private Party w/Larry Taylor Chicago Illinois

Tunes by Tyrone Davis, Joe Simon and Johnnie Taylor ruled at a surprise 40th birthday party thrown by Natasha for her husband on Chicago's South Side. Yes, she picked the right band, led by lead singer Larry Taylor (left) with John B on guitar, Joe Harrington bass, Sambo on drums, Jerry-O on guitar and Barrelhouse Bonni on keyboard. LarryBandJune2012.JPG

May 24, 2012 WV Senior Conference Ripley West Virginia

Bonni with trumpeter Bob Redd and the ladies in red! They're line dancers from the Hansford senior center at St. Albans. Seniors from all over West Virginia attended the conference, enjoying workshops, fellowship, and music. SeniorConfWVBobReddBonni512.jpg

May 12, 2012 Urban Art Retreat Book Talk Chicago Illinois
May 3, 2012 Maple Tree Inn with Gloria Shannon Blue Island, Illinois USA
Apr 28, 2012 Donna's Cafe with Gloria Shannon Chicago Illinois
Apr 26, 2012 Chicken n Waffles w/Gloria Shannon Oak Park Illinois
Apr 7, 2012 Donna's Cafe with Gloria Shannon Chicago Illinois
Apr 5, 2012 Maple Tree in W/ Gloria Shannon Blue Island, Illinois USA
Mar 30, 2012 Belhaven seniors with Gloria Shannon Chicago Illinois
Mar 22, 2012 Chi School Blues at CPS Banquet

Chicago School of Blues entertained winners of high school Black History essay and art contest from all over the city at a Chicago Public Schools banquet at Walter Peyton H.S. in Wicker Park.  Featuring Abb Locke, sax; Barry Marshall bass; West Side Wes drums; Bonni and Miss Taj, instructors and Bonni on keyboard; Killer Ray Allison on guitar.  What an honor to play for these students-- Killer Ray got them involved in the blues and soul songs.


Mar 1, 2012 Maple Tree Inn w/ Gloria Shannon Blue Island, Illinois USA
Feb 25, 2012 Charleston WV UU Congregation Charleston West Virginia
Feb 24, 2012 Woodlands Retirement Center Huntington West Virginia
Feb 23, 2012 First Presby Seniors Charleston West Virginia
Feb 14, 2012 Renaissance Adult Care with Gloria Shannon Chicago Illinois
Feb 12, 2012 Christ Emmanuel Temple Chicago Illinois USA
Feb 2, 2012 Maple Tree in W/ Gloria Shannon Blue Island, Illinois USA
Jan 27, 2012 Evergreen Health Care Evergreen Park Illinois USA
Dec 31, 2011 Good Times Lounge w/Larry Taylor Chicago Illinois USA

Good Times Lounge New Years Eve 2012, the Larry Taylor Blues & Soul Band: Larry, Bonni, Barry on bass, West Side Wes drums, Ice Mike guitar. 


Dec 29, 2011 Calumet Park Seniors w/Gloria Shannon Chicago Illinois
Dec 1, 2011 Maple Tree Inn with Gloria Shannon Blue Island, Illinois USA
Nov 15, 2011 Senior Lunch with Gloria Shannon Chicago Illinois
Oct 28, 2011 Woodlands Seniors Huntington West Virginia
Oct 12, 2011 The Joynt with Shirley King Chicago Illinois
Oct 6, 2011 Maple Tree in W/ Gloria Shannon Blue Island, Illinois USA
Sep 1, 2011 Maple Tree Inn w/ Gloria Shannon Blue Island, Illinois USA
Aug 12, 2011 Old Tinley Pk. Pub w/ Gloria Shannon Tinley Park IL
Aug 5, 2011 Hartes Saloon & Killer Ray & Larry Taylor Evergreen Park IL
Aug 4, 2011 Maple Tree Inn w/ Gloria Shannon Blue Island, Illinois USA
Jul 24, 2011 Beverly Unitarian Church Chicago Illinois
Jul 22, 2011 Waukegan Library with Gloria Shannon Waukegan Illinois
Jul 21, 2011 Favia Cafe w/Larry Taylor Chicago Illinois

Jul 17, 2011 Trinity Courtyard with Gloria Shannon Chicago Illinois USA
Jul 16, 2011 Good Times Lounge with Elmore James Jr Chicago Illinois
Jul 15, 2011 Tinley Pub with Gloria Shannon Tinley Park Illinois
Jul 9, 2011 Private party w/ Gloria Shannon South Holland Illinois
Jul 9, 2011 Good Times Lounge w/ Elmore James Jr. Chicago Illinois
Jun 24, 2011 Favia Cafe with Taylor Bros. Chicago Illinois USA
Jun 19, 2011 Anderson's Corner Romney West Virginia
May 27, 2011 Favia Cafe with Killer Ray, Larry Taylor Chicago Illinois USA
May 11, 2011 Beverly Library Chicago Illinois USA
Apr 29, 2011 Favia Cafe with Killer Ray, Larry Taylor Chicago Illinois USA
Apr 18, 2011 South Shore Library Chicago Illinois
Apr 16, 2011 Chicago Friends with Fruteland Jackson Chicago Illinois USA

Neighbors, Friends meeting members and teachers stopped by to enjoy acoustic blues music and history. It was an honor to open for Fruteland Jackson, one of the nation's premier blues educators.

Unity in Diversity, a group of diverse Beverly and Morgan Park citizens, co-sponsored the event, which was a benefit to raise money for a music program at nearby Esmond Elementary School.

Apr 9, 2011 S.Siders for Peace Civil Liberties Fundraiser Chicago Illinois USA
Apr 4, 2011 Larry Taylor blues at UIC Chicago Illinois
Mar 25, 2011 Woodlands Seniors Huntington West Virginia
Mar 17, 2011 Irish Blues at Favia Cafe Chicago Illinois USA
Mar 9, 2011 Bezazian Library Chicago Illinois USA
Mar 8, 2011 Bellwood Library Bellwood Illinois USA
Mar 3, 2011 Walker Library: Rescheduled from snow Chicago Illinois usa
Mar 1, 2011 Back of the Yards Library Chicago Illinois
Feb 27, 2011 Beverly Arts Center Chicago Illinois USA
Feb 26, 2011 W. Pullman Library Chicago Illinois USA
Feb 24, 2011 W. Chicago Library Chicago Illinois
Feb 23, 2011 Oak Park Library Oak Park Illinois USA
Feb 20, 2011 Blue Island Library Blue Island Illinois
Feb 18, 2011 Douglass Library Chicago Illinois
Feb 16, 2011 Legler library Chicago Illinois USA
Feb 14, 2011 Wrightwood-Ashburn Library Chicago Illinois USA
Feb 11, 2011 Rosemont Seniors for Gloria Shannon Chicago Illinois
Feb 10, 2011 Forest Park Library Forest Park Illinois USA
Feb 9, 2011 W.Englewood Library Chicago Illinois
Feb 9, 2011 Brainerd Library Chicago Illinois
Feb 7, 2011 North Austin Library Chicago Illinois usa
Feb 5, 2011 College of Complexes Chicago Illinois USA
Jan 29, 2011 Blackstone Library Chicago Illinois USA
Jan 16, 2011 Life Force Art Center Chicago Illinois
Jan 11, 2011 Bellwood Library Bellwood Illinois USA
Dec 11, 2010 Beverly UU Castle Chicago Illinois

Thanks to all! We had a wonderful neighborhood party with a huge potluck and lots of Christmas carols on the grand piano downstairs at the UU castle.

Nov 12, 2010 Joplin's Java /Family piano Waukegan Illinois USA
Nov 11, 2010 Blog Talk Radio Chicago Illinois

Interesting discussion with Theresa Banks and Bonni about reviving the blues for the benefit of the community.  Listen here:

Oct 29, 2010 Taylor Books Charleston WV usa
Oct 29, 2010 Woodlands Huntington West Virginia USA
Oct 28, 2010 Broadmoor Senior Living Hurricane West Virginia
Oct 22, 2010 Rooster Palace Chicago Illinois
Oct 20, 2010 Beverly Library Chicago Illinois USA
Oct 9, 2010 DuSable Museum Chicago Illinois USA
Oct 9, 2010 Woodson Regional Library Chicago Illinois USA
Oct 1, 2010 Rooster Palace Chicago Illinois USA

Starting after 10 p.m., the crowd only grew as the hour got later. With Lawrence and Jerry-O on guitars, Barry on bass, and Wes on drums, the funky, driving engine of Chicago blues churned all night. We clicked into a groove and the music flowed like melted butter. Now it was after 3 a.m. Wes was singing BB King’s “To Know you is to love you:”  “the power…of your loving…: On my little keyboard, waves of organ sounds floated over the top of the music and the musicians nodded their approval. The band had been gifted with the musical power of love, to create sounds and feelings. People stood up and laughed and danced.

At 3:30 the show thundered to a close, the DJ put on some mellow R&B. Whatever  problems had had been bothering people, all that was left in the plain little room was a feeling of joy and release. Couples glided cross the floor, singles hummed along and tapped their toes. We rolled up our cords and packed up our instruments. No amount of money could have bought the magic in the air.


Sep 12, 2010 Seniors with Gloria Shannon Chicago Illinois USA

It was a blast playing for the seniors with Chicago's most senior blueswoman singer, Gloria Shannon, who also does jazz and even a few country tunes. Playing with us was her drummer Walter Kindred.GloriaShannonWKindred.jpg

Sep 10, 2010 Wallace Catfish Corner Chicago Illinois USA
Aug 29, 2010 Oak Park Friends Meeting Oak Park Illinois
Aug 12, 2010 Curves Book Club Chicago Illinois
Jul 31, 2010 Archie Edwards barbershop Riverdale Maryland USA
Jul 26, 2010 UU Creative Capers with Lady D Charleston West Virginia
Jul 25, 2010 Simply Jazz & Blues Radio show Beckley WV USA

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