About Bonni


For Barrelhouse Bonni McKeown-- writer, blues educator,  neighborhood business and culture promoter, piano player, transportation activist, film producer --blues music is a bridge between city and country, between ethnic groups and generations. She helps local arts, history and business  bring people together in our challenging times.  She's available to play the blues with you, lead singalongs, help you learn to make up your own blues tune, and share the history.



Read Bonni's blues and Chicago West Side community writings in the Austin Weekly News

Bonni's writing contributed to the music history webpage with Maxwell Street Foundation

Bonni's book Peaceful Patriot: The Story of Tom Bennett" featured in West Virginia Encyclopedia

CLICK on  BLOG page, left for excerpts from Bonni's upcoming novel "Delta Song"

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Bonni's Corona Quarantine Song (not quite G rated):  Let'sExercise! 

DONATE TAX DEDUCTIBLE  to Bonni's "Boogie for Survival" Project  with 501c3 fiscal Sponsor FRACTURED ATLAS

Bonni's Original corona song LIVE

Blues Heritage with Larry Taylor

West Side Blues Ambassador

Bonni has publicized and played keys with Chicago heritage blues singer and drummer LARRY TAYLOR.  and co-wrote his autobiography "Stepson of the Blues." Larry is one of 13 artists of varioius disciplines around Chicago to receive the city's Esteem Artist Award in 2020.

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Bonni plays her pure heart...honestly.” - Gaye Adegbalola, blues singer songwriter