Sharing Blues at Hermitage Garden

History workshop all ages

South Side, 2018--Bonni brings blues history scrapbook to show youngsters the blues artists who've moved Chicago--Howlin' Wolf, Memphis Minnie, Muddy Waters--and simple ways to make up your own blues tune. Everybody has their own story to tell in a three-line blues verse

Bonni's Original corona song LIVE


About Bonni


For Barrelhouse Bonni McKeown--  neighborhood blues music  promoter and educator, 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.  In music,  she's available to play the blues with you, lead singalongs, help you learn to make up your own blues tune.  In the literary department, she serves as an editor and as an organizer of history archives.



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"


Need Bonni to Edit Your Writing?

Over 40 years experience  a journalist, copyeditor and fiction writer--Bonni knows a thing about words, and can help you use them to tell your best story.  Email her for info. Developmental and line/copy editing for short stories, novels, memoirs, and pieces to promote your business.( No porn or graphic violence;  too much of that around already.)  Rates are roughly $25-35/hour, total job quoted before we start. Read here to learn What's an Editor Do?



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


DONATE TAX DEDUCTIBLE  to Bonni's "Boogie for Survival" Project  to sponsor Bonni's next book, film project or community concert  with 501c3 fiscal Sponsor     FRACTURED ATLAS          

Blues Heritage with Larry Taylor

West Side Blues Ambassador

Bonni has presented, publicized and played keys with Chicago heritage blues singer and drummer LARRY TAYLOR since 2004,  and co-wrote his autobiography "Stepson of the Blues." Larry is one of 13 artists of various disciplines around Chicago to receive the city's Esteem Artist Award for 2020-21.

Professional Sites

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