(WAUCONDA, ILLINOIS) – The Blues: From the Heart and Soul brings the sound and feel of the Chicago blues scene to the galleries of the Lake County Discovery Museum.
This unique exhibition offers a behind-the-scenes look at one of the most influential periods of modern music and showcases the expansive collection of memorabilia from local blues legend “Barrelhouse” Chuck Goering of Libertyville, Illinois. The Blues exhibit is on display in Wauconda, Illinois from February 18 to August 19 and is sponsored by the Daily Herald and the Friends of the Lake County Discovery Museum.
From playbills and autographs to the original musical instruments that created some of the most influential music in American history, The Blues: From the Heart and Soul exhibit provides a highly interactive and engaging environment to relive this exciting era. Visitors can gain an insider’s perspective of the blues culture in Chicago from artifacts, stories, and videos which document the talent and work of “Barrelhouse” Chuck and other famous Chicago blues musicians. Discover your own unique blues name, and take the spotlight on the interactive stage complete with guitar, drum kit, and karaoke to perform in your very own blues band.
Hear “Barrelhouse” Chuck and other local blues artists perform live and share their stories at special concerts offered during the exhibit run. Follow the Museum on Facebook and Twitter @LakeCoMuseum or click here for dates and times of lives performances, and other special exhibit programs and events.
For more information about the exhibit or to download discount admission coupons, click here or call 847-968-3400.
About “Barrelhouse” Chuck Goering
Known for his blues, boogie-woogie and barrelhouse piano style, “Barrelhouse” Chuck, whose real name is Charles Goering, is one of Chicago’s greatest blues pianists. While living in Florida, he heard his first Muddy Waters record featuring Otis Spann on piano and became hooked on the blues. Not long afterwards, he formed his own band and opened for Willie Dixon, B.B. King, and Muddy Waters. He also played with the great Bo Diddley. In 1979, he drove to Chicago to see blues pianist Sunnyland Slim, who Chuck calls the great-granddaddy of blues piano players. He spent the next 16 years in Chicago studying with him. He also studied with Pinetop Perkins, Blind John Davis, Detroit Junior and Little Brother Montgomery.
Over the last 30 years, Chuck has developed his immense mastery of blues piano and has performed and recorded alongside many notable Chicago blues musicians such as Jimmy Rogers, Eddie Taylor, Kim Wilson, Hubert Sumlin, Otis Rush, Louis Myers, Buddy Guy, Big Smokey Smothers among many others. Chuck regularly appears at the Chicago Blues Festival.
About the Lake County Discovery Museum
The Lake County Discovery Museum is located on Route 176, just west of Fairfield Road and east of Wauconda in Lakewood Forest Preserve. Gallery hours are Monday – Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Sunday from 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Admission is $6 for adults, $3 for seniors ages 55 and older and students ages 18 to 25, and $2.50 for youth ages four to 17. Children three years and under are free. On Discount Tuesdays, admission is $3 for adults, and youth 17 years and under are free. Admission is always free for museum members.