American Blues Scene followed Neal Francis to Nashville, Asheville, Charlotte and Chicago to capture him live. Without flinching, his shows grab the audience from the first downbeat.
Lockdown 2020 was a huge interruption everywhere. For Chicago-based Rough Trade Publishing artist Neal Francis, it must have been a particular career let down. His Lollapalooza debut got cancelled. But we all did what we had to do.
Fast forward 2021, Francis is out crisscrossing the country. His non-stop touring is winning him bigger crowds as he serves up his own special sauce of New Orleans style throwdown funk and Hammond B3 rock-n-soul that gives one inspiration and a full body groove.
Amidst all this, he has just signed with ATO Records and is releasing new material recorded last year during the stay-at-home quarantine.
This Sunday, August 2nd, he will get his deferred Lollapalooza debut. And as the set gets nearer, the chat is his act as one of the must-sees this year. If you are in Grant park Sunday, check out his 2:00 PM set on the BMI stage. Not going to Lollapalooza? Chicagoan should be sure to see his hometown concert at The Jay Pritzker Music Pavilion in Millennium Park September 9th. It sure will be a scorcher.
Photo gallery below.
Just announced dates:
Oct 7 – Memphis, TN @ Railgarten
Oct 20 – Raleigh, NC @ Lincoln Theatre
Oct 21 – Greensboro, NC @ The Blind Tiger
Oct 24 – Charleston, SC @ Charleston Pour House
Oct 26 – Savannah, GA @ District Live
Oct 28 – Asheville, NC @ The Grey Eagle
Nov 4 – Detroit, MI @ El Club
Nov 6 – Champaign, IL @ Canopy Club
Nov 11 – Cincinnati, OH @ Taft Theatre
Nov 12 – Peoria, IL @ Kenny’s Westside Pub
Nov 18 – St. Louis, MO @ Old Rock House
Nov 19 – Louisville, KY @ Headliners Music Hall
Nov 20 – Indianapolis, IN @ HI-FI
Dec 8 – Austin, TX @ Antone’s
Dec 9 – Austin, TX @ Antone’s
Jan 5 – Los Angeles, CA @ Teragram Ballroom
Jan 8 – Portland, OR @ Doug Fir Lounge
Jan 12 – Minneapolis, MN @ 7th St. Entry
Jan 13 – Madison, WI @ High Noon Saloon
Complete tour here.
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*All images: © Phil Solomonson / Philamonjaro Studio