Chicago Blues


I have longstanding research interests in ethnomusicology, and especially in Chicago Blues (but also in Celtic and African music). This has resulted in a long-term research project on the history and social and cultural understanding of Blues music and its relation to the Great Migration and the urban history of Chicago. I regularly teach an Anthropology course on Chicago Blues (see courses) and offer lectures on the subject.


See also the Chicago Studies program of the University of Chicago.

Congratulations to John Primer

who won the 2016 Blues Music Award for Best Traditional Blues Male Artist!

Attend a Memorial Tribute to Eddie Shaw

Friday, May 25, 8:00 PM

The Logan Center for the Arts

The University of Chicago


Featuring Bill McFarland, Hank Ford of the Chicago Horns, Rodney Brown, Michael Peavy, Eddie “Vaan” Shaw Jr., and The Wolf Gang

Part of the 2018 Logan Center Bluesfest Programming

Attend the 2nd Annual 

Logan Center Bluesfest

October 19-21, 2018

The University of Chicago

Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts
915 E 60th Street, Chicago IL

Panel for the Chicago Blues conference in Paris, 2010: Larry Skoller, Matthew Skoller, Sterling Plumpp, Michael Dietler