Vernon Harrington grew up on Chicago’s West Side surrounded by blues music and other facts of life in the area. His father, a preacher by trade, also ran a blues and gospel record label, allowing young Vernon a direct window into the world of musicians and music of the 1950s and ’60s. After an encounter at age 11 with the great Chicago blues player Magic Slim, Harrington decided to learn the blues guitar. The left-handed Vernon found a regular right-handed ax, flipped it over and learned to play upside-down guitar. After decades of work as a sideman for other blues bandleaders like Willie Kent and Lovie Lee, in 2008 Harrington recorded West Side Blues with the Atomic Blues Band and special guest Billy Branch. Saturday’s concert, called Food for Blues, is sponsored by the Illinois Central Blues Club and also features Eric “Guitar” Davis and the Troublemakers. Admission is free with a non-perishable food item or donation to the Holy Family Food Pantry.
Vernon Harrington and the Atomic Blues Band
With Eric “Guitar” Davis and the Troublemakers
Sat., Oct. 3, 3:30 (Davis) and 6:30 (Harrington)
Outside, Lake Springfield Knights of Columbus Hall