September 22nd, 2013

Chicago Blues Update

Unfortunately the blues don’t export so well, but the good news is Randy and I checked out the scene at Kingston Mines. Neither of us had been there for a few years. The place still has two stages, and Thursday they were featuring Joanna Connor. Man was she hot! Of course I didn’t record live, but you can get a feeling of her talents HERE.

Randy and I met at the Rock Bottom earlier in the evening. We caught up on writerly news and the activities of the Chicago Writers Association while scarfing down this small portion of nachos. We didn’t finish:



Blues is a state of mind that transcends place, like music itself. I took a few pictures of Chicago landmark buildings while on the way to meet Randy at the corner of Grand and State Street.


Every time I go to Chicago I’m awed by the verticality. I can’t resist capturing these monuments to architectural courage and posting them here. I believe!



Frederick Lee Brooke launched the Annie Ogden Mystery Series in 2011 with Doing Max Vinyl and followed with Zombie Candy in 2012, a book that is neither about zombies nor sweets. The third mystery in the series, Collateral Damage, appeared in 2013. Saving Raine, the first book in Fred's entirely new series, The Drone Wars, appeared in December 2013, and was followed by its sequel, Inferno, in June 2014.

A resident of Switzerland, Fred has worked as a teacher, language school manager and school owner. He has three boys and two cats and recently had to learn how to operate both washing machine and dryer. He makes frequent trips back to his native Chicago.

When not writing or doing the washing, Fred can be found walking along the banks of the Rhine River, sitting in a local cafe, or visiting all the local pubs in search of his lost umbrella.

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