Shoji and his band played at 2017 Chicago Blues Festival on June 11th. It was a Shoji's CD "New Cool Old School" 's reunion show. The show featured many of the artists who appeared on the CD, Willie Buck, Milwaukee Slim, Mark Fornek, Lee Kanehira, Marty Binder, Grant Kessler, Zoe Savage, and Gavin Tun.
Thanks to Caroline Kessler and Steve Bass for the photos.
I will be playing at Chicago Blues Festival 2017 at Blues Village Stage
on Sunday, June 11th at 5PM
Pre Blues Fest Event
Thursday, June 8th 6 pm start
Ellis Park Arts & Recreation Center - 3520 S. Cottage Grove Ave
Blues’n In Bronzeville
Shoji will be playing guitar at this event "Little Walter Birthday Celebration" as a member of Billy Branch and the SOBs.
"NEW COOL OLD SCHOOL" is nominated for
2016 Blues Blast Music Award Nominations
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2016 Blues Blast Music Awards Ceremonies – The 2016 Blues Blast Music Awards ceremonies will be held at The Fluid Events Center in Champaign, Illinois on September 23rd, 2016. The awards ceremony will feature music by the artists nominated. Tickets for the event will go
on sale in mid July at http://www.BluesBlastMagazine.com.
Vote before August 15 2016 Here!!
New Cool Old School is now available on CD Baby.
Shoji 's new CD "NEW COOL OLD SCHOOL" will be available sometime early 2016
14 fine traditional Chicago blues tracks, featuring some of the greatest blues artists, Eddy Clearwater, Willie Buck, Katherine Davis, Milwaukee Slim, Erwin Helfer and more. recorded in 2015
The Special 20s' new CD "Dig In" will be released on November 24th 2015
Eddy Clearwater's new CD "Soul Funky" release tour.
The first show will be in New York City!
Shoji will be playing nine shows with Rie "Lee" Kanehira in Japan, between Oct 31 through Nov 9th.
Shoji & the Chicago Blue Aces featuring Willie Buck playing at 43rd Street Festival
43rd street is also known as "Muddy Waters Dr"
We will be playing Muddy Waters' music.
Eddy Clearwater's new CD "Soul Funky" will be released on Sept 20, 2014!
New book about my favorite blues artist, Jimmy Rogers, is just published!
I just published my "100 Blues Songs." I made this list for my students. (This list doesn't include some R&B standards or instrumental standards like "Hideaway" because I am still working on more lists like "100 R&B songs," and "100 Blues Instrumentals."