Toronzo Cannon Performs at Freedom Hall on November 10
Chicago-born-and-raised blues guitarist /vocalist/ songwriter Toronzo Cannon is ready to write his own story as he claims his place as one of the city’s most popular and innovative blues musicians. Cannon’s unofficial launch from local hero to national star took place on June 13, 2015 at the world-renowned Chicago Blues Festival, where he performed as a festival headliner for the massive crowd. After announcing that he had just signed with Alligator Records, he delivered a riveting set, instantly earning tens of thousands of new fans. Of the performance, The Chicago Tribune said, “Cannon made the most of his opportunity as a festival headliner to win over a new audience.” Says Cannon, “I’m proud to be standing on the shoulders of every great Chicago blues musician who came before me.”
The performance begins at 7:30. Tickets are $30 or $26 for season subscribers.
About Toronzo Cannon
Toronzo Cannon was born in Chicago on February 14, 1968, and grew up in the tough Robert Taylor Homes. As a child, Cannon would stand on the sidewalk outside Theresa’s Lounge, soaking up the blues pouring out the door and hoping to get a glance of Junior Wells and Buddy Guy.
Cannon bought his first guitar at age 22, and his natural talent enabled him to quickly master the instrument. Although his initial focus was reggae, he found himself increasingly drawn to the blues. When he started playing the blues, he absorbed sounds, styles and licks from Buddy Guy, B.B. King, Al Green, Jimi Hendrix, Lil’ Ed and others. Although influenced by many, Cannon has a sound that is all his own.
Cannon has become one of Chicago’s most recognized and most popular bluesmen through the sheer force of his music, his songs, his live charisma, and maybe most impressively, his passion for what he is doing. He’s played the Chicago Blues Festival on nine separate occasions, either as a sideman, a special guest, a band leader or, most recently, as a main stage headliner. When he’s home, Cannon drives a Chicago Transit Authority bus by day and performs by night. Using every vacation day and day off and working four ten-hour shifts a week, Cannon arranges his schedule to gig out of town as much as possible. He’s performed in a number of U.S. and European cities and continues to build his audience one roof-raising show at a time. It isn’t easy, but, like all of the Chicago greats who have come before him, blues is his calling. “I am proud to be part of a movement,” he says, anxious to hit the road and bring his music to new fans in new places. “I’m proud to be standing on the shoulders of every great Chicago blues musician who came before me.”
“An adventurous spirit that draws from many genres, including his first love, reggae.”
— Chicago Tribune
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