JOHNNY BURGIN Blues Revue with Mary Lane- Tribute to Tail Dragger – October 21 Skokie Theater, and Welcome Johnny back from big Japan tour!

Johnny Burgin Blues Revue 10/21/23 Bridging the Blues Across Eras and Continents Featuring Chicago’s Legendary Blues Vocalist Mary Lane,  Randy McAllister; Peter Nande; and Marie Martens of Sweden 7:30 PM at Skokie Theatre

Skokie, IL – Johnny Burgin Blues Revue Featuring Vocalist Mary Lane, plus Randy McAllister, Peter Nande and Marie Martens will be Saturday October 21, 2023, 7:30 PM at Skokie Theatre 7924 Lincoln Ave, Skokie, IL 60077. Tickets are $25; all ages show. 

At this concert, Burgin is joined by Chicago’s Mary Lane, an 87-year-old blues singer who “is finally getting the attention that she deserves,” says Chicago Blues Guide. Also performing are Randy McAllister, a Texas blues artist; Peter Nande, a blues harmonica player from Denmark; and Swedish slide guitar queen Marie Martens. They’ll all be backed by Johnny’s longtime road rhythm section of Stephen Dougherty, drums, and Marie Martens on bass.

This show will include a Tail Dragger Memorial show; there is a free Tail Dragger CD included with ticket purchase, courtesy of Delmark Records. This show is a benefit for the Niles Township Food Pantry Foundation.

For tickets, visit or call (847) 677-7761. Ticket Link:


Johnny Burgin (pictured above) is an internationally-touring Blues guitarist and Delmark Records recording artist.

Burgin’s efforts have led to collaborations with Blues legends Charlie Musselwhite and Chicago’s Billy Boy Arnold, as well as to a compilation of the underground Japanese blues scene with the No Border Blues album. After years of playing in Chicago, Burgin struck out to the West Coast and points beyond in 2016. Rick Kogan of The Chicago Tribune stated, “there are few more passionate practitioners of this style.”


Mary Lane in Chicago


Randy McAllister:

Peter Nande: Danish Blues Musician of the Year 2007

Marie Martens: Marie Martens – Sizzling Slide Blues, Action packed Rock n Roll, Funky Groves

Johnny Burgin

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Skokie Theatre – Performing Arts Center

7924 Lincoln Ave

Skokie, IL 60077

Oct 21, 2023

7:00 PM CDT

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Johnny Burgin Blues Review with Mary Lane and tribute to Tail Dragger @ Skokie Theater, Skokie, IL – Let’s all welcome Johnny Burgin back to Chicago after his big JAPAN tour.

Tail Dragger and Johnny Burgin Live At Rooster’s Lounge Delmark DVD trailer
Mary Lane with The Rockin’ Johnny Band. Budweiser Crossroads Stage, Chicago Blues Festival, Friday, June 10, 2011

Here’s a clip from Johnny’s Fall ’22 New England tour with Marie Martens on bass and Stephen Dougherty on drums. Thanks to the House of the Rising Pun and The Connecticut Blues Society.

“I’m knocked out! I already liked what you were doing, but you’ve really moved WAY up. What did you do, go to the crossroads or something?” –Charlie Musselwhite

“I first saw Rockin’ Johnny years back at the Utrecht Blues Estafette, and was very impressed.  The years have added maturity, his vocals are soulful and his guitar playing is always top notch. Impressed, you bet I was!” –Phil Wight, Blues and Rhythm magazine, UK

“The great thing about Rockin’ Johnny is that his sound is fully rooted in the old style Chicago Blues sound, but his approach is original and contemporary.” –Karen Hansen, Today’s Chicago Blues blog

“Burgin proves to be a strong writer here… commanding vocals and stinging guitar” –Jim Hynes, Making a Scene

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