SHARON LEWIS and Texas Fire @ BLUES, BREWS, & BBQ Festival in Peterson Park, McHenry, IL

Won’t be long now. On Saturday, Aug. 20, just four weeks from today, Blues, Brews & BBQ attendees will enjoy the amazing vocals and stylings of Delmark recording artist Sharon Lewis & Texas Fire, whose performance is sponsored by Elgin Recycling. She’ll be first up on a day and eve that also will include Kashmir – Chicago’s Led Zeppelin Show and Hot Rocks Band – Rolling Stones Tribute. . And don’t forget to head on over to to see our full lineup for all three days (Aug. 19-21) and get your tickets while the daily rate is still $10. It will be $15 at the gate.

Sharon Lewis made her Delmark debut in 2007 as a special guest vocalist with Dave Specter on Live in Chicago (Delmark 794, DVD 1794). “…it’s Sharon Lewis who provides the disc’s most exciting moments. Her powerful pipes inject a strong gospel vibe into her originals ‘In Too Deep’ and the head-turning ballad ‘Angel’.” –Blues Revue
Born in Fort Worth, Texas, Sharon’s earliest musical experience was as a member of a gospel choir. She moved to Chicago permanently in 1975 and became active on the Chicago blues scene in the early ’90s, and in 2005 Sharon formed her own band – Texas Fire. The Real Deal features new Sharon Lewis original songs and a few covers of songs she often performs in her live shows like Van Morrison’s “Crazy Love” and Bill Withers’ “Ain’t No Sunshine.”​ The overall tone of this disc is as celebratory as Sharon Lewis’ shows. She’s not about to let negativity compromise her attitude, her thoughts, or her soul. It’s no more evident than when she discusses the controversies that have arisen over who (if anyone) should inherit the crown worn by the late Queen of the Blues, Koko Taylor. “I’m not ‘Queen’ of anything,” she avows. “I’m The Real Deal.” Complete notes by David Whiteis enclosed.

What This Event is All About

Blues Brews & BBQ is McHenry Area Rotary’s premier fundraising event of the year. One hundred percent of the event’s proceeds are donated to a variety of local, regional, national, and international organizations who help those in their greatest time of need.

This event has contributed nearly $300,000 to student leadership, vocational and college advanced placement programs, meals for the hungry, services for the homeless, humanitarian projects, and more. Your attendance at Blues Brews & BBQ ensures resources will be available for those in need — from local food banks to relief efforts around the globe.

Founded in Chicago in 1905, Rotary now is an international volunteer organization of 1.2 million business and professional leaders who provide humanitarian service and help build goodwill. Members of Rotary’s roughly 32,000 clubs in more than 200 countries address current challenges, including literacy, disease, hunger, poverty, lack of clean water, and environmental concerns.

Rotary is the world’s largest private provider of scholarships. Its foundation helps more than 1,000 students annually to study abroad and serve as cultural ambassadors. Rotary partners with prestigious universities worldwide to provide opportunities to earn a master’s degree in peace and conflict resolution. Rotary’s flagship program, PolioPlus, is helping to eradicate polio globally.

Members of your local Rotary Club meet weekly to plan projects, discuss community and international issues, and enjoy fellowship. Rotary is non-political and open to all races, cultures, and creeds. Interested? Call (815) 341-0012 or visit to learn more.

We hope that you truly enjoy yourself and sincerely thank you for supporting the McHenry Rotary Charitable Foundation.

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