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Benefit Concert Planned For Bluesman With Impounded Van

Larry Taylor

The Web site for bluesman Larry Taylor. (Credit: Larry Taylor)

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CHICAGO (CBS) — There’s an unusual benefit concert Thursday night, to help a Chicago bluesman get his van out of the auto pound.

As WBBM Newsradio 780′s Mike Krauser reports, one Larry Taylor’s original blues numbers is called “Blues, Hard Luck and Trouble,” and right now, he has all three in real life.

His van has been impounded.

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“The police just kept consistently coming and putting tickets and tickets and tickets and tickets and tickets,” Taylor said.

And Taylor says he did nothing to prompt the action. It was because his license plates were stolen.
It will cost over $1,000 to get the van back. He needs it, for work and for his family, which includes six kids.

Enter Barrelhouse Bonni McKeown, who plays piano with Taylor. She is behind the Thursday night benefit concert.

“I’m sort of honoring a tradition in Chicago when African-Americans migrated here in the 40s and 50s,” McKeown said. “One way to pay the rent was to throw a house party.”

Barrelhouse Bonni wrote a song for the occasion, with the refrain, “I’ve got an orange ticket for you.”

“I think it’s a nice thing to have friends like that to look out for me like that,” Taylor said.

The concert is at Favia Café, at 107th Street and Hale Avenue in the Beverly neighborhood.