Toronzo Cannon

Growing up in the Chicago’s blues mecca, Theresa’s Lounge, one of the city’s most famous South Side blues clubs, was nearby where Toronzo grew up and had a lasting effect on him. As a kid, he would listen to the raw, soulful sounds of legends like Junior Wells, Buddy Guy and Muddy Waters. “It wasn’t just the music that got me, but the effect on the people. I knew right then, that was what I was gonna do.” These experiences led him to pick up his first guitar at age 22 and begin to learn to sing and play the sounds he heard. Inspired by the three Kings (Freddie, B.B. and Albert), a little Hendrix and some 70’s R&B/Soul, Toronzo soon developed his own sound. As they say, cream always rises to the top. Toronzo Cannon has now 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. “I’m proud to be standing on the shoulders of every great Chicago blues musician who came before me.”

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