Rosa's Lounge operates in the hallowed tradition of Chicago blues lounges, family owned and operated by an Italian immigrant who came to Chicago in 1978 after meeting Jr. Wells and Buddy Guy in Milan.Tony found the true spirit of the blues at South side lounges like the legendary Theresa's Lounge, and he opened Rosa's (1984) as a tribute to those cradles of blues tradition, and named it after his mother, Rosa, who had followed him here to help.
Rosa's family of blues performers ranges the entire spectrum of styles, from traditional legends like David Honeyboy Edwards, Homesick James and Pinetop Perkins to Chicago modernists like Billy Branch, Melvin Taylor and Sugar Blue, and attracts second-generation sons of the blues like Eddie Taylor Jr. and Lurrie Bell.This is a blues haven that feels like home to both the novice and the seasoned blues fan, "Chicago's Friendliest Blues Lounge", and Rosa's was named "Chicago's best blues club" by the New York Times and " ...a blues mecca for true believers" by Rolling Stone.
The ambiance is great. When you think Chicago Blues, that's what you would have in mind. The selection of drinks was very decent. Prices were also affordable. Admission is worth every penny once the musicians hit the first few notes! You get what you came for : great, great blues. Come in early on weekends to have decent seats!
Cozy place and talented musicians frequent there. The owner was real nice too!! Loved it.
Good ambiance, sociable crowd. Skews toward the 40's and up age group. Good variety of blues bands on stage.
Place quint and music was great. People were VERY nice and helpful. Great place for blues music and pleasant evening.
John K. Norris
Great venue to hear the blues. Tony, the owner, works the sound board flawlessly so the acoustics were wonderful. Saw Gloria Hardiman, Matt Skoller and others there. Nice!
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