Chicago Blues Festival
As founder and managing partner of L J Soldinger Associates in Deer Park, Illinois, Larry Soldinger supervises the audits of financial statements for clients. When he’s not in the office, Larry Soldinger enjoys listening to music, particularly the blues. He enjoys visiting several blues clubs in Chicago, and occasionally he is asked to sing onstage with the bands.
Each year the city of Chicago hosts the Chicago Blues Festival, the largest free blues festival in the world. For three days, more than half a million blues fans gather and listen to performers who play on five stages. In previous years, the event has brought together performers such as Ray Charles, B.B. King, Bonnie Raitt, and Bo Diddley.
The 2016 Chicago Blues Festival took place June 10-12 in Grant Park. The event kicked off with a celebration of Alligator Records, a Chicago recording label. The first night featured Tommy Castro and the Painkillers, Lil’ Ed and the Blues Imperials, and headliner Shemekia Copeland. Saturday featured Wee Willie Walker & We “R,” Irma Thomas, and headliner Fred Wesley & the New JBs. The festival concluded with a tribute to Otis Rush, the 81-year-old blues guitarist and singer who suffered a stroke in 2004.
University of Wisconsin Alumni Association
Larry Soldinger founded L J Soldinger Associates, a full-service international certified public accounting firm. A graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison (UWM), Larry Soldinger belongs to the University of Wisconsin Alumni Association.
The UW Alumni Association has a 400,000-person network that gives alumni access to a variety of career resources. The association launches alumni connections through the Badger Bridge program. This online network is a platform for alumni to seek each other out for professional advice or career change opportunities and to locate other alumni nearby. Badger Bridge can be used as a social tool or a way to leverage the alumni network for career advancement.
The association also hosts events, such as monthly chapter meetings and formal events, and operates job boards. In addition, members of the association enjoy the opportunity to request complimentary business cards and receive access to the UW libraries’ online database.
Larry Soldinger serves as managing partner of L J Soldinger Associates, LLC, in Deer Park, Illinois, where he offers corporate clients a full range of financial and accounting services. A music enthusiast with tastes spanning Motown and Chicago blues, Larry Soldinger enjoys classic R&B artists such as Smokey Robinson and Marvin Gaye.
Born in Washington, D.C., Gaye grew up with a strict father who was a minster. His music career began in the 1950s. He sang in his father’s church and joined the vocal trio The New Moonglows. He achieved his first solo hit in 1962 as an up-and-coming Motown singer and was a session drummer for the likes of The Supremes and Little Stevie Wonder.
The social and political turmoil of the late 1960s brought Marvin Gaye to the fore with his landmark 1971 album What’s Going On. The album reflected his intense personal struggles, including the death of his duet partner Tammi Terrell and her protracted struggle with cancer. At the same time, his brother Frankie returned from military service in Vietnam with stories that caused Gaye to rethink many things.
Most Motown artists during this time studiously avoided publicly communicating about social issues, but Marvin Gaye put the full weight of his reputation as an artist behind a project that did the complete opposite. . Only Stevie Wonder was a firm supporter of Gaye’s vision, and the record was given minimal marketing support. Surprising everyone, What’s Going On reached the top of the charts, selling more than 100,000 copies in the first week alone and becoming one of the defining soul records of a generation.