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.