Lucinda Williams Performs in Impromptu Makeup Show After Taste Cancellation

Sunday, Jul 13, 2014  |  Updated 11:24 AM CDT
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Lucinda Williams wasn’t going to leave her fans hanging after her performance at the Taste of Chicago was canceled Saturday due to weather.

The singer’s management announced on Facebook Saturday that Williams would perform in a free, impromptu concert at Reggie's on State Street later that night.

The Grammy award-winning singer-songwriter was schedueld to open for Chicagoan and Wilco frontman Jeff Tweedy at the Taste of Chicago this weekend, but heavy rain, flooding and storm threats prompted officials to close the festival for the day.

Williams’ management hinted on her Facebook page earlier Saturday that they were searching for an alternate venue to perform.

“All ready to rock and no place to play,” the post on the singer’s Facebook page read.

But according to Williams’ management, some venues weren’t quite so eager to welcome a last-minute performance.

“Just called Buddy Guy's club - the girl I talked to didn't want to put much effort in getting ahold of mgmt and I also got the feeling she might not have known who Lucinda was. Kind of reminded me of the story about Charlie Watts not being able to get into the Cabooze in Mpls where the Stones were doing a secret show. Oh well,” a Facebook post read.

An employee at Reggie's then commented on the post that the music joint at 2105 S. State St. was interested in hosting the singer that evening.

The venue then quickly announced that Williams would be performing in the Music Joint at 10 p.m. for a free, first come, first serve show.

 

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