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Cadillac Records

December 5, 2008 at 9:15 AM | by | ()

It's a pretty quiet week for new flicks, but that means "Cadillac Records" might be able to make some noise with its limited release today. The period biopic of Leonard Chess (Adrien Brody) explores how a luxury car-happy businessman and a few Chicago blues men introduced America to rock 'n' roll.

Along for the ride are Chuck Berry (Mos Def), Etta James (Beyonce), Muddy Waters (Jeffrey Wright) and Little Walter (Columbus Short).

Though this one was shot in New Jersey and Mississippi, it's of course set in the blues town of Chicago. Here are a few high notes:

Where to Stay: Hotel Sax
The former House of Blues Hotel was reflagged as a sort of Hard Rock-of-the-blues after a $25 million renovation, but it's location near the Chicago River more than makes up for any cheesiness in its attached Crimson Lounge.

Where to Jam: Buddy Guy's Legends
There's a reason this is the most loved and most famous blues venue in town: Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Famer Buddy Guy brings genre heavyweights almost every night of the week, often for just a $10 cover. And there's no charge for the tunes when you drop in for an acoustic dinner set on Friday or Saturday.

Where to Shop: Jazz Record Mart
From jazz to blues to R&B, digging through the crates at this Near North Side institution is bound to net you some gems. With a list of former employees that's a who's who of the blues recording industry, you know the staff knows its stuff. And if you're having trouble finding that 78 you've been looking for--or don't know what a 78 is--they'll set you straight.

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