Kingston Mines (blues club)

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Kingston Mines is a blues nightclub in Lincoln Park, Chicago, Illinois. The club derived its name from the Kingston Mines Theatre Company founded by June Pyskacek in 1969 and located at 2356 N. Lincoln Av. The theatre was named after the Illinois town where the father of one of its actors, Jack Wallace, worked. Pyskacek allowed Harry Hoch and a partner to use the Kingston Mines name for a small eatery/café in the front of the building. Called the Kingston Mines Company Store, it was acquired circa 1972 by Lenin "Doc" Pellegrino, M.D., and renamed the Kingston Mines Café. Although the original production of Grease was written and first premiered at the Kingston Mines Theatre in 1971 before moving to Broadway a year later, the theatre company expired in the spring of 1973 while the Café, which was a separate legal entity from the theatre, survived as a blues club. It was that entity that moved to its current location at 2548 N. Halsted in 1982.[citation needed]

Kingston Mines showcases a variety of blues by two separate bands, every night, on two stages, 365 days a year; from delta blues to Chicago blues. Their featured bands/artists cover a broad and diverse spectrum of the genre. Kingston Mines is still owned by the Pellegrino family and it is "the oldest, continuously operating blues club in Chicago."[1] Blues legends such as Koko Taylor, Carl Weathersby, and Magic Slim have played there; among a myriad more. The Kingston Mines has two alternating "headline" performances on its two stages into the early morning, every night. Carl Weathersby, Linsey Alexander, Eddie Shaw, Mike Wheeler, Peaches Staten, Joanna Connor, and Ronnie Hicks are regular performers.[2][3]

The club was awarded the "Keeping the Blues Alive Award for Blues Clubs" by the Blues Foundation in 2014.[2]


  1. ^ "Kingston Mines". Chicago.Metromix.ocm. Chicago Tribune. Retrieved April 28, 2015.
  2. ^ a b Kerzner, Barry (January 27, 2014). "Kingston Mines Earns 2014 Keeping The Blues Alive Award". chicagoblues.ocm. Chicago Blues. Archived from the original on May 22, 2015. Retrieved April 28, 2015.
  3. ^ "Kingston Mines Schedule". Kingston Mines. Archived from the original on April 25, 2015. Retrieved April 28, 2015.

Coordinates: 41°55′43″N 87°38′57″W / 41.9287°N 87.6491°W / 41.9287; -87.6491