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Toronzo Cannon

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On tour Yes
Followers 4,693
Category Blues, Blues-rock, Soul-blues
Concerts
Apr
28
New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival (April 25 - May 5)
New Orleans
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May
17
Hey Nonny
Arlington Heights
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May
31
Giant Spring Blues Festival at The Hidden Gem
Dayton
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Jun
01
Music Box Supper Club
Cleveland
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Jun
05
Music On The Rock Concert Series
Rockford
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Jun
06
Toronzo Cannon's SHUT UP & PLAY! Album Release Party at SPACE
Evanston
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Jun
19
Zoo Bar
Lincoln
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Jun
20
L Street Lounge
Omaha
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Jun
22
James Ballentine "Uptown" VFW Post #246
Minneapolis
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Jun
30
Blues From The Top (June 28 - June 30)
Winter Park
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Jul
03
Live on the Lake at Navy Pier (2 sets)
Chicago
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Jul
16
Jimmy's Jazz & Blues Club
Portsmouth
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Jul
27
Canal Winchester Blules & Ribfest (July 26 - July 27)
Winchester
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Aug
01
Wildey Theatre
Edwardsville
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Oct
05
Chain O Lakes Blues Festival (Oct 4 - Oct 5)
Waupaca
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About Toronzo Cannon
"Among the most inspiring southpaws to ever pick up a six-string...Cannon shows the Windy City is not done teaching us about electric blues. He's a real deal blueser, combining social commentary in his songs with heartfelt guitar playing topped off with killer vibrato." —Guitar World "Confident and spot-on...Cannon is an explosive guitarist, a one-man champion of Chicago blues...an influential star capable of carrying the traditions of this music and city to the contemporary realm." —Blues Music Magazine "Tough-voiced, lyrically eloquent and musically focused...hard-grinding blues rock and urbane pop-soul balladry. Melodically rich guitar that seethes with emotion. Most impressive is his songwriting: his lyrics are full of wisdom laced with humor and life-toughened resolve." —Living Blues "Bluesman Toronzo Cannon is one of Chicago's finest string-bending storytellers...a highly emotive singer and a fantastic guitarist, but what makes him stand out in the contemporary blues scene is his talent for songwriting. Cannon packs so much substance into every song." —Chicago Reader "I want my songs to be heard and experienced, not just listened to," says cliché-defying, internationally beloved Chicago bluesman Toronzo Cannon. With his richly detailed, truth-telling original songs, blistering, inventive guitar work and impassioned vocals, Cannon is on the cutting edge of today's contemporary blues scene and is known as one of the genre's most creative artists. His sound is inspired by his heroes, including Hound Dog Taylor, Muddy Waters, Elmore James, Albert King, Son Seals and Jimi Hendrix. On his third Alligator Records album, Shut Up And Play!, Cannon blazes his own path with 11 emotionally-charged originals. From serious to humorous, his imaginative songs are fueled by his powerful, cathartic guitar solos and his soulfully authoritative voice. Shut Up And Play!, co-produced by Cannon and Alligator president Bruce Iglauer, finds Cannon, a former Chicago Transit Authority bus driver, delivering timeless stories of common experiences, often unfolding in uncommon ways. His passionate and focused guitar playing sets his lyrics ablaze. From the first radio single, the unassailable I Hate Love, to the gospel-inspired, autobiographical Had To Go Through It To Get To It, to the slow-burning, reflective Guilty, to the deeply personal Message To My Daughter, Shut Up And Play! tackles the gamut of human emotions. Song subjects range from the heartbreak of lost love, to the humor of daily life, to the pain of feeling invisible in today's society, all as seen through Cannon's wide-open eyes. Shut Up And Play! is bookended by two of Cannon's most striking compositions, both a mirror of the times. The opener, the exuberantly performed blues scorcher Can't Fix The World, shines a light on hypocrisy and duplicity, while unleashing dynamic, memorable guitar solos echoing the intensity of the vocals. The closer, Shut Up And Play!, takes a deep look inside, as Cannon vents his anger at being told to keep his opinions about the world to himself. As the defiant vocals command attention, Cannon's frustrations pour into every note. Chicago's New City declared, "Toronzo Cannon spins the innate human capacity of misery and regret into a kind of furious ecstasy." "I write what I know, what I feel," Cannon says, "I like to put myself in the shoes of the subjects of my songs. This record is about the things going on in my life since 2019--it's a document of what I've seen and been through, but the stories are universal. And it's my way to get past negative things and keep my own sanity. Listen to the lyrics. I am a Black man in America. These are NOT protest songs. I try to create honest, common sense understanding with my songs." Toronzo Cannon was born in Chicago on February 14, 1968, and grew up in the shadows of the notoriously tough Robert Taylor Homes. Theresa's Lounge, one of the city's most famous South Side blues clubs, was close by. As a child, Cannon would stand on the sidewalk outside the club's door, soaking up the live blues pouring out, while trying to sneak a glance inside at larger-than-life bluesmen like Junior Wells and Buddy Guy. He also heard plenty of blues records growing up in his grandfather's home, and listened to soul, R&B and contemporary rock on the radio. Cannon's sister gifted him his first guitar at age 22, and his natural talent enabled him to quickly master the instrument. Although his initial focus was reggae, he found himself increasingly drawn to the blues. "It was dormant in me. But when I started playing the blues, I found my voice and the blues came pouring out." He absorbed sounds, styles and licks from Buddy Guy, Albert Collins, Hound Dog Taylor, B.B. King, Albert King, Freddie King, Jimi Hendrix, J.B. Hutto, Lil' Ed Williams and others. Although influenced by many, Cannon's biting, stinging guitar sound is all his own. From 1996 through 2002, Cannon played as a sideman for Tommy McCracken, Wayne Baker Brooks, L.V. Banks and Joanna Connor. But he was determined to prove himself. In 2001, while continuing to work as a hired-gun guitarist, he formed his own band, The Cannonball Express. By 2003, he was working exclusively as a band leader. His first three albums—2007's My Woman (self-released), 2011's Leaving Mood (Delmark) and 2013's Blues Music Award-nominated John The Conqueror Root (Delmark)—document his rise from new kid on the block to promising up-and-comer. Cannon fulfilled that promise with the 2016 release of his Alligator Records debut, The Chicago Way, with his maturity as an artist on full display. The album was hailed as the emergence of one of the most electrifying bluesmen to burst onto the international stage in decades. The groundbreaking 2019 follow-up, The Preacher, The Politician Or The Pimp, built upon the foundation he'd laid, creating and defining his vision of contemporary blues. Local, national and international media all took notice. CNN filmed Cannon leading a tour of Chicago blues clubs and then broadcast the piece around the world. Local Chicago television station WGN won an EMMY award for their piece on Chicago's new blues master. England's tastemaker MOJO magazine declared The Chicago Way the #1 Blues Album Of 2016, and The Preacher, The Politician Or The Pimp as the #2 Blues Album Of 2019. Cannon has been nominated for ten Blues Music Awards, and, as his fan base expands, so do his friendships with famous musicians. Gary Clark, Jr. declared, "Toronzo is a beast. He lights the room up," and Joe Bonamassa rightly pronounced, "Toronzo's a great guitar player, excellent vocalist and an amazing personality." Cannon has performed at clubs and festivals at major cities all over the U.S. and continues to bring his music directly to his fans. He's toured Canada, the UK, made his way across Europe and even to Japan. He has played the Chicago Blues Festival on ten separate occasions, bringing tens of thousands of his fellow Chicagoans to their feet. His live performances unfailingly earn him heaps of critical praise and hordes of wildly enthusiastic new fans. "Listen to a master bluesman at work," declared the UK's Blues & Rhythm magazine. "This is modern blues at its creative best." Now, with Shut Up And Play! Toronzo Cannon delivers his songs with purpose and passion. "It's not about the solos," says the man whose blazing guitar work continues to impress, "it's about the songs. People get used to everyday life, so it's easy to miss the things around them. I know the problems of Chicago, the hardships. I write about those things. But I love my city, warts and all. I grew up here. It molded me and gave me the people and places I know and love. And it produced the Chicago blues giants that came here from down south. I'm proud to be from Chicago and to be able to stand on the shoulders of every great Chicago blues musician who came before me." All the attention he's received only makes Cannon more focused. "I feel like I've become an ambassador for Chicago blues. People expect a lot from me," he says. "But it's good, because I'm forced to keep upping my game." And like all the Chicago greats who have come before him, blues is his life's calling. "You don't choose the blues," he says. "The blues chooses you."
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Genres
Blues, Blues-rock, Soul-blues
Band members
Dave, Pooky, Luca
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What fans are saying
Shawn Sturtewagen
5 / 5
Great show ,met torronzo between sets.what a great performer and so gracious to his fans!
Lefty's Live Music Club Des Moines, IA
Nov 12, 2018
PHYLLIS
5 / 5
The show was amazing!! He nailed it!! What a true blues player!
Levitt Pavilion SteelStacks Bethlehem, PA
Jul 24, 2023
Crage
5 / 5
Toronzo was great, bonus to see John Studebaker opening up for him.
Kingston Mines Chicago, IL
Jan 15, 2023
Tracy Y.
5 / 5
He continues to be amazing, even playing a cappella!!!
Space Evanston, IL
Dec 13, 2022
Robert
5 / 5
This man is the future of the blues!!
Buddy Guy's Legends Chicago, IL
Feb 16, 2019
Kyle
4 / 5
Really great band for a fun night out.
Music Box Supper Club Cleveland, OH
Nov 11, 2018
Richard
5 / 5
GREAT SHOW, GREAT CROWD!
Casey's Pub Springfield, IL
Feb 28, 2022
Tracy Y.
5 / 5
Amazing as always!!!
Fitzgerald's Berwyn, IL
Jan 12, 2023
Delria
5 / 5
AWESOME! LOOOOVED IT!🎶🎵💜
Country Club Hills Theater Country Club Hills, IL
Sep 06, 2018
Carlos
5 / 5
Au top !!!
New Morning Paris, France
Nov 24, 2022
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Toronzo Cannon Tour Cities
Chicago, IL Dayton, OH Portsmouth, NH Lincoln, NE Arlington Heights, IL Minneapolis, MN Winchester, OH Edwardsville, IL Winter Park, CO Waupaca, WI Evanston, IL Omaha, NE Cleveland, OH New Orleans, LA Rockford, IL

Frequently Asked Questions About Toronzo Cannon

Concerts & Tour Date Information

Is Toronzo Cannon on tour?

Yes, Toronzo Cannon is currently on tour. If you’re interested in attending an upcoming Toronzo Cannon concert, make sure to grab your tickets in advance. The Toronzo Cannon tour is scheduled for 15 dates across 15 cities. Get information on all upcoming tour dates and tickets for 2024-2025 with Hypebot.

How many upcoming tour dates is Toronzo Cannon scheduled to play?

Toronzo Cannon is scheduled to play 15 shows between 2024-2025. Buy concert tickets to a nearby show through Hypebot.

When does the Toronzo Cannon tour start?

Toronzo Cannon’s tour starts Apr 28, 2024 and ends on Oct 05, 2024. They will play 15 cities; their most recent concert was held in New Orleans at Fair Grounds Race Course and their next upcoming concert will be in Dayton at The Hidden Gem.

What venues is Toronzo Cannon performing at?

As part of the Toronzo Cannon tour, Toronzo Cannon is scheduled to play across the following venues and cities:

2024 Tour Dates:

Apr 28 - New Orleans, LA @ Fair Grounds Race Course
May 17 - Arlington Heights, IL @ Hey Nonny
May 31 - Dayton, OH @ The Hidden Gem
Jun 01 - Cleveland, OH @ Music Box Supper Club
Jun 05 - Rockford, IL @ Burpee Museum of Natural History
Jun 06 - Evanston, IL @ Space
Jun 19 - Lincoln, NE @ Zoo Bar
Jun 20 - Omaha, NE @ L Street Lounge
Jun 22 - Minneapolis, MN @ James Ballentine "Uptown" VFW Post #246
Jun 30 - Winter Park, CO @ Blues From The Top
Jul 03 - Chicago, IL @ Navy Pier
Jul 16 - Portsmouth, NH @ Jimmy's Jazz & Blues Club
Jul 27 - Winchester, OH @ Historic Downtown Canal Winchester
Aug 01 - Edwardsville, IL @ Wildey Theatre
Oct 05 - Waupaca, WI @ Indian Crossing Casino - Waterfront Restaurant & Ballroom
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