We went to the St. Patrick’s Park Blues Fest and saw the Mighty Flyers for the first time and we had to have a CD…They were sold out there. Turned out PINETOP PERKINS was there also. That’s where Albertina comes in. The MIDWAY TAVERN She personally delivered the CD to me at my store. I learned about her blues bar and the next show she had we were there.
The history at the Midway is wonderful. Albertina’s Mom and Dad started the bar in 1924 after immigrating to the USA from Belgium. They went through the depression and survived (be sure and watch the video).MIDWAY VIDEO And also they had an interesting guest from Chicago during those depression years, which is also on the video.
Albertina’s Mom continued with the bar after her husband passed away and was inducted into the bartenders hall of fame after tending bar for 67 years at the Midway.
86 years later Albertina is still carrying on the tradition. It is a treat just to visit the Midway …all of the good music is an extra bonus. Everyone that plays there signs the walls. Everything inside is original including the bar, back bar, booths, fixtures, etc.
Check out the show dates on the website. Come to the Midway and become part of the family. You’re always welcome at the Midway…even if you are non-drinkers like us!!!
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