Bars hire bands to bring in crowds, but when one Chicago blues group accomplished just that, the bar’s owner allegedly cut their set short for attracting too many black patrons.
Brandon Bailey of the Reprieve Blues Band told NBC Chicago his group played two sets at McNally’s, a bar in the city’s Morgan Park neighborhood, on Saturday night. Before they could start their third set, Bailey said the bar owner told another member of the band he didn’t want them to resume because “there are too many black people in here.”
Bailey, the band’s only black member, told NBC he invited “a lot of family and friends” to see him perform at McNally’s. He estimated roughly a third of the audience was black.
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