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Chicago Blues Festival

Event Information
Date: Fri, Jun 13
through Sun, Jun 15
please note: all times are CST.
Price: FREE!
Venue Info: Grant Park
Jackson Drive - between Columbus and Lake Shore Drive
Chicago, IL 60605 (click map for more details)
Event Description

The Chicago Blues Festival is the largest free blues festival in the world and remains the largest of Chicago's Music Festivals. During three days on five stages, more than 500,000 blues fans prove that Chicago is the "Blues Capital of the World." Past performers include Bonnie Raitt, Ray Charles, B.B. King, the late Bo Diddley, Buddy Guy and the late Koko Taylor.

 

Friday, June 13, 2014

(schedule is subject to change)

Sam Lay Billy Boy Arnold Marcella Detroit

Windy City Blues Society Stage

  • 11-11:40am - Low-reen & the Maxwell St. Market Blues Band
  • 11:50am-12:30pm - Chicago Blues Challenge (CBC) 2014 Round 1 Winner
  • 12:45-1:45pm - Morry Sochat & Shoji Naito – 2013 CBC Duo Winner
  • 2-3pm - Kevin Purcell & the Nightburners – 2013 CBC Band Winner
  • 3:15- 4:30pm - Slide Guitar Shootout
  • 4:45-5:45pm - Jimmy Nick & Don’t Tell Mama
  • 5:55-7:30pm - Acoustic Delta Trilogy: Black Willoughbys, Dan Phelps & Matt Hendricks

Bud Light Crossroads Stage

  • 11:15am - Ronnie Hicks and Masheen Company Band
  • 12:45pm - Guy King
  • 2:30pm - James Armstrong
  • 4:15pm - Kevin Purcell and the Nightburners

Jackson Mississippi Rhythm & Blues Stage

  • 11:30am - Panel Discussion of John Lee “Sonny Boy” Williamson with Billy Boy Arnold and Mark Hummel
  • 1pm - Ben Payton
  • 2:30pm - Mr. Sipp “The Mississippi Blues Child”
  • 4pm - Vick Allen
  • 5:30pm - Ronnie Hicks and Masheen Company Band Jam Session

Pepsi Front Porch Stage

  • 12 Noon–1pm - Blues In The Schools with Stone Academy, Eric Noden, Katherine Davis
  • 1:30–2:30pm - Harmonica Hinds
  • 3–4pm - Cicero Blake
  • 4:30–5:30pm - Mark Hummel’s Harmonica Blow Out with Billy Boy Arnold

Petrillo Music Shell

  • 6pm - Carolina Chocolate Drops
  • 7:05pm - Otis Taylor Band
  • 8:25pm - (Celebrate Centennial of John Lee “Sonny Boy” Williamson”) The Siegel-Schwall Blues Band with Sam Lay, Billy Boy Arnold, Marcella Detroit, Billy Branch, Omar Coleman, Mark Hummel, Kenny “Beedy Eyes” Smith, Billy Flynn and Johnny Iguana

 

Saturday, June 14, 2014

(schedule is subject to change)

Bettye LaVette Willie Clayton

Windy City Blues Society Stage

  • 1-12 Noon - Garage Band U with Willie Hayes
  • 12:15-1:15pm - Marty “Big Dog” Mercer Trio
  • 1:30-2:30pm - Tallan Noble Latz Band
  • 2:45-3:45pm - Dave Riley Band with Bob Corritore & Kenny "Beedy Eyes" Smith
  • 4-5pm - Billy Flynn & friends
  • 5:15-6:15pm - Tyrannosaurus Chicken
  • 6:30-7:30pm - Geneva Red’s Original Delta Fireballs

Bud Light Crossroads Stage

  • 11:15am - Michael Charles
  • 12:45 - Vance Kelly and the Backstreet Blues Band
  • 2:30 - Selwyn Birchwood
  • 4:15pm - Chicago Blues Diva’s with Peaches Staten, Deitra Farr and Nellie “Tiger” Travis

Jackson Mississippi Rhythm & Blues Stage

  • 11:30am - Panel Discussion – “Mississippi’s Next Generation of the Blues” with Mr. Sipp ”The Mississippi Blues Child”, Dexter Allen and Chris Gill. Faclitated by Alex Thomas
  • 1pm - Chris Gill and the Sole Shakers
  • 2:30pm - Southern Komfort Brass Band
  • 4pm - Dexter Allen
  • 5:30pm - Kenny "Beedy Eyes" Smith Jam Session

Pepsi Front Porch Stage

  • 12 Noon - Guy King
  • 1:30pm - Matthew Skoller Band
  • 3pm - Tribute to Phil Guy (Italy/Chicago collaboration with Dario Lombardo, Delores Scott and Friends)
  • 4:30pm - Big James & the Chicago Playboys

Petrillo Music Shell

  • 6pm - Theo Huff
  • 6:55pm - Willie Clayton
  • 8:15pm - Bettye LaVette

 

Sunday, June 15, 2014

(schedule is subject to change)

Nikki Hill Aaron Neville (Photo credit: Sarah A.) Dr. John

Windy City Blues Society Stage

  • 11-12 Noon - Fernando Jones & friends
  • 12:15-1:15pm - Tony Brown Blues Band with Ice Mike
  • 1:30-2:30pm - Gerald McClendon Band
  • 2:45-3:45pm - Jim Liban with Joel Paterson Trio
  • 4-5pm - Blue Coast Band with special guests
  • 5:15-6:15pm - Willie “the Touch” Hayes Band
  • 6:30-7:30pm - Harry Garner & Mark Wydra Duo

Bud Light Crossroads Stage

  • 11:15am - Homemade Jamz
  • 12:45pm - The NuBlu Band
  • 2:30pm - Mike Wheeler Band
  • 4:15pm - Smiley Tillmon Band

Jackson Mississippi Rhythm & Blues Stage

  • 11:30am - Panel Discussion – Farish Street Blues with Marcia Weaver, Dorothy Moore and Gayle Dean Wardlow
  • 1pm - Lady L
  • 2:30pm - Pat Brown
  • 4pm - Dorothy Moore
  • 5:30pm - Blues Jam Session with Dexter Allen

Pepsi Front Porch Stage

  • 12 Noon - Diamond Jim Greene
  • 1:30pm - Mike Dangeroux Blues Band
  • 3pm - Chicago Delta Blues Band with Bob Stroger, Barrelhouse Chuck, Billy Flynn, Lil' Frank and Kenny “Beedy Eyes” Smith
  • 4:30pm - Sugar Blue

Petrillo Music Shell

  • 5:30pm - Nikki Hill
  • 6:45pm - Aaron Neville
  • 8:15pm - Dr. John


 
 
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