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2017 Chicago Blues Fest News
The beautiful Jay Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium Park will be the new home for the main stage acts at the 34th Annual Chicago Blues Festival, which will be held June 9 - 11. The location of the side stages have yet to be determined and the full schedule will be announced later this spring.
THE HEADLINERS (nightly from 5-9:30pm)
Billy Branch and the Sons of Blues with Special Guest James Cotton and featuring Lurrie Bell, Carl Weathersby, Carlos Johnson and others
Che "Rhymefest" Smith
This Chicago hip hop artist co-wrote Kanye West's Jesus Walks song, which won the Grammy for Best Rap Song at the 47th annual Grammy Awards. He also won an Oscar in 2015 for best original song in Glory.
This R&B/Soul Stax recording artist recently released his first major record album in more than 30 years. In the blues world, his claim to fame is writing the blues classic, Born Under a Bad Sign.
Gary Clark Jr.
The former lead singer for the Carolina Chocolate Drops, has a new CD coming out Feb. 24 called Freedom Highway.
Ronnie Baker Brooks
And the winners are...
The International Blues Challenge for 2017 is over...and no, our Chicago reps did not win. FIND OUT WHO DID