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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.


William Bell

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.
Rhiannon Giddens

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

The 2016 Year in Review

The Year in Pictures
A photographic journey documenting all the fun we had 

Goodbye, Old Friends
We lost a lot of members of the blues community this year. Let's remember and honor their contributions

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