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2018

Blues Festivals

A curated selection  of Festivals organized by  date and located
​within reasonable driving distance of Chicago.  

Are we missing your favorite festival? Send us a note at chicagobluesgigs@gmail.com

​​​AUGUST

​​August 17–18
Big Bull Falls Blues Festival

Island of Ferns Park
Wausau, WI

HEADLINERS
Lil' Ed and the Blues Imperials, 
Walter Trout

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​August 17–18
Madison  Ribberfest
​Madison, IN
HEADLINERS
​Walter Trout, Ronnie Baker Brooks

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August 17–19
McHenry Rotary
​Blues, Brews & BBQ

​Peterson Park

McHenry, IL

HEADLINERS
John Primer, The Blooze Brothers, Delmark Artists Dave Weld & The Imperial Flames, Demetria Taylor and Mike Wheeler

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August 23–25
Bean Blossom Blues Festival
Bean Blossom and
Bill Monroe Music Park 
Nashville, IN

HEADLINERS

Jason Ricci and the Bad Kind,
​Welch Ledbetter Connection,
​Danielle Nicole Band

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August 17–18
Little Bear Ribfest
Century Park
Vernon Hills, IL
HEADLINERS
Dwayne Dopsie & The Zydeco Hellraisers, Mud Morganfield
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August 17–18
Ann Arbor Blues Festival

Washtenaw Farm Council Fairgrounds

Ann Arbor, MI
HEADLINERS
Shemekia Copeland, Ana Popovic

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​August 18 @ 3-8pm
Blues & Brews on 66
Downtown Joliet
HEADLINER: Nick Moss Band Featuring Dennis Gruenling
OTHER BANDS: Dave Weld & the Imperial Flames, Jonathon Boogie Long and T-Bird Huck
Admission to the blues fest is FREE. Craft beer tasting VIP area: NOT FREE
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SEPTEMBER

September 8   2–11pm

Maxwell Street Blues Festival

Maxwell St.
between Halsted & Union
HEADLINER: Billy Branch

OTHER BANDS
Guy King, Chicago Wind featuring Deitra Farr & Matthew Skoller, Brother Jacob, Voices of Youth Ensemble

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September 22–23
Windy City Blues Fest
Cermak Woods

Lyons, IL
HEADLINERS

The Mike Wheeler Band with Nellie "Tiger Travis and Lurrie Bell, Tawl Paul and the Dead or Alives, Ben Miller Band
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August 25
Crossroads Blues Festival
Lyran Park
​Rockford, IL

HEADLINERS
​Welch Ledbetter Connection, Toronzo Cannon

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August 31–September 1
Blues & Heritage Music Festvial
Peoria (IL) Riverfront

HEADLINERS

Buddy Guy

Robert Cray Band

Fabulous Thunderbirds

Ben Folds

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August 31, September 1–2
13th Annual
Paramount Music Festival

Veterans Park

Port Washington, WI
HEADLINERS: Kashmir, Altered Five, The Bel Airs

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August 31, September 1–2

Big Muddy Blues Festival

Laclede's Landing

St. Louis
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