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Event Overview: The Blues Festival Chicago has presented countless number of blues notes and moments to millions of blues fans from around the world on Chicago's lakefront Grant Park. For three days the park turns into a haven for blues fanatics, or anyone looking for a good time. Food vendors and legendary blues musicians come to share their passion with thousands of people at the Chicago Blues Fest.

What to Expect: The Chicago Blues Festival is the largest Chicago Music Festival. With FREE entrance and legendary artists performing on multiple stages, you won't be disappointed.

  • Artists: Every year is different at the Blues Festival Chicago. Expect to see original performances from blues' greats.
  • Food: The Chicago Blues Festival not only brings you the best blues in the world, but some of the best food in Chicago is available at the vendor stands. Food and beverage tickets can be purchased 12 for $8.
  • Free: Admittance to the Chicago Blues Festival is FREE, so bring your family for an entire day of blues and fun in Grant Park.

“Rollin’ Up The River”

THURSDAY, JUNE 6 – Millennium Park-Jay Pritzker Pavilion
6:30 p.m. – 6:50 p.m. Fernando Jones’ Blues Kids of America
7:10 p.m. – 7:40 p.m. Jamiah On Fire & The Red Machine
8 p.m. – 9 p.m. Shemekia Copeland with special guest Quinn Sullivan

FRIDAY, JUNE 7 – Grant Park
Bud Light Crossroads Stage
11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. Dented Trucks
12:45 p.m. – 2 p.m. Toronzo Cannon
2:30 p.m. – 3:45 p.m. Mississippi Heat
4:15 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. Kevin Purcell and the Nightburners
Mississippi Juke Joint Stage
11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Panel Discussion –The Mississippi Blues Trail with Alex Thomas, Jim O’Neal & Scott Barretta
12:45 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. Terry “Harmonica” Bean
1:45 p.m. – 2:45 p.m. Lightnin’ Malcolm
3 p.m. – 4 p.m. Bill “Howlin Madd” Perry
4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. John Primer and the Real DealBlues Band
6 p.m. – 7:45 p.m. Kenny “Beedy Eyes” Smith Blues Jam
Pepsi Front Porch Stage
Noon – 1 p.m. Blues In The Schools w/Stone Academy, Eric Noden, Katherine Davis
1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. Donna Herula and Tony Nardiello
3 p.m. – 4 p.m. The Jimmy Burns Band
4:30p.m. – 5:30 p.m. Cicero Blake Petrillo Music Shell – Headliners
6 p.m. – 6:45 p.m. Earnest “Guitar” Roy
7:05 p.m. – 8:05 p.m. Irma Thomas
8:30p.m. - 9:30 p.m. Bobby Rush and his Blues Band

SATURDAY, JUNE 8 – Grant Park
Bud Light Crossroads Stage
11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. Bobby Slim James
12:45 p.m. – 2 p.m. Michael Coleman and the New Back Breakers
2:30 p.m. – 3:45 p.m. Peaches and the Grove Shakers
4:15 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. Mike Avery and West Side Soul
Mississippi Juke Joint Stage
11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Panel Discussion (Pinetop Perkins 100th B-Day) with Pat Morgan, Barrelhouse Chuck & Kenny “Beedyeyes” Smith
1:00 p.m. – 2 p.m. The Peterson Brothers Band
2:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. Eddie Taylor, Jr.
4 p.m. – 5 p.m. Castro Coleman
5:30 p.m. – 7:45 p.m. Tribute to Howlin’Wolf featuring Eddie Shaw and friends
Pepsi Front Porch Stage
Noon – 1 p.m. Liz Mandeville and the Blue Points
1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. Khalif Wailin’ Walter
3 p.m. – 4 p.m. Holle Thee Maxwell
4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. Larry McCray Petrillo Music Shell – Headliners
5 p.m. – 6 p.m. Ronnie Baker Brooks
6:30 p.m. – 7:45 p.m. Otis Clay and the Platinum Band featuring Uvee Hayes
8:10 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. The Memphis Soul Revue starring The Bar Kays with Eddie Floyd and Sir Mack Rice

SUNDAY, JUNE 9 – Grant Park
Bud Light Crossroads Stage
11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. Willie Buck
12:45 p.m. – 2 p.m. Dave Weld & Imperial Flames
2:30 p.m. – 3:45 p.m. Grana Louise & TroubleMaker
4:15 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. Lindsey Alexander Blues Band
Mississippi Juke Joint Stage
11:30 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. Panel Discussion – Delmark Records 60th w/Bob Koester and Steve Wagner
12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. Nellie Tiger Travis
2 p.m. – 3 p.m. Vickie Baker
3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. Big Time Sarah and Mike Wheeler Blues Band
5 p.m. – 6 p.m. Jarekus Singleton
6:30 p.m. – 7:45 p.m. Blues Jam Session with Jarekus Singleton
Pepsi Front Porch Stage
Noon – 12:45 p.m. Fruteland Jackson
1 p.m. – 2 p.m. Lurrie Bell’s Chicago Blues Band
2:30 p.m. – 3:45 p.m. John Primer Trio & Michal Prokop Trio (Czech Republic)
4:15 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. Magic Slim Tribute featuring Shawn Holt & The Teardrops Petrillo Music Shell – Headliners
5:30 p.m. –6:15 p.m. Shirley Johnson
6:35 p.m. – 7:35 p.m. Jimmy Johnson Band
8 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. Chicago Blues: Old School, New Millennium:
ames Cotton, John Primer, Billy Branch, Eddy ”The Chief” Clearwater, Lil’ Ed, Deitra Farr, Demetria Taylor, Matt Skoller, Billy Flynn, Johnny Iguana, Felton Crews, Kenny “Beedy Eyes” Smith.

Event Hints:

  • Be sure to check the website for updates concerning lineups, food vendors, and cancellations.
  • The Blues Festival Chicago is open daily from 11am-9:30pm. Plan on getting there early to experience some up-and-coming artists.

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Chicago Blues Festival

Until Jun 15


Grant Park
331 E. Randolph St.
Chicago, US
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Event Dates

Jun 13,2014 - Jun 15,2014

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The Largest Free Blues Festival in the World

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Event Quick Facts

  • The Chicago Blues Festival has been held annually since 1984, providing the best blues music to the public for FREE.
  • The Blues Festival Chicago is the largest free blues festival in the world, and the largest Chicago Music Festival.
  • Past performers include Bonnie Raitt, Ray Charles, B.B. King, the late Bo Diddley, Buddy Guy and the late Koko Taylor.



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