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Oscar Wilson (center)At The 2017 Fest
If your going to take a break from the fest and explore the loop for food and/or drink you might check out this extra large mural of Muddy Waters which can be viewed from the corner of State and Washington. The video also takes you on a trip to 2120 S. Michigan Ave. the home of Chess studios where many of the greats recorded.
CHICAGO BLUESFEST 2018
In early June Chicago plays host to the largest free blues festival in the world. This year is no exception so on June 8-10 Millennium Park in the heart of the loop will presenting dozens of artists on four stages as well as the Jay Pritzker Pavilion. Food and drinks are available at the fest but I find it nice to take a break from the crowds and find a spot in the loop to chill out. Below is the complete lineup as well as links to video's of the artists so you can get a little preview. My YouTube station ChiTownSoundz has lots of videos from past fests that are gathered together in the playlist “Chicago Blues Fest, Through The Years”. You will also find some other blues odds and ends at the bottom of the page.

A May Preview

As a preview to the big weekend the Chicago Cultural Center will be offering a series of blues concerts entitled “ Bronzeville Echoes Exhibition” they take place on Friday's in May at noon. They take place in the Garland Gallery, 1st Floor South. The Cultural Center is on Michigan between Randolph & Washington. Here is the lineup

Friday June 8

Jay Pritzker Pavilion

Delmark Records + Bob Koester 65th Anniversary Day

National Anthem: Melody Angel

Commissioner Mark Kelly

Video Tribute to Bob Koester, Delmark Records

Delmark Records Remarks

 5:30–6:15pm - Corey Dennison Band. https://youtu.be/Pw_d-qbE8i0

6:30–7:15pm - Mississippi Heat with Billy Flynn and Giles Corey

7:30–9:30pm - Tribute to Those Who Came Before and Bob Koester

Gerry Hundt and Corey Dennison: Tribute to Sleepy John Estes

Jimmy Burns: Tribute to Big Joe Williams

Ken Saydak: Tribute to Roosevelt Sykes

Shirley Johnson: Tribute to Bonnie Lee

Guy King: Tribute to Willie Kent

Billy Flynn + Linsey Alexander: Tribute to Jimmy Dawkins

Lil’ Ed & Dave Weld: Tribute to J.B. Hutto

Demetria Taylor and Tomika Dixon: Tribute to Big Time Sarah

Mike Wheeler: Tribute to Otis Rush

Steve & Lurrie Bell: Tribute to Carey Bell

Jimmy Johnson and Dave Specter: Tribute to Magic Sam

Omar Coleman: Tribute to Junior Wells

Budweiser Crossroads Stage (at South Chase Promenade)

 

Visit Mississippi Juke Joint Stage (at North Chase Promenade)

 

Front Porch Stage (at Wrigley Square)

Rooftop Lounge (Harris Theater Rooftop Terrace)

Saturday June 9

Jay Pritzker Pavilion

 

Budweiser Crossroads Stage (at South Chase Promenade)

 

Visit Mississippi Juke Joint Stage (at North Chase Promenade)

 

Front Porch Stage (at Wrigley Square)

Rooftop Lounge (Harris Theater Rooftop Terrace)

Sunday June 10

Jay Pritzker Pavilion

 

Budweiser Crossroads Stage (at South Chase Promenade)

 

Visit Mississippi Juke Joint Stage (at North Chase Promenade)

 

Front Porch Stage (at Wrigley Square)

Rooftop Lounge (Harris Theater Rooftop Terrace)

 

Do you need more blues?

Well then check out the Chicago Blues Guide website for more information on clubs, bands, reviews and much more. It is your complete guide to the Chicago blues scene .

This video is from our ChiTown Home YouTube station.

The documentary shows blind folk, blues, gospel singer / guitarist Gary Davis and the world in which he lived. We see the interior of his room and the streets of Harlem.

This one is a great video from ChiTownSoundz. In it we see scenes of rural 1960's Mississippi and experience bluesman, Fred Mc Dowell, singing and talking about his music. Includes footage of the area which helped to shape his country blues.