CHICAGO BLUES FESTIVAL

June 12-14, 2015 • Free Admission • Grant Park
There’s a reason blues musicians sing about “Sweet Home Chicago.” Chicago has historically been a beacon to musicians looking for bigger crowds and more places to play. Following the “Great Migration,” blues musicians from the South made Chicago one of the biggest spots in the country for blues music.

Fittingly, the annual Chicago Blues Festival is the city's largest music festival, too. More than a half-million people flock to Chicago's "front yard" for free outdoor concerts in the park. This year, festival highlights include:
  • legendary blues guitarist Buddy Guy for a headlining show
  • tribute performances honoring Muddy Waters and Willie Dixon
  • three stages with daytime concerts in downtown Grant Park (Bud Light Crossroads Stage, the Jackson Rhythm and Blues Stage, and the Pepsi Front Porch Stage)
In continuing with four decades of tradition, the Chicago Blues Festival will celebrate the genre's rich heritage and forthcoming talents with three days of performances — all FREE and open to the public, no tickets required.

Browse the schedule below for the full lineup and for the latest updates, visit chicagobluesfestival.us and follow #ChiBluesFest on social media.

2015 FESTIVAL SCHEDULE

Preview Events: May & June

  • Hours: Vary
  • Locations: Vary
May and June are celebratory blues month in Chicago and preview events before the big weekend festival include concerts at the Chicago Cultural Center, Maxwell Street Market, Daley Plaza and other neighborhood locations citywide.


Friday, June 12

  • Hours: 11:00 am – 9:30 pm
  • Location: Grant Park (Jackson & Columbus Drive)
Following the daytime performances, Petrillo Music Shell will open with headlining artists beginning at 6:00 pm. Taking the stage first will be Zora Young, followed by Clarence Carter at 7:05 pm. Capping off opening night will be Syl Johnson at 8:25 pm.

 

Saturday, June 13

  • Hours: 11:00 am – 9:30 pm
  • Location: Grant Park (Jackson & Columbus Drive)
Saturday night rolls in with Toronzo Cannon at 5:30 pm on the Petrillo stage, followed by the Taj Mahal Trio at 6:30 pm.

Headlining the evening will be legendary blues guitarist Buddy Guy at 8:05 pm. The Rock 'N' Roll Hall of Famer has won 6 Grammy® Awards, including the Lifetime Achievement Award in 2015.

 

Sunday, June 14

  • Hours: 11:00 am – 9:30 pm
  • Location: Grant Park (Jackson & Columbus Drive)
Opening Sunday performances at Petrillo is Billy Branch and the Sons of Blues and special guest Eddy "The Chief" Clearwater at 5:00 pm.

At 6:20 pm, the stage will be packed with performers for a special Willie Dixon Centennial Tribute: Billy Branch, Keshia Dixon, Tomiko Dixon, Bobby Dixon, Freddie Dixon, Alex Dixon, Cash McCall, Sugar Blue, John Watkins and Andrew Blaze Thomas.

And at 8:05 pm, the festival finale closes out with a Muddy Water's Centennial Tribute featuring Bob Margolin, Mud Morganfield, Big Bill Morganfield, John Primer, Rick Kreher, Bob Stroger, Kenny “Beedy Eyes” Smith, E.G. McDaniel, Barrelhouse Chuck, Jerry Portnoy and Paul Oscher.

 
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