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Logan Center Blues Fest

The Third Logan Center Bluesfest features a jam-packed roster of intimate Blues concerts, conversations and special events in which select programming is offered in-person, and all programming is livestreamed for free to audiences around the world, at the Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts at The University of Chicago (915 E. 60th Street), the weekend of October 15-17, 2021.

Evening headliner concert programming, follows the thread of Blues music from its earliest expressions to its most contemporary. Tickets for these limited audience, in-person concerts are priced at only $10 for adults ($5 for 21 and younger). All other in-person programs, and the festival livestream – including the headliner concerts –are free, with advance reservation required. For concert ticket purchases and to register for free programming, visit logancenterblues.org.

The entire Logan Center Bluesfest will be available for viewing via livestream recording at no charge through Sunday, October 24, 2021; advance registration is required by visiting logancenterblues.org

Following is the complete Logan Center Bluesfest weekend lineup:


5:30pm: Special Edition: Second Monday Blues, with George Freeman and Billy Branch

7:30pm: HEADLINER CONCERT: Daughters and Sons of the Blues: Shemekia Copeland & Ronnie Baker Brooks with Special Guests, Lurrie Bell & Steve Bell, and Demetria Taylor (ticketed)


3:30pm: Bobby Rush interview & book signing

5pm: Rick Kogan interviews Paul Natkin

6pm: What’s Next for the MOJO Museum: A panel about preserving the home and legacy of Muddy Waters

7:30pm: HEADLINER CONCERT: “I Been Studdin’ Ya!” Bobby Rush with Jontavious Willis opening (ticketed)


3pm: In the Studio with Daughters and Sons of the Blues: Interview with Shemekia Copeland and Ronnie Baker Brooks (Livestream only)

4pm: Special Edition: Blues and World Report Podcast (Livestream only)

7pm: HEADLINER CONCERT: avery r. young: a strange bitter, Logan Center Bluesfest commission and film premiere with Amir George (ticketed)

PLUS, Wall of Blues: Photos of Paul Natkin, on view September 17 through December 10, 2021. Wall of Blues is the first formal exhibition of Chicago-based, internationally recognized photographer Paul Natkin’s Blues photography shot over the last forty years. During the run of the exhibition, a special auction will take place in partnership with local 501(c)3 Guitars Over Guns.

The Logan Center at The University of Chicago is committed to the health and safety of our expansive communities—visitors, artists, vendors, students, faculty, and staff. The Logan Center, in accordance with recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Chicago Department of Public Health, the Illinois Department of Public Health, and experts at UChicago Medicine, requires that attendees of any event follow specified health & safety protocols in an effort to help reduce the transmission of COVID-19: https://logancenterblues.org/healthandsafety.


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