University of Chicago’s Logan Center For The Arts Presents the 2nd Logan Center Bluesfest!
  • UChicago’s Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts continues its tradition of celebrating and promoting the rich cultural landscape of Chicago’s South Side with the 2nd Logan Center Bluesfest, a three-day festival of concerts, workshops, film, poetry and conversation, October 19-21, 2018. The Logan Center Bluesfest honors the South Side roots of the Blues tradition and will feature a range of programming by award-winning local and national musicians hosted throughout the Logan Center, located on the University of Chicago campus at 915 E. 60th Street in Hyde Park/Woodlawn. Launched in 2017, the Logan Center Bluesfest is a centerpiece of the Logan Center’s year-round commitment to Blues music and has included the standing-room-only Eddie Shaw Tribute concert this past spring and continues with an ongoing Blues in the Café series to premiere this fall.

    Among the range of programming presented at this jam-packed weekend are concerts by Grammy Award® winners Chris Thomas King and Charlie Musselwhite, plus Jerron “Blind Boy” Paxton, and John Primer with Steve Bell; a night with Sisters in the Blues: Deitra Farr, Leanne Faine and multiple Blues Music Award-winning and Grammy-nominated artist Ruthie Foster performing at the intersection of Blues & Gospel; a presentation by Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Tyehimba Jess with legendary Blues poet Sterling Plumpp & beloved Chicago Blues ambassador, harmonica master Billy Branch; Tony Award®-winning actor/director/writer Ruben Santiago-Hudson joined by Grammy-nominated composer/ musician Bill Sims Jr. to explore the influence of the Blues on playwright August Wilson; screening events with the producer of the award-winning PBS documentary, American Epic, and a multi-media program with Media Burn exploring the archives of Barry Dolins; a book release event for “Bitten by the Blues” with Alligator Records’ Bruce Iglauer; plus youth and adult music and poetry workshops, including an intergenerational Blues poetry workshop with avery r. young and performance by Fernando Jones’ Blues Kids of America; a Blues Brunch with Johnny Iguana and Michael Caskey, Pro-Am jams, live interviews, and more!

    Majority of programming is free and open to the public, with reservations recommended for interactive workshops. Evening headliner concerts and the Blues Brunch are ticketed, and new for 2018 will be a $35 Bluesfest Pass enabling entry to all three ticketed evening concerts. To purchase a Bluesfest Pass or individual tickets, and to RSVP for free events, please visit

University of Chicago’s Logan Center For The Arts Presents the 2nd Logan Center Bluesfest!
  • Location: Reva & David Logan Center for the Arts
  • Address: 915 E. 60th St.
  • October 19, 2018 - October 21, 2018
  • Reva & David Logan Center for the Arts
  • Recurring weekly on Sunday, Friday, Saturday