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EVENTS: Chicago Blues Fest 2012
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CHICAGO BLUES FESTIVAL LINEUP 2012

 A Celebration of Blues Past and Present

 The 29th Annual Chicago Blues Festival , the world’s largest FREE blues fest, will be held in Grant Park on June 8-10 (Fri-Sun).  The Fest’s theme will be “A Celebration of Blues Past and Present” and will feature tributes to blues legends we have lost last year, including Pinetop Perkins, David “Honeyboy” Edwards, Hubert Sumlin, Willie “Big Eyes” Smith and Mojo Buford. There will also be a number of city sponsored blues music events outside of Grant Park before and during the festival.

The Chicago Blues season begins April 29 and continues through the festival with many citywide events, concerts, lectures, films and tours.  Highlights include the Tuesday Blues Lunch Break Series at the Chicago Cultural Center starting May 8 at Noon and continuing each Tuesday in May.  The Chicago Public Library Blues Programs will feature lectures and performances at various locations around the city and is free to the public.  Programming includes the Blues Trio on May 12 at the Woodsen Regional Library, Play & Singing the Blues on May 26 at the Sulzer Regional Library and Speakin’ of the Blues on June 1 at the Harold Washington Library. 

Also in May, blues enthusiasts can enjoy a special showing of the documentary film, The Blues According to Lightnin’ Hopkins on Thursday, June 7 at the Chicago Cultural Center’s Claudia Cassidy Theater at 6:30 p.m.  On, Monday, June 4 at Noon, Melvia “Chick” Rodgers, Deitra Farr & the Blues Machine Band will perform a special set on Daley Plaza to preview the festival that weekend.  All events are free to the public.  For a full schedule of events, please visit www.chicagobluesfestival.us

Attendee review:
If you're the type of person that sends a newsletter out with your photo Christmas cards every year, you might need an oversized envelope for this year's Christmas cards because this event was one to write home about! With over 500,000 people in attendance, the World's Largest Free Blues Festival certainly lived up to expectations! The five stages kept rocking and rolling all weekend long and the worst part of the event was having to decide which one to watch! All kinds of amazing acts pulled out all the stops and put on incredible shows for the massive audience. The Koko Taylor tribute on Sunday night was amazing and the largest evening crowd in years according to festival staff. Mavis Staples (Mable to Taylor, because of Taylor's inability to pronounce Mavis) was simply stunning and I'm tempted to put the photo of her belting one out on my Christmas cards this year because seeing her perform was the highlight of 2012 for many gospel and blues fans,myself included. I can't wait for 2013, because I can't imagine how the festival this year is going to be topped!

29th Annual Chicago Blues Festival Line-up

(Schedule subject to change)

Texas Johnny Brown
Texas Johnny Brown headlines the Petrillo Stage Friday

FRIDAY, JUNE 8

BUD LIGHT CROSSROADS STAGE

11:15 am – 12:15 pm              The Jimmy Reed Family

12:45 pm – 2:00 pm                Quintus McCormick 

2:30 pm – 3:45 pm                  Zora Young

4:15 pm – 5:30 pm                  Joe Louis Walker

  

MISSISSIPPI JUKE JOINT STAGE

11:30 am – 12:30 pm              Panel Discussion (Lightnin’ Hopkins) with Roger Wood, Chris Strachwitz & Alan Govenor

12:45 pm – 1:30 pm                Ol’ Skool Revue from the Delta Music Institute of Delta State University

1:45 pm – 2:45 pm                  Eddie C. Campbell

3:00 pm – 4:00 pm                  Vasti Jackson

4:30 pm – 5:30 pm                  Johnny Rawls

 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm                  Jam Session with Kenny “Beedy Eyes” Smith

 

PEPSI FRONT PORCH STAGE

12:00 pm – 1:00 pm                Blues In The Schools w/Stone Academy, Eric Noden, Katherine Davis & Erwin Helfer

1:30 pm – 2:30 pm                  Fernando Jones and My Band!

3:00 pm – 4:00 pm                  Matthew Skoller Band             

4:30 pm – 5:30 pm                  Big James & The Chicago Playboys

WINDY CITY BLUES SOCIETY  STREET STAGE
11:00 am – 11:45 am - Chicago Kingsnakes
Noon – 12:45 pm - Steepwater Band
1:00 pm – 2:30 pm - “Chicago Delta”: Mississippi Gabe Carter then Black Oil Brothers
2:45 pm – 3:45 pm - Jimmy Dawkins
4:00 pm – 5:00 pm - Cash Box Kings

5:15 pm – 6:00 pm - Earwig Music Review: Rob Stone, Chris James & Patrick Rynn
6:15 pm – 7:00 pm - “Acoustic Blues” Session

 

PETRILLO MUSIC SHELL

(A Centennial Celebration of Lightnin’ Hopkins)

5:50 pm – 6:35 pm                  Rev. K M Williams 

7:00 pm – 8:05 pm                  Milton Hopkins and Jewel Brown

8:30 pm –  9:30 pm                 Texas Johnny Brown 

 

SATURDAY, JUNE 9

Floyd Taylor
Floyd Taylor headlines the Petrillo Stage

BUD LIGHT CROSSROADS STAGE

11:15 am – 12:15 pm              Tommy McCracken

12:45 pm – 2:00 pm                Diunna and Blue Mercy

2:30 pm – 3:45 pm                  Bob Jones with Ronnie Hicks & The Masheen Company Band featuring Mike Wheeler

4:15 pm – 5:30 pm                  Billy Branch and the Sons of Blues

 

MISSISSIPPI JUKE JOINT STAGE

11:30 am – 12:30 pm              Panel Discussion of Malaco Records (Tommy Couch, Jr., Wolf Stephenson, Brett Bonner & Alex Thomas)

1:00 pm – 2:00 pm                  Terry “Big T” Williams

2:30 pm – 3:30 pm                  Mark “Muleman” Massey

4:00 pm – 5:00 pm                  Homemade Jamz Blues Band feat. Ryan, Kyle & Taya Perry

5:30 pm – 7:00 pm                  Jam Session w/ Ronnie Hicks & The Masheen Company Band

PEPSI FRONT PORCH STAGE

12:00 pm – 1:00 pm                Columbia College Blues All Stars

1:30 pm – 2:30 pm                  Rev. K M Williams

3:00 pm – 4:00 pm                  Sam Lay Blues Band

4:30 pm – 5:30 pm                  Tribute to Hubert Sumlin featuring Steady Rollin Bob Margolin, Eddie Shaw, Dave Specter , Bob Corritore, Johnny Iguana,  Kenny “Beedy Eyes”  Smith & Bob Stroger 

 

WCBS STREET STAGE
11:00 am – 11:45 am - Fernando Jones presents “Blues Kids of America” with special guests Ray Goren & Alex Lund
Noon – 12:50 pm - Big DooWopper
1:10 pm – 2:10 pm - Sam Lay joins Bob Riedy and Bob Corritore
2:30 pm – 3:45 pm - Omar Coleman & Friends: Kenny Smith, Bob Stroger & Billy Flynn
4:00 pm – 5:15 pm - Harmonica Blowout: Harry Garner Band with many special Harp guests
5:30 pm – 6:10 pm - Nigel Mack Band, Winners of the WCBS “Best CD” for 2011
6:25 – 7:05 pm - Geneva Red’s “Original Delta Fireballs”

 

PETRILLO MUSIC SHELL

5:40 pm – 6:10 pm                  Paul Kaye (Tribute to David Honeyboy Edwards)

6:35 pm – 8:00 pm                  Celebrating Muddy Waters Disciples --  Pinetop Perkins, Willie “Big Eyes” Smith & Mojo Buford -- featuring Steady Rollin Bob Margolin, Mud  Morganfield, Kenny ”Beedy Eyes” Smith, Barrelhouse Chuck, Lil’ Frank, Bob Stroger & Joe Filisko

8:25 pm – 9:30 pm                   Floyd Taylor

 

SUNDAY, JUNE 10

Mavis Staples
Mavis Staples closes out the fest/ photo: Jennifer Noble

BUD LIGHT CROSSROADS STAGE

 11:15 am – 12:15 pm              Demetria Taylor

12:45 pm – 2:00 pm                Mary Lane and the No Static Blues Band 

2:30 pm – 3:45 pm                  Charles Wilson                                                 

4:15 pm – 5:30 pm                  Lil’ Ed & The Blues Imperials

 

MISSISSIPPI JUKE JOINT STAGE

11:30 am – 12:15 pm              Howlin’ Wolf B-Day/Panel Discussion with Barbra Marks, Sterling Plumpp & Dick Shurman

12:30 pm – 1:25 pm                The Rising Stars Fife and Drum Band

1:30 pm –   2:30 pm                Eden Brent

3:00 pm –   4:00 pm                Pat Brown

4:30  pm – 5:30 pm                 Patrice Moncel

6:00 pm –   7:00 pm                Mississippi Jam Session w/ Dexter Allen

 

PEPSI FRONT PORCH STAGE

12:00 pm – 1:00 pm                Homemade Jamz Blues Band featuring Ryan, Kyle & Taya Perry

1:30pm – 2:30 pm                   Lurrie Bell

3:00 pm – 4:00 pm                  Omar Coleman and Friends

4:30 pm – 5:30 pm                  Eddie Shaw & The Wolf Gang

  

WCBS STREET STAGE
11:00 am – 11:45 am - Moonlighters with Butt Naked Sam
Noon - 3:50 pm - Five bands compete in ROUND 1 of Windy City Blues Society’s Annual “Chicago Blues Challenge”
4:10 pm – 5:00 pm - Pistol Pete Band Winners of the WCBS Chicago Blues Challenge “Band” Contest
5:15 pm – 6:00 pm - Kilborn Alley Blues Band with special guest Deak Harp
6:15 pm – 7:00 pm - Liz Mandeville & Donna Herula Duo Winners of the WCBS Chicago Blues Challenge “Solo/Duo” Contest

PETRILLO MUSIC SHELL

6:00 pm – 7:20 pm      Celebrating Women in Blues – Tribute to KoKo Taylor:                                                                    featuring Melvia “Chick” Rodgers, Jackie Scott, Deitra Farr, Nora Jean Brusco and The KoKo Taylor Blues Machine Band 

7:45 pm – 9:00 pm                  Mavis Staples

  

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