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EVENTS -- Chicago Blues Fest 2018
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CHICAGO BLUES FESTIVAL JUNE 8-10, 2018

FEST RETURNS TO MILLENNIUM PARK

Pritzker Pavillion by Roman Sobus
Pritzker Pavillion stage
photo: Roman Sobus

The 35th Annual Chicago Blues Festival, June 8-10, 2018,  will feature both local and national act including headliners on the Pritzker Pavillion Stage: Mavis Staples, Kenny Neal, Fantastic Negrito, Selwyn Birchwood, Willie Clayton, Corey Dennison Band and Mississippi Heat with Billy Flynn and Giles Corey. There will be all-star tributes to Delmark Records 65th Anniversary and to Little Walter.

Daytime stages include: The Budweiser Crossroads Stage, The Mississippi Juke Joint Stage, and The Front Porch Stage and the Rooftop Lounge at Harris Theater.

The fest runs from 11 a.m. – 9:30 p.m. daily. Admission is FREE.

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CLICK to see a map of Blues Fest at Millennium Park

 Friday June 8, 2018

Jay Pritzker Pavilion

Bob Koester
Bob Koester checks stock in his record store back in the day

Delmark Records + Bob Koester

 65th Anniversary Day

  • 5:10-5:30pm

National Anthem: Melody Angel

Commissioner Mark Kelly

Video Tribute to Bob Koester, Delmark Records

Delmark Records Remarks

 

                                    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)

  • 11:1512:15pm - Panel Discussion with Bob Koester, Delmark Records; Dick Shurman and Bruce Iglauer
  • 12:301:30pm - Mickey Rogers & The Soul Blues Band
  • 1:452:45pm - L.J. Echols & The Neckbone Band
  • 34pm - Mr. Sipp
  • 4:155:15pm - Jam Session with Kenny “Beedy Eyes” Smith

 

Front Porch Stage (at Wrigley Square)

  • 11amNoon - Blues in the School with Katherine Davis, Tim Gant, Tino Cortes, Alan Burroughs and Stone Academy
  • 12:151:15pm - Jimmy Burns - Solo (Delmark)
  • 1:302:30pm - Jimmy Johnson - Duo (Delmark)
  • 2:453:45pm - Lurrie Bell & Eddie Taylor Jr. with The Bell Dynasty (Delmark)
  • 45:15pm - Guy King - Solo (Delmark)
  • 5:306:30pm - Tail Dragger (Delmark)
  • 6:457:45pm - Rockin’ Johnny Burgin (Delmark)
  • 89pm - Giles Corey (Delmark)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                 

Rooftop Lounge (Harris Theater Rooftop Terrace)

  • 11am-12pm - Gerry Hundt's Legendary One-Man-Band (Delmark)
  • 12:15-1:15pm - Oscar Wilson & Joel Paterson
  • 1:30-2:30pm - Devil In A Woodpile
  • 2:45-3:45pm - Rockin' Johnny Burgin (Delmark)
  • 4-5pm - Matt Hendricks

 

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Saturday June 9, 2018

Millennium Park, Michigan Ave. & Columbus Ave.

Little Walter by Flerlage
Little Walter performs on Maxwell Street/ photo: Raeburn Flerlage

You can see an exhibition of Mr. Flerlage's iconic blues photos, plus interactive blues activities and live blues shows at the Chicago History Museum's Amplified: Chicago Blues
(schedule is subject to change)
 
  • 5:20-5:30pm

National Anthem: Jackie Scott

Commissioner Mark Kelly

 
 

Jay Pritzker Pavilion

 

Budweiser Crossroads Stage (at South Chase Promenade)

 

Visit Mississippi Juke Joint Stage (at North Chase Promenade)

  • 11:15am12:15pm - Panel Discussion on Little Walter Tribute with Scott Dirks & Marion Diaz-Reacco
  • 12:301:30pm - Ben Payton
  • 1:452:45pm - The Keeshea Pratt Band
  • 34pm - Eddie Cotton, Jr.
  • 4:155:15pm - Jam Session led by Eddie Cotton, Jr.

 

Front Porch Stage (at Wrigley Square)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                 

Rooftop Lounge (Harris Theater Rooftop Terrace)

  • 11am-12pm - Kevin “B.F.” Burt
  • 12:15-1:15pm - Fernando Jones
  • 1:30-2:30pm - Harmonica Hinds
  • 2:45-3:45pm - Fruteland Jackson with James Bryant
  • 4-5pm - Vino Louden

 

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Sunday June 10, 2018

Millennium Park, Michigan Ave. & Columbus Ave.

Mavis Staples by Jenn Noble
Mavis Staples/photo: Jennifer Noble
(schedule is subject to change)

 

  • 5:15-5:30pm

National Anthem: Cristone "Kingfish" Ingram

Commissioner Mark Kelly

 

Jay Pritzker Pavilion

 

Budweiser Crossroads Stage (at South Chase Promenade)

 

Visit Mississippi Juke Joint Stage (at North Chase Promenade)

  • 11:15am12:15pm - Rising Stars Fife & Drum
  • 12:301:30pm - Nellie “Tiger” Travis
  • 1:452:45pm - Johnny Rawls
  • 34pm - Ms. Jody
  • 4:155:15pm - Jam Session led by Eddie Taylor, Jr.

 

Front Porch Stage (at Wrigley Square)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                 

Rooftop Lounge (Harris Theater Rooftop Terrace)

 

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