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Summer Blues Festivals 2022

When and where to find the hottest outdoor blues fests this season and beyond

Eric Gales will perform at Chicago Blues Festival on Sunday, June 12

Chicago Blues Festival 2022

June 9-12 FREE

Millennium Park, Riverwalk, and in historic blues neighborhoods, Austin and Bronzeville

Toronzo Cannon performs at Blues & Brews Festival in Aurora on June 11
photo: Dianne Bruce Dunklau

June 10, 11,12: Blues & Brews Festival, Mundy Park/The Venue, Aurora

Friday: Ivy Ford, Bear Williams, Toronzo Cannon

Saturday: Joey J. Saye, Dave Herrero & Anne Harris, Mike Wheeler Band, Kinsey Report

Sunday: Album Covers Presents: Robert Cray/ Strong Persuader

June 16-19: Bonnaroo in Manchester, TN

Buddy Guy performs on Aug. 7 at Canal Shores in Evanston. Photo/ Dianne Bruce Dunklau

June 17-18: Blues on the Fox, RiverEdge Park, Aurora, IL

Friday: Shemekia Copeland, Kenny Wayne Shepherd

Saturday: Buddy Guy, Billy Branch & Sons of the Blues, Mindi Abair & The Boneshakers, Melody Angel

While you're at Blues on the Fox, take a walk across the bridge: PARTY AT THE PROMENADE

Across the RiverEdge Park Bridge on the west side of the Fox River, join the celebration for the grand opening of the new Wilder Park Promenade at 350 N. River St. Saturday, June 18 from Noon-7 p.m. Bring the entire family for a day filled with live music, kid’s activities, and a variety of food trucks and vendors selling BBQ, burgers, pizza, ice cream and so much more! FREE.

June 18: Wayne Baker Brooks Band w/ Billy Branch, Blues on the Fox After Party

10:30 p.m. at The Venue, Aurora

June 24-26: Broad Street Blues & BBQ Fest, Griffith Central Park, 600 N. Broad St, Griffith, IN

John Primer, Billy Branch, Toronzo Cannon, Lil' Ed, Willie Buck, Liz Mandeville & the Blue Points, Gerry Hundt, Funky MojoDaddy & more. FREE

Jim Belushi & Dan Aykroyd will perform, along with other blues acts, at the Joliet Historical Museum Inaugural Blues Brothers Con at Old Joliet Prison, Aug. 19-20.


July 1-4: American Music Festival, FitzGerald’s, Berwyn, IL

Sugaray Rayford, North Mississippi All-Stars, Marcia Ball, Nelson Street Revival, Son Volt, Rebirth Brass Band, Terrence Simien and much more.

July 2: Windy City Blues Society’s Red, White & Blues Fest, Lyons, IL

Mud Morganfield, Marty “Big Dog” Mercer, Vance Kelly & the Backstreet Blues Band, Sonia Downs Band, Lauren Anderson, Gyasi, Felix Los Gatos.

July 10: Taste of Westmont, Westmont, IL

1-4:30: Muddy Waters Blues Jam & Tribute to J.B. Ritchie w/ Marty "Big Dog" Mercer

Mike Wheeler Band

Rico (Santana tribute & more)

July 22-23: Fibfest, Des Plaines, IL

Friday July 22

9:00 Mike Wheeler Blues Band 6:00 Luke Repass Blues Band

Saturday July 23rd

9:00 Al Spears & The Hurricane Project 6:30 Smiley Tillmon featuring Kate Moss 4:00 Corey Dennison 1:30 Sheryl Youngblood Blues Band 12 noon Open Hole Soul

Paramount Music Festival, Lime Kiln Park, Grafton, WI

Friday July 22

Will Pfrang & the Goodland Gang, Trapper Schoepp,

Stephen Cooper & the Nobody Famous

Saturday July 23rd

Billy Branch & Sons of the Blues, Altered Five Blues Band, Chicken Wire Empire,

Cathy Grier & the Troublemakers, Katz Sass, Lady A, Luke Cerny

July 26: Wheels of Soul Tour: Tedeschi Trucks Band, Los Lobos, Gabe Dixon at RiverEdge Park, Aurora, IL

July 30: Windy City Blues Society's Willow Springs Blues Fest

IBC band challenge, plus Dave Weld & the Imperial Flames, Willie Buck, Steepwater Band, Cros Band w/ Jeff Stone, & more.


Aug. 7: Buddy Guy, Todd Park Mohr w/ Bobby Rush, Out of Space Concerts, Canal Shores, Evanston

Aug. 12-13: Wayne Baker Brooks, Marty "Big Dog" Mercer, Smiley Tillmon Band, Stoney Curtis, Nick Byrd Band, Matteson All-Stars.

Aug. 13: Laurie Morvan Band, Cash Box Kings, Nigel Mack & Blues Attack, Bill Grady, 3:30 - 9 p.m. Joliet Blues Festival, Joliet, IL

Mike Wheeler Band performs at Blues, Brews & BBQ Fest August 21

Aug. 19, 20, 21: McHenry Rotary Club Blues, Brews & BBQ Fest, McHenry, IL

Friday: Jimmy Nick, John Todd Band

Saturday: Sharon Lewis & Texas Fire, Kashmir, Hot Rocks

Sunday: Mike Wheeler Band, Delta Rising

Aug. 20: Boz Scaggs, Robert Cray, RiverEdge Park, Aurora

Aug. 19-20: Little Bear Ribfest, 1001 Lakeview Parkway, Century Park, Vernon Hills

Shawn Holt & The Teardrops, Laura Rain & the Caesars, Funky MojoDaddy, Jake & Elwood, The Chicago Experience.

Joliet Historical Museum Inaugural Blues Brothers Con at Old Joliet Prison

1125 N. Collins St., Joliet

Dan Aykroyd & Jim Belushi, Curtis Salgado, Toronzo Cannon, Mondo Cortez & Chicago Blues Angels, Lil' Ed & The Blues Imperials, Gospel music, Bob's Country Bunker, Maxwell Street, Bluesmobile, orange whip drinks, Blues Bros. film & more.

Women of the Blues: Teeny Tucker, Shaun Murphy, Tia Carrol, Donna Herula, Gina Meeks, Amanee Avery

Aug. 27: Moose-a-Palooza, Batavia, IL

Lil Ed Blues Imperials, Michael Charles, Head Honchos, Tin Fiddle Band

All net proceeds from the event help the Batavia Moose Lodge support Mooseheart Child City and School.

Aug. 25-28: Big Blues Bender, Las Vegas

(normally held the weekend after Labor Day in Sept. but has been moved to August)


Sept. 3: Delmark Records Rockwell Street Jazz & Blues Stroll, on Rockwell between Irving Park and Berteau.

12 noon to 9 pm. The Delmark All Star Band, Jimmy Burns, Willie Buck, Demetria Taylor, Linsey Alexander & Milwaukee Slim, Bob Stroger & The Headcutters, Frank Catalano, Dave Weld, Dee Alexander, Donna Herula with Harlan Terson & Lynne Jordan, Gerry Hundt, Andy Cohen and more.

Sept. 23-25: Berwyn Blues Festival at FitzGerald’s Berwyn, IL

Ruthie Foster, Cedric Burnside, J.D. McPherson, Larry McCray, Carolyn Wonderland, Mud Morganfield, Jontavious Willis, Toronzo Cannon, Indigenous, Altered Five Blues Band, Alastair Green, Nick Moss Band & much more.


Oct. 22:

Delmark Records’ 70th Anniversary Concert, Prairie Center for the Arts, Schaumburg, IL

Dave Specter Band w/ Jimmy Burns

Dave Weld & The Imperial Flames w/ Pierre Lacocque

Mike Wheeler Band w/ Demetria Taylor

Tickets on sale now.

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