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The Chicago Blues Festival features live performances on six Grant Park stages: the Front Porch (Jackson and Michigan), the Route 66 Roadhouse (Columbus and Jackson), the Mississippi Juke Joint (Columbus and Van Buren), the Louisiana Bayou Station & Social Club (Columbus and Monroe), the Crossroads (Jackson and Lake Shore Drive), and the Petrillo Music Shell (Columbus and Jackson). All events are free. For more information call 312-744-3370.


Front Porch

11:30AM Blues in the Schools with the Stone Academy All-Stars

1:30 Aaron Moore

3:00 Bobby "Slim" James with Joanne Graham

5:00 Phil Guy & the Chicago Machine

Route 66 Roadhouse

Noon Lila Ammons, Edsel Ammons, Sonny Leyland, Renaud Patigny, and Bob Hall

2:00 Bob Jones, Rip Daniels, Julius Lewis, and Willie Clayton

4:00 Jim O'Neal, Larry Hoffman, Michael Frank, and Bob Porter

Mississippi Juke Joint

12:30 Super Percy

2:30 John Primer

4:00 Jimmy "Duck" Holmes

6:00 Dave Specter, Aron Burton &Kenny Smith

Louisiana Bayou Station & Social Club

12:30 Willis Prudhomme & Zydeco Express

2:00 Bob Hall

3:30 Renaud Patigny

5:00 Carl "Sonny" Leyland & Lila Ammons


Noon Charles E. Shaw & the Chicago Blues Rebellion Band with Lady Sax and Lady Cat

2:00 Osee Anderson & Da Blooze Folks

4:00 George "Mojo" Buford, John Primer, Rick Kreher, Ray "Killer" Allison, Calvin "Fuzz" Jones, Barrelhouse Chuck, and Larry Williams

Petrillo Music Shell

6:00 Willie Clayton

7:20 Jimmy Dawkins

:30 Koko Taylor


Front Porch

11:00AM Billy Branch with the children of the Delta Blues Museum

12:30 J.W. Williams & the Chi-Town Hustlers

2:30 Vernon & Joe Harrington with James Kinds

4:00 Lurrie Bell, Steve Bell, Billy Branch, and Matthew Skoller

5:45 No Static Blues Band with Mary, Lynn, and Renee Lane

Route 66 Roadhouse

12:30 Jim O'Neal and others

2:00 Johnnie Mae Dunson with Jimi "Prime Time" Smith

4:00 David Whiteis & Karen Hanson

Mississippi Juke Joint

Noon Jimmy "Duck" Holmes

1:30 Terry "T" Williams & Wesley Jefferson

3:00 Clarksdale Delta Blues Museum

4:30 Jimmy "Duck" Holmes

6:00 Kenny Smith, Guy King, and Calvin Jones

Louisiana Bayou Station & Social Club

Noon Darryl Davis

1:30 Ken Saydak

3:00 Ariyo

4:30 Willis Prudhomme & Zydeco Express


Noon Carl Weathersby

2:00 Mighty Joe Young Jr. with Chontella Renee

4:00 Carlos Johnson

Petrillo Music Shell

6:00 Johnnie Mae Dunson with Jimmie "Prime Time" Smith

7:15 Billy Branch & the Sons of Blues


Front Porch

11:30AM Fruteland Jackson

1:30 Wanda Johnson & Shrimp City Slim

3:30 Little Arthur Duncan, Charlie Love, Big D, Jefferey Taylor, Harmonica Hinds, Reginald Cooper, Rick Kreher, E.G. McDaniel, Mark Brumbach, Twist Turner, and Illinois Slim

6:00 Khalif Wailin' Walter

Route 66 Roadhouse

11:00AM Great Lakes Blues

Society Summit

1:30 John Sayles's The Honeydripper

3:30 Cultural Tourism: A Virtual Blues Tour on the Blues Trail

Mississippi Juke Joint

Noon Terry "T" Williams

1:30 Homemade Jamz Blues Band

3:00 Alvin Youngblood Hart

4:30 Jimmy "Duck" Holmes

6:00 Kenny Smith, Guy King, and Calvin Jones

Louisiana Bayou Station & Social Club

Noon Dave Drazin

1:30 Drink Small

3:30 Willis Prudhomme & Zydeco Express

5:00 Tony Llorens


Noon Elmore James Jr. with Cadillac Zack

1:45 David Dee & the Hot Tracks

3:45 Honeydripper All-Stars with Gary Clark Jr., Eddie Shaw, Arthur Lee Williams, Henderson Huggins, and Mable John

Petrillo Music Shell

5:00 Nellie "Tiger" Travis

6:10 Big Jay McNeely with Jesse Scinto

7:15 Irma Thomas

:30 Magic Slim


Front Porch

11:30AM Chick Rogers & Her Gospel Harmonizers

1:30 Cephas & Wiggins

3:30 James Cotton

5:30 Zac Harmon

Route 66 Roadhouse

11:30AM Geraldine Nash, Gustina Atlas, Patty Crosby, George Berry, and Bessie Johnson

1:30 David "Honeyboy" Edwards, Sam Burkhardt, Steve Freund, and Barrelhouse Chuck

3:00 Tribute to Howlin' Wolf

Mississippi Juke Joint

Noon Zac Harmon

1:30 Homemade Jamz Blues Band

3:00 Bobby Rush

4:30 Jimmy "Duck" Holmes

6:00 Dave Specter, Harlan Terson, and Mike Schlick

Louisiana Bayou Station & Social Club

12:30 Henry Gray & the Cats

2:00 Willis Prudhomme & Zydeco Express

4:00 David "Honeyboy" Edwards


Noon Lil' Howlin' Wolf

1:45 Katherine Davis

3:30 Maurice John Vaughn

Petrillo Music Shell

5:00 Sam Burkhardt with Steve Freund, Bob Stroger, Barrelhouse Chuck, Billy Flynn, Kenny Smith, Calvin Jones, Willie "Big Eyes" Smith, Kenny Barker, Harmonica Todd, Big Time Sarah, and Deitra Farr

7:15 James Cotton, Hubert Sumlin, Eddie Shaw, Abb Locke, Henry Gray, Jody Williams, Smokey Smothers, Lafayette "Shorty" Gilbert, and Willie Smith

:25 Bobby Rush

Art accompanying story in printed newspaper (not available in this archive): Koko Taylor photo by Marc Norberg.

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