City of Chicago announces
2014 Blues Fest Lineup

The City of Chicago has released the full lineup for the 2014 Chicago Blues Fest, which will be held June 13 – 15 in Grant Park. There also is a full schedule of events leading up to the Fest in May and early June.

Check it out right now.

Posted 4.2.14 by Karen Murphy

2014 Chicago Blues Fest Headliners

Corky Siegel (PHOTO: Murphy Media/Karen Murphy)

During his Blues Breakers show last night, XRT’s Tom Marker announced the headliners who will appear on the Petrillo Music Shell stage during the 2014 Chicago Blues Fest. The fest will be held June 13-15 in Grant Park.

A Tribute to John Lee “Sonny Boy” Williamson (He would have been 100 this year.)

Featured performers: Siegel-Schwall Band with Sam Lay, Marcella Detroit (aka Marcy Levy, famous for cowriting one of Clapton’s biggest hits, Lay Down Sally) and Bill Boy Arnold, among others.

Bettye LaVette

Dr. John
Aaron Neville
Nikki Hill

Stay tune for more announcements, including the lineup for the Windy City Blues Society Street Stage.

Posted 1.28.14 by Karen Murphy

We Need Volunteers for the Chicago Blues Festival!

2012 WCBS Booth at the CBF

2012 WCBS Booth at the CBF

We are planning our 2014 Street Scene Stage at the annual Chicago Blues Festival (JUN13-15).


Each year we host a stage with live Blues and a booth, three full days of fun at the festival this year!

We need volunteers to help us staff our booth selling memberships, t-shirts, buttons and other merchandise.

Volunteers work two or more hours and get a free WCBS Staff t-shirt, a $15 value!). It’s a lot a fun, great music and a great way to meet other Blues fans.

Complete/submit our Volunteer form to get your name on the list…
Click me for more info…

2012 Chicago Blues Fest | Street Stage Videos




Fruteland Jackson says it all…

Fruteland Jackson

Fruteland Jackson

Fruteland Jackson says…

“My hats off to the WCBS for your mission and commitment to supporting Blues in its various components. Over Blues Fest weekend you guys were absolutely terrific. Your tent maintained a full crowd all the way to the sidewalk for three days. Even though I was stationed at the Blues camp tent we marveled at your crowd. You were an undeclared stage for blues musicians as you went on with the business of getting the word out and bringing people and blues together. I was indeed impressed and happy to know so many of you.

Look for Fruteland Jackson’s ‘Singing the Blues with Stories, Volume I”. Thanks Fruteland and thanks to all who visited our stage and booth during the fest, especially to those who signed up for membership!