Windy City Blues Fest



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Saturday, Sept 22, 2018

Main Stage

  • 11:oo – 11:40       Mississippi Gabe Carter

  • 11:50 -12:30       Donna Herula

  • 12:45 – 1:25         Black Oil Brothers

  • 1:40 – 2:20          Jamiah Rogers Band

  • 2:25 – 3:20         Joe Filisko & Eric Noden

  • 3:35 – 4:15          Eddie Taylor Jr. Band

  • 4:30 – 5:15         The Original Delta Fireballs featuring Geneva Red

  • 5:30 – 6:15         Deak Harp & Quicksand

  • 6:30 – 7:15        The NuBlu Band featuring Carlise Guy

  • 7:35 – 9:05        Willie Dixons Original Chicago Blues All-Star Band backing

                                      The Chicago Blues Divas

                                       Tomiko Dixon’s birthday

  • 9:20 – 11:15      The Mike Wheeler Band

                                        Nellie “Tiger” Travis

                                         Lurrie Bell

Backwoods Stage

  • 12:30 – 1:00       Bo Ricketts

  • 1:10 – 1:50          Billly King Band

  • 2:05 – 250          Queen Beautiful

  • 3:05 – 3:50         Darren Jay and the Delta Souls

  • 4:05 – 5:00        Fruteland Jackson

  • 5:15 – 6:00          Nick Bell

  • 6:15 – 7:00        Tyrannosaurus Chicken

  • 7:15 – 9:30         Tawl Paul and the Dead or Alives


Sunday, Sept 23, 2018


Main Stage

  • 12:00 – 12:45          Colin John and Long Tall Deb

  • 1:00 – 1:45               Kilbourn Alley Blues Band

  • 2:00 – 2:45              Ivy Ford

  • 3:00 – 3:45              Demetria Taylor Band

  • 4:00 – 5:10              Matthew Curry

  • 5:30 – 7:00              Ben Miller Band

Backwoods Stage

  • 12:30 – 7:00        Chicago Blues Challenge

  •  25 minute set length

    The Bands

    The Jamiah Rogers Band,
    The Reverend Bob Band,
    Darren Jay and the Delta Souls,
    Beth Wray Band,
    The Black Oil Brothers,
    Going Down South,
    The Sonic Soul Band,
    Marie Martins,
  • Solo / Duet

    The Jenkins bros.

    Queen Beautiful

    Rick Weeds solo


PRE- PARTY,  Friday,  Sept 21st

Harlem Avenue Lounge

3701 S Harlem…..Berwyn, IL.  On Harlem @ Ogden, next to White Castle

 Featuring, Delmark Recording Artist,  Omar Coleman


…..7236 39th St, Lyons, IL 60534…



AFTER PARTY,  Sunday,  Sept 23rd

Waterworks Pizzeria & Tavern

7815 Ogden Ave…….just steps from the fest

  • Kevin Purcell and the Nightburners





2018 Chicago Blues Festival

2018 Chicago Blues Festival

Millennium Park

The Windy City Blues Society is happy to be a part of the 2018 Chicago Blues Festival

We will be in Wrigley Square, same spot as last year near Randolph & Michigan.

This Year The Front Porch stage is in our front yard, How exciting !!


Our new Logo




2017 Chicago Blues Fest In Review

Lonnie Brooks we miss you

Lonnie was a really nice person, we will miss him as a regular guy. Our hearts go out to his family. Losing a father, is never easy especially for boys. Please keep their entire family in your prayers and good thoughts

2017 Chicago Blues Fest Line-up is GREAT

So excited to see Zakiya Hooker on the schedule for the 2017 Chicago Blues Fest. I think this is one of the best line-ups The City has had in years.


WE also have the “KingFish” young fella, bout 16 or so, Out of ClARKSDALE, MISSISSIPPI playing the Chicago Blues Fest.  I really like the line-up the City put together.


The Cedrick Burnside Project and all things Cerdick Burnside are a great addition to the Chicago Blues Fest line-up.  More of my favorite Mississippi Blues musicians and directly related to R.L. Burnside and the beat that started Hip-Hop (maybe).  Click the link below to view an amazing video.

Cedric Burnside Project, Walnut Cove Farm




2017 Blues Blast Music Awards Submission Information


Hello Everyone,

We are sending this out to all our Blues contacts and subscribers. Submissions for the 2017 Blues Blast Music Awards are now open.

The Blues Blast Music Awards honor contemporary Blues artists, their music and their recordings. Artists with major labels and indie artists are eligible to be considered. Please pass this information on to artists and other relevant contacts.

The eligibility release period for specific recordings is from May 1, 2016 to April 30, 2017.

All submissions must be received by April 15, 2016. Here is the list of categories for the 2017 awards:


Contemporary Blues Album

Traditional Blues Album

Soul Blues Album

Rock Blues Album

Acoustic Blues Album

Live Blues Album

New Artist Debut Album

Historical or Vintage Blues Album

Female Blues Artist Of The Year

Male Blues Artist Of The Year

Blues Band Of The Year

Sean Costello Rising Star Award

Categories such as Male Blues Artist, Female Blues Artist, Blues Band and the Rising Star Award are not tied to these specific dates but instead are based on our nominators recent observations of performances of touring artists over the past year.

Complete information including submission instructions and all 2017 guidelines are at:

Nominees will be announced in June and voting by the public begins in July.

If you have questions please feel free to call me or email me.


Bob Kieser