Meet our CBC Youth Challenge Winner

Will Tilson has won the Chicago Blues Challenge Youth Showcase. Joey Noble and Generation Blues also competed for the chance to go to Memphis for the International Blues Competition in late January 2015.

Fernando Jones, Will Tilson and Ellen Miller

(l-r) Musician/Educator Fernando Jones, Will Tilson and harp player Ellen Miller PHOTO © WCBS/Duane Koch


Charlie Love is going to Memphis!

Charlie Love at the CBC's first round.

Charlie Love and the Silky Smooth Blues Band has won the 2014 Chicago Blues Challenge and will be representing the Windy City Blues Society at the Blues Foundation’s International Blues Challenge in Memphis in late January.


Posted 11.9.14 by Karen Murphy

CBC Youth Showcase


Dave Madlener
Windy City Blues Society

Chicago Blues Challenge main page

The Windy City Blues Society with the support of The Blues Kids Foundation will hold the Chicago Blues Challenge/Youth Showcase on Thursday, Nov. 20 at Columbia College.

The deadline to enter this showcase is Monday, Nov. 17, 2014. To qualify, every member of the musical act must be under the age of 21 on Jan. 23, 2015, and be based within a 150-mile radius of the intersection of State and Madison in downtown Chicago. This regional competition will choose a representative band to send to the International Blues Challenge in Memphis, where the band/musical act will perform a 30-minute set for a worldwide audience on Jan. 23.

Thursday Nov. 20, 7pm
The Chicago Blues Challenge Youth Showcase
Columbia College Concert Hall
1014 S. Michigan Ave., Chicago

The entry fee is $25
Application Form | Parental Consent Form

(At least 90% of the entry fees raised will go to the winning act to help defray travel and lodging costs in Memphis.)

It’s time for the 2014 CBC Finals

FREE TICKETS: Ronnie Baker Brooks

Ronnie Baker Brooks © Murphy Media/Karen Murphy

We’ve got free tickets to see Ronnie Baker Brooks on Friday, Nov. 28, at 730pm at City Winery. I’m tellin’ ya, your friends are gonna say, “Take Me Witcha!” I don’t know of anyone who has had a bad time when Ronnie Baker Brooks is in the house.


One reason why you’ll want to go.
And one  more.

Email your name, email and phone number to:

IMPORTANT: Use the Email Link above. 
DO NOT CHANGE the subject line.

You don’t have to be a WCBS member to win, but if you do win and are not a member, please consider joining us to help up support the blues here and everywhere.

Midnight on Monday, Nov. 17
Winners will be notified on Tuesday, Nov. 18.

IMPORTANT NOTE: If you win, you MUST respond to the email notification within 24 hours or another winner will be chosen.


One entry per person. If you enter more than once, our system will automatically delete your entries. Winners for each show will be randomly drawn from all emails received by the specified deadline. If you receive an email telling you that you have won tickets, please confirm receipt of the email within 24 hours or another winner will be drawn. Tickets will be held for ticket winners at Will Call.

Windy City Blues Society Board Members and Executive Committee Members and their families are ineligible to win. Yada yada yada…which means all other basic rules of contests apply. If you don’t win this time, there should be other opportunities.

Posted 10.31.14 by Karen Murphy