FREE TICKETS to see Tab Benoit

Talk about a great early Christmas present! We’ve got a pair of free tickets for both Tab Benoit shows (730pm and 1030pm) on Saturday, Dec. 20 at City Winery. I can hardly believe it myself!

Tab Benoit, who did an incredible show at Blues on the Fox this past summer, is one of the more popular touring blues acts today. If you’ve never seen him, you don’t even know what you are missing. Not sure why a Looziana boy would come north this time of year, but let’s not even ask.

Opening act is the Kris Lager Band.


Email your name, email and phone number to:

TICKETS FOR THE 730pm show

TICKETS FOR THE 1030pm show

IMPORTANT: Use the the Email Links above.
DO NOT CHANGE the subject line.
ONE ENTRY PER PERSON FOR EACH SHOW (but you obviously cannot win tickets for both shows). If you win tickets for the late show, you cannot choose to go to the early show.

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 Sunday, Dec. 14
Winners will be notified on Monday, Dec 15.

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, you will automatically be disqualified. 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 City Winery by the Concierge.

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 will be other opportunities.

Posted 11.28.14 by Karen Murphy

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