Founded March 23rd 2009. The WCBS promotes blues music as an art form. We focus on the greater Chicagoland area. Where possible, we support musicians, venues, the history, the festivals and the blues tourists. We honor and appreciate the blues art form, where it comes from, and it's role in shaping American music.
Blues Blast Music Awards
Quicksands' Busker Stage
St. Edwards Fall Festival
Chicago Blues Challenge Finals
5 pm to 11:30 pm
The Killer Blues Headstone Project exists to provide headstones for blues musicians lying in unmarked graves.
Willow Springs Blues Fest
Lyons Fest June 30 - July 4th, Veterans Park, Lyons IL.
The Windy City Blues Society is a 501 c 3 Non-Profit organization, and an affiliate member of The Blues Foundation. The WCBS is focused on blues music as a genre. We are best at presenting live musical concerts and festivals. From 2010 to 2017 we operated The WCBS Street Stage, providing about 25% of the live music at the Chicago Blues Festival, aka: Worlds Largest Free Blues Festival. The Blues Society received no government funding or private grants. We funded our efforts from membership dues, merchandise sales, and the generosity of others. We started the Windy City Blues Fest in 2018 and again in 2019 at Toyota Park (SeatGeek Stadium) we had a great festival season in 2022
WE are honored to be presenting the 2023 Willow Springs Blues Fest Saturday July 29 th
The Windy City Blues Society has a 14 year history, yet is the longest running Blues Society in the Chicago Area. Chicago has the Blues 24/7, it runs deep. we are only a small humble part of it. Chicago is likely the number one blues market in the world, we hope to grow the hometown audience and create opportunities for local artists.
WE will work to present some music educational programs in School Districts, Library Districts, Park Districts, and other places we can promote blues music. We want to preserve the history of the blues, the musicians, people, the places, the times and the story of the blues.
The Windy City Blues Society has taken an interest in the final resting places of Blues Artists. For the last 5 years WE supported the Killer Blues Headstone Project in putting head stones on the unmarked graves of blues artists. In 2022 we donated $750 to their cause (made possible by your generosity to us)
WE are a part of LYONS FEST 2023, a family fun, event. taking place in Veterans Park June 30th - July 4th. We present the Saturday Showcase RED WHITE & BLUES
We will be holding the Chicago Blues Challenge. November 5th at Buddy Guys Legends. (that is a Sunday Evening)
We have had over 1600 unique members, We Currently have 209 new or renewing members for 2023-2024. WE need membership renewals and new members. You can join here on our secure website.
The Blues Society wants to thank all of you that become members and RENEW your membership. We thank all that made a purchase on our web site. You helped us . You stepped up and helped out. Thank You, Thank You, Thank You !!! I applaud you.
Please Renew your 2023-2024 Membership and help Keep The Blues Alive in Chicagoland.
The Windy City Blues Society was started by Dave 'Mad Dog" Madlener and Tom Jurgens along with 8 other Blues Enthusiast in the Chicagoland area.
We were brought together by the Blindman's Blues Forum and the Chicago Blues Fest in Grant Park. After a number of years, Dave researched starting a Blues Society, interacted with a number of other Blues Societies via the Blindmans Blues Forum And began visiting other blues festivals across the country.
In 2009 The Windy City Blues Society began, On March 23rd 2010 The Society formed the Corporation with the Illinois Secretary of State. 6 months later, on October 29th of the same year the Windy City Blues Society was awarded 501 c 3 non profit status by the United States Department of the Treasury.
The other founding members are, Brad "The Boweivel" Appier, James "Spike" Spiecher, Napolian "Nap" Tabion, Kate Moss, Amy "Brat Girl" Brat, Lori "Loreen" Lewis, Jack "Black Jack" Giersbach, and Kurt "Soulful Impressions" Swanson. Initially the 10 founding members formed the executive Committee. A 5 member Board of Directors was created. Over the next 10 years the organization grew to almost 1,500 unique members and gained numerous lifetime memberships.
As an organization we have seen our ups and downs, our successes and our failures. Just like the music industry itself, the journey is full of twists and turns. Some bands stick together, some splinter apart but each individuals love for the music rarely changes.
WE have pushed past COVID and need your continued support to keep the momentum going.
To become a 501 C 3 non profit public charity, an organizations must be granted this status by the Federal Government Internal Revenue Service (IRS). Our financials are public record as is our status as a public charity Official tax reports can be found with the IRS at This Link. (EIN 800373004)
501 C 3 non profit organizations registered in the State of Illinois must file their financial reports as a public record with the Illinois Attorney Generals Office . Click this link to check out our charitable filings over the last decade or so.
Just type in Windy City Blues Society in the search bar.
(just the name will get it done)
Every Corporation in Illinois is required to keep there corporate records on file with the Illinois Secretary of State. Check our status here.
Scrool Down and click "Submitt". Scrool Down the next page and type in "Windy City Blues Society"
The early days of the Windy City Blues Society
Our new logo was created by Mario and Castro of Chicago Midwest Made located at 1517 W 18th St in Chicago's Pilsen Neighborhood. The new logo is based on the old logo but more "Chicago Centric" and more distinct Chicago Images.
The buildings and city icons are much more prevalent than the generic skyline of the past
The Main Stage (Eddie Taylor on stage)
Locating the final resting place of Blues Legends
Hailed as the "Godmother of Rock 'n Roll," Sister Rosetta Tharpe influenced rock icons from Elvis Presley to Jimi Hendrix. Bringing fierce guitar playing and sizzling swing to gospel music, Rosetta was a trailblazer, a young Black woman singing at church in the morning and the Cotton Club at night. This play with music chronicles Rosetta's first rehearsal with a young protegee, Marie Knight, as they prepare for a tour that would establish them as one of the great duet teams in musical history.
Jul 6 - Aug 6, 2023