The Chicago Blues Challenge is a timed, judged, and scored battle of the bands sanctioned by the Windy City Blues Society (WCBS) and backed by the Blues Foundation. (Scroll Down for info on the acts)
The Bands Are
1) Darren Jay & the Delta Souls
2) Kevin Purcell & The Nighburners
3) Lil Harvey & The Chi Town Blues Band
4) The Sean McKee Band
5) Win Knoll & The Rockin' Souls
The Duets Are :
1) Downtown Charlie Brown & Binford
2) Tip Jar Stars
3) Hendickks & Cash
The Youth Act is
1) A Patch of Blues (Youth)
(More Acts to follow, stay tuned)
The Bolingbrook Arts Council is composed of working artists, business owners, educators, and community members who are passionate about the Bolingbrook Arts Community. Under the leadership of Commission Chair, Mithra Zaucha and Vice Chair, Hilary Rosenthal, the arts council plans, develops, and executes events that raise the profile of local talented artists, encourages the public engagement in the arts, and celebrates the rich cultural diversity of the community in an effort to inspire a new generation of artists.
The 9,000 square foot Bolingbrook Performing Arts Center located behind Town Center at 375 W. Briarcliff in Bolingbrook, has been an anticipated and beloved summer treasure for the community for years. Sitting opposite of an expansive lawn, The Bolingbrook Performing Arts Center offers an informal and comfortable place to picnic while enjoying some of the area’s top performances. Each show is broadcast through a state-of-the-art sound system and presented with dramatic features including conventional and robotic lights, full color L.E.D, fog machine, laser effects and three giant 9x12 permanent projector screens. The lights, fog, lasers and the LED's have been restructured to “pop and wow” concert attendees while complimenting the various genres of entertainers scheduled to perform.
“Kevin blows up a storm but leaves plenty of room for the rest of the band to show their stuff too. Nobody holds back…these guys kick butt!!” - Twelve Bar Rag, Suncoast Blues Society (FL). Check out their website here ===> Kevin Purcell & The Nightburners
Lil Harvey & The Chi Town Blues Band. (no information available on the internet)
The "Sean McKee Band" is Sean McKee, born 1996 in the northwest suburbs of Chicago, is a singer songwriter/guitarist with a passion for the blues, vintage guitars and classic cars. The band itself is a core supporting factor to the performance, the writing and the power of the group. With Danny Lozano on drums, Chris Pecoraro on bass and Drew D'Astice on guitar. Check out their website here ===> The Sean McKee Band
Win Noll & The Rockin’ Souls are original, fresh, and unmanufactured; with their unique identity and unparalleled sound. Collectively, the 6-piece band is a guaranteed good time, commanding your attention and leaving audiences wanting more! Check out their website here ===> Win Noll & The Rockin' Souls
Chicago – Darren Jay joined the U.S. Navy in 1996 . At age 28, Darren left active duty to pursue his musical ambitions. By 2006 he reestablished himself in the Florida panhandle and was representing the Sunshine State in the 2008 IBC's. The following year Darren was based in Memphis. In 2012 he self-released a new album titled “DRINK MY WINE”.
Currently Darren is playing musically with Grammy Nominees, theatrically with Tony Nominees and on the small screen in your living room.
An intimate look into Chicago Blues... "Downtown" Charlie Brown shares his story about his band, his influences and why blues is a way of life.
Matt's style of blues is steeped from the South rather than from Chicago so he is able to fit with a variety of acts and venues and he is equally at home in a solo setting or with his trio. Lots of fingerpickin' and slide guitar mixed with a bluesy voice and topped off with great original tunes. Check out his website here ====> Matt Hendricks
Just Your Fool
The date is approaching fast and we’re making preparations. Don’t miss out!