You read that correct. The festival is free thanks to our sponsors, membership, merch sales and The BEVERAGE sales. WE will pass a tip jar to help cover expenses, please make a donation.
Look at the Map above. There is plenty of parking. Park on the other side of Village Hall and more parking on the other side of the bridge. PLUS there will be people directing you to parking.
Leave your Pet at home, but bring your chair. You can bring a cooler but no outside ALCOHOL is allowed. The BEVERAGE Sales pay for the festival. We will confiscate your outside alcohol
One Village Circle
Willow Springs, IL 60480
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Billy Branch is a three-time Grammy nominee , an Emmy Award winner, Multi Blues Music Award Winner. Billy is a HARMONICA LEGEND. Check out Billy online @ https://www.billybranch.com/
At ten years of age he bought his first harmonica at a Los Angeles Woolworth store. He immediately began playing simple tunes and melodies. After that initial purchase, Billy was never without a harmonica
Billy Branch annually appears at major festivals all around the world, He has been almost everywhere with his music, today he is with us in Willow Springs.
Corritore is a recipient of a Blues Music Award, Blues Blast Music Award, Living Blues Award and a Keeping The Blues Alive Award and more. He produced one album that was nominated for a Grammy Award and contributed harmonica on another.
Two-time Grammy nominated artist and American blues legend John Primer was the bandleader and guitarist for Muddy Waters, Willie Dixon and Magic Slim & The Teardrops.
Bob is an official endorser of Hohner harmonicas. Check out Bob on line @ www.https://bobcorritore.com . Visiting Phoenix ? visit his club http://www.rhythmroom.com .
Johnie B. & Queen Iretta Sanders Blues Revue - I am a Woman - 2019, Blues Rules Festival, Crissier, Switzerland.
Iretta sings with the Johnie B. Sanders Blues Band with Sherena Boyce dancing on stage at Ground Zero Blues Club in Clarksdale, 6/10/17
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From the Chicago Blues Bootcamp Livestream at Evanston SPACE, Dave Specter and Brother John Kattke perform Chicago Style in a rare, duo setting.
by Dave Specter off his album, Blues From The Inside Out. Buy Blues From The Inside Out: https://delmark.com/product/859/
For more info visit www.davespecter.com.. Tune into Daves Podcasts at www.bluesfromtheinsideout.com
"Color Outside The Lines" music and lyrics written by Sean McKee. Website: http://www.seanmckeeband.com/
Miles Minor with The Sean McKee Band were asked to back up Buddy Guy at the end of the Chicago Blues Challenge. Here they are playing some down home blues at Buddy Guy's Legends.
Video by Cheryl Andrews
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The Windy City Blues Society is happy to bring Miles Minor back to Willow Springs.
A Patch of Blues is a product of the Fernando Jones Blues Camp in Chicago. Fati Jones (vocals), Rebecca Eguenwu (lead guitar), Claudia Easterwood (bass), & Stacy Norris (drums) all developed a love for the blues. Each member, an accomplished musician and vocalist in her own right, decided to come together . Their sound is unique it blends blues, soul & has an urban funky flair. You can check out their website at: https://www.apatchofblues.com/
Lily Robertson sings the National Anthem at the Willow Springs / Windy City Blues Fest July 30th 2022.
No outside Alcohol allowed.
Bring a lawn chair
A variety of Food trucks to munch from. A new pizza place " Pizza 750 " has opened next to the brewery. Pizza 750 specializes in wood fired pizza and wraps. Their pizza taste great.
Here at PIzza 750 our directives are simple, to deliver fast and consistent service without sacrificing on quality. With fresh ingredients we make all our doughs, sauces, dressings and our house sausage blend from scratch as we strive to give our best to you and your family from our woodfire kitchen."
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12:30 - 1:00 Brenda Taylor & The Earth Shakers
1:15 - 1:40 Weeds & Seeds
1:55 - 2:25 The Miles Minor Band
2:40 - 3:10 Fast Mikey Blue Eyes
3:25 - 3:50 Bill Grady
4:10 - 5:10 The CROS Band & Jeff Stone
5:30 - 6:40 Willie Buck &The Right Sound Blues Band
7:00 - 8:20 Dave Weld & The Imperial Flames
8:40 - 10:10 The Steepwater Band
BILL GRADY, the last performer of the Challenge, The soloist, got the highest score and will move on to the finals in the Solo Duet Category.
BRENDA TAYLOR & THE EARTH SHAKERS, The first act of the day, got the best score in the BAND category and will be moving on to the finals in the Band Category.
The Finals were at Buddy Guys Legends on Sunday Nov 13th. Win Noll & The Rockin' Souls won the Band Category, Bill Grady won the sol/duet Category
Thank You so much for your generosity. You donated over $600 into the tip bucket for the Blues Challenge musicians. This money will be combined with the Tips collected at the Bolingbrook Blues Showcase and divided equitably between all 15 acts participating in the Chicago Blues Challenge.
PRIZE MONIES for the winning acts come from a separate fund.
It seems like we had almost 3,000 people throughout the whole day. Everyone was courteous, and well behaved. Everybody was friendly. People were nice to one another. Thank you so much to all the fans that helped make this such a wonderful event.
Delmark Recording Artist, Dave Weld and The Imperial Flames, an authentic, real deal, Chicago Blues Band. High energy, versatile talent, and a cohesive show that includes original driving house-rockin blues, boogie and Soul. The originals are classic in nature, the standards are revitalized with striking three part vocal harmony. Passionate slide guitarist, Dave Weld mentored from Grammy Winning Master J.B. Hutto. Check out their website here ====> Dave Weld & The Imperial Flames
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