36th Annual Chicago Blues Festival

June 7-9, 2019 • FREE Admission

Millennium Park

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With a diverse lineup celebrating the blues’ past, present and future, the Chicago Blues Festival shares the great Chicago-born music tradition with the world while shining a spotlight on the genre’s contributions to soul, R&B, gospel, rock, hip-hop and more. Music begins each day at 11am at the Budweiser Crossroads Stage, the Visit Mississippi Juke Joint, the Front Porch and the Park Grill Stage. The Jay Pritzker Pavilion will feature headliners from 5 to 9pm.

Friday, June 7, 11am–9pm

  • Charlie Musselwhite will be joined by Bill Boy Arnold. The famed harp player has jammed on stage with all the greats. Shortly before winning the GRAMMY® Award for Best Blues Album for their collaboration Get Up!, he and Ben Harper played at the White House for President Obama and the First Lady, in a salute to Memphis soul.
  • The Jimmy Johnson Blues Band with special guest Rico McFarland will mark Mr. Johnson’s 90th birthday.
  • Bobby Rush will headline the night. The GRAMMY® Award-winning artist was named by Rolling Stone "The King of the Chitlin' Circuit" for his vigorous touring schedule and energetic show.

Saturday, June 8, 11am–9pm

  • Latimore, the R&B singer, songwriter, pianist and Blues Hall of Famer will kick off the stage.
  • Don Bryant will take the stage. Bryant started his career as a gospel music artist at an early age and found soul at Hi Records in Memphis, TN. Most recently, he was invited to perform with the Memphis-based soul homage outfit The Bo-Keys.
  • Bettye LaVette, the award-winning and legendary soul artist will headline. One of very few of her contemporaries who were recording during the birth of soul music in the 60s, LaVette is still creating vital recordings today.

Sunday, June 9, 11am–9pm

  • Larkin Poe, the American roots sister duo poised to make their mark with the 2018 release of Venom & Faith, will take the stage
  • A special tribute set for the late Mike Ledbetter will be performed by blues guitarist Mike Welch, bandmates and friends. Ledbetter had been invited to perform at this year’s festival with the Welch–Ledbetter Connection before his untimely death in January.
  • Ruthie Foster will headline the closing night. The award-winning artist's latest artist's latest album Joy Comes Back, described as “some folk, some blues, some soul, some rock, some gospel,” illustrates Ruthie’s genre-spanning talent.
The full festival schedule will be announced later this spring.

Blues Around Town

Blues Around Town

Celebrate Chicago's black music legacy as birthplace of the urban blues - plus house music, gospel music and more.


Festival History

Festival History

Through the years the festival has celebrated many benchmarks.


How to Apply for 2020

How to Apply for 2020

Submissions will be accepted in the fall.


Corporate Partnerships

Corporate Partnerships

Corporate partners of the Chicago Blues Festival.


Festival Press Room

Festival Press Room

Find information about obtaining media credentials for Blues Festival.

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Millennium Park
Millennium Park

Admission is FREE
Open Daily 6am-11pm
Welcome Center 9am-5pm
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Millennium Park
201 E. Randolph St.
Chicago, IL 60601

Take CTA to Millennium Park

  • From the elevated lines: exit at Washington/Wabash and walk east.
  • From the subway: exit at Lake (Red Line) or Washington (Blue Line) and walk east.
  • Served by buses 3, 4, 6, J14, 20, 56, 60, 124, 146, 147, 151, 157

If parking, Millennium Garages are located at Millennium Park Garage and Millennium Lakeside Garage at 5 S. Columbus Drive, Grant Park North Garage at 25 N. Michigan Ave. and Grant Park South Garage at 325 S. Michigan Ave. Pre-purchase parking online and save up to 50% off drive-up rates.

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