Chicago Blues Festival — Blues Around Town

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We celebrate Chicago's Music Legacy once a year at the Chicago Blues Festival, but you can find the blues all year long at events and venues throughout Chicago.

 

Around Town During the Chicago Blues Festival

Visit ChicagoReader.com for a great list of events happening across Chicago during the Chicago Blues Festival.

 

Tuesday, June 4

9pm (Doors open at 8pm)

Pete Galanie & Friends featuring Dave Herrero

Rosa’s Lounge, 3420 W Armitage Ave.

Tickets: $10–15

rosaslounge.com

 

Wednesday, June 5

9pm (Doors open at 8pm)

Lurrie Bell & Dan Carell: Acoustic Blues Project

Rosa’s Lounge, 3420 W Armitage Ave.

Tickets: $10–15

rosaslounge.com

 

Thursday, June 6

6–7:30pm

Doktu Rhute Muuzic

Record Row Concert Series, 2120 S. Michigan Ave.

Free Admission; Donations Appreciated

bluesheaven.com

 

6:30–8pm

93XRT Blues Breakers Blues Fest Broadcast

Buddy Guy’s Legends, 700 S. Wabash Ave.

Free Admission

wxrt.radio.com

 

8pm

Chicago Blues Fest Pre-Party

Reggies, 2105 S. State St.

Tickets: $15 advance / $20 door

reggieslive.com

 

8pm

Pre-Blues Fest Bash: Chicago Blues Hall of Famer Toronzo Cannon, Corky Siegel, Corky Siegel's Chamber Blues, Lynne Jordan, Toronzo Cannon and surprises!

City Winery Chicago, 1200 W. Randolph St.

Tickets: $35-$48

citywinery.com

 

9pm

Melvin Taylor

Blues Heaven at the Historic Chess Records, 2120 S. Michigan Ave.

Tickets: $25

bluesheaven.com

 

9pm (Doors open at 8pm)

Willie Buck Blues Jam Session

Rosa’s Lounge, 3420 W. Armitage Ave.

Tickets: $10–15

rosaslounge.com

 
Unsung Bronzeville—a Music History Exhibit by the Chicago Blues Museum

Harold Washington College, City College of Chicago, 30 East Lake St.

Opening Reception, June 6, 2019, 1:30–2:30pm

       

 

Saturday, June 8

9pm

Cash Box Kings

Blues Heaven at the Historic Chess Records, 2120 S. Michigan Ave.

Tickets: $25

bluesheaven.com

 

Sunday, June 9

Maxwell Street Market

Noon–2pm (Market hours 9am–3pm)

Dave Herrero, Vince "Lefty" Johnson

Maxwell Street Market, 800 S. Desplaines St.

Free Admission

maxwellstreetmarket.us

 

Bronzeville Echoes: Faces and Places of Chicago's African American Music

Through July 28, 2019

Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington St.

Free Admission

chicagoculturalcenter.org

   

AMPLIFIED Chicago Blues

Through August 10, 2019

Chicago History Museum, 1601 N Clark St.

General Admission: $17-19 (free for Illinois Residents under 18 and everyone under 12)

chicagohistory.org/blues

 

Record Row Concert Series

Thursdays, Through September 12

Blues Heaven Foundation at Historic Chess Records, 2120 S. Michigan Ave.

Free Admission; Donations Appreciated

bluesheaven.com

 

Blues Music Venues

 Rosa's Lounge

Participating Sponsor of the Chicago Blues Festival

Music Tuesdays–Sundays

Don't Miss During the Chicago Blues Festival

Thursday, June 7: James Wheeler Blues Jam hosted by Lil' Ed Williams

Friday, June 8: Lil' Ed & the Blues Imperials

Saturday, June 9: Rico McFarland Band

Sunday, June 10: Will Jacobs Band

3420 W. Armitage Ave.

rosaslounge.com

 

Blue Chicago

Music nightly

536 N. Clark St.

bluechicago.com

 

B.L.U.E.S.

Music Wednesdays–Sundays

2519 N. Halsted St.

chicagobluesbar.com

 

Buddy Guy's Legends

Music nightly

700 S. Wabash Ave.

buddyguy.com

 

House of Blues

Music nightly

329 N. Dearborn St.

houseofblues.com/chicago

 

Kingston Mines

Music nightly

2548 N. Halsted St.

kingstonmines.com

 

Motor Row Brewing

2337 S. Michigan Ave.

motorrowbrewing.com

 

Reggies' Music Joint

2105 S. State St.

reggieslive.com

 

River Roast

 Blues & Brunch Saturdays & Sundays

315 N. LaSalle St.

riverroastchicago.com

 

Smoke Daddy

Music nightly

1804 W. Division St.

3636 N. Clark St.

thesmokedaddy.com

 

Water Hole Lounge

Music Thursdays, Fridays & Sundays

1400 S. Western Ave.

waterholechicago.wixsite.com/waterholechicago

 

Places to Visit

 Blues Heaven Foundation at Historic Chess Records

2120 S. Michigan Ave.

Open Tue–Sat, noon–4pm

Tours at noon, 1pm, 2pm & 3pm

Tickets: $15

bluesheaven.com

 

Blues Brothers Mural at Shelly's Loan & Jewelry Co.

300 E. 47th St.

 

Muddy Waters Mural

by Eduardo Kobra

17 N. State St.

 

Resources

 Koko Taylor Foundation

2240 S. Michigan Ave.

 

Chicago Blues Guide

chicagobluesguide.com

 

Chicago Blues News

chicagobluesnews.com

 

Unsung Bronzeville—a Music History Exhibit by the Chicago Blues Museum

Harold Washington College, City College of Chicago, 30 East Lake St.

Opening Reception, June 6, 2019, 1:30–2:30pm

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