Thread: Chicago Blues Festival 2018

Lee - 5/16/2018 at 12:53 PM

Hey Gang -

The Chicago Blues Fest is coming up in a few weeks, Friday - Sunday, June 8th - 10th. This year's lineup is really good. For the past handful of years they cut back on big names. Actually there were none, but this year is different. I almost always go on Friday at least (fewer people), but this year Saturday and Sunday are awesome.

Check it out.

Saturday: Sonny Landreth. Hell, he is worth the price of admission alone. Oh wait, it's free. The headlining show is a tribute to Little Walter. Billy Branch (Great guy. has opened for Mule and I think Panic), Corky Seigel (Seigel Schwall Band), Sam Lay (Muddy Waters, Howlin' Wolf among others), Magic Dick (J. Geils).

Sunday: Mavis Staples of The Staples Singers. They had a tribute show her a couple of years ago. Gregg was in it. And before her is Kenny Neal. He's awesome.

Not sure what the Delmark Tribute thing is but this place as amazing in and of itself.

Here are a couple of links:



https://www.cityofchicago.org/city/en/depts/dca/supp_info/chicago_blues_fes tival9.html


http://www.chicagotribune.com/entertainment/music/reich/ct-ent-blues-fest-a nnouncement-0211-story.html

http://delmark.com/

And did I mention it is free?

They moved the location two years ago from Grant Park to Millennium Park which I don't like. I think the other place was better but last year they let you bring in coolers which saves you a ton of money. Hopefully this year is the same.

Anyway, it's a great time. Hope you can make it here. And no, I don't work for the tourist department.

[Edited on 5/17/2018 by Lee]

[Edited on 5/17/2018 by Lee]


islalala - 5/16/2018 at 01:41 PM

Thanks for the heads up!

I've always taken this fest for granted, unfortunately.

One of the few reminders why my sky high Cook County tax bill is more valuable than I realize


jparadise - 5/16/2018 at 07:49 PM

Wow that's a killer lineup! Way better than they've had in previous years.....wish I still lived there


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