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"B.B. King brought blues from Mississippi to the mainstream. Through his velvety voice and his guitar, Lucille, he influenced the most famous musicians in the world, but more importantly, his music comforted people when they needed it most. Anyone could sing a song about falling in love, but only Mr. King could sing a song about heartbreak. Today, everyone's hearts are heavier with the passing of the greatest bluesman in history. May he and Lucille continue to play on in eternity."
The Chicago Blues Festival is the largest free blues festival in the world and remains the largest of Chicago's Music Festivals. During three days on five stages, more than 500,000 blues fans prove that Chicago is the "Blues Capital of the World." Past performers include Bonnie Raitt, Ray Charles, B.B. King, the late Bo Diddley, Buddy Guy and the late Koko Taylor.
May and June are blues months in Chicago! Enjoy a number of Chicago Blues Festival preview events throughout the City at the Chicago Cultural Center, Daley Plaza and other locations. Click here for a complete schedule.
Buddy Guy (pictured) headlines the festival on Saturday, other headliners include Taj Mahal Trio and Toronzo Cannon.
Bike to the Chicago Blues Festival and enjoy a complimentary Kickstart by Mountain Dew Bike Valet.
Helpful information for planning your visit to Chicago for the Blues Festival.
The Chicago Blues Festival kicks-off on Friday, June 12 with Zora Young (pictured), Clarence Carter, Syl Johnson and more.
The festival closes on Sunday with Centennial Tributes to Willie Dixon and Muddy Waters (pictured).
Helpful information on the Chicago Blues Festival.
Don't Miss these other Summer Festivals:
May 29-31, 2015 • Millennium Park • FREE Admission
July 8-12, 2015 • Grant Park • FREE Admission
September 3-6, 2015 • Chicago Cultural Center, Millennium Park • FREE Admission