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June 9-11, 2017 • Millennium Park • FREE Admission

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Blues Harmonica Legend James Cotton: July 1, 1935 - March 16, 2017

The Chicago Blues Festival is deeply saddened by the passing of the legendary James Cotton - a true giant and blues harmonica master. Mr. Cotton was scheduled to perform at the festival this year with Billy Branch.  We were honored to have him perform on the festival stage in 2013 for a Chicago Blues set like no other! May he rest in peace.

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James Cotton last performed at the Chicago Blues Festival on June 9, 2013. Mr. Cotton is pictured on stage with Billy Branch, John Primer and Matthew Skoller. James Cotton last performed at the Chicago Blues Festival on June 9, 2013. Mr. Cotton is pictured on stage with Billy Branch, John Primer, Matthew Skoller and Deitra Farr. James Cotton last performed at the Chicago Blues Festival on June 9, 2013. Mr. Cotton is pictured on stage with John Primer and Billy Branch.

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James Cotton last performed at the Chicago Blues Festival on June 9, 2013. Mr. Cotton is pictured on stage with Billy Branch, John Primer, Matthew Skoller and Deitra Farr.

 

Chicago Blues Festival Moves to Millennium Park – Chicago's Premier Outdoor Music Venue

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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.

 

 

2017 Headliners (Billy Branch pictured. Photo credit:  B Charvolin)

2017 Headliners

Headliners include: Billy Branch and the
Sons of Blues with special guest Rhymefest, William Bell, Gary Clark Jr., Rhiannon Giddens, Ronnie Baker Brooks.

About The Festival

About The Festival

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Plan Your Visit

Plan Your Visit

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Chicago Blues Festival

Millennium Park
201 E. Randolph St.
Michigan Ave. & Columbus Ave.
Chicago, IL 60601


FREE Admission


Parking:

Millennium Garages

Parking Details: Park right below the
music! Garage locations are 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.

Packages: $35 parking/Millennium Park Garage and Millennium Lakeside Garage
(regular rates apply at Grant Park North & Grant Park South Garages)

Purchase Options: Pay at parking
location; call 312.616.0600

Website: www.millenniumgarages.com