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“Chicago lost one of our legendary blues musicians, innovators and ambassadors to the world. Eddy “The Chief” Clearwater leaves behind a legacy that includes 17 albums, countless shows and a lifetime of songs that gave a voice to the soul of the city he loved. Our thoughts are with Eddy’s family and friends during this difficult time.”
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 four stages, blues fans enjoy free live music in the "Blues Capital of the World." Past performers include Bonnie Raitt, the late Ray Charles, the late B.B. King, the late Bo Diddley, Buddy Guy, the late Koko Taylor, Shemekia Copeland, Gary Clark Jr, Rhiannon Giddens, Lil Ed and the Imperials and Bobby Rush.
Download the 2018 festival tear sheet and map.
Through the years the festival has celebrated many benchmarks.
DCASE is no longer accepting submissions for the 2018 festival.
Sponsors of the Chicago Blues Festival.
Find information about obtaining media credentials for Blues Festival.