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Now Accepting Submissions for the 2017 Chicago Blues Festival
The Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events is accepting submissions through December 30th, from performers in the Chicagoland area or a 300 mile radius surrounding Chicago, for consideration to perform at the Chicago Blues Festival. More information on how to apply.
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.
This year's festival kicks-off with Shemekia Copeland (pictured), Curtis Salgado, Lil'
Ed and The Blues Imperials, Corky Siegel and more.
Headliners on Saturday include, Fred Wesley (pictured) & The New JB's, Irma Thomas and Wee Willie Walker & We "R".
The festival closes on Sunday with a Tribute to Otis Rush.
May and June are blues months in Chicago! Enjoy a number of FREE events.
2016 Chicago Blues Festival map.
Meet the artists, hear their stories, and enjoy impromptu performances.
Helpful information on the Chicago Blues Festival.
Helpful information for planning your visit to Chicago for the Blues Festival.
Don't Miss these other Summer Festivals:
August 20 & 21, 2016 • North Ave. Beach • FREE Admission
September 1-4, 2016 • Chicago Cultural Center, Millennium Park • FREE Admission