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The Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events is now accepting submissions through December 29th, from performers in the Chicagoland area or a 300 mile radius surrounding Chicago, for consideration to perform at the Chicago Blues Festival.
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 Billy Branch & The Son of Blues with special guests Lurrie Bell, Freddie Dixon, J.W.S. Williams, Carlos Johnson, Carl Weathersby, Bill McFarland and Chicago Fire Horns and Mae Koen & The Lights.
Headliners include William Bell (pictured), Theo Huff and the New Agenda Band, and Nellie Tiger Travis.
The festival closes on Sunday with headliners Gary Clark Jr. (pictured), Rhiannon Giddens, and Ronnie Baker Brooks.
Helpful information on the Chicago Blues Festival.
Helpful information for planning your visit to Chicago for the Blues Festival.
Find information about obtaining media credentials for Blues Festival.
Sponsors of the Chicago Blues Festival.
Download the 2017 festival map.