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Chicago Blues Festival 2016 Headliners

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  Shemekia Copeland

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Get ready to sing the blues…Chicago style, at the 33rd Annual Chicago Blues Festival happening June 10–12 in Grant Park. The three-day festival will open on Friday, June 10, with a celebration of the 45th anniversary of Chicago’s Alligator Records, and conclude on Sunday, June 12, with a special tribute to the legendary Otis Rush featuring notable friends and other musicians he has influenced throughout his career.

Below is a list of the festival headliners. The entire lineup and additional guests will be announced at a later date.


Friday, June 10 – Alligator Records 45th Anniversary Celebration

  • Shemekia Copeland
  • Curtis Salgado
  • Tommy Castro & The Painkillers

    Irma Thomas

  • Toronzo Cannon
  • Lil’ Ed and The Blues Imperials
  • Corky Siegel


Saturday, June 11 – Soul/R&B Night

  • Fred Wesley & The New J.B.s
  • Irma Thomas


Sunday, June 12 – Tribute to Otis Rush

  • Ronnie Earl & The Broadcasters
  • Eddy “The Chief” Clearwater

    Otis Rush (Photo by: Paul Natkin)

  • Jimmy Johnson
  • Abb Locke
  • Brian Jones
  • Carl Weathersby
  • Bob Stroger
  • Sumito Ariyoshi
  • Big Ray
  • John Kattke
  • Mike Wheeler
  • Lurrie Bell
  • Shun Kikuta
  • Eddie Shaw
  • Sam Burton