2014 Chicago Blues Festival

There’s a reason blues musicians sing about “Sweet Home Chicago.” Chicago has historically been a beacon to musicians looking for bigger crowds and more places to play, and blues musicians from the Mississippi Delta have made Chicago one of the biggest spots in the country for blues music.

Fittingly, the annual Chicago Blues Festival is the city’s largest blues music festival, too. More than a half-million people flock to Millennium Park and Grant Park for the three days of free outdoor concerts that was started in honor of Muddy Waters. With lineups that have included such greats as Bonnie Raitt, Ray Charles, B.B. King, the late Bo Diddley, Buddy Guy and the late Koko Taylor, each year the festival celebrates the genre’s rich heritage and forthcoming talents.

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My Photos from the 2009 Chicago Blues Festival

31st Annual Chicago Blues Festival

Petrillo Music Shell Headliners

Friday, June 13

  • 6pm Carolina Chocolate Drops (not confirmed yet)
  • 7pm TBA
  • 8:15pm A Tribute to Celebrate the Centennial of John Lee “Sonny Boy” Williamson featuring The Siegel-Schwall Blues Band with Sam Lay, Billy Boy Arnold , Marcella Detroit and more.

Saturday, June 14Nikki Hill (Photo credit: Crystal Rolfe)

  • 6pm TBA
  • 8:15pm Bettye LaVette

Sunday, June 15

  • 5:30pm Nikki Hill
  • 6:45pm Aaron Neville
  • 8:15pm Dr. John


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