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“Rollin’ Up The River”

The 30th Annual Chicago Blues Festival expands to four days with a special opening night concert at the Jay Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium Park the evening of Thursday, June 6 featuring a line-up of the genre’s next generation headlined by Shemekia Copeland.   Friday, June 7 the festival moves to Grant Park where Bobby Rush kicks-off the festival’s journey from the Mississippi Delta to Chicago and the world.

The 2013 Chicago Blues Festival is “Rollin’ Up the River” celebrating the blues with a musical journey up the Mississippi.  Throughout the 1940s and 1950s there was a “great migration” of African Americans from the southern United States to Chicago.  During that period, the “delta blues” landed in the “the promised land,” establishing the foundation for the genre’s electric guitar sound known as the “Chicago blues” style.  The voyage will start in New Orleans, Louisiana and Mississippi on Friday then to Memphis, Tennessee on Saturday ending in Chicago on Sunday, where the blues electrified the world.

Celebrating the future of blues music, the festival will open for the first time in Millennium Park on June 6.  Shemekia Copeland (crowned the “new” Queen of the Blues in 2011) will headline the evening with special guest, blues guitar prodigy and Buddy Guy collaborator, Quinn Sullivan.  The evening will begin at 6:30 p.m. with openers Blues Kids of America followed by Jamiah on Fire & The Red Machine.

Highlights of the festival in Grant Park will include music on five stages:  The Petrillo Music Shell, Bud Light Crossroads Stage, Pepsi Front Porch, Mississippi Juke Joint and Windy City Blues Society Stage.  The festival will also pay special tribute to Delmark Records on its 60th anniversary and a centennial celebration of blues legend, Pinetop Perkins.


Official information can be found here at


Millennium Park-Jay Pritzker Pavilion

6:30 p.m. – 6:50 p.m.            Fernando Jones’ Blues Kids of America
7:10 p.m. – 7:40 p.m.            Jamiah On Fire & The Red Machine
8:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.            Shemekia Copeland with special guest Quinn Sullivan

FRIDAY, JUNE 7 – Grant Park

Bud Light Crossroads Stage

11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.         Dented Trucks
12:45 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.           Toronzo Cannon
2:30 p.m. – 3:45 p.m.             Mississippi Heat
4:15 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.             Kevin Purcell and the Nightburners

Mississippi Juke Joint Stage

11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.          Panel Discussion –The Mississippi Blues Trail with Alex Thomas, Jim O’Neal & Scott Barretta
12:45 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.            Terry “Harmonica” Bean
1:45 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.               Lightning’ Malcolm
3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.               Bill “Howlin Madd” Perry
4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.               John Primer and the Real Deal Blues Band
6:00 p.m. – 7:45 p.m.               Kenny “Beedy Eyes” Smith Blues Jam

Pepsi Front Porch Stage

Noon – 1:00 p.m.                    Blues In The Schools w/Stone Academy, Eric Noden, Katherine Davis
1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.              Donna Herula and Tony Nardiello
3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.              The Jimmy Burns Band
4:30p.m. – 5:30 p.m.               Cicero Blake

Petrillo Music Shell – Headliners

6:00 p.m. – 6:45 p.m.             Earnest “Guitar” Roy
7:05 p.m. – 8:05 p.m.             Irma Thomas
8:30p.m. –  9:30 p.m.              Bobby Rush and his Blues Band

SATURDAY, JUNE 8  – Grant Park

Bud Light Crossroads Stage

11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.          Bobby Slim James
12:45 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.            Michael Coleman and the New Back Breakers
2:30 p.m. – 3:45 p.m.              Peaches and the Grove Shakers
4:15 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.              Mike Avery and West Side Soul

Mississippi Juke Joint Stage

11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.          Panel Discussion (Pinetop Perkins 100th B-Day) with Pat Morgan, Barrelhouse Chuck & Kenny “Beedyeyes” Smith
1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.             The Peterson Brothers Band
2:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.              Eddie Taylor, Jr.
4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.              Castro Coleman
5:30 p.m. – 7:45 p.m.              Tribute to Howlin’Wolf featuring Eddie Shaw and friends

Pepsi Front Porch Stage

Noon – 1:00 p.m.                    Liz Mandeville and the Blue Points
1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.             Khalif Wailin’ Walter
3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.             Holle Thee Maxwell
4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.             Larry McCray

Petrillo Music Shell – Headliners

5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.       Ronnie Baker Brooks
6:30 p.m. – 7:45 p.m.       Otis Clay and the Platinum Band featuring Uvee Hayes
8:10 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.       The Memphis Soul Revue starring The Bar Kays with Eddie Floyd and Sir Mack Rice

SUNDAY, JUNE 9  – Grant Park

Bud Light Crossroads Stage

11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.         Willie Buck
12:45 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.          Dave Weld & Imperial Flames
2:30 p.m. – 3:45 p.m.            Grana Louise & TroubleMaker
4:15 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.            Lindsey Alexander Blues Band

Mississippi Juke Joint Stage

11:30 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.          Panel Discussion – Delmark Records 60th w/Bob Koester and Steve Wagner
12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.           Nellie Tiger Travis
2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.             Vickie Baker
3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.             Big Time Sarah and Mike Wheeler Blues Band
5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.             Jarekus Singleton
6:30 p.m. – 7:45 p.m.             Blues Jam Session with Jarekus Singleton

Pepsi Front Porch Stage

Noon – 12:45 p.m.                 Fruteland Jackson
1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.            Lurrie Bell’s Chicago Blues Band
2:30 p.m. – 3:45 p.m.            John Primer Trio & Michal Prokop Trio (Czech Republic)
4:15 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.            Magic Slim Tribute featuring Shawn Holt & The Teardrops

Petrillo Music Shell – Headliners

5:30 p.m. –6:15 p.m.        Shirley Johnson
6:35 p.m. – 7:35 p.m.       Jimmy Johnson Band
8:00 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.       Chicago Blues: Old School, New Millennium: James Cotton, John Primer, Billy Branch, Eddy ”The Chief” Clearwater, Lil’ Ed, Deitra Farr, Demetria Taylor, Matt Skoller, Billy Flynn, Johnny Iguana, Felton Crews, Kenny “Beedy Eyes” Smith.

This schedule is subject to change.



  1. junette johnson says:

    Millie Jackson’s performance at the June 8, 2013 concert in Florence, SC was a huge disappointment. She sang a few verses of her earlier songs (If Loving You is Wrong, Hurt So Good, and If You’re not back in love by Monday) with a totally different melody. She sang songs that highlighted the talents of her Easy Action Band. All of the songs sounded alike. I didn’t purchase a ticket to see an Easy Action Band concert. I purchased a ticket to see her and the other legends. The show started two hours late. Other artists’ performances were cut short. After tolerating mosquitoes and heat for hours on end to hear a rock and roll band featuring Millie Jackson, I was thoroughly shocked. As a Generation Xer and an avid fan of Millie’s, I had never seen her perform live. I was really looking forward to this concert. I even brought my Millie Jackson CDs in the hopes that she would autograph them. It would have been better for the other artists to sing longer and Millie not sing at all. A major let down.

  2. Stefan Levy says:

    Yes, you are missing the Windy City Stage and these folks Rock the House and have everyone dancing in the street there! Please add it in.- especially Kevin Purcells and the Nightburners featuring Fiddlin Andy Sunday 3:45

    Many Thanks!

    Stefan Levy
    Board Member
    The Blues Foundation

  3. Frank Sennish says:

    You are missing The Windy City Stage in your lineup!

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