With a major event every weekend, Chicago is the capital of summer music festivals. From Lollapalooza down to neighborhood street festivals, hundreds of acts eschew Chicago rock venues and grace our outdoor stages instead. You can splurge on a VIP experience or take in a free block party and still catch some of your favorite bands. Stock up on sunblock, pack some earplugs and hit the pavement, parks and Chicago beaches at the best summer music festival in chicago.
Chicago’s fertile music scene birthed house music and helped cultivate post-rock and industrial, but this will always be considered a blues town. Along with visits to music festival in chicago best attractions, boogieing to a bit of blues music is on the bucket list for most tourists. After all, Chicago was the home of Chess Records, Muddy Waters, Howlin’ Wolf, Bo Diddley and far too many others to name here. As the working class brought the artform north from Mississippi during the adolescence of industry, blues music become plugged in. Blues musicians are not only responsible for some of the best Chicago albums ever made, but, you know, rock-and-roll itself.
So, whether you just want to hear “Sweet Home Chicago” or dig a little deeper into the still vibrant local scene, we’ve assembled the blues clubs, juke joints and dive bars in the city.
Blues Festival in Chicago
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.
Chicago Blues Festival Schedule – Friday, June 10, 2016
The complete Chicago Blues Festival schedule for Friday, June 10 is listed below.
Jackson & Columbus
(schedule is subject to change)
Petrillo Music Shell – Alligator Records 45th Anniversary
- 6-6:45pm – Tommy Castro & The Painkillers guest appearance by Toronzo Cannon
- 7-8pm – Lil’ Ed and The Blues Imperials guest appearance by Corky Siegel
- 8:15-9:30pm – Shemekia Copeland and Special Guest Curtis Salgado
Windy City Blues Society “Street Stage”
- 11-11:45am – Jamiah “On Fire” & the Red Machine
- 12 Noon-12:45pm – Frank Bang and The Cook County Kings
- 1-1:45pm – Chicago Kingsnakes
- 2-3pm – Kilborn Alley Blues Band
- 3:15-4:15pm – Charlie Love & the Silky Smooth Band
- 4:30-5:15pm – Miles Minor Band
- 5:30-6:30pm – Tom Crivellone & Two For The Blues
- 6:45-7:30pm – ToeKnee Tea
Bud Light Crossroads Stage – Alligator Records Day
- 11:15-12:15am – Peaches Staten
- 12:45-2pm – Maurice John Vaughn
- 2:30-3:45pm – Moreland & Arbuckle Kenny “Beedy Eyes” Smith
- 4:15-5:30pm – Curtis Salgado
Jackson Mississippi Rhythm & Blues Stage
- 11:30am-12:30pm – Panel Discussion on Alligator Records 45th Anniversary
- 1-2pm – Sherman Lee Dillon
- 2:30-3:30pm – Pat Brown
- 4-5pm – Eddie Shaw & The Wolfgang
- 5:30-7:45pm – Kenny “Beedy Eyes” Smith Jam Session
Pepsi Front Porch Stage
- 12 Noon–1pm – Blues In The Schools with Stone Academy, Eric Noden, Katherine Davis
- 1:30–2:30pm – Fruteland Jackson
- 3-4pm – The Omar Coleman Band
- 4:30–5:30pm – Legends of Blues with Sam Lay, Corky Siegel & Marcella Detroit
Do Division kicks off the summer festival season during the first weekend of June. Spanning 10 city blocks, the annual celebration brings a selection of local vendors and restaurants to Division Street. The main attraction (as usual) is a diverse music lineup, which includes noise rockers A Place to Bury Strangers, retro-styled singer-songwriter Diane Coffee and instrumental jazz and hip-hop act BADBADNOTGOOD.