CBB Returns: 5th Annual Chicago Bluegrass & Blues Fest to call Concord Music Hall & City Winery home, Span 3 Weeks!

Chicago Bluegrass & Blues Fest is ready to celebrate its 5th birthday.  The wintertime roots fest returns this January with a 17-show format more reminiscent of a film festival than of past incarnations.

CBB V is anchored in eight shows over three weeks at the newly-minted Concord Music Hall, the West Loop’s City Winery, and Evanston’s SPACE. Rusted Root and Justin Townes Earle make their first CBB appearance, while David Grisman return for his 3rd, this time with two nights as the David Grisman JazzFolk Trio. The fest kicks off January 10th with Leagues and The Autumn Defense (feat. John Stirratt & Pat Sanson of Wilco) at Concord Music Hall. Jonathan Batiste brings a dose of New Orleans, Greensky Bluegrass brings the unique brand of bluegrass, and Eddy “The Chief” Clearwater channels 60 years of Chicago blues experience. Local showcases at Tonic Room adorn nights throughout.

Aiming to showcase the musical styles that have evolved from bluegrass and blues culture, CBB was born in 2008 of a collaboration between Mike Raspatello, Silver Wrapper and React Presents. Since then, the fest has hosted acts like The Avett Brothers, Bela Fleck, Grace Potter, Del McCoury, Edward Sharpe, David Grisman, Drive-By Truckers, Dr. Dog, Dawes, Honeyboy Edwards, Joe Pug, Joe Purdy, Corey Chisel, and The Skatalites, making stops at the Auditorium Theater, Lincoln Hall, House of Blues, Congress Theater and Double Door.

Learn more and purchase tickets at cbbfestival.com.  Check out the full lineup below, as well as the last festival recap video:

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