The Chicago Bluegrass & Blues Festival has grown. Now in its third year, the festival has expanded to 35 bands across three nights at three of the city’s favorite venues.
From December 3rd-5th, Chicago’s favorite independent producers and worthwhile charities will host an eclectic tribute to the genres that started it all. From the cultish explosion of psych folkers Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros to the undeniable sexual energy of Grace Potter & the Nocturnals, the current derivations of roots music are alive and well. Yet the link to Robert Johnson is also alive and well, literally. 95-year-old David “Honeyboy” Edwards, Johnson’s lifelong friend and witness to his mysterious death, joins the bill as the oldest remaining Delta blues musicians touring today. Ending the weekend with a dub-infused dance party, Studio One legends The Skatalites help remind us how boogie-woogie became wobble wobble.
The Chicago Bluegrass & Blues Festival will offer a musical reprieve from the merciless Chicago Winter by adapting elements of a summer music festival to the historic and intimate indoor setting. In addition to nearly 30 hours and 5 stages worth of nonstop music, the weekends activities will also include a pickin’ circle, a live-art exhibition and indoor gallery, charitable raffles, film screenings, and impromptu marching band performances.
Day 1 – Friday, December 3, 2010 – Double Door – $12
Cory Chisel & the Wandering Sons * The Right Now * How Far to Austin * Great Divide * Midwest Hype * Jackson Bailey
Day 2– Saturday, December 4, 2010 – Congress Theater – $35
Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros * Grace Potter & the Nocturnals
David “Honeyboy” Edwards * The Giving Tree Band * Van Ghost * Sexfist * Paleface * Chicago Farmer * The Shams Band * Jaik Willis * Alex Wilson Band * Majors Junction * Tangleweed * Derek Nelson & the Musicians * Ben Ripani Music Co. * Liberty Bluegrass Band * The Future Laureates * Environmental Encroachment * Goodbyehome* The Down Feathers * Cobalt & the Hired Guns * BandCalledCatch * “Last Banjo Standing” Contest Winners + more
Day 3 – Sunday, December 5, 2010 – Lincoln Hall – $15
The Skatalites * Daphne Willis * Go Long Mule * Mike Mangione & the Union * The O’My’s * Jamie Lono * Environmental Encroachment
Location: Congress Theater, Double Door, Lincoln Hall
Dates: Friday December 3rd 7pm – 2am
Saturday December 4th 1pm – Midnight
Sunday, December 5th 5pm – 2am