2021 Blues Fest Schedule

July 14, 2021

Here is the schedule for the 2021 Chicago Blues Festival! Times subject to change. This is an experiment meant to bring the Blues Festival to the neighborhoods where the Blues grew up.

Sunday, August 29, 2021


12pm-6pm on 43rd street for 5 blocks east of the Green Line  (300 to 500 east)

This FREE “Bronzeville Blues” event will present three stages of live blues on Sunday, August 29th in the neighborhood that is the cradle of classic Chicago Blues.

Performance Locations:

The Forum, 318-324 E. 43rd St Chicago, IL 60653

 Joe Filisko & Eric Noden

 Greasy Gravy Duo: Matt Hendricks & Rick Sherry

Harmonica Hinds

The Checkerboard stage, 423 E. 43rd St. Chicago, IL 60653 (original location, defunct)

 The “MOJO” Jam Session with Kenny “Beedy Eyes” Smith

John Primer and Real Deal Blues Band 

Melody Angel 

Big James & The Chicago Playboys 

Nick Alexander

Park 43 540 E 43rd St. Chicago, IL 60653

 Bob Stroger

 Mississippi Gabe Carter

Gerry Hundt’s Legendary One-Man Band

Sunday, August 29, September 5, September 12, September 19, 2021


2120 S Michigan Ave 


*6:00-8:30pm – outdoor performance in the Willie Dixon’s Blues Heaven Garden

Schedule of Events

Sunday, August 29   Joe Pratt and The Source One Band

Sunday, September 5   Sheryl Youngblood

Sunday, September 12  Vino Louden Band

Sunday, September 19   John Primer – duo performance


Music Lives Here – Historical Markers

Chess Records   2120 S. Michigan Ave.    320 E. 21st St.

Constellation Records  1421 S. Michigan

Jerry Butler’s Songwriters Works   1402 S. Michigan Ave.

One-derful Records  1827 S. Michigan Ave.

Vee-jay Records and Brunswick Records   1449 S. Michigan Ave.

Sunday, September 12, 2021


Chicago & Mayfield


Through the years, Chicago’s West Side has cultivated a rich and lasting blues legacy – some of our city’s most legendary blues venues have been located there.  To honor this rich and still-vibrant heritage, we will feature some of Chicago’s finest blues artists on Sunday, September 12, at the corner of Chicago and Mayfield in the heart of the city’s Austin neighborhood, beginning at 12:00 noon. Join us to celebrate the living legacy of Chicago blues!

12:00-1:00pmLarry Taylor (60 min)

1:20-2:20pmMary Lane (60 min)

2:40-3:40pmJimmy Burns (60 min)

4:00-5:00pmMzz Reese (60 min)

5:20-6:20pmVance Kelly (60 min)

6:40-8:00pmLurrie Bell (80 min)

Saturday, September 18, 2021

50th Anniversary of Alligator Records

Millennium Park    201 E. Randolph St.   Chicago, IL 60602



Lil’ Ed & The Blues Imperials, Nick Moss Band featuring Dennis Gruenling, Cash Box Kings with special guests, Shemekia Copeland, Billy Branch and Wayne Baker Brooks

Wednesday, September 1- Monday, September 6, 2021


The City of Chicago and CIVL (Chicago Independent Venue League) will partner to present and promote a FREE city-wide Blues club tour with 20 shows in 10 venues.  Programs will be free-admission, first-come, first-serve. COVID protocols and social distancing to be implemented and followed, as needed, per CDC guidelines.

Participating Venues:

B.L.U.E.S. on Halsted, Golden Dagger, Martyrs’, Reggies, Rosa’s Lounge, Taylor Street Tap, The GMan Tavern, The Hideout, The Promontory, The Quarry.

B.L.U.E.S. on Halsted – 2519 N Halsted St, Chicago, IL 60614

Thursday, September 2   Joanna Connor   9:30pm   FREE  21+

Friday, September 3   Erwin Helfer with Katherine Davis   9:30pm (60-75 min set)  FREE  21+

Saturday, September 4   Rico McFarland   9:30pm   FREE  21+

Golden Dagger – 2447 N Halsted St, Chicago, IL 60614

Saturday, September 4   Anne Harris & Dave Herrero (75 min)   6pm doors, 7pm show   FREE  21+

Martyrs’ – 3855 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago, IL 60613

Thursday, September 2  Jimmy Johnson Blues Band (75-90 min)   Dave Weld and the Imperial Flames (45-60 min)  START/END TIME TBD  FREE   21+

Friday, September 3   Mike Wheeler Band with Demetria Taylor (75-90 min)  Luke Pytel Band (45-60 min)  START/END TIME TBD   FREE 21+

Saturday, September 4   Mud Morganfield (75-90 min)   Chicago Bound Blues Band (45-60 min)   START/END TIME TBD    FREE  21+

Reggies Music Joint – 2105 S State St, Chicago, IL 60616

Friday, September 3   Billy Branch & The Sons of Blues (75 min)   Joey J. Saye Trio (45-60 min)   8pm doors   FREE   21+

Rosa’s Lounge – 3420 W Armitage Ave, Chicago, IL 60647

Wednesday, September 1   Pete Galanis Band featuring Dave Herrero (75 min set)  9pm   FREE   21+

Thursday, September 2   Chicago Wind featuring Matthew Skoller (75 min set)   9pm  FREE   21+

Friday, September 3   Nora Jean Wallace   7:30pm (75 min set)   FREE  21+

 Saturday, September 4   Jimmy Johnson with Billy Branch   7:30pm (60 min set)  FREE   21+

Sunday, September 5  Johnny Iguana’s Chicago Spectacular featuring Matthew Skoller, Billy Flynn, Bill Dickens, Michael Caskey

7:30pm (75 min set)   FREE  21+

Taylor Street Tap – 1358 W Taylor St, Chicago, IL 60607

Friday, September 3  The Kinsey Report (75 min set)   8pm   FREE  21+

The GMan Tavern – 3740 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60613

Saturday, September 4   Gerry Hundt   4-8pm  2-40 min sets with intermission

Sunday, September 5   The Smiley Tillmon Band featuring Kate Moss4-8pm   2-40 min sets with intermission

The Hideout – 1354 W Wabansia Ave, Chicago, IL 60642

Thursday, September 2   Devil in a Woodpile (75 min)   Erwin Helfer (60 min)   START/END TIME TBD

The Promontory – 5311 S Lake Park Ave W, Chicago, IL 60615

Thursday, September 2   Taildragger (75-90 min)   Jamiah Rogers (60 min) START/END TIME TBD

The Quarry Chi – 2423 E 75th St, Chicago, IL 60649

Sunday, September 5   Freddie Dixon’s Chicago Blues Allstars (75 min set)   5pm doors open, 6pm start

Monday, September 6  Michael Damani   5pm doors open, 6pm start