Chicago Blues Festival 2016

Chicago Blues Festival 2016

June 10, 2016 - June 12, 2016
June 10, 2016 - June 12, 2016


The Chicago Blues Festival is an annual event held in June,[1] that features three days of performances by top-tier blues musicians, both old favorites and the up-and-coming. It is hosted by the City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (formerly the Mayor's Office of Special Events), and always occurs in early June. The event has always taken place at Petrillo Music Shell in Grant Park, adjacent to the Lake Michigan waterfront east of the Loop in Chicago.

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Otis Rush
American musician
bornApril 29, 1935
Philadelphia, Mississippi United States
Tommy Castro
American blues, R&B and rock guitarist and singer
bornApril 15, 1955
San Jose, California, United States
Toronzo Cannon
Lil' Ed Williams
Blues guitarist, singer and songwriter
bornApril 18, 1955

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Tommy Castro (born April 15, 1955, San Jose, California, United States) is an American blues, R&B and rock guitarist and singer. He has been recording since the mid-1990s. His music has taken him from local stages to national and international touring. His popularity was marked by his winning the 2008 Blues Music Award for Entertainer of the Year. According to The Chicago Sun-Times, Castro plays "Memphis soul-drenched R&B…top-of-the-line blues."[1] Blurt[who?] added, "Castro has a soulful voice, searing guitar and is an excellent songwriter and vocalist. If you close your eyes you will be convinced that you are listening to Otis Redding singing in 1967…tremendous."[2]


Otis Rush (born April 29, 1935) is a blues guitarist and singer. His distinctive guitar style features a slow-burning sound and long bent notes. With similar qualities to Magic Sam and Buddy Guy, his sound became known as West Side Chicago blues and was an influence on many musicians, including Michael Bloomfield, Peter Green and Eric Clapton.

Rush is left-handed and, unlike many other left-handed guitarists, plays a left-handed instrument strung upside-down, with the low E string at the bottom. He has played often with the little finger of his pick hand curled under the low E for positioning. It is widely believed that this contributes to his distinctive sound. He has a wide-ranging, powerful tenor voice.[1]

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Grant Park, Illinois
Grant Park is a village in Kankakee County, Illinois, United States. Grant Park was incorporated in 1883.. In 2010, Grant Park had a population of 1,331.


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The band Leland to pay tribute to Aurora's blues history during Blues on the Fox festival
Kane County Chronicle  –  June 14, 2016
Although Chicago ... blues music. In tribute to those sessions, Cornmeal and Magic Box guitarist Scott Tipping decided to re-record the songs with other area musicians. Leland will perform at 3 p.m. June 18 as part of the two-day Blues on the Fox festival ...
Award-winning blues act to grace Big Chill stage
The Sentinel-Record  –  June 12, 2016
The band has played many large festivals that have drawn massive audiences including the King Biscuit Blues Festival, the Mississippi Valley ... with popular booking agency Intrepid Artists and Chicago-based Alligator Records. Call The Big Chill at 624 ...
Lil' Ed & The Blues Imperials  –  June 12, 2016
They're about going too far and pulling it back just in time." A June 6, 1999 performance at the world famous Chicago Blues Festival gave the band an opportunity to prove it, as they ripped and roared in front of 100,000 screaming blues fans. The audience ...
Lots Of Fun, But Lots Of Traffic In Chicago This Weekend
CBS Chicago  –  June 10, 2016
Uber/Lyft will drop off and pick up fans at Columbus, between Balbo and Ninth Streets. Chicago Blues Fest: The music festival runs today through Sunday, from 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m., at Grant Park. Street closures are in place on Columbus from Monroe to ...
Alligator Records: 45 Years of "Genuine Houserockin' Music"
Houston Press  –  June 9, 2016
The 2CD Alligator Records 45th Anniversary Collection contains 37 tracks than span material from a 1973 Son Seals record to a 2016 effort by Moreland ... This song, from his live set at the 1995 Chicago Blues Festival, is one of his most intense social ...
Fairs & fests: Dragon boats, cruise nights, picnics, art and more
Daily Herald  –  June 8, 2016
Chicago Blues Festival: 11 a.m. to 9:30 ... Free. Japan Festival 2016: 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Saturday, June 11, and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, June 12, at Forest View Educational Center, 2121 S. Goebbert Road, Arlington Heights.
Chicagoans are ready for Summer in the City fun events
Gazette  –  June 5, 2016
The 33rd annual Chicago Blues Festival will be held at Millennium and Grant ... On Saturday and Sunday, June 25 and 26, from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. the Chicago Food Truck Festival 2016 will be held in the South Loop Green Space, 2400 S. Dearborn St. between ...
Blues Fest! After Parties And Side Shows
93XRT  –  June 3, 2016
Live on 93XRT from 9pm-10pm. We’ll play an hour of artists who are performing at the Chicago Blues Festival. On Tuesday get the week off on the good foot with an early show (6p doors, 7p band) with a low cover starring one of Chicago’s top blues ...

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