Prairie Crossroads Blues Society

Champaign-Urbana IL

Blues Fest is Back, Baby!


Prairie Crossroads Blues Society is hard at work planning a Blues Fest this summer for Champaign-Urbana and the surrounding communities. We'll have a mix of local, regional and national blues artists.

Prairie Crossroads Blues Fest
Saturday August 11
2:00 - 10:00 pm
Champaign County Fairgrounds

We'll have food and beverages available, there will be local non-profits and fun events for everyone. Check back to this space as we're adding more exciting activities as the date approaches!

Bring your lawnchairs - no coolers please!

Only $10 for an entire day of great blues music!

Rain or Shine
(if it rains the music moves inside Kessler Hall)

Click here to see our growing list of generous Blues Fest Sponsors!


Tune into WIXY 100.3 FM Wednesday morning 7/18. Andy Duncanson and Candy Foster will be on the Holstein & Co. Community Breakfast show at 7:30. They can fill you in on all the cool stuff happening at the Fest.

Visit our Schedule Page to see the great Blues entertainment we have lined up for you all afternoon and evening

You can now purchase your 2018 Prairie Crossroads Blues Fest Wristbands online. Use your Paypal account or major credit card to make your purchase

# of Wristbands

We will have your wristbands waiting for you at Will Call as you enter the gates of the Fest grounds. Advance sales of Wristbands will end at midnight August 9.


[Autographed Guitar]

Autographed Ibanez G10
PCBS Guitar Raffle!
Autographed at the 2011 Blues, Brews & BBQ Fest
Tickets are $5 each or 3 for $10

This Ibanez guitar was autographed at the 2011 Blues, Brews & BBQ Fest held in Urbana. Many of the artists that performed at that Fest signed the guitar. The guitar was graciously donated to PCBS by Fluid Events with the express purpose of raising money to help restart a local Blues Fest.

  • autographs include:
  • Coco Montoya
  • Duke Robillard
  • Jimmy Thackery
  • Keith Harden
  • Kathy Harden
  • Jim Suhler
  • John Primer?
  • many others

Buy your raffle tickets on our Guitar Raffle Page
use your Paypal account or major credit card!

Drawing will be held at Po' Boys, 202 E. University, in Urbana. PCBS will be holding our monthly meeting that night and Kilborn Alley will be playing a juke joint show. (We've moved our meeting up a week to avoid conflicts with the TajMo show, Taj Mahal & Keb' Mo'.)

Money raised from this raffle goes to help PCBS put on the 1st Annual Prairie Crossroads Blues Fest, Saturday August 11, at the Champaign County Fairgrounds.


Does your business want to get in on the ground floor and be a part of the newest Fest in the area? Contact us to be a founding sponsor.

See what benfits your business or non-profit gets by becoming a
Prairie Crossroads Blue Fest Sponsor

Or contact us: prairiecrossroadsblues@gmail.com

Huge Thanks to ThePainkillersBluesBand

Thanks to First Federal Saving Bank of Champaign-Urbana

Thanks to the Urbana Park District for all their support and guidance through the planning phase and their support on the day of the event.



Visit our Facebook Event Page for up to date details on our Blues Fest