Prairie Crossroads Blues Society
Blues Fest is Back, Baby!
2:00 - 10:00 pm Saturday August 10 2019 Champaign County Fairgrounds 1302 N. Coler, Urbana plenty of Free parking
Prairie Crossroads Blues Society is a 501c3 non-profit registered in the State of Illinois. 10% of the profits from this Festival go directly into our Education Fund.
Friday night Pre-Fest Party at Bunny's Tavern (the best kept secret in downtown Urbana) - Kick off the Fest weekend at Bunny's, The Painkillers Blues Band will be hosting a Blues Jam from 4:30 to 7:30. Then catch local favorites Sapphire Blues Band from 8:00 til 11:00. Thanks again to Bunny's for their support!
2019 Blues Fest Featured Acts
Brandon Santini Memphis harp standout - Brandon Santini website Demetria Taylor Daughter of legendary Chicago bluesman, Eddie Taylor - Demetria at Blue Chicago Lucious Spiller Born in Missouri, raised up in Arkansas, now lives in Clarksdale, MS - Lucious on Facebook NPR Jazz Night in America features Lucious at historic Messenger's Pool Hall in Clarksdale! Lucious at the National Blues Museum Saturday Showcase 4/6/19 Laurie Morvan California's Rockin' Guitarist with a C-U connection - Laurie Morvan website
Local Acts on the Main StageSkylar Rogers and The Blue Diamonds Southern Illinois based blues and soul singer/songwriter - Skylar Rogers website Skylar Rogers at the National Blues Museum Soulful Sunday 4/7/19 Ray-Band Champaign-based trio that covers classic R&B, Blues, Rock n' Roll and Soul from the 60's and 70's. - Ray-Band on Facebook David Lumsden Blues Band Former guitarist and band leader for Hurricane Ruth, David and Friends new CD is "Hues of Blues" - David Lumsden website
Acoustic and Solo/Duo ActsJoe Asselin Joe Asselin on Facebook Jenkins Bros. electrified blues duo Jenkins Bros on Facebook
Food Trucks & Food VendorsMaize Mexican Grill Maize Mexican Grill website Mamma D's Smokehouse Mamma D's Smokehouse website Piatos to Go Piato To Go Food Truck website
Visit our Bands Page for Bios and other info
Save The Date and join in the fun at the Champaign County Fairgrounds, Saturday August 10, 1302 N. Coler Ave., Urbana Illinois. plenty of Free parking
Just confirmed - Kilborn Alley will once again be hosting the Blues Fest After-Party. This year it will be at The Rose Bowl in downtown Urbana. You never know which Fest performers will come by and join in the Fun!
Champaign County Convention & Visitors Bureau has us on their Event Calendar
2019 Ticket Sales
You can now purchase your 2019 Prairie Crossroads Blues Fest Wristbands online. Use your Paypal account or major credit card to make your purchase
Online Sales of Fest tickets end at midnight Thursday August 8.
2019 ticket Price = $10
We've decided to keep ticket pricing the same as last year $10. We think this a terrific bargain for the quality of performers we're bringing in for this year's Fest. Blues all day 2:00 to 10:00 pm, two stages of quality musicians. Local acts, acoustic and solo/duo acts, regional and national touring acts. In addition to the music we'll have Food Trucks, Food Vendors and liquid refreshments. There's plenty of Free parking!
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 8.
2019 Guitar Raffle
Congratulations to Kelsey Hays! Thanks to everyone who bought raffle tickets in our autographed guitar raffle. We picked the winning ticket at the Kilborn Alley Blues Fest Fundraiser at The Iron Post the evening of July 13. It was a Yamaha F325 acoustic guitar. All the proceeds go to help us put on the 2019 Prairie Crossroads Blues Fest. This guitar was autographed at the 2010 Blues Brews & BBQ Fest held in Urbana. Fluid Events graciously donated this guitar to PCBS to help us restart an annual Blues Fest in our area.
- autographs include:
- Eddie Taylor Jr.
- Cedric Burnside
- Lightnin' Malcolm
- Big Bill Morganfield
- Bernard Allison
- Eddie Vaan Shaw
- Wayne Baker Brooks
Eddie Taylor Jr. was the brother of Demetria Taylor, one of our Fest Headliners. Sadly Eddie passed away earlier this year.
The winner was at The Iron Post and was excited to be able to take the guitar home with her.
If you missed your chance to pick up a collectors edition, Innaugural Prairie Crossroads Blues Fest t-shirt, it's not too late. We have a good selection left.
New lower pricing in 2019 Red, orange or gold with 1 color logo $5. Black with 3 color logo $10.
All funds will help us put on the 2019 fest.
Email to firstname.lastname@example.org and we'll get you hooked up!
Some video highlights of the 2018 Fest
Keith Harden Band - Voodoo Chile high quality audio and video with aerial drone video (Thanks to Alan Welch - AW Studios) Check out the The Painkillers - Mojo Workin' Facebook video Keith Harden Band - Trouble No More Facebook video (thanks to Carol Boss for the Facebook videos)
Thanks to all the marvelous fans, musicians, sponsors, vendors and hard working volunteers who made last year's fest a huge sucess. It was a blast!
Here's our list of generous 2018 Blues Fest Sponsors Thanks again!2018 Sponsor Graphic
Huge Thanks to The Painkillers Blues Band, First Federal Saving Bank of Champaign-Urbana and the Urbana Park District for all their support. These three organizations came on board very early in the planning process and encouraged us to continue to put it all together.