Prairie Crossroads Blues Society

Champaign-Urbana IL

[2019 Bus Poster 11 x 17]

Blues Fest is Back, Baby!

email from a fest attendee ... "Saturday's festival was an 11 out of ten!"

Facebook posts
Great festival, thanks to the organizers, volunteers and performers.

Sounded great. Awesome festival

def AWESOME to see this years blues fest come together the way it did. Prairie Crossroads Blues Society truly did a phenomenal job

Beautiful Day...Beautiful Blues Festival...Beautiful Crowd!!! Thank you PCBS!!


[Black Eyed Lillies FOTB Collage]

PCBS Monthly Meeting/Juke Joint Show
5:30 pm Thursday August 15
Po' Boys, 202 East University Ave., Urbana
Kilborn Alley plays 6:30 - 9:30

Note: We coordinate our meetings with Po' Boys and Kilborn Alley and will hold our August meeting on the 3rd Thursday of the month, August 15.

Come out and join us at Po' Boys Thursday night at 5:30!

Hey all you fest goers, volunteers and lovers of the blues, got some time Thursday night to help us celebrate? We want to share stories, photos, laughs, highlights, low lights, etc. from this year's fest and we want you to join us.

So instead of a PCBS meeting Thursday at Po' Boys Restaurant, we're having a party and you're invited.

So please plan on stopping in and giving us the rundown on what you thought about this year's fest, stick around for Kilborn Alley Blues Band Juke Joint show too.

If you can't make it, you can always email pcbsweb@gmail.com. We need your feedback before we jump in and start planning for next year.

Thanks, see you Thursday.

Thanks to the Fans that attended
Thanks to all the hard working Volunteers
Thanks to our Sponsors


[Autographed Guitar]

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.


[Black Fest Shirt]

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 pcbsmembership@gmail.com 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.