Prairie Crossroads Blues Society

Champaign-Urbana IL

[2019 Bus Poster 11 x 17]

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 Stage

Skylar 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
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 Acts

Joe Asselin
Joe Asselin on Facebook
Jenkins Bros. electrified blues duo
Jenkins Bros on Facebook

Food Trucks & Food Vendors

Maize 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.

# of Wristbands

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.

[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 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.