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March 18th, 2011

Chicago Chess Set
Chicago Chess Set

The largest free festival in the Blues world celebrates 25 years

Chicago is home to many festivals and events. One of his greatest is the Chicago Blues Festival, held in Grant Park each June This year the festival is a celebration marking the 25th Chicago Blues Festival annually. The largest free admission Blues festival in the world, the four-day festival offers the best in entertainment Blues national, international and local communities on six stages with more than 70 performances, preceded by a month of activities Blues, known as the blues season, throughout Chicago.

In Remembrance Event 25th Annual Conference, the festival will not only feature a quarter-century, the blues festival highlights but also celebrate Centennial of Louis Jordan, Tommy McLennan and Blind John Davis. Throughout its history, the festival has presented countless blues notes and moments to millions of blues fans around the world on the Chicago park on the lake popular. Chicago Blues Festival celebrates and supports a large part of the heritage of the city. The first City Blues Festival in 1984 helped open the season in Chicago summer festival and comes a year after the death of Muddy Waters.

Over the years, the festival has celebrated many landmarks and celebrated men and women who lived their lives playing and singing the blues. Where else were blues fans able to watch as Chuck Berry has shared the stage with Keith Richards, do circle dances with Janie Hunter, or John Lee Hooker made a "boogie chillen" solo for a crowd of hundreds.

The 25th annual Blues Festival will deliver the same time instant crowds have come to expect. The crowds will receive the royal treatment Friday night, June 6, with headliners Koko Taylor and her Blues Machine, Eddy "The Chief" Clearwater, and a series special to honor the past, featuring Ruby Andrews, Cicero Blake and Jackie Ross.

The Queen of the Blues, Koko Taylor, is not stranger to Chicago, where she calls home. Known for his gruff voice and powerful, Taylor recorded for Chess Records, and more recently with Alligator Records. She has won more than 25 WC Handy Awards and performs over 100 concerts a year. His talent has influenced powerful female musicians such as Bonnie Raitt, Janis Joplin and Shemekia Copeland.

Eddy Clearwater is a versatile Chicago blues performer who has been nominated and won several WC Handy Award. He is known for its performance as a showman on stage, including his head left to play the guitar. On Friday evening he will perform with the entire cast of his latest CD, West Side Strut. The project includes Billy Branch and Otis Clay, Jimmy Johnson, Lonnie Brooks, and band members Ronnie Brooks (son of Lonnie Brooks), and other group members Eddy. Chicago Blues Festival fans will be happy to see these great playing together on one stage at the Petrillo Music Shell for a memorable night.

On Sunday evening, June 8, Chicago is the royal treatment with an apparition of the blues legend, BB King. Last night the festival will be majestic with headliners which also includes Little Willie Littlefield, Bobby Parker and Karen Carroll with Charlie Love and special guest Lurrie Bell. Known as the king of the blues, BB King has trodden scene worldwide, and at age 82, he continues to tour as often as he did in his youth. King last played at the festival in 1988. With one of the most recognizable styles in the music business, King has influenced a myriad of talented musicians, including Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck and George Harrison.

The Chicago Blues Festival has grown tremendously in its 25 years and now has over a hundred performances on seven stages and extended hours of 11:00 to 9:30 p.m. Chicago Blues Festival is known worldwide as one of the biggest and best Blues events on the planet drawing hundreds of thousands of people around the world to Grant Park, year after year.

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