Prairie Crossroads Blues Society

Champaign-Urbana IL

Upcoming Blues Events

[Groove Avenue Blues Jam Poster]

PCBS Blues Jam
hosted by The Painkillers
7:00 - 10:00 pm Wednesday September 28
Pipa's Pub, 604 S. Country Fair Dr., Champaign

New location, same fun jam!

The PCBS Monthly Blues Jam has moved to a new location. Come out and join The Painkillers, 7:00 - 10:00 pm Wednesday September 28 at Pipa's.

Google map to Pipa's Pub, 604 S. Country Fair Dr. Champaign.

Each month, on the 4th Wednesday, one of your favorite blues bands kicks off the jam by hosting the 1st set. Then they open it up to all the jammers in the house. Bring your instrument and plan on sitting in!

Prairie Crossroads Blues Society is happy to help revive the tradition of a blues jam in the C-U area. The jams take place the 4th Wednesday of every month. Our jams are moving to a new venue but the music continues!!

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[Blues Blast Music Awards]

Blues Blast Music Awards
6:00 pm Friday September 23
Fluid Events Center, 601 N. Country Fair Dr. Champaign

The 2016 Blues Blast Music Award ceremonies were held at The Fluid Events Center in Champaign, Illinois on Friday September 23rd, 2016. The Awards, presented by Blues Blast Magazine, featured music by many of the winners and nominated artists.

Bob Margolin was a double winner, for Male Blues Artist and Traditional Blues Album for his "My Road" release. Other winners were Bobby Rush, Danielle Nicole, Reverend Raven, Shemekia Copeland, Amanda Fish, Guy Davis, Lil' Ed, Walter Trout and Curtis Salgado.

Visit Blues Blast Magazine for the complete list of winners.

There were many outstanding performances at the Awards ceremony, and one of the highlights had to be the legendary 91 year old Henry Gray playing keyboard with Bob Corritore, and Bob Margolin. Other crowd pleasing performances were Danielle Nicole playing with Anthony Geraci and Monster Mike Welch, and the Corey Dennison Band. In all more than 20 performers showcased their music at the Awards show that kicked off at 6:00 pm and went until after midnight.

Check out Blues Blast Magazine on Facebook for some videos from the Awards show!

Membership Sign-up

Membership Options:
Student = $10 per year
Individual = $20 per year
Family = $25 per year
Band = $50 per year
Corporate = $100 per year

For Family, Band and Corporate memberships, we'll contact you for the names of additional members or you can send us that information via email:

Please select your type of Membership
Name on membership

[IBC  Logo]

IBC Solo/Duo Challenge
on the Road to Memphis

We'll hold our Local IBC Solo/Duo Challenge in October. As per Blues Foundation rules we're holding a judged competition to send an act to Memphis to represent PCBS in the International Blues Challenge

Each January the Blues Foundation holds a competition to select the best up and coming Blues Band and Solo/Duo act. We'll be holding our local competition and rewarding the winning act with cash and other prizes to hit the Road to Memphis and represent us against the best the world has to offer. Check back for more details as they become available.

For more info email:
or call 217-417-0772

[Jim Anderson - Delta To The Prairie]

Jim 'Ang' Anderson
From the Delta to the Prairie
2:00 pm - Saturday Oct. 22
Champaign Public Library - Robeson Rooms A & B

A Creative Chronicle of Chicago Blues with Jim 'Ang' Anderson

No-nonsense Urban Blues guitarist Jim 'Ang' Anderson received his Blues education on Chicago's South Side playing with legendary Blues artists Buddy Guy, Junior Wells, James Cotton, Koko Taylor, Lefty Dizz, Son Seals and Little Milton.

Anderson brings the history of Chicago Blues to life as he takes audiences on a fascinating musical journey from the Mississippi Delta to Chicago. Enjoy humorous inside scoops and the scandalous stories behind the lyrics and lives of some of America's greatest music makers.

Discover the real roots of Rock 'n Roll while listening to Anderson's strong vocals, "red-hot" and Bluesy guitar riffs.

Jim and his band, The Chicago Kingsnakes, will be playing later that day at The Iron Post in Urbana. Enjoy one of Chicago's best blues bands at 6:00 pm in the intimate surroundings of the Post.

More info about the presentation at: Delta to the Prarie

PCBS 6th Anniversary

Prairie Crossroads Blues Society held it's first formational meeting on May 23, 2010 at Jupiters At The Crossing when an Executive Board was picked. Our second meeting was held June 22 at the Champaign Public Library when Committee Chairs were elected, we prepared for our 1st public outing at the Urbana Blues Brews & BBQ Fest and set some long range goals for our Society.

  • Promote and educate about "the Blues"
  • Grow our membership
  • Bring more Blues events here
  • Start a Blues in the Schools educational program
  • Become affiliated with the Blues Foundation, so we're eligible to sponsor a local act at the International Blues Challenge in Memphis in February

We've had so much fun meeting fellow blues lovers around the community over the last six years. We'll have our tent set up at the Champaign Blues Brews & BBQ Fest June 24 & 25. Stop by and say hello! We'll have a raffle basket for new and renewal members during our celebration.

Blues In The Schools - South Side Elemenary - Spring 2015

Check out the awesome Thank You notes from the South Side Elementary School students after the PCBS Spring 2015 BITS program. Thank You Page

This spring, Prairie Crossroads Blues Society conducted another of our Blues In The Schools programs, this one at South Side Elementary School in Champaign. Our BITS instructors, Gus Wood for blues history, and Josh Spence for blues harmonica taught the series of classes. PCBS Education Chair, Sandy Hannum also arranged a blues concert for the students at Westview School. Jiggy & The Source performed at the school on Wednesday March 18.

Thanks to South Side Elementary teacher, Karinsa Moline, for her part in arranging the BITS program. We also appreciate the support of Krannert Center for the Performing Arts for help with some of the funding, and we also receive a discount on the harps from Hohner Harmonica.

Visit our Education Page for details about many of the educational programs PCBS has put on. If you'd like PCBS to conduct a Blues In The Schools program at your school contact us at:

You can now earmark your donations specifically for our Education programs. It's a great way to help us achieve our mission of educating about the blues and be a part of bringing up the next generation of blues musicians and fans.

Your tax deductable donation to our Education Fund helps to keep these programs alive

This PayPal link will direct your donation in any amount directly to our educational efforts, including our "Blues In The Schools" (BITS) program.

PCBS was proud to add financial support to the 7th Annual CU Folk & Roots Festival, Nov 5 - 7 at various Urbana venues; Folk And Roots. We're already looking forward to the 2016 edition.