Prairie Crossroads Blues Society

Champaign-Urbana IL

Upcoming Blues Events

[Blues Jam]

PCBS Blues Jams!
Pipa's Pub, 604 S. Country Fair Dr., Champaign
2nd Sunday of each month, 4:00 - 7:00 pm
4th Wednesday of each month, 7:00 - 10:00 pm

Prairie Crossroads Blues Society is excited to announce an additional series of monthly blues jams. From 4:00 - 7:00 pm on the 2nd Sunday of each month at Pipa's Pub, 604 S. Country Fair Dr., Champaign. Bring your instrument and plan on sitting in!

We've had so much fun bringing you the Wednesday Blues Jams at Pipa's Pub we've expanded the program to bring you Sunday afternoon jams once a month.

  • The Shake Shifters host the Jam - Wednesday August 23
  • Jesse Howell All Stars host the Jam - Sunday Sept. 10
  • Sapphire (Cliff Stoker, Mel Hoaks & Dan Jansen) host the Jam - Wednesday September 27

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

Prairie Crossroads Blues Society is happy to help revive the tradition of a blues jam in the C-U area!


BluesCENTRAL Dancers announce lessons & dances
6:30 pm every Monday starting September 4, 2017
Blues Every Monday: Dinner Drinks & Dancing
Pizza M, 208 W. Main St. Urbana
BluesCENTRAL Dancers Facebook Event


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Local IBC Blues Challenges
Blues Foundation Affiliates are holding
Qualifiers to advance to the Finals in Memphis

Prairie Crossroads Blues Society is making plans to hold our own local Challenge. In the meantime several local Societies have announced their challenges. The Blues Fuondation holds the IBC in Memphis every January to chose the best up and coming acts. Categories include Solo/Duo, Band and Best Self-Produced CD.

Here's the Blues Foundation's information about the International Blues Challenge.

Contact the local Blues Society if your interested in competing.

PCBS will announce our plans when they are finalized. If you're interested in competing in our challenge, send us an email prairiecrossroadsblues@gmail.com


Prairie Crossroads Blues Society is a proud supporter
of the CU Folk & Roots Fest
Visit their website folkandroots.org
for all the information about this year's Fest, November 2 - 4, 2017


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PCBS Monthly Meeting/Juke Joint Show
6:00 pm Thursday September 14
Po' Boys, 202 East University Ave., Urbana
Kilborn Alley plays 7:30 - 10:30

We combined our monthly meetings with the Kilborn Alley Juke Joint shows at Po' Boys! It's a chance to enjoy some delicious Po' Boys food, some beverages from local craft brewer's Triptych Brewing with great blues music and lively conversation. The joint's been packed with blues fans, friends and family enjoying the party atmosphere!

We're always open to suggestions about our monthly blues jams, are looking forward to the Champaign Blues Brews & BBQ Fest and are looking for folks to get more involved with our Blues In The Schools program. Consider becoming a PCBS Member and help us reach out to other blues lovers in our communities.


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Membership Drive

Want to become part of the growing community of Blues lovers in the Champaign-Urbana and East Central Illinois area? Sign up to become a member of Prairie Crossroads Blues Society. We are a 501(c)3 non-profit organized to Preserve, Promote and Educate about the Blues.

Since we were formed in 2010 we've been supporting local blues artists share their music with a wider audience. We consistently look to bring new blues artists to our area so fans get a chance to see the huge amount of talent touring on a regional and national basis. We also have a strong BITS - Blues In The Schools program.

Whether you enjoy our jams and shows, or support out efforts to teach youngsters the history and basics of blues music, now is the right time to become a PCBS Member

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: pcbsmembership@gmail.com.

Please select your type of Membership
Name on membership


Tbe Blues Foundation presented the
Blues Music Awards
Thursday May 11 in Memphis, TN
Here's the 2017 Hall Of Fame Inductees