Prairie Crossroads Blues Society

Champaign-Urbana IL

Upcoming Blues Events

[Groove Avenue Blues Jam Poster]

PCBS Blues Jam
hosted by Andrew Duncanson's Blues All-Stars
7:00 - 10:00 pm Wednesday October 26
Pipa's Pub, 604 S. Country Fair Dr., Champaign

The PCBS Monthly Blues Jam moved to a new location. Come out and join Andrew Duncanson's Blues All-Stars, 7:00 - 10:00 pm Wednesday October 26 at Pipa's. One of the All-Stars will be the outstanding harp player and vocalist Brandon Santini. This is gonna be an awesome jam!

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 moved to a new venue but the great music and fellowship continues!!

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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

[CU Stands With Standing Rock Logo]

CU Stands With Standing Rock
Fundraising Concert for the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe
1:00pm - 10:00pm Saturday November 12
IMC (Independent Media Center)
202 S. Broadway, Urbana

$10 Minimum Donation Suggested

CU stands with the Standing Rock Sioux tribe against the Dakota Access Pipeline. The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe in North Dakota has raised concerns about the pipeline's effect on burial grounds and water supplies.

Eight bands are scheduled to perform. There will be Native American speakers and environmental information.

Non-alcoholic drinks, juice/soda/bottled water, will be available for purchase from Lumen Catering Services at the event. Food at the event will be available for purchase from local-area food trucks stationed nearby the IMC.

Visit their website
the Facebook Event Page
and the Go Fund Me page

[IBC  Logo]

IBC Challenge
on the Road to Memphis

Local Blues Societies have held their IBC Solo/Duo and Band Challenges. Here's the winners!

  • ICBC - Illinois Central Blues Club - Springfield
  • Solo/Duo = Bo Ricketts
  • Band = Back Pack Jones

  • River City Blues Society - Peoria
  • Band = QC Slim Blues Band

  • Decatur Blues Society
  • Band = William Marsala Band

Each January/February the Blues Foundation holds a competition on historic Beale Street in Memphis, TN., to select the best up and coming Blues Band and Solo/Duo act. The winning acts at the local competitions are rewarded with cash and other prizes to hit the Road to Memphis and represent their affiliate against the best the world has to offer. There will be fundraisers to raise additional funds for these acts in December & January. We'll let you know more details as we learn them.

[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!

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.