Prairie Crossroads Blues Society

Champaign-Urbana IL

Upcoming Blues Events

Happy Birthday
Candy Foster

[Bluetone Drivers at Pipas]

PCBS Monthly Blues Jam
The Bluetone Drivers host
7:00 - 10:00 pm Wednesday April 26
Pipa's Pub, 604 S. Country Fair Dr., Champaign

On the 4th Wednesday of every month one of your favorite local blues bands kicks off the jam by hosting the 1st set. They then open it up to all the jammers in the house. Bring your instrument and plan on sitting in! We've had some outstanding local musicians showing up at the jams, come on out and join the fun!

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

The Bluetone Drivers host the Jam - April 26!

Upcoming hosts include The Bluetone Drivers, JD and The Phuzz, Groove Avenue and other favorite local bands!

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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[Joe Asselin]

Blues Variety Show hosted by Joe Asselin
7:00 - 10:00 pm Thursdays
Leadbelly's Links Drinks Arcade
601 N. Country Fair Dr., Champaign

Joe Asselin has played with the Kilborn Alley Blues Band and The Sugar Prophets, and currently plays with The William Marsala Band. Joe started a new series of weekly shows at Leadbelly's Links Drinks Arcade (the old Fluid Event Center). Each Thursday from 7 to 10 pm Joe and a Featured Guest will be entertaining music fans. This promises to become one of the featured events on the local music calendar.

Kathy Harden is Joe's featured Guest - April 27

Leadbelly's at 601 N. Country Fair Dr. in Champaign boasts 400 craft spirits, bourbons & tequilas with domestic, local and craft beers. They also have pool tables, dart machines, foosball tables, air hockey and vintage arcade machines.

There's no cover charge so head on out for some great music and some fun and games! Check out the Facebook Event Page

Prairie Crossroads Blues Society is proud to be a supporter of the CU Folk & Roots Festival. They are bringing singer, songwriter, guitarist and ukulele player Del Rey to town in May, for a concert and two instrument workshops. Check out these Del Rey events. And visit their home page for updates about this year's Foplk & Roots Fest.

[Kilborn Alley promo]

PCBS Monthly Meeting/Juke Joint Show
6:00 pm Thursday May 11
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.

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:

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[Ed O'Hara]

Edapaloozza Fest (Ed O'Hara Benefit)
May 20
Leadbelly's, Champaign
Benefit Concert/Silent Auction
hosted by Joe Asselin

Facebook Event Edapaloozza Fest

On Saturday May 20, 2017, Joe Asselin is hosting a benefit show for Ed O'Hara at Leadbelly's. Ed is well known to the blues community: drummer, harmonica player, singer. He's played with The Blues Deacons and Kilborn Alley. All of the proceeds of the event go to Ed in his battle with cancer.

Check out Joe's Facebook video and stay tuned for more details.

All of these musicians are donating their time to show their love and support for Ed; Bill Grizz Stevens, Billy Galt, Kathy Harden, Candy Foster, Nick Moss, Kilborn Alley, Ed O'Hara, The Parish Brothers, Steve The Harp Mehlberg, Jeff Kerr, Dirty Laundry, Dawna Nelson, Bob Watson and Aaron Wilson.

[Johnny Rawls]

Johnny Rawls
9:00 pm Friday June 2
The Iron Post, 120 S. Race St. Urbana

Johnny Rawls is a singer, songwriter, producer, and guitarist. A native of Purvis, MS, Johnny grew up in the blues. While still in high school Johnny played with Z.Z. Hill and Little Johnny Taylor. Johnny played with O.V. Wright and was his band leader for several years until O.V. passed.

Over the years he's put out albums on a number of record labels even starting his own record company. He's found his greatest success with his recent releases on Catfood Records. Some of these include; "Memphis Still Got Soul", "Red Cadillac", "Soul Survivor" and "Soul Brothers" which he recorded with Otis Clay. His latest release is "Tiger In A Cage". He's been nominated for 16 Blues Music Awards and won the Soul Blues Album of the Year BMA for "Ace of Spades".

Johnny performs on Friday June 2nd in the intimate surrounding of The Iron Post in Urbana. Visit Johnny Rawls' website for more information.

[Robert Randolph]

Champaign Blues Brews & BBQ Fest
Friday & Saturday June 23 & 24
Market Place Mall

The 10th Annual Blues Brews & BBQ Fest is moving to a great new location and is bringing in some awesome acts to celebrate! Two great days of blues, a few cool beverages and some terrific food!

Friday's performers include; Robert Sampson from Springfield, Alligator Records' Toronzo Cannon and Peoria Illinois own Bernard Allison. Friday night's headliners are The Dirty Dozen Brass Band. If our memory is correct, Bernard, son of the legendary Luther Allison, played the very first Blues Brews & BBQ Fest in Urbana, and this will be his 3rd overall appearance at the Fest.

Saturday's lineup includes newcomer Kevin Cory LeSure and local favorite Candy Foster. Other acts scheduled for Saturday include two IBC winners, Mr. Sipp "The Mississippi Blues Child", and Selwyn Birchwood. Both these performers will be featuring their newly released CD's. Saturday's headliners are Robert Randolph & The Family Band.

Check out the Blues Brews & BBQ Facebook Page

2017 Blues Fest Lineups


John Warren "J." Geils
February 20, 1946 - April 11, 2017

Lonnie Brooks
December 18, 1933 - April 1, 2017

Chuck Berry
October 18, 1926 - March 18, 2017

James Cotton
"Mr. Superharp"
July 1, 1935 - March 16, 2017