Prairie Crossroads Blues Society

Champaign-Urbana IL

[Women of the Blues]

Laura Rain, Joanna Connor, Janiva Magness, Shaun Murphy, Ana Popovic
Saturday's Women of the Blues at the Champaign Blues Brews & BBQ Fest

Wow! How much fun was that! Prairie Crossroads Blues Society hopes you had a chance to come out to the Champaign Blues Brews & BBQ Fest. Powerful vocals and strong guitar playing were featured throughout. The Fest kicked off Friday with performances from local artists No Solid State featuring Kayla Brown followed by Upshot, featuring Sarah Hall. National touring acts Adrianna Marie & Her Groovecutters, Sena Ehrhardt and Carolyn Wonderland completed the Friday lineup.

Saturday's weather was great and the music was amazing! The fest featured all women lead groups bringing blues fans impressive musical performances. The awesome lineup kicked off with Laura Rain and the Caesars, after a short break Joanna Connor wowed the crowd with her guitar skills. The evening performances simply got better with each performer as Janiva Magness, Shaun Murphy and Ana Popovic thrilled the huge crowd

Sarah Metheny won our raffle for the Blues Basket with great blues items such as a Taj Mahal box set, additional CD's by local blues bands Kilborn Alley & The Sugar Prophets, a PCBS t-shirt and some donations from Triptych Brewing in Savoy and Lagunitas in Chicago.

For the entire schedule check the Blues Brews & BBQ Fest schedule page


PCBS Monthly Meeting
6:30 pm Thursday July 9
Po' Boys, 202 East University Ave., Urbana

Prairie Crossroads Blues Society will recap our successful membership recruitment at this year's Champaign Blues Brews & BBQ Fest. We'll be making plans for July 22 Blues Jam and future jams at Bentley's. We'll be discussing some exciting future entertainment and educational events. Come out and join the discussions. We'd like your help to make the Society even more inclusive and responsive.

PCBS has been serving the community for five years promoting live Blues music, preserving the heritage of Blues, and educating our young people about the Blues. Perhaps you have stayed on the margins of these efforts and do not realize how satisfying and fun it is to be directly involved. If so, it is time for you to find out!


[Bentley's Blues Jam Poster]

Bentley's Blues Jam
7:00 pm Wednesday July 22
Bentley's Pub, 419 N. Neil St., Champaign

Come out to the next Bentley's Blues Jam, scheduled for Wednesday, July 22. Bentley's Pub is located at, 419 N. Neil street in downtown Champaign. The July Jam will be hosted by the Stimmel brothers, Josh & Jake on guitars and Abraham Johnson on vocals. 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 each month. The May and June jams featured lots of great musicians, with plenty of jammers thrilling the capacity crowd. Make plans to be there!


[Blues Blast Music Awards Logo]

Blues Blast Music Awards
2015 Nominees Announced

In early May, a group of 30 top Blues music industry professionals including music critics, radio DJs, journalists, festival promoters, music venue managers and owners and other Blues music industry professionals nominated the best in Blues music in twelve categories.

Voting Is Open To The Public - Voting to determine the winners begins July 15, 2015 and continues until September 15, 2015. For a list of all the nominees, check out the Blues Blast Magazine website

The 2015 Blues Blast Music Awards ceremonies will be held at The Fluid Events Center in Champaign, Illinois on Friday September 25th, 2015. The awards ceremony will feature music by many of the artists nominated.


[Blues Foundation's BITS Logo]

Blues Foundation
Blues Music Awards 2015

On Thursday May 7, the Blues Foundation presented the Blues Music Awards at the Cook Convention Center in Memphis, TN. Elvin Bishop won 3 Awards inluding Song of the Year and Album of the Year for "Can't Even Do Wrong Right". Bobby Rush and John Hammond won 2 Awards. This is the the 36th Annual presentation of the most prestigious awards in the Blues industry which were formerly known as the W.C. Handy Awards.

For the list of all the winners, check out this release from the Blues Foundation; Award Winners


[Blues Foundation's BITS Logo]

Blues In The Schools
Spring - 2015
South Side Elementary School
& Westview School

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

This spring, Prairie Crossroads Blues Society conducted another of our Blues In The Schools programs, this one at South Side Elementary School in Champaign. Classes were presented March 11 & 12 and April 8 & 9 with grades 3, 4 and 5 participating. Our BITS instructors, Gus Wood for blues history, and Josh Spence for blues harmonica taught the series of classes. The program includes a performance by a local blues band for the kids.

Huge thanks goes 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.

PCBS Education Chair, Sandy Hannum helped arrange a blues concert for the students at Westview School. Jiggy & The Source performed at the school on Wednesday March 18.

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: prairiecrossroadsblues@gmail.com.


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.



Want to help support the blues?
Consider becoming a Member of PCBS

We support blues throughout our community and the world. Our mission is preserve, promote and educate about the blues. We support the blues in a variety of ways, bringing new blues artists to town, supporting local blues bands and venues and educating the community through our Blues In The Schools programs.

PCBS is a non-profit organization formed to promote blues music and artists in East Central Illinois. We're a proud affiliate of The Blues Foundation.