Prairie Crossroads Blues Society

Champaign-Urbana IL

Blues Blast Music Awards
Thursday October 23
Fluid Events Center
601 N. Country Fair Drive, Champaign


The 2014 Blues Blast Music Awards are being presented right here in Champaign. In early May members of the music industry nominated artists in 12 categories. Voting was open to the public from July thru September. On Thursday October 23rd we'll find out who the winners are.

Many of the nominees will be in attendance. Check out the list of confirmed performers. The list includes; Back Pack Jones, Albert Castiglia, Dave Riley and Bob Corritore, Josh Hoyer, Shaun Murphy. Too Slim and the Taildraggers and Tweed Funk. Lifettime Achievement Awards will be presented to both Lonnie Brooks and Bobby Rush.

This is one event you don't want to miss. To purchase tickets check out the BBMA tickets on eTix.

IBC Solo/Duo Challenge
Saturday November 1, 2014
Bentley's Pub
419 N. Neil St. Champaign

IBC Logo

We have 5 excellent acts entered in our IBC Solo/Duo Challenge. We'll be announceing the lineup and order of appearance in just a couple days.

This year Prairie Crossroads Blues Society is excited to hold an IBC competition in the Solo/Duo category. The winner represents PCBS at the Blues Foundation's competition in Memphis in the Solo/Duo category. Solo/Duo acts will have 25 minutes to impress the panel of judges who will choose the best act using the Blues Foundation scoring system based on five categories. Entries closed on October 8, we'll have the scheduled order of appearance listed soon.

Best Self-Produced CD competition

We're also holding a Best Self-Produced CD competition to send one of our member bands' recently released CD's to the competition in Memphis. CD's must have been released between Nov. 1 2013 and Oct. 31 2014 to be eligible. Our panel of judges will choose the best CD to represent us.

We'll be announcing the winning CD at our IBC Solo/Duo Challenge on Saturday Novemeber 1, at Bentley's Pub.

Previous PCBS BSPCD Winners
  • Hurricane Ruth "The Power of the Blues... Feels Like a Hurricane" - 2012
  • Benny Jenkins Bloodline "Can't Quit The Blues" - 2013

Admission to our Solo/Duo Challenge is only $5
The event kicks off at 5:00, get there early to get a great seat.

PCBS Monthly Meeting
6:30 PM Thursday November 13
Black Rock Pizza
Lincoln Square Mall, Urbana

Join us for a short business meeting, some delicious food and a beverage or two. We'll have updates on upcoming Entertainment and Educational events. We'll take a quick look back at our IBC Challenges and perhaps note a few improvements for next year. Come out and share your thoughts and ideas on how to make your Blues Society more exciting!

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.

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.

Thanks to all the bands and artists who have contributed to our prize pool of CD's that we give away at our monthly meetings. Locally we want to thank, Back Pack Jones, Benny Jenkins bloodline, Keith Harden, The Sugar Prophets and The Kilborn Alley Blues Band. PCBS members stick around till the conclusion of each meeting hoping their raffle ticket is drawn.

Congratulations to the winners and thanks to all the bands!

Interested in Folk and Roots Music? PCBS is a proud supporter of the
C-U Folk and Roots Festival. This year's fest takes place Friday & Saturday, November 7 & 8 at a number of venues throughout downtown Urbana.