Prairie Crossroads Blues Society

Champaign-Urbana IL

Big Blues Events

[Kilborn Alley promo]

PCBS Monthly Meeting/Juke Joint Show
6:00 pm Thursday June 12
Po' Boys, 202 East University Ave., Urbana
Kilborn Alley plays 7:30 - 10:30

Did you join the fun at our May Meeting and the Kilborn Alley Juke Joint show? You'll have another opportunity to do so in June. Po' Boys was packed with blues fans, family and friends. The food was delicious, the beverages were great and the entire event had a party atmoshphere.

Come out and join the fun at our June meeting. We'll be talking about our participation in this summer's Blues, Brews & BBQ Fest, planning for other exciting summer events and future Bentley's Blues Jams. We're always looking for volunteers to get more involved with our Blues In The Schools program and suggestions for other artists. Consider becoming a PCBS Member and help us reach out to other blues lovers in our communities.

[Golden State Lone Star Revue - promo pic]

Golden State-Lone Star Revue
w/Anson Funderburgh, Little Charlie and Mark Hummel
7:30 Saturday June 18
The Accord, 51 E. Main St. Champaign

We're really looking forward to this show! This impressive band is made up of blues All-Stars. It includes Texas guitar legend Anson Funderburgh as well as California icons, guitarist Lil' Charlie Baty and harmonica player Mark Hummel. They're backed by the solid rhythm section of R.W. Grigsby and Wes Star. These blues veterans will probably be one of the smoothest blues bands you'll have the pleasure to hear.

"Harmonica monster Mark Hummel, of the Blues Survivors, and Little Charlie Baty, monster guitar man from the Nightcats, have teamed up with some other monsters. Anson Funderburgh of the legendary Texas band, the Rockets, an all star Austin rhythm section. The result is a California Texas super band...Tasty yet nasty, smooth yet rough, suave boogie woogie for every kind of bootie." (BluesMobile)

"They just might be the best blues band going." (Kent Wolgamott/Lincoln Journal-Star)

Their self-titled CD "Golden State Lone Star Blues Revue" was recorded at Kid Anderson's Greaseland studio in San Jose, CA. It was just released on the Electro-Fi label and is getting lots of airplay on blues radio throughout the country. They've been playing blues festivals since 2012 and have two national and two international tours under their belts.

Check out Mark Hummel's website for plenty of info about the tremendous talent in this band.

This is a chance to see some West Coast and Texas pros join forces for an amazing blues show. Anson, Lil' Charlie & Mark haven't played in this area for years. Here's a chance for blues lovers to see these legends again. Doors open at 7:00 and special guests, King T'z open the show at 7:30. This four piece combo play rockin' rhythms with an occasional twang. Wow, you don't want to miss this show!

PCSB is proud to be a sponsor of this outstanding show.

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

Campaign Blues Brews & BBQ's
Friday & Saturday June 24 & 25
Downtown Champaign

Here's the 2016 Lineup


  • 5:00-6:30 - THE SMOKERS BLUES BAND
  • 8:40-10:10 - KRIS LAGER BAND

  • 2:25-3:55 - DAVID DUNAVENT
  • 6:50-8:20 - SLAM ALLEN
  • 8:40-10:10 - HOWARD AND THE WHITE BOYS

Check back soon, more details to follow.

Blues Dancing
Lessons and Dances every Friday
Defy Gravity, 24 E. Green St., Champaign

Discover another way to enjoy Blues! Learn to Dance!

Blues I, a blues dance class for beginners occurs weekly at Defy Gravity Pole and Aerial Arts Studio, 24 E. Green St. in Champaign, so you can not only sit and listen, but get up and dance to the band! The instructor will be local dancer Jennifer White.

Check out the December issue of our Inclusive newsletter for the story on Blues Dancing. Or for more info visit the BluesCENTRAL Facebook Page.

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.