Prairie Crossroads Blues Society

Champaign-Urbana IL

PCBS Holiday Party/Monthly Meeting
6:00 PM Thursday December 18
The Clark Bar, 207 W. Clark St., Champaign

We had so much fun with our Holiday Party last year, we're doing it again! Join us for a fun evening on Thursday December 18, at the Clark Bar, 207 W. Clark Street in Champaign. Keith & Kathy Harden are playing at 6:30. Enjoy some great food, the Clark Bar is famous for their ribs, and a beverage or two. We'll have some giveaways or raffles to spread the Holiday cheer.


IBC Logo

Congratulations to Monica Morris & Josie Lowder
Winners of the PCBS Solo/Duo IBC Challenge
Good Luck to you in Memphis!

Prairie Crossroads Blues Society held our IBC Solo/Duo Challenge on Saturday November 1, 2014 at Bentley's Pub, 419 N. Neil St. Champaign

Thanks to all the competitors, the excellent judges, the PCBS vounteers and mostly to all the enthusiastic fans who came out and supported the Blues. Thanks also to the entire staff of Bentley's for providing us a great venue and to Mike Feldman for his excellent work as the soundman. Congratulations again to Monica and Josie!

The lineup for the Solo/Duo Challenge was:

All the competitors were outstanding, the judges scoring was very close. Congratulations to Monica and Josie and good luck in Memphis.

A fundraiser to raise money for Monica & Josie is in the planning stages. We'll keep you updated as we finalize the plans.


Best Self-Produced CD competition

Congratulations to Back Pack Jones,
their "Betsy's Kitchen" CD won our BSPCD competition

The same evening as our Solo/Duo Challenge, Saturday November 1, we announced the winners of our BSPCD contest. We've sent Back Pack Jones' "Betsy's Kitchen" CD to Memphis to compete in the Blues Foundation's BSPCD competition, which is held in conjunction with the IBC.

Congratulations to Back Pack Jones. Good luck in Memphis!

Thanks to all the bands who entered their CD's this year:

  • Hurricane Ruth - "Born On The River"
  • Back Pack Jones – "Betsy’s Kitchen"
  • Alex Jenkins & The Bombers - "Voodoo You"
  • Black Magic Johnson – "Walk With You Baby"
  • Jerry Lee Gingery and the Juju Kings – "Southside of Nowhere"

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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.


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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!