Prairie Crossroads Blues Society

Champaign-Urbana IL

Upcoming Events

Kilborn Facebook promo spring 2014

Kilborn Alley's 14th Anniversary Party
with special guest Jackie Scott

Saturday, April 26, 9:00 pm
The Iron Post, 120 S. Race St., Urbana
$12 cover, $10 for PCBS members

Kilborn Alley Blues Band is celebrating their 14th Anniversary and they're throwing a party at The Iron Post. Jackie Scott, of Jackie Scott & The Housewreckers, will be in town from Virginia as Kilborn's special guest performer. Jackie is an IBC Finalist, has made multiple appearances at the Chicago Blues Fest and was part of a Koko Taylor Tribute show at the Mississippi Valley Blues Fest. She also produced and sang on Eddie Shaw & The 757 Allstars newest CD "Still Riding High".

Andrew and the guys are thrilled to be bringing Jackie here.

Jackie Scott

"We have played over a lot of geography in the last few years and met a lot of fine players, but when it comes to bringing home a great musician to share with our C-U friends, our very first thought is: Jackie Scott. It has taken a couple of years to arrange this, and we are very proud to introduce East Central Illinois to this extraordinary performer."
Andrew Duncanson

Everyone's invited to the party! Check out our Facebook event and invite your friends too! Prairie Crossroasds Blues Society is thrilled to be able to help sponsor the celebration.

Press release about Jackie Scott's appearance at Kilborn's 14th Anniversary Party!

Congratulations Kilborn Alley!

Jarekus promo picture

Jarekus Singleton
Alligator Records artist
Sunday, May 18, 6:00 pm
Memphis on Main, 55 E. Main St., Champaign

Prairie Crossroads Blues Society is thrilled to present Alligator Recording artist Jarekus Singleton. Jarekus is from Jackson, MS. and his first CD on Alligator Records "Refuse To Lose" will be released in May. PCBS is excited to bring Jarekus for his first appearance in downstate Illinois.

Jarekus impressed the fans at the International Blues Challenge in Memphis, TN in both 2013 and 2014. Immediately after the 2014 Challenge, Alligator Records announced they'd signed Jarekus to a recording contract.

Alligator Records press release on signing Jarekus

You don't want to miss this show!

Blues In The Schools - Spring 2014
Don Moyer's Boys & Girls Club
each Thursday April 17 thru May 1

Kids at Champaign Public Library

Thanks in part to a grant from the Orange Krush Foundation, Prairie Crossroads Blues Society is pleased to present a three-week program at Don Moyer's Boys & Girls Club in Champaign. Gus Wood is our blues history instructor and Josh Spence will teach the kids some basic harmonica. Each student will receive their own Hohner harmonica to keep after the classes conclude.

We've presented six and eight week after-school programs at Champaign and Urbana grade schools. We've conducted one hour harmonica workshops and blues history lessons at Champaign and Urbana libraries. We've also presented youth and school groups at the Champaign Blues & BBQ Fests in 2012 and 2013. Check our Education page for all the details.

Blues In The Library - Spring 2014
Urbana Free Library
Saturday May 31

We'll have more details on the May 31 Library program soon. Check back for information in a week or so.

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. The members excitedly wait for the conclusion of each meeting hoping their raffle ticket is drawn.

Thanks again to all the bands!

Want to help support the blues? Consider becoming a Member of PCBS. We support blues throughout our community and the world, and want to educate everyone about the history and value of this amazing musical art form.

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.