Prairie Crossroads Blues Society

Champaign-Urbana IL

Upcoming Blues Events

[Membership Drive]

Membership Drive

Since the Champaign Blues Brews and BBQ Fest was cancelled this year, please renew your PCBS Membership online. The local Blues Fest was always our best chance to get out among fellow blues fans and spread the word of our mission. Please remind your friends to renew online and encourage new members to sign up! Tell a Friend ... To Tell a Friend ... To Tell a Friend

[Kilborn Tolono Tapes CD]

Prize Drawing

As an added incentive we're holding a drawing. Each person who signs up as a member or renews their membership between June 15 and June 30 will be entered. The winner will receive a copy of Kilborn Alley's new CD "The Tolono Tapes", signed by the four core members of the band, as well as a Kilborn Alley T-Shirt. Join or renew your membership now!

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

[Cash Box Kings promo]

Reds, Whites and the Blues
Allerton Park - Gate House Lawn
Friday June 30
6:00 - The Blues Deacons
7:30 - The Cash Box Kings

Part of the Allerton Park Concert Series, they are bringing in a great local blues band and a national touring act.

About the bands:

Hailing from the Windy City, Blind Pig recording artists The Cash Box Kings are keeping real deal, old-school Chicago blues alive and thriving. The band is dedicated to carrying on the spirit of the 1940's and 50's post-war Chicago blues sound as well as the Delta blues music of the 20's and 30's. But these illustrious torch bearers also add a bravado, energy and freshness to the mix that results in a distinctive musical experience and a high-energy stage show

The Blues Deacons have been a mainstay of the downstate Illinois blues scene since forming in 1990. Together, three veteran musicians form a tight blues machine while retaining a raw, soulful edge. With a huge catalog of material including originals, eclectic/lesser-known covers, well-worn classics, and modern blues hits, the Deacons are very adept at tailoring a live show to the venue at which they're booked.

Reds, Whites & Blues features The Blues Deacons and The Cash Box Kings

[Blues Jam]

PCBS Blues Jams!
Pipa's Pub, 604 S. Country Fair Dr., Champaign
2nd Sunday of each month, 4:00 - 7:00 pm
4th Wednesday of each month, 7:00 - 10:00 pm

Prairie Crossroads Blues Society is excited to announce an additional series of monthly blues jams. From 4:00 - 7:00 pm on the 2nd Sunday of each month at Pipa's Pub, 604 S. Country Fair Dr., Champaign. Bring your instrument and plan on sitting in!

We've had so much fun bringing you the Wednesday Blues Jams at Pipa's Pub we've expanded the program to bring you Sunday afternoon jams once a month.

Jams are scheduled for Wednesday June 28
as well as Sunday July 9 and Wednesday July 26

Google map to Pipa's Pub, 604 S. Country Fair Dr. Champaign.

  • JD & The Phuzz host the Jam - June 28
  • Robert Sampson, Jesse Howell, Cliff Stoker & Mel Hoaks host the Jam - July 9
  • Groove Avenue host the Jam - July 26

Prairie Crossroads Blues Society is happy to help revive the tradition of a blues jam in the C-U area!

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PCBS 7th Anniversary

Prairie Crossroads Blues Society held it's first formational meeting on May 23, 2010 at Jupiters At The Crossing when an Executive Board was picked. Our second meeting was held June 22 at the Champaign Public Library when Committee Chairs were elected, we prepared for our 1st public outing at the Urbana Blues Brews & BBQ Fest and set some long range goals for our Society.

  • Promote and educate about "the Blues"
  • Grow our membership
  • Bring more Blues events here
  • Start a Blues in the Schools educational program
  • Become affiliated with the Blues Foundation, so we're eligible to sponsor a local act at the International Blues Challenge in Memphis in February

We've had a blast meeting blues fans in our community during the last several years. We contine to strive to meet our goals by hosting great blues jams, helping to support local blues bands, sponsoring new blues artists to appear in our area and putting on music education programs in our schools and libraries. We thank everyone for their support and encouragment and look forward to doing even more for The Blues!

[Kilborn Alley promo]

PCBS Monthly Meeting/Juke Joint Show
6:00 pm Thursday July 13
Po' Boys, 202 East University Ave., Urbana
Kilborn Alley plays 7:30 - 10:30

We combined our monthly meetings with the Kilborn Alley Juke Joint shows at Po' Boys! It's a chance to enjoy some delicious Po' Boys food, some beverages from local craft brewer's Triptych Brewing with great blues music and lively conversation. The joint's been packed with blues fans, friends and family enjoying the party atmosphere!

We're always open to suggestions about our monthly blues jams, are looking forward to the Champaign Blues Brews & BBQ Fest and are looking for folks to get more involved with our Blues In The Schools program. Consider becoming a PCBS Member and help us reach out to other blues lovers in our communities.

Unfortunately Champaign Blues announced the cancellation
of the 2017 Champaign Blues Brews & BBQ Fest

Tbe Blues Foundation presented the
Blues Music Awards
Thursday May 11 in Memphis, TN
Here's the 2017 Hall Of Fame Inductees

2017 Blues Fest Lineups