Prairie Crossroads Blues Society
RIP Dr. Bob McEntyre
Dr. Bob McEntyre has been the Painkillers Blues Band drummer for the last several years. A steady beat holding everything together. Bob passed away peacefully in his sleep 7/14/21.
We'll miss you Dr. Bob
RIP Paul Wirth
Paul was the long time manager of The Iron Post in Urbana. One of the premier venues in the C-U area for Jazz and Blues. Hundreds of excellent shows took place at the Post!
We'll miss you Paul
RIP Kevin Flowers 4/4/21
The Champaign-Urbana community mourns the loss of Kevin Flowers. Father, husband, friend and outstanding bass player and blues musician. Your smile will be missed.
Long time bass player with Candy Foster and Shades of Blues. Candy, Tom Grassman, Guido and Kathy Foster played a concert for Kevin outside his house in his final days.
Visit Kevin's Facebook Page for this and other touching memorials
Candy Foster, PCBS and the C-U music community is plannig a Celebration of Kevin's life. We'll let you know about the details as we finalize the plans.
RIP Jerry Lee Gingery 2/28/21
Jerry Lee & The Juju Kings competed in the PCBS IBC Challenge in the fall of 2012 and won against 5 other solid bands. They represented Prairie Crossroads at the IBC's in Memphis in January of 2013. Their 2 nights of Quarterfinals competition were in the world famous Rum Boogie Cafe, right on historic Beale St. They put in 2 oustanding sets and although they did not advance to the Semi-Finals PCBS was so proud of their performance.
Jerry had been fighting health problems for many months. Several diagnoses proved to be incorrect. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his lovely wife Leslie, Jerry's family and all his Blues friends.
RIP Alex "Wayne" Jenkins 10/5/20 Stay Safe! Wear a Mask! Get Tested for COVID!
Alex Jenkins & The Bombers played the PCBS Blues Jam at Pipa's Pub September 13, 2020. Thanks to Mike for the pictures and videos!
RIP Rick Scott - Pop's Place July 31, 1949 - June 28, 2020
Always smiling ... always friendly. Rick truly made Sunday - Funday! He brought some great blues music to the area. Our thoughts go out to Rick's family and the family at Pop's Place. If you went there once, you were part of the family.
RIP Ray "Popeye" Curtsinger May 9, 1958 - June 11, 2020
A Legend in the local C-U Music Scene. Our thoughts go out to Popeyes' family and friends.
Bryan Lee 3/16/43 - 8/21/20
Frank Bey (born Frank Bass) 1/17/46 - 6/7/20
Lucky Peterson 12/13/64 - 5/17/20
Betty Wright (born Bessie Regina Norris) 12/21/53 - 5/10/20
Little Richard Richard Penniman 12/5/32 - 5/9/20
Big George Brock 5/16/32 - 4/10/20
John Prine 10/10/46 - 4/7/20
Bill Withers 7/4/38 - 3/30/20
Little Charlie Baty 1953 - 3/6/20
Henry Gray 1/9/25 - 2/17/20
PCBS remembers our Friend - Joyce Volkman PCBS Member, Super Volunteer, WEFT Arishifter Blues Promoter & Supporter
Joyce passed July 26, 2019
Joyce helped PCBS with our PCBS Blues Fests, helped arrange artists for our Jams, helped organize the Susan Williams/Andy Duncanson jams at the Looney Bin. She was a tireless promoter of blues music.
Joyce also became involved with WEFT 90.1 FM as an Airshifter, Volunteer and Supporter. She did a World Music show and subbed on numerous blues shows. She became a member of the Programming Committee, to help select WEFT programming. Her knowledge about blues and music in general was a valuable addition to both PCBS and WEFT.
Dave Bartholomew 12/24/18 - 6/23/19
Paul Alton 'Lil Buck' Sinegal 1/14/44 - 6/10/19
Dr. John Born Malcolm John Rebennack 11/20/41 - 6/6/19
Dave Wright 10/13/53 - 5/26/19 WEFT Blues Airshifter Supporter of Blues Music and Blues Musicians everywhere! PCBS Remembers Dave Wright
Cash McCall (born Morris Dollison Jr.) 1/28/40 - 4/20/19 Nola Blue Records on Facebook
Michael Ledbetter Mike passed 1/21/2019 he was only 33 years old Truly, that brother was the future of the blues - Andy Duncanson
RIP Abraham Johnson December 29, 1945 - November 27, 2018
Jody Williams 2/3/1935 - 12/1/2018
Eddie C. Campbell 5/6/1939 - 11/20/2018
Otis Rush 4/29/1935 - 9/29/2018
Lazy Lester (born Leslie Carswell Johnson) 6/20/1933 - 8/22/2018
Matt "Guitar" Murphy (born Matthew Tyler Murphy) 12/29/1929 - 6/15/2018
Eddy "The Chief" Clearwater (born Edward Harrington) 1/10/1935 - 6/1/2018
Deborah Coleman 10/03/1956 - 4/12/2018
Blues Hall of Famer Eddie Shaw 3/20/1937 - 1/29/2018
Denise LaSalle (born as Ora Denise Allen) 7/16/1939 - 1/8/2018