The free Chicago Blues Festival features music on six Grant Park stages, all at or near Columbus and Jackson unless otherwise noted: the Juke Joint, the Front Porch, the Crossroads (Jackson and Lake Shore Dr.), the Best Buy Showcase, the Route 66 Roadhouse, and the Petrillo Music Shell. For more information, call 312-744-3315.

Thursday 9

Juke Joint

Noon Erwin Helfer

1:00 Roosevelt Purifoy

2:30 Fernando Jones

4:00 Roland Tchakounte

5:00 Blues Poetry Showcase

Front Porch

1:00 Blues in the Schools with Erwin Helfer, Katherine Davis, Eric Noden, Les Getrex, Billy Branch, Doktu Rhute, and more

3:00 Nick Moss & the Flip Tops

4:30 L-Roy & the Bullet Proof Band with Lady D, Lady Cat, and Holly Maxwell


1:30 Tommy McCracken & the Force of Habit Band

2:45 Grana’ Louise

4:30 Toronzo Cannon & the Cannonball Express

Best Buy Showcase

2:00 Planetary Blues

3:30 After Midnight Blues

4:45 Madman Blues Band

6:15 Steepwater Band

Route 66 Roadhouse

Noon Mike Rowe, Bill Greensmith, Bob Hall, Jim O’Neal

2:00 Blues in the Schools session

Petrillo Music Shell

6:00 David “Honeyboy” Edwards

7:00 Kim Simmonds’s Savoy Brown with Bob Hall

:20 John Mayall & the Bluesbreakers with Mick Taylor

Friday 10

Juke Joint

Noon Piano Willie

1:00 Eddie Taylor Jr.

2:00 Detroit Junior

3:30 Hubert Sumlin & Steady, and Rollin’ Bob Margolin

4:30 Roy Meriwether

Front Porch

1:00 Barrelhouse Chuck & Henry Gray

2:30 Little Arthur, Johnnie Mae Dunson, Eddie Taylor Jr., Larry Taylor, Brenda Taylor, and Demetria Taylor featuring the New Legends of Blues All Stars

5:00 Kim Simmonds & Bob Hall


1:30 Robert Lockwood Jr. Band

3:30 Eddie Kirkland with Eddie Burns

Best Buy Showcase

2:00 Pat Smillie Band

3:15 Scott Bradbury

4:30 Latvian Blues Band

5:45 Liz Mandville Greeson

7:00 Perpetrators

Route 66 Roadhouse

Noon Howlin’ Wolf’s Family Birthday Party

2:30 Henry Gray, Bob Hall, Roy Meriwether, Pete Crawford, Jim O’Neal

Petrillo Music Shell

6:00 Jody Williams with the Willie Henderson Horns

7:20 Hubert Sumlin, Steady Rollin’ Bob Margolin, Pinetop Perkins, Willie “Big Eyes” Smith, Mookie Brill

:40 Koko Taylor & Her Blues Machine

Saturday 11

Juke Joint

Noon Don Washington

1:30 Waymon Meeks

3:00 Jon McDonald

4:30 Bob Seeley

Front Porch

1:00 Aron Burton with Homesick James, Steve Freund, Tino Cortez, Jake Crosby, Glenn Davis, and Aaron Moore

3:00 Carey Bell with Lurrie Bell’s Blues Band

5:00 Dusty Brown, Larry Cox, Russ Green, Little Addison, and Omar Coleman featuring the Chicago Bluesmasters


1:30 Linsey Alexander with Joanne Graham

3:30 Latimore


1:00 Diamond Jim Greene

2:30 Michael Powers

3:45 Howard & the White Boys

5:15 Noah Wotherspoon Band

7:00 Vera Lee

Route 66 Roadhouse

11:00 Marie Dixon, Koko Taylor, and Katherine Davis

Petrillo Music Shell

5:00 Erwin Helfer & the Chicago Boogie Ensemble

6:25 Billy Branch & the Sons of Blues with Pete Crawford, Lurrie Bell, and Steve Freund

:00 Buddy Guy

Sunday 12

Juke Joint

Noon Frank “Little Sonny” Scott Jr. & Dancin’ Perkins

1:30 Eddie C. Campbell

3:00 Lucky Peterson

4:00 Carlos Johnson

Front Porch

1:00 Victory Travelers

2:30 Geraldine & Donald Gay

4:00 Calvin Cooke

6:00 George Stancell


1:30 Sharrie Williams & the Wiseguys

3:30 Fernest Arceneaux & the Thunders

Best Buy Showcase

Noon George Jackson, Bruce Bromberg, Bob Jones, Larry Hoffman

2:30 Al Bell

Route 66 Roadhouse

1:00 Steve Arvey & Kraig Kenning

2:30 Big G & the Real Deal

3:45 Kenny “Blues Boss” Wayne

5:00 Matt Besey

6:15 Molly Nova & the Hawk

Petrillo Music Shell

5:00 Howard Scott & His Southside Review with Miss Jesi’ and Stan Mosley

6:40 Lucky Peterson Band

:20 Mavis Staples

Art accompanying story in printed newspaper (not available in this archive): photo/James Fraher.