Blues music has been streaming its way throughout the United States for over a century and has progressed into a genre that incorporates so many forms of soulful music. With roots originating in the Deep South and traveling all the way to the Windy City , it’s no wonder legendary blues musicians are flocking to the first annual Illinois Central Music Festival, a Chicago blues festival that is sure to blow you away.
On Saturday, August 20th, come out to the West Loop and spend your summer day listening to the sweet sound of some of the most celebrated and talented blues artists in the country. Little Ray Neal Blues Band and their traditional blues music come all the way from Baton Rouge to share their power and soulfulness with the Midwest . Chicago native Billy Branch will also be on hand and filling the air with the sounds of his harmonica. A full schedule of performers is below:
Des Plaines – 1:00 p.m.
Little Ray Neal – 2:15 p.m.
Billy Branch – 3:00 p.m.
Big James – 4:45 p.m.
Sugar Blue – 6:15 p.m.
Larry McCray – 9:30 p.m.
Pro Jam – 9:30 p.m.
The Illinois Central Music Festival will take place from 12:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. at the intersection of Madison St. and May St. in Chicago ’s West Loop . Authentic Southern-inspired food will be provided courtesy of The CrossRoads Bar & Grill and will include comfort food favorites such as BBQ ribs, mac n’ cheese and pulled pork sliders. Beverage sponsors will provide fantastic libations for the adults in attendance and for those who want to make it a family affair, kids’ games such as a Moonwalk, Waterslide and Face-Painting will be on-site courtesy of The Fun Ones Co.
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