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The complete schedule of the 2018 Chicago Blues Festival 

Every set on all five stages in Millennium Park, from Friday morning through Sunday night—including Mavis Staples, Vieux Farka Touré, Fantastic Negrito, and dozens more

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Mavis Staples headlines Jay Pritzker Pavilion on Sunday night. - CHRIS STRONG PHOTOGRAPHY
  • Mavis Staples headlines Jay Pritzker Pavilion on Sunday night.
  • Chris Strong Photography

Friday, June 8

Front Porch Stage

Wrigley Square

11 AM Blues in the Schools with Katherine Davis, Tim Gant, Tino Cortes, Alan Burroughs, and Stone Academy students

12:15 PM Jimmy Burns solo

1:30 PM Jimmy Johnson duo

2:45 PM Lurrie Bell & Eddie Taylor Jr. with the Bell Dynasty

4 PM Guy King solo

5:30 PM Tail Dragger

6:45 PM Rockin' Johnny Burgin

8 PM Giles Corey

Crossroads Stage

South promenade

11 AM Zora Young

12:15 PM Sharon Lewis

1:30 PM Rockwell Avenue Blues Band

2:45 PM Dave Specter

4 PM Linsey Alexander

Rooftop Lounge

Harris Theater rooftop

11 AM Gerry Hundt's Legendary One-Man-Band

12:15 PM Oscar Wilson & Joel Paterson

1:30 PM Devil in a Woodpile

2:45 PM Rockin' Johnny Burgin

4 PM Matt Hendricks

Mississippi Juke Joint

North promenade

11:15 PM Panel discussion with Delmark Records founder Bob Koester, blues historian and producer Dick Shurman, and Alligator Records founder Bruce Iglauer

12:30 PM Mickey Rogers & the Soul Blues Band

1:45 PM LJ Echols & the Neckbone Band

3 PM Mr. Sipp

4:15 PM Jam session with Kenny "Beedy Eyes" Smith

Jay Pritzker Pavilion

5:10 PM National anthem by Melody Angel, video tribute to Delmark Records founder Bob Koester

5:30 PM Corey Dennison Band

6:30 PM Mississippi Heat with Billy Flynn and Giles Corey

7:30 PM Tribute to those who came before and Bob Koester

Gerry Hundt and Corey Dennison: tribute to Sleepy John Estes

Jimmy Burns: tribute to Big Joe Williams

Ken Saydak: tribute to Roosevelt Sykes

Shirley Johnson: tribute to Bonnie Lee

Guy King: tribute to Willie Kent

Billy Flynn and Linsey Alexander: tribute to Jimmy Dawkins

Lil' Ed and Dave Weld: tribute to J.B. Hutto

Demetria Taylor and Tomiko Dixon: tribute to Big Time Sarah

Mike Wheeler: tribute to Otis Rush

Steve Bell and Lurrie Bell: tribute to Carey Bell

Jimmy Johnson and Dave Specter: tribute to Magic Sam

Omar Coleman: tribute to Junior Wells

Saturday, June 9

Front Porch Stage

Wrigley Square

11 AM Katherine Davis Quartet

12:15 PM Alvin Youngblood Hart

1:30 PM Jontavious Willis

2:45 PM Eric Noden & Joe Filisko

4 PM Bridges to the Blues with Kenny "Beedy Eyes" Smith

5:30 PM Kevin "B.F." Burt

6:45 PM Chicago Wind featuring Deitra Farr and Matthew Skoller

8 PM Kenny "Blues Boss" Wayne

Vieux Farka Touré plays the Crossroads Stage on Saturday afternoon. - COURTESY DCASE
  • Vieux Farka Touré plays the Crossroads Stage on Saturday afternoon.
  • Courtesy DCASE

Crossroads Stage

South promenade

11 AM Dave Herrero

12:15 PM Jackie Scott

1:30 PM Chicago Rhythm & Blues Kings: tribute to Gene Barge

2:45 PM Vieux Farka Touré

4 PM Sonny Landreth

Rooftop Lounge

Harris Theater rooftop

11 AM Kevin "B.F." Burt

12:15 PM Fernando Jones

1:30 PM Harmonica Hinds

2:45 PM Fruteland Jackson with James Bryant

4 PM Vino Louden

Mississippi Juke Joint

North promenade

11:15 AM Panel discussion on tonight's Little Walter tribute with Scott Dirks (coauthor of Blues With a Feeling: The Little Walter Story) and Marion Diaz Reacco (daughter of Little Walter)

12:30 PM Ben Payton

1:45 PM The Keeshea Pratt Band

3 PM Eddie Cotton Jr.

4:15 PM Jam session led by Eddie Cotton Jr.

Jay Pritzker Pavilion

5:20 PM National anthem by Jackie Scott

5:30 PM Selwyn Birchwood

6:45 PM Willie Clayton

8 PM Tribute to Little Walter with Billy Branch, Corky Siegel, Rick Estrin, Sugar Blue, Magic Dick, and the Sons of Blues featuring Billy Flynn and Sam Lay

Sunday, June 10

Front Porch Stage

Wrigley Square

11 AM Erwin Helfer

12:15 PM Cash Box Kings

1:30 PM Studebaker John

2:45 PM Jerron "Blind Boy" Paxton

4 PM Piedmont Blūz

5:30 PM Tommy McCracken

6:45 PM Diamond Jim Greene

Crossroads Stage

South promenade

11 AM Jamiah Rogers Band

12:15 PM Terrance Simien & the Zydeco Experience

1:30 PM Christone "Kingfish" Ingram

2:45 PM Diunna Greenleaf

4 PM Joe Louis Walker

Rooftop Lounge

Harris Theater rooftop

11 AM Studebaker John

12:15 PM Melody Angel

1:30 PM Piedmont Blūz

2:45 PM Mike Wheeler

4 PM Mississippi Gabe Carter

Mississippi Juke Joint

North promenade

11:15 AM Rising Stars Fife & Drum Band with Shardé Thomas

12:30 PM Nellie "Tiger" Travis

1:45 PM Johnny Rawls

3 PM Ms. Jody

4:15 PM Jam session led by Eddie Taylor Jr.

Fantastic Negrito plays Jay Pritzker Pavilion on Sunday. - JUAN FRANCISCO TUR RIERA
  • Fantastic Negrito plays Jay Pritzker Pavilion on Sunday.
  • Juan Francisco Tur Riera

Jay Pritzker Pavilion

5:20 PM National anthem by Christone "Kingfish" Ingram

5:30 PM Fantastic Negrito

6:45 PM Kenny Neal

8 PM Mavis Staples

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