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The burgeoning festival expands to three days at three different venues and features performances by Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros, Grace Potter & the Nocturnals, Corey Chisel & the Wandering Sons, and the Skatalites.

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click to enlarge Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros

Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros

Julie Ling

For its third year the Chicago Bluegrass & Blues Festival has expanded from one day to three (Fri-Sun 12/3-12/5) and from one venue to three—Double Door, the Congress Theater, and Lincoln Hall. There aren't any bluegrass or blues artists among the fest's big names, with the obvious exception of David "Honeyboy" Edwards, but the lineups do include a handful of notable national acts. Folk-rockers Corey Chisel & the Wandering Sons are the marquee attraction Friday at Double Door, with the Great Divide and How Far to Austin among the supporting bands. On Saturday the Congress Theater hosts an all-day, all-ages show that begins at noon and includes music on three stages; among the headliners are Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros, Grace Potter & the Nocturnals, and Honeyboy Edwards, and the many locals on the bill include the Giving Tree Band, Van Ghost, Majors Junction, and Derek Nelson & the Musicians. Sunday night at Lincoln Hall the Skatalites headline, supported by locals like Daphne Willis, Go Long Mule, and Mike Mangione & the Union. Three-day passes cost $50, two-day passes (Fri-Sat or Sat-Sun) are $42.50, and single-day tickets vary in price by show. Visit cbbfestival.com for more info.

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