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The Chicago Blues Festival features live performances on six Grant Park stages: the Route 66 Roadhouse (Columbus and Jackson), the Mississippi Juke Joint (Columbus and Van Buren), the Front Porch (Jackson and Columbus), the Louisiana Bayou Station & Social Club (Columbus between Jackson and Monroe), the Crossroads (Jackson and Lake Shore Drive), and the Petrillo Music Shell. All events are free. For more information call 312-744-3370.

THURSDAY 8

Route 66 Roadhouse

Noon Blues in the Schools Roundup

2:30 Centennial Celebrations: Little Brother Montgomery, Roosevelt Sykes, Blind Arvella Gray

Mississippi Juke Joint

12:30 Louis "Gearshifter" Youngblood, Terry "Harmonica" Bean, Ben Wiley Payton

2:00 Super Chikan

3:30 Delta Blues Museum Educational Program

5:00 Jam Station

Front Porch

1:00 Blues in the Schools: Stone Academy, Drummond School, and Reavis School

3:00 Fernando Jones & the Chicago Blues Ensemble

4:30 Saffire: the Uppity Blues Women

Louisiana Bayou Station & Social Club

1:30 Julien Brunetaud

2:30 Larry McCray

3:30 Lil Ray

4:30 Don Washington

Crossroads

12:30 Charlie Love & the Silky Smooth Band, Osee Anderson, John Hill, Liz Mandville Greeson, Delores Scott, Mr. Mean

2:45 Thornetta Davis

4:30 Barrelhouse Chuck

Petrillo Music Shell

6:00 Artie "Blues Boy" White

7:00 Larry McCray

:20 Bettye LaVette

FRIDAY 9

Route 66 Roadhouse

Noon Songwriting: Johnnie Mae Dunson

2:30 Spirit of Route 66

Mississippi Juke Joint

12:30 Louis "Gearshifter" Youngblood, Terry "Harmonica" Bean, Ben Wiley Payton

2:00 Smokey Smothers & Elvin Bishop

3:30 Louis "Gearshifter" Youngblood

5:00 Jam Station

Front Porch

1:00 Louisiana Red

3:00 Super Chikan

5:00 Eddie Bo

Louisiana Bayou Station & Social Club

1:30 Henry Butler with Vasti Jackson

3:00 Kenny "Blues Boss" Wayne

4:30 Zydeco Joe Mouton

Crossroads

12:30 Lil Ray

2:00 Chris Beard

3:30 Duwayne Burnside & the Mississippi Mafia

Petrillo Music Shell

6:00 Deitra Farr

7:00 Henry Butler with Vasti Jackson

:10 Elvin Bishop Group

SATURDAY 10

Route 66 Roadhouse

11:30 The Blues Congress

2:00 Howlin' Wolf Birthday Party

Mississippi Juke Joint

12:30 Louis "Gearshifter" Youngblood, Terry "Harmonica" Bean, Ben Wiley Payton

2:30 David "Honeyboy" Edwards, Robert Lockwood Jr., Homesick James, Henry Townsend

3:30 Corky Siegel and Sam Lay

5:00 Jam Station

Front Porch

Noon David "Honeyboy" Edwards, Robert Lockwood Jr., Homesick James, Henry Townsend

2:00 Zydeco Joe Mouton

3:30 James "Blood" Ulmer

5:30 Daddy Mack Blues Band

Louisiana Bayou Station & Social Club

1:30 Ronnie Baker Brooks

2:30 Henry Gray & the Cats

4:30 Lil Ray

Crossroads

12:30 Big George Brock

2:00 Super Chikan

3:30 Ronnie Baker Brooks

Petrillo Music Shell

5:00 Eddie Shaw & the Wolf Gang with Mary Lane, Henry Gray, and Abb Locke

6:15 Zora Young

7:20 Siegel-Schwall Blues Band with Marcy Levy

:30 Walter "Wolfman" Washington & the Roadmasters

SUNDAY 11

Route 66 Roadhouse

11:30 The Role of the Biography in the Perpetuation of the Legacy of the Blues, or How Blues Literature Spreads the Word

2:00 Chicago Blues Today with David Whiteis

Mississippi Juke Joint

12:30 Dancin' Perkins with Smilin' Bobby

2:00 Charley Nelson

3:30 Super Chikan

5:00 Jam Station

Front Porch

1:00 Lee Boys

2:30 Lil Ray

4:00 Catherine Russell

6:00 Lee Boys

Louisiana Bayou Station & Social Club

1:30 Louisiana Red

3:00 Blues: Chicago's Global Muse

4:30 Zydeco Joe Mouton

Crossroads

12:30 Shirley Johnson

2:00 Earl Thomas

3:30 Nolan Struck & King Edward with Jackie Bell

Petrillo Music Shell

5:00 Vick Allen, the PG Man with Lady Audrey, and Omar Cunningham with the Platinum Band

7:00 Dorothy Moore

:20 Bobby "Blue" Bland

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