This year the City of Chicago is scaling back its Bluesfest to just three days, but Buddy Guy’s Legends is doubling down with more than a week of non-stop blues action. First we’ll be providing two days of music to the 57th St Art Fair on our new South Side stage. Then we’ve got the Blues Hall of Fame awards, the Chicago Blues Challenge, the XRT Blues Breakers broadcast (featuring Johnny Winter, Ronnie Brooks, Shemekia Copeland, and Todd Mohr) and the Blues Today Symposium (with American Blues Scene and OnePatient Global Health Initiative). And, of course, lots and lots of live blues from some of Chicago’s finest musicians.
Here’s the complete schedule of events, starting on June 7th and going all the way through June 15th. We’re also streaming live all week long!
June 7th & 8th: South Side Stage at the 57th Street Art Fair
Buddy Guy’s Legends has partnered with the 57th Street Art Fair to bring the blues to the oldest juried art fair in the Midwest. Come check out our South Side Stage! Here’s a schedule of those performances.
June 8th (buy tickets)
2pm-8pm: Hall Of Fame Blues Awards ($20 cover charge)
8:15pm: Live interview with Guy King
9:30pm: Windy City Blues Society – Chicago Blues Challenge ($15 cover charge)
June 9th (buy tickets)
June 10th (buy tickets)
June 11th (buy tickets)
June 12th (buy tickets)
11am: Eddie Taylor Jr (Acoustic)
2pm-5pm: Blues Today Symposium
featuring talks by Matt Marshall of American Blues Scene and Dr. Dan Ivankovich of OnePatient Global Health initiative, as well as free health screenings and intermittent acoustic performances by Matt Hendricks
6pm: WXRT Blues Breakers Blues Fest Broadcast
hosted by Tom Marker and Shemekia Copeland, this free broadcast live from Legends stage will feature performances from Johnny Winter, Ronnie Brooks, Shemekia Copeland, and Todd Mohr. Seating is limited and first come first serve.
7:45pm: Mark Hummel
9:30pm: Mike Wheeler
June 13th (buy tickets)
June 14th (buy tickets)
June 15th (buy tickets)
- $20 cover starts at 5pm on the 13th and 14th, and at 4:30pm on the 15th.
- On June 12th cover starts at 7:30pm and is $15.
- Club is 21+ after cover is collected; must have valid ID.
- All seating is first come, first served – NO SAVING SEATS, TABLES, ETC.
- Additional seating will be available in the upstairs bar area.