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Chicago Blues Festival

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Editorial Review of Chicago Blues Festival

Date: June 11-13, 2010

Cost: Free

Organizer: City of Chicago

What to expect: The world's largest free admission Blues festival: five stages and more than 70 performers will ensure you don't sing the blues.

Why to go: The lineup includes Delta legend David "Honeyboy" Edwards, James Cotton, T.K. Soul and more. Check out our top picks.

The full schedule:
Friday, June 11
Front Porch
11:30 a.m.: Blues in the Schools featuring Eric Noden, Katherine Davis and the Stone Academy Blues Students and more
1:30 p.m.: Henry Gray and Andy Cornett
3 p.m.: Jimmy Dawkins w/ Taildragger
5 p.m.: Café R&B
6:30 p.m.: Big George Brock and the House Rockers with George Brock Jr.

Gibson Guitar Crossroads
noon: Dave Weld and the Imperial Flames
1:45 p.m.: Mary Lane and the No Static Blues Band
3:45 p.m.: Grady Champion

Mississippi Juke Joint
12:30 p.m.: Grady Champion
2 p.m.: Sam Lay
3:30 p.m.: Stevie J and the Blues Eruption
5 p.m.: Adib Sabir
6:30 p.m.: Mississippi Jam

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noon: Beginning Delta Blues Harmonica Lesson with Joe Filisko
1:30 p.m.: Discussing Wolf: 100 Years of Remembrances moderated by Dick Shurman, with Betty Kelly. Barbara Marks, Eddie Shaw, Hubert Sumlin, and Josh Hecht.
4 p.m.: Wildsang
5:30 p.m.: East of Edens Soul Express

Petrillo Music Shell
5 p.m.: Howlin' Wolf alumni featuring Eddie Shaw and the Wolf Gang with Jody Williams, Sam Lay, Henry Gray, Abb Locke, Corky Siegel and special guest Hubert Sumlin
6:05 p.m.: Otis Taylor Band
7:10 p.m.: James Cotton Blues Band with special guest Matt "Guitar" Murphy
8:20 p.m.: Zora Young's Tribute to Wolf and Sunnyland with special guest Hubert Sumlin

Saturday, June 12
Front Porch
11:30 a.m.: Ramblin' Rose
1 p.m.: Bobby Dixon Blues Band
2:45 p.m.: Nora Jean
4:30 p.m.: Andre Williams
6 p.m.: Johnny and Destiny Rawls

Gibson Guitar Crossroads
noon: Toronzo and the Cannonball Express
1:45 p.m.: Sugar Blue Band
3:30 p.m.: Sonny Rhodes

Mississippi Juke Joint
12:30 p.m.: Jarekus Singleton w/ Keeshea Pratt
2 p.m.: David "Honeyboy" Edwards
3:30 p.m.: Bill "Howlin Madd" Perry with Alphonso Sanders
5 p.m.: Dexter Allen
6:30 p.m.: Festival Jam featuring Blue Plate Special

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noon: Beginning Southern Blues Harmonica Lesson with Joe Filisko
1:30 p.m.: Joe Filisko and Eric Noden
3 p.m.: Rev. K.M. Williams and the Amazing Trainreck
4:45 p.m.: Larry Hoffman interviews William Ferris
6:15 p.m.: East of Edens Soul Express

Petrillo Music Shell
5 p.m.: Nellie "Tiger" Travis and guest
6:20 p.m.: Bobby Parker and the Blues Night Band
7:35 p.m.: Chicago Blues A Living History featuring Billy Boy Arnold, Billy Branch, John Primer, Lurrie Bell and special guest Carlos Johnson

Sunday, June 13
Front Porch
11:30 p.m.: Linda Tillery and the Cultural Heritage Choir
1:30 p.m.: Dancin' Perkins
3:30 p.m.: Ramblin' Jack Elliott
4:45 p.m.: Guitar Shorty
6:15 p.m.: Lubriphonic

Gibson Guitar Crossroads
noon: Quintus McCormick
1:45 p.m.: Gibson Guitar Showdown w/ Carl Weathersby and Larry McCray
3:30 p.m.: Roy Roberts with special guest Barbara Carr

Mississippi Juke Joint
12:30 p.m.: Jimmy Duck Holmes and Terry “Harmonica” Bean
2 p.m.: Bobby Rush
3:30 p.m.: Homemade Jamz
5 p.m.: Jarekas Singleton with Keeshea Pratt
6:30 p.m.: Mississippi Jam

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noon: Beginning Chicago Blues Harmonica Lesson with Joe Filisko
1:30 p.m.: Larry Hoffman rambles with Ramblin’ Jack Elliott
3 p.m.: Blues Books: University of Illinois Press
5 p.m.: East of Edens Soul Express

Petrillo Music Shell
5 p.m.: Erwin Helfer’s Chicago Boogie Woogie Ensemble Chicago Blues Reunion
6 p.m.: Vivian and Vance “Guitar” Kelly and the Backstreet Blues Band 7:10 p.m.: Chicago Blues Reunion featuring Barry Goldberg, Corky Siegel, Nick Gravenites, Harvey Mandel and special guests Charlie Musselwhite, and Sam Lay
8:30 p.m.: T.K Soul

Centerstage Reviewer: Ben Rubenstein

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