31st Annual Chicago Blues Festival in Grant Park at the Petrillo Band Shell from June 13 through June 15
The headliners of the festival are as follows:
Friday, June 13: A special tribute and centennial celebration honoring John Lee “Sonny Boy” Williamson will be performed by a group of musicians influenced by his harmonica “crossed-harp” style led by renowned harmonica player Billy Boy Arnold, who played with “Sonny Boy.” Artists joining Arnold include the Siegal-Schwall Blues Band with bassist Rolo Radford and drummer Sam Lay, Marcella Detroit, among others.
Opening the show will be the Carolina Chocolate Drops.
Saturday, June 14 Blues singer extraordinaire Bettye LaVette performs. By the age of sixteen, American soul singer Bettye LaVette started her rise to fame with her first single “My Man, He’s a Loving Man,” which quickly created a national buzz. Throughout her more than 50-year career, LaVette has recorded multiple hit songs establishing her as one of the genre’s great vocalists.
Sunday, June 15 Aaron Neville is back in the spotlight with the recent release of his new album, My True Story. Mac Rebennack,known to boogie and blues enthusiasts as Dr. John. On tour with Aaron Neville, Dr. John and Neville will perform part of the evening together.
Opening the show is vocalist Nikki Hill.
Leading up to the Chicago Blues Festival, May is “Blues Month” in Chicago featuring a number of preview performances at various Chicago Park District and Chicago Public Library locations throughout the city. Blues music will also fill the halls of the Chicago Cultural Center (78 E. Washington St.) during May on select Tuesdays and Thursdays at noon – and a Blues Festival preview on Daley Plaza is set for Monday, June 9. The full schedule of preview events will be announced later this spring.