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3 day of blues  festival music, 2 stages, over 40 musical acts. Starting  5 PM  Friday Sept 6th to about 8 PM Sunday, September 8th. Thousands of people,  family, friends, and neighbors. Good food and drink, Plenty of room to relax and enjoy some great music. 

Lyons is a southwest suburb of Chicago.  Located at the southwest intersection of Harlem & Ogden Ave just steps from The Harlem Avenue Lounge. .

2019 is our 2nd Windy City Blues Fest. The Windy City Blues Society produced a stage for the . The Chicago Blues Festival  from 2010 to 2017..  Chicago is known as the Worlds Largest Blues Market .  The WCBS is a 501-C-3 non--profit public charity, working in conjunction with the Village of Lyons, Lyons Township, Forest Preserve District of Cook County, local, businesses and national sponsors. We are working together to bring you a great out door blues music festival.  Please buy a ticket to help us produce live music, and pay the musician a decent buck

Pictured above is the festival grounds with stage placement and on-site parking.  VIP areas will be set up near The Main Stage only.  This is a 2nd Year festival.  

Guests are NOT allowed to bring their coolers, tents or grills on the festival grounds unless they are vendors ,certain sponsors or have special permits.  Flags are allowed, families are welcomed and this is a community event.

WE hope to coordinate transportation, But we need to raise a whole bunch of money first.  You can purchase a ticket, buy an advertisement in our guide book, purchase a banner, pay for naming rights or straight up become a voting member of the organization.


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3 Days, 2 Stages, over 40 musical acts, family and friends, good food and drink, plenty of room to relax and enjoy some great music.  

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Friday - The Main Stage


5:00 - 5:04 Intro

5:05 - 5:08 Deb Sietz - National Anthem

5:10 - 7:10 North Mississippi Style


Robert Kimbrough Sr.

Jessie Cotton Stone 

Lightnin Malcome "One man Band"

7:30 - 8:40 Amanda Fish

9:00 - 10:30 Brandon Santini/ Jeff Jensen

Friday _ BackWoods Stage


Senior Lunchone

Acoustic Music from EITHER Paul Kaye -  Jazz - New Hokum Boys ..or .. Matt Hendricks & Bill Curtis .\while the Seniors get a free lunch and early free admission to the festival for Friday

School / Library educational program

Lets offer some musical educational program and combine with Blues Kidas of America and do some Blues Education.

Opening Band

6:45 - 7:45 Charlie Love & The Silky Smooth Band W/ Jeff Stone

8:05 - 9:05 Kevin Purcell and the Nightburners


Saturday - main stage


Noon - 1:00 The Arkansas Brothers

1:15 - 2:05 Vance Kelley

A real Chicago & Wolf Records treat.

2:25 - 3:15 -

3:35 - 4:25 Dave Weld and the Imperial Flames

4:45 -5:35 Heather Newman Band

5:55 - 7:15 Tomiko Dixon and the Grand Blues Band

7:30 - 8:35 - OPEN

9:00 - 10:30:Wayne Baker Brooks---

Saturday BackWoods Stage


Line-Up Includes the following











Sunday - The Main Stage


12:00 - 12:50 -Marty "Big Dog" Mercer & Horns

National Anthem w/ Deb Sietz

1:05 - 1:50 Daren Jay and the Delta Souls

2018 Chicago Blues Challenge Winners

2:10 - 3:00 Demetria Taylor

3:20 - 4:50 Bob Corritore Chicago Blues Reunion


Bob Stroger

Billy Flynn

Kenny Smith

Willie Buck

Tail Dragger

Oscar Wilson

and MORE

5:15 - 7:30 Wolf Records Showcase

Sunday - Backwoods stage


Noon - 7:00pm - The Chicago Blues Challenge

Winners move on to the International Blues Challenge in Memphis TN. between 1/28/2020 to 2/01/ 2020

Entry to the Chicago Blues Challenge is OPEN, no geographic boundaries

Band Set Length is 25 minutes (depending on the number of entries)

Band Musical Acts drawn by lot

Starting time...

Solo / Duet Acts drawn by lot

Volunteer to help run the challenge

WE need a score keeper, and a time keeper and someone to assist the judges. (The Cok family normally keeps time and scores)


The Judges score is a weighted scoring system based on 5 categories  with a  scale of 1 -10

The  5 Categories and Weight 

Blues Content X 4

Vocal  X 2

Instrumental X 2

Stage Presence X 2 

Originality X 3

Scoring Scale

1-3 Typical of beginning Blues Band (Harlem Ave Lounge)

4-5 Typical of a local weekend band (Rosa's Lounge)

6-7 Advanced band, not ready for major prime time. (Kingston Mines)

8-9 Typical of major club performances (Buddy Guys)

10 Typical of Acts playing major festivals or  gaining nomination and winning awards.

Total Max Score 130 points

About Us

The Second WCBS Festival


You know us from the Chicago Blues Festival.  For almost a decade we provided an anchor for the non profit organizations at the Chicago Blues Fest   We hosted the WCBS Street Stage.  We promise to bring a fest like U remember.  The first year we had over 3,000 people and great reviews. Our word of mouth referrals have been off the charts........Come join US

We're Here for the Music


The Windy City Blues Society, the presenting organization, is a 501 c 3 non profit public charity registered with both the Illinois Secretary of State  (click CONTINUE then our corporate name to find our corporate status.

and The Illinois Attorney General. (type in our organization name to view our financial history) WE are an all volunteer organization and always seeking volunteers.

 We hope you enjoy the festival !

Chicago Blues Challenge


Play the Festival on Sunday as part of the Chicago Blues Challenge.  Got a band or a solo/Duet or a Youth Blues Act?  Become a part of the blues music festival and sign-up to play the festival as part of the Chicago Blues Challenge.  Sunday Sept 23rd 

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