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2 Stages, over 40 musical acts, family and friends, 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. ..Friday Sept 21st The Harlem Avenue Lounge will host a  Pre-Fest Party, featuring Recording Artist, Omar Coleman.  Also on Friday Marlins Bar & Grill will host another, even BETTER Pre-Party featuring Kevin Purcell & The Root Dr.'s

For the last 7 years The Windy City Blues Society produced 22% of all live blues performances for the Chicago Blues Fest. The Chicago Blues Festival  is widely known as the Worlds Largest FREE Blues Festival.  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 togetrher to bring you a great out door blues music festival.  

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 first time 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.

The festival will provide free bus service from the grounds to the hotels, off site parking and some local businesses.  If you are coming from out of town, leave the driving to us.

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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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Saturday - The Main Stage


11:00 - 11:40 Mississippi Gabe Carter

11:50 - 12:30 Donna Herula

12:45 - 1:25 Black Oil Brothers

1:40 - 2:20 Jamiah Rogers Band

2:35 - 3:20 Joe Filisko & Eric Noden

3:35 - 4:15 Eddie Taylor Jr. Band


4:30 - 5:15 The Original Delta Fireballs featuring Geneva Red

5:30 - 6:15 Deak Harp & Quicksand

Showcase Produced by Tomiko Dixon

Tomiko Dixon is the grand daughter of Willie Dixon.  She follows in her Grand Dads footsteps by helping organize a Chicago area blues Festival. It is her birthday Sept 22nd, wish & sing her a happpy birthday and have some cake.

6:30 - 7:15 Nu Blue Band featuring Carlise Guy

7:35 - 9:05 Tomiko Dixon, The Chicago Blues Queens and The Original Chicago Blues All-Star Band

The Chicago Blues Queens consisting of (in alphabetical order) are Brenda Taylor, Mzz Reese and Tracy Adams.  These Queens will entertain and entice you with their rythem, soul and heartfelt blues.  Tomiko Dixon "The Granddaughter of the Blues" will enlighten, mesmerizer and fill you with the groove that is the blues.  Your understanding of the blues will be different after this set

9:20 - 11:15 The Mike Wheeler Band with Special Guests Nellie "Tiger" Travis and Lurrie Bell

The Mike Wheeler Band is fantastic on its own.  Many a Blues Hero wishes to be backed by the Mike Wheeler Band.  Mike and the guys will treat you to their take on the blues by themselves.  They will also skillfully and profesionbally back some great Chicago legends.  This is a real Chicago Blues Treat.  Special Guest Nellie "Tiger" Travis for a 30 minute set then Special Guest Lurrie Bell for another 30 minute set.

Saturday - Backwoods Stage


12:30 - 1:00 Bo Ricketts

1:10 - 1:50 The Billy King Band

2:05 - 2:50 Queen Beautiful

3:05 - 3:50 Daren Jay & The Delta Souls

4:05 - 5:00 Fruteland Jackson

5:15 - 6:00 Nick Bell

Saturday - Backwoods stage


6:15 - 7:00 pm Tyrannosaurus Chicken

7:15 to 8:00 pm Tawl Paul & The Dead or Alives

8:00 - 9:15 pm FireChic the fire dancer

This exotic wonder woman dances with fire, juggles fire, throws fire and makes it sing.  FireChic also works with LED lights.

8:15 - 9:00 pm Tawl Paul Alumni Jam

Sunday - The Main Stage


12:00 - 12:45 - Long Tall Deb & Colin John

1:00 - 1:45 Kilborn Alley Blues Band

2:00 - 2:45 Ivy Ford Band

3:00 - 3:45 Demetria Taylor Band

4:00 - 5:10 Matthew Curry

5:30 - 7:00 Ben Miller Band

The Ben Miller Band did a recent tour opening for ZZ-Top and just finished a Tour with Buddy Guy.  This group in a Psycha-Delta Stomp - Blues Band that is going to make you move like you have the Saint Vitus Dance.  When you are done hearing this band, you will realize what you have been missing.

Sunday - Backwoods stage


Noon - 7:00pm - The Chicago Blues Challenge

Winners move on to the International Blues Challenge in Memphis TN. between 1/22/2019 to 1/26 2019. 

Entry to the Chicago Blues Challenge is Closed

Band Set Length is 25 minutes

Band Musical Acts in This Order

Starting at  about 2:30 (ish)

Black Oil Brothers  

Darren Jay & The Delta Souls  


The Jamiah Rogers Band   

The Sonic Souls Blues Band   

The Reverand Bob Band   

Going Down South    


Solo/Duet Set length 20 minutes


Solo / Duet Acts in Tis Order

Coventry Jones

Rick Weeds 

The Jenkins bros.

Queen Beautiful

Volunteer to help run the challenge

WE need a score keeper, and a time keeper and someone to assist the judges.


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 begining Blues Band

4-5 Typical of a local weekend band

6-7 Advanced band, not ready for major prime time.

8-9 Typical of major club performances

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

Total Max Score 130 points

About Us

The First 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.

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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