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3 day of blues  festival music, 2 stages, over 40 musical acts. Starting  5 PM  Friday Sept 6th to about 7 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. .

Previously The Windy City Blues Society produced a stage for the . 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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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 King Biscuit 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

Sunday - The Main Stage


12:00 - 12:45 -Marty "Big Dog" Mercer

1:00 - 1:50 Daren Jay and the Delta Souls

2:10 - 3:00

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


Bob Stroger

Billy Flynn

Kenny Smith

Willie Buck

and MORE

5:15 - 7:30 Sunday HEADLINER

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)

Solo / Duet Acts in Tis Order

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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