40+ Acts....... 2 Stages.......3 Days

$25 Weekend pass $5 Parking PER DAY



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


Senior Luncheon

Acoustic Music from Matt Hendricks and Bill Curtis..... while the Lyons Township Seniors get a free lunch and early free admission to the festival for Friday

School / Library educational program

Lets offer some musical educational programs in Cook County Suburban School District 103 and combine with Blues Kids of America and do some Blues Education.

5:35 - 6:20  Opening Band

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

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



Noon - 1:00 The Arkansas Brothers

1:15 - 2:05 Vance Kelley

2:35 - 3:15 -

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

4:40 -5:40 Heather Newman Band  

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Tomiko Dixon and the Grand Blues Band

Wayne Baker Brooks


 11:30 -   12:30    Black Oil    Brothers      12:45 - 2:30 Jamiah Rogers & King Biscuit Time  

 2:50 - 3:40 Eddie Taylor Band  

 4:00- 5:00   (TRIBUTE)

 5:20 - 6:10   

 6:30 - 7:20 Lindsy Alexander  

 7:50 _ 9:00 Tawl Paul    



12:00 - 12:45 -Marty "Big Dog" Mercer (Horns)

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

2:10 - 3:00  Dee Tay (for now)

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

John Primer

Tre & The Black Knights

Vance Kelly

& Mire


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Noon - 7:00pm - The Chicago Blues ChallengeWinners move on to the International Blues Challenge in Memphis TN. between 01/2020 to  02/ 2020. 

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 poin


Back woods Stage.

Tyrannosaurus Chicken


 Since "psychedelta" purveyors Rachel Ammons and Bob Lewis teamed up with The Ben Miller Band, chances to see the 2011 Arkansas Times Musicians Showcase champions have been few and far between. They are here to remind us all that their band is still making its mad science, deconstructing the Delta blues and putting it back together with electric cactuses, kick drum rigs and whatever other instruments they've conjured up from the lab. This one's probably gonna get weird, and you're best advised to just give in and get weird right along with it.  

Tawl Paul and the Dead or Alives


 Tawl Paul   is an American treasure and a southern Illinois musical legend. Born and raised on the south side of Chicago living in public housing. Paul had the opportunity to see some of the most legendary bluesmen and women as a young man. A Vietnam veteran, Paul moved to Carbondale to attend college on the GI bill at SIUC. He soon began singing with local groups , and still does. Generations of Southern Illinois University students going back 45 years have seen him play in the various venues in and around Carbondale, Illinois on a weekly basis. A quiet and shy man by day turns into a blues howler at night. His shows have changed people's lives giving them memories they will never forget. Paul is making a rare appearance in Chicago so that the thousands of SIU alumni in the area and new fans alike can take advantage of a shorter trip to see him and The Dead or Alives wail into the night at the Windy City Blues Festival. Now doubt Paul will entertain any crowd, anywhere, anytime. Hey, Chile!


Sunday.... The Main Stage




Demetria Taylor Band


Born in Chicago in 1973, Demetria was  the seventh of eight  children born to Blues Legend Eddie Taylor Sr and wife Vera.  She grew up in a full house of siblings with a steady stream of Chicago Blues Icons. Demetria began to sing, like her mother, Vera did..  Demetria's vocals have a wide range that can tear the roof off the house or bring angels down to earth.... “I put God first and everything else will work out,” says Demetria. .

Sunday... Harley-Davidson.... Chicago Blues Challlenge

Detail your services


Detail your services, run a tight ship, put on a great show. Take care of the details.

Musicians Assistance Fund


The WCBS has a musicians assistance fund.  Usually these funds go to honor a fallen blues person.  WE would love to have more money in this fund to do more with.  Our current fund balance is $1018 in this account

Whats Up with the What Up ?


 The Village of Lyons knows how to get the job done, The WCBS  operated the Street Stage in Blues Village for the last 7 years, @ The Chicago Blues Festival.  providing 22% of all live Blues performances at the Worlds Largest Free blues Festival.  We have experience with large festivals.

Whatz up Witda Whatz Up ?


What you been up to lately ?  Heard any good music?...."Man,.. I was at this Windy City Blues thing in Lyons, IL....It was off the chain." Tell us whatz up , drop an e-mail.  

Wishing You the Best


Happpy Halloween Happy Thanksgiving and Happy Holidays. 



You know it's time to get up with the Get Down when the music keeps you from sitting your Butt Down.  You know it was a good music fest if you bust out an old dance move.