There will be FREE One Day Blues Festival in Lyons in September held in Veterans Park.  Details to follow.  WE are working on a proposal for Seat Geek Stadium in Bridgeview also in September  Stay tuned! 


For reasons beyond our control the Blues Fest scheduled Sept 6 - 8, Lyons IL, is cancelled. ,




5:00 - 5:05         Deb Sietz 

                            National Anthem

5:05 - 7:10          North Mississippi Style

                              Robert Kimbrough Sr. 

                              with Jesse Cotton Stone

                          Lightnin' Malcolm  "One man band"

7:30 - 8:40         Amanda Fish

9:00 - 10:30       Keeshea Pratt Band


1:00 - 3:00         Senior Citizen Program & Lunch

                             Paul Kaye - New Hokum Boys

3:15 - 4: 30         Youth Music Program

                              To Be Determined

4:45 - 5:50         51 Lincoln w/ Mark Wydra

                                   Guest : Lindsey Alexander

6:10 - 7:10           Charlie Love & The Silky Smooth Band

                                   With Jeff Stone

7:30 - 9:00         Kevin Purcell & The Nightburners



Noon - 12:55       The Arkansas Brothers

1:10 - 2:00            Vance Kelley

2:15 - 3:05            Hector Anchondo Band

3:20 - 4:25           The Heather Newman Band

4:45 - 5:35           Dave Weld and the Imperial Flames

5:55 - 7:00           Tomiko Dixon & The Original

                                     Chicago Blues All-Stars 

7:20 - 8:40          The Claudettes

9:00 - 10:30        Brandon Santini & Jeff Jenson


11:45 - 12:30        Black Oil Brothers

12:45 - 1:30         Scotch Hollow

1:45 - 2:30          Johnnie B & Queen Iretta Sanders

2:45 - 3:40         Matt Hendricks & Bill Curtis

4:00 - 5:00        Axe & The Hatchetmen

5:20 - 6:10          Tracee Adams

6:25 - 7:25          Jamiah Rogers Band

7:45 - 9:00         Carl Weathersby



12:00 - 12:05      Deb Sietz 

                                National Anthem

12:15 - 1:00         Marty "Big Dog" Mercer

1:20 - 2:10          Darren Jay and the Delta Souls

2:30 - 3:20        Demetria Taylor Band

3:40 - 5:30        Bob Corritore's Chicago Blues Reunion

                              Guests: Oscar Wilson / Willie Buck /   

                                              Tail Dragger / Sam Lay

                         Wolf  Records Showcase

5:50 - 6:20              Tre'

6:20 - 6:50             Harmonica Hinds

6:50 - 8:00             John Primer & The Real Deal Blues Band


12:30 - 7:00      The Chicago Blues Challenge



For reasons beyond our control, The Blues Fest scheduled for Sept 6 - 8th in Cermak Park, Lyons Illinois is cancelled.  WE do have options for other locations and a different date. 

About the musicians

Brandon Santini & Jeff Jenson


  A favorite among festival-goers and talent buyers Brandon Santini & Jeff Jensen is more than a reunion; it's a connection.. Featuring  Santini's traditional and soulful harmonica, Jensen's high flying guitar and a powerhouse band. This set brings Memphis to Chicago and  is a crowd pleasing proven hit. The number one goal of this group is to perform concerts that leave the audience recharged, refreshed, inspired and excited  

Keeshea Pratt Band



The Houston based, 2018 International Blues Challenge winner Keeshea Pratt Band possesses the skill and artistry reminiscent of old school Blues and Motown; a rarity among bands of any genre today. The 7 piece musical collective, lends its energy and passion to traditional blues, contemporary blues and offers a preview to the future of blues. The musical artistry and dexterity of The Keeshea Pratt Band allows it to journey unapologetically across the genres of classical, jazz, Southern rock, soul, gospel, country and back again. They are  polished and  professional. Their performances are  soul stirring, toe tapping and high energy. Since winning the IBC's they have headlined major festivals and concert stages  nationally and internationally. 

John Primer & The Real Deal Blues Band



Two-time Grammy nominated artist and American blues legend John Primer was the bandleader and guitarist for Muddy Waters, Willie Dixon and Magic Slim & The Teardrops. Having played or recorded with a who's who of blues greats including Junior Wells, Gary Clark Jr., Derek Trucks, Johnny Winter, The Rolling Stones and Buddy Guy to name a few, John Primer's personal accolades, including a Lifetime Achievement Award, reflect his countless contributions to the history of Chicago blues. There are very few fans, critics or musicians who will deny the fact that John Primer is the real deal.

John Primer has undisputedly helped build the sound and style of Chicago blues as we know it today. The echos of tradition bellowing from the birthplaces he played such as: Maxwell Street, Theresa's, Checkerboard and Rosa's Lounges, pulse from every chord in his fingers today. John Primer is a Chicago Blues Living Legend.

Amanda Fish



Amanda Fish began as a singer songwriter in late 2012, refining her original material as a solo act for 2 years before she formed her band in early 2014, a Roots Rock and Soul project featuring  Amanda's signature 'from-the-gut' vocals locked into a sturdy groove.
In 2015, she released her first LP, "Down In The Dirt", on VizzTone Label Group, for which she was awarded the 2016 "Sean Costello Rising Star" Blues Blast Music Award. Amanda and her band set Beale Street on fire in the 2017 International Blues Challenge Semi Finals.

 In 2018, Amanda released her second studio album, "Free", on VizzTone Label Group, debuting at #6 on the Billboard Blues Album Chart and nabbing a 2019 Blues Music Award for Best Emerging Artist Album.

The Claudettes


 The Claudettes fuse Chicago piano blues with the full-throttle energy of rockabilly and punk and the sultriness of ’60s soul to write a thrilling new chapter in American roots music. Johnny Iguana pounds the piano alongside seductive singer Berit Ulseth, bassist/guitarist/singer Zach Verdoorn and drummer Michael Caskey. Johnny, who toured for years with his cult-favorite rock band oh my god, is also in the Grammy-nominated groups Chicago Blues: A Living History and the Muddy Waters 100 Band. He has toured/recorded with Junior Wells, Buddy Guy, Otis Rush and more and played piano on the Chicago Plays the Stones album featuring Mick Jagger, Keith Richards and Buddy Guy. The Claudettes recorded their 2018 album “DANCE SCANDAL AT THE GYMNNASIUM!” with Grammy-winning Black Keys producer Mark Neill and have recorded a new album with Grammy-winning producer Ted Hutt .  

Bob Corritore's Chicago Blues Reunion



Born  in Chicago 1956, Bob first heard Muddy Waters on the radio at age 12, an event which changed his life forever. Within a year, he was playing harmonica and collecting blues albums.  In 1981, Bob ventured southwest to live in Phoenix, Arizona.  In 1991, Bob opened the now famous Blues and Roots Concert Club, The Rhythm Room. Having a club created yet another catalyst for Bob’s musical projects.

Bob Corritore is one of the most active and highly regarded blues harmonica players on the scene today. His style passionately carries forward the old school of playing that Corritore learned as a young man directly from many of original pioneers of Chicago Blues. His sympathetic, yet fiery harmonica playing is featured on over 50 releases to date. Many of Bob’s acclaimed releases have been nominated or winners for various Handy, Grammy, and Blues Music Awards and Blues Blast Music Awards. Bob is also widely recognized for his many roles in the blues, as band leader, club owner, record producer, radio show host, arts foundation founder, and occasional writer. His amazing website www.bobcorritore.com and his weekly e-newsletter reflect a life thoroughly invested in the blues.

All the Musicians are great

Robert Kimbrough Sr.




Robert Kimbrough Sr.  continues the Cotton Patch Soul Blues style created by his father, the legendary Junior Kimbrough. From an early age, Robert was steeped in the sounds and life of North Mississippi and its distinctive style of blues. Growing up, Robert listened, first-hand to Mississippi blues royalty that played with his father at home, at Junior’s Juke Joint Club, and the ever frequent weekend house party and porch jam session. The blues was simply part of everyday life as a Kimbrough. Robert continues with his father's musical tradition along with some of his siblings. You can often find them sharing the stage on any given night in Mississippi. The Kimbrough name along with the Burnside name, is part of a blues dynasty that remains strong to this day. The Kimbrough / Burnside style brings people from all over the world to  see and hear them play their music.

Lightnin' Malcolm



Cutting Edge Bluesman LIGHTNIN MALCOLM, is a charismatic and energetic guitar slinger with a deep soulful voice, he has taken his irresistible Dance grooves from Juke Joint teen years as a One Man Band to World stages with the mainstream. The Mississippi based Multi-instrumentalist combines the Tribal Rhythms and raw electrifying power of the Hill Country Blues with melodic songwriting wisdom. MALCOLM fuses elements of Funk, Soul, Rock, Reggae, Hip Hop, West African World Beat, Gospel and Country to create an Authentic Signature sound in modern day World Roots Music.   MALCOLM won Blues Music Awards Best Debut Artist in 2009 and has since toured the Globe.  He is a rhythmic Force of Nature, with a wild droning guitar style consisting of bass, rhythm, and lead syncopated together into churning tribal grooves that take listeners by storm.


Tomiko Dixon



Willie Dixon’s legacy continues through his granddaughter Ms Tomiko Dixon (Songwriter), “The queen of song/Song machine” known as “The Granddaughter of the Blues” GrandBlues Music Chicago Illinois…

Growing up on the south side of Chicago (I’m what they call a black diamond in the rough…), for all those who want to get to know me just step into my world and listen. My music is life, my inheritance. I simply write about all the things I’ve learned, observed and experienced in my life. ​Being “The granddaughter of the Blues”, people often tell me that I’m touched by my grandfather. They say I have a natural ear for music and I always reply by saying “You're right… It’s definitely in the blood you see, My grandfather never died, he lives on through me!”

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. .

Dave Weld & The Imperial Flames



Born in Chicago in 1952, Dave was first influenced as a child when he found an old Victrola in the basement and wore out the blues 78's. In high school the Stones, Clapton and Mayall first came out but Dave traded those records for Howlin' Wolf, Lightnin Hopkins, and BB King. After high school Weld moved to New Mexico, and studied guitar under Kurt Black, a jazz player who worked with Benny Carter from  the New York jazz scene.  Dave drove to Nevada and met and jammed with Gatemouth Brown. Weld bought Hound Dog Taylor's first Alligator album, heard Howlin Wolf over the radio in the desert one night, packed up and drove back home in his 67' Ford.

Dave found out the West side of Chicago in the black hood was friendlier than the North side, and started sitting in at clubs, and landed a gig with Hound Dog Taylor's band. During this time Weld was under tutelage from JB Hutto, a Grammy awarded Blues Hall of Fame slide man from Georgia. He studied at JB's house for three years until JB introduced Dave to his nephews, Little Ed and James Young. They started the band "Little Ed and the Blues Imperials" and played every joint in the West side for ten until Bruce Igauer from Alligator recorded them in a historic session "Roughousin'" and they started world tours. Dave is the most energetic man in the business.

The Heather Newman Band



The love of blues grew in Heather's heart from a young age where she was fortunate enough to participate in the BluesEd program based out of her hometown, Omaha, NE. Through the program she gained knowledge of the business from national and international blues musicians. All of whom challenged her to put her skills to the test and see how far hard work would take her.

Heather began to teach herself how to play guitar, eventually booking acoustic shows around Omaha. Her songwriting turned towards folk, but she couldn't seem to shake off her blues roots. After a few years of performing on her own she began to look for musicians with whom she could share her passion. The search brought her to Kansas City in 2015 where she wrote, toured, and recorded with another well known KC based band as the rhythm guitarist and vocalist. She spent two years traveling, gaining a swift cascade of fans across the nation and learning what all she could

At the beginning of 2017, Heather made preparations to begin building an empire of her own including a new band.  The Heather Newman Band had their debut at legendary Knucklehead's Saloon. a year later se was nominated and won the Blues Blast Music Awards "Best New Artist Debut" and the "Rising Star Award". In 2019 she was nominated for a Blues Music Award for  "Best Emerging Artist " by the Blues Foundation.


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