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2014 Chicago Blues Festival

Digital images of the 2014 Chicago Blues Festival by Kurt Swanson and Soulful Impressions
E-Mail: kurtswanson@juno.com


The Blues Festival is among the most important annual public festivities in the city.
The Blues Festival stage at the Petrillo Music Shell before nightfall
A Blues Festival performer plays jazz

The Chicago Blues Festival is an annual event held in June that features three days of performances by top-tier blues musicians, both old favorites and the up-and-coming. It is hosted by the City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (formerly the Mayor's Office of Special Events), and always occurs in early June. The event has always taken place at Petrillo Music Shell in Grant Park, adjacent to the Lake Michigan waterfront east of the Loop in Chicago.

Chicago has a storied history with blues that goes back generations stemming from the Great Migration from the South and particularly the Mississippi Delta region in pursuit of advancement and better career possibilities for musicians. Created by Commissioner of Cultural Affairs Lois Weisberg, the festival began in 1984, a year after the death of McKinley Morganfield, better known as Muddy Waters, who is generally considered "the father of Chicago blues". Each year the organizers choose a theme, generally to honor a recently departed blues musician. Obviously, Chicago blues acts are common. Also, in keeping with the blues' influence on other musical genres, there are some soul, jazz blues and blues-rock acts. Since those early beginnings the festival has risen to a status that the City of Chicago bills as the world's largest free concert of its kind. The Blues Festival is the largest of the city's music festivals.
Anne Harris
Anne Harris
Don't Tell Mama
Don't Tell Mama
Smokin' Joe thomas
Smokin' Joe thomas
Siegel
Siegel
Schwall
Schwall
Sambo Irby & Omar Coleman
Sambo Irby & Omar Coleman
Sambo Irby
Sambo Irby
Cicero Blake
Cicero Blake
Willie Clayton
Willie Clayton
Vance Kelly
Vance Kelly
Mr. Sipp
Mr. Sipp
Mr. Sipp
Mr. Sipp
Mr. Sipp
Mr. Sipp
Mr. Sipp
Mr. Sipp
Dexter Allen
Dexter Allen
Mark Diffenderefer
Mark Diffenderefer
Dexter Allen
Dexter Allen
Tallan Noble Latz & Kenny Beedy Eyes Smith
Tallan Noble Latz & Kenny Beedy Eyes Smith
Jamiah Rogers
Jamiah Rogers
Dexter Allen
Dexter Allen
Dexter Allen
Dexter Allen
Kurt Swanson & Tallan Noble Latz
Kurt Swanson & Tallan Noble Latz
Carolina Chocolate Drops
Carolina Chocolate Drops
Don Flemmons
Don Flemmons
Omar Coleman
Omar Coleman
Rollo Radford
Rollo Radford
Otis Taylor
Otis Taylor
Anne Harris
Anne Harris
GUY KING
GUY KING
ANNE HARRIS
ANNE HARRIS
Rhiannon Giddens
Rhiannon Giddens
Malcom Parsons
Malcom Parsons
Charlie & Brad
Charlie & Brad
TWIST TURNER
TWIST TURNER
E.G. McDaniel
E.G. McDaniel
Paul Natkin
Paul Natkin
Chicago
Chicago
Don Laferty
Don Laferty
Sonny Napolillo
Sonny Napolillo
Santino Napolillo & Tallan Noble Latz
Santino Napolillo & Tallan Noble Latz
Tallan Noble Latz
Tallan Noble Latz
Tallan Noble Latz
Tallan Noble Latz
Guy King
Guy King
ANNE HARRIS
ANNE HARRIS
MR. SIPP
MR. SIPP
MR. SIPP
MR. SIPP
RICK KREHER
RICK KREHER
EDDIE TAYLOR JR.
EDDIE TAYLOR JR.
HAM BONE
HAM BONE
SMOKIN JOE THOMAS
SMOKIN JOE THOMAS
Knowllwood Slim
Knowllwood Slim
Marcella Detriot
Marcella Detriot
Jimmy Nick
Jimmy Nick
James Armstrong
James Armstrong