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2016 CHICAGO BLUES FESTIVAL

Dgital Images of the 2016 Chicago blues Festival by Kurt Swanson and Soulful Impressions
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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.


Website: http://www.cityofchicago.org/city/en/depts/dca/supp_info/chicago_blues_festival.html
Brother John Kattke & Rev Reminger
Brother John Kattke & Rev Reminger
Lil' Ed Willliams
Lil' Ed Willliams
Ronnie Earl
Ronnie Earl
Rob Blaine
Rob Blaine
Arthur Neilson
Arthur Neilson
Ronnie Earl
Ronnie Earl
Ronnie Earl
Ronnie Earl
Curtis Salgado
Curtis Salgado
Tail Dragger
Tail Dragger
Ronnie Earl
Ronnie Earl
Pete Galanis
Pete Galanis
Marilyn Stringer
Marilyn Stringer
Donald Kinsey
Donald Kinsey
Willie Henderson
Willie Henderson
Marty Sammon Michael Ledbetter Dick Shurman
Marty Sammon Michael Ledbetter Dick Shurman
Bob Stroger
Bob Stroger
L-R 1/2 of Rick Kreher Marty Sammon Mike Welch Michael Ledbetter Tom Crivellone
L-R 1/2 of Rick Kreher Marty Sammon Mike Welch Michael Ledbetter Tom Crivellone
Li'l Ed & Corky Siegel
Li'l Ed & Corky Siegel
Kevin Jenkins
Kevin Jenkins
Omar Cloeman
Omar Cloeman
Michael Ledbetter
Michael Ledbetter
Jimmy Johnson & Mike Wheeler
Jimmy Johnson & Mike Wheeler
Rick King
Rick King
Chicago
Chicago
Ronnie Earl
Ronnie Earl
Rev Reminger
Rev Reminger
Donald Kinsey
Donald Kinsey
Eddy Clearwater
Eddy Clearwater
Eddy Clearwater and Ronnie earl
Eddy Clearwater and Ronnie earl
Marty Sammon Monster Mike Welch Michael Ledbetter
Marty Sammon Monster Mike Welch Michael Ledbetter
Eddy Clearwater
Eddy Clearwater
Jimmy Johnson
Jimmy Johnson
Marty Sammon Otis Rush Eddy Clearwater
Marty Sammon Otis Rush Eddy Clearwater
Breezy Rodio
Breezy Rodio
Breezy Rodio
Breezy Rodio
Arthur Neilson
Arthur Neilson
Shamekia Copeland & Curtis Salgado
Shamekia Copeland & Curtis Salgado
Tommy Castro & Toronzo Cannon
Tommy Castro & Toronzo Cannon
Tommy Castro & Toronzo Cannon
Tommy Castro & Toronzo Cannon
Tommy Castro
Tommy Castro
Tommy Castro
Tommy Castro
Tommy Castro
Tommy Castro
Kurt Swanson and Miles Minor
Kurt Swanson and Miles Minor
Marcella Detroit
Marcella Detroit
Frank Bang
Frank Bang
Frank Bang
Frank Bang
Frank Bang
Frank Bang
Jamiah Rogers
Jamiah Rogers