Prairie Crossroads Blues Society

Champaign-Urbana IL

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PCBS IBC Blues Challenge
Saturday October 17
Memphis On Main, 55 E Main St, Champaign

Visit our IBC Challenge Page for more details

Saturday Oct., 17. Prairie Crossroads Blues Society is thrilled to be holding our local Blues Challenge to select acts to go to Memphis Tennessee and represent us in the Blues Foundation's International Blues Challenge. The acts are lined up and we've got an oustanding panel of judges. Memphis on Main is always packed for this event, come out early and get a good seat. This is gonna be a blast!

Jiggy & The Source will play a judged Solo/Duo set

  • 5:45 - Jiggy & The Source

The lineup for the Band Challenge has been announced!

  • 6:35 - Blues Expressions
  • 7:15 - The Squires
  • 7:55 - Paper Route
  • 8:35 - Jerry Lee Gingery & The Juju Kings

We use the same scoring system and basic rules as the Blues Foundation.
Check out their website for more info.
Official Rules and Scoring

In January 2016, hundreds of acts from around the world will gather on historic Beale Street for the chance to be selected as the year's best up-and-coming Blues act. We'll be holding a Fundraiser in early January to help raise money for our winning act to represent us in the IBC's.

Here's a link to a Doodle Signup Poll for all the PCBS volunteers. We thanks everyone who contributes and makes this event so successfull Volunteer Signup

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Thanks to Skins-N-Tins Drum Shop for providing a drum kit for all the competing bands to use.

Check our website and Facebook pages for updates over the next few days. Come out on the 17th and cheer for your favorites.

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Bentley's Blues Jam
7:00 pm Wednesday October 28
Bentley's Pub, 419 N. Neil St., Champaign

Come out to the next Bentley's Blues Jam, scheduled for Wednesday, October 28. Bentley's Pub is located at, 419 N. Neil street in downtown Champaign. The October Jam will be hosted by the Martini Brothers so we're looking forward to another great time. Bring your instrument and plan on sitting in!

Prairie Crossroads Blues Society is happy to help revive the tradition of a blues jam in the C-U area. The jams take place the 4th Wednesday of every month. Jams so so far have been hosted by Andrew Duncanson & Susan Williams, Kathy Harden & Tony Juodis, and Josh & Jake Stimmel with Abraham Johnson, Candy Foster & Friends and September's show by Groove Avenue. There's been plenty of jammers sitting in and the fans have been thoroughly entertained. Make plans to be there in October!

PCBS Monthly Meeting
6:30 pm Thursday November 12
Po' Boys, 202 East University Ave., Urbana

Come out and join the fun at our October meeting. We'll finalize volunteer assignments for our IBC Challenge October 17th at Memphis on Main. We'll also discuss future Bentley's Blues Jams and other entertainment events. We're looking for volunteers to get more involved with our Blues In The Schools program and our Education Committee.

Prairie Crossroads Blues Society has been serving the community for more than five years promoting live Blues music, preserving the heritage of Blues, and educating our young people about the Blues. Perhaps you have stayed on the margins of these efforts and do not realize how satisfying and fun it is to be directly involved. If so, it's time for you to find out!

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2015 Blues Blast Music Awards

And the Winners Are:
2015 Blues Blast Music Award Winners

Elvin Bishop won two Awards including the Best Male Artist category and in the Contemporary Blues Album category for his "Can't Even Do Wrong Right" CD. John Mayall's "Live in 1967" won Awards in two categories. Mud Morganfield & Kim Wilson won the Traditional Blues Album Award for their "For Pops" CD and Otis Clay & Johnny Rawls' "Soul Brothers" CD won in the Soul Blues Album category. Tinsley Ellis won the Rock Blues Album category for his "Tough Love" CD. Magnus Berg won New Artist Debut Award and Selwyn Birchwood won the Sean Costello Rising Star Award. Marrcia Ball won the Best Female Artist and Mississippi Heat won for Blues Band.

Want to see who won this year’s awards? 2015 Blues Blast Music Award Winners

These are the corrected winners after it was revealed that there was some vote hacking with the winners announced at the Awards ceremony.

What a fun event Blues Blast Magazine put on at the Fluid Events Center in Champaign on Friday September 25. The presentation of the awards was mixed with an impressive array of performances. Eddy "The Chief" Clearwater and Jay Sieleman won Lifetime Achievement Awards. The entire evening was a celebration of the blues with industry professionals and fans joining together to honor some of the best the blues world has to offer.

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Blues In The Schools - Library Edition
2:00 - 3:30 pm Saturday November 14
Champaign Public Library

Prairie Crossroads Blues Society is excited to bring another in our series of educational blues programs to the community. At 2:00 pm on Saturday November 14 our instructors, Gus Wood, for blues history and Josh Spence on harmonica will present a 90 minute program at the Champaign Public Library. The program is geared to school children grades 4 through 6, but kids of all ages are invited. Thanks to a discount from Hohner harmonica, school children will be provided with their own harmonica to learn on and take home with them.

Stay tuned for more details as this event approaches.

Blues In The Schools - South Side Elemenary - Spring 2015

Check out the awesome Thank You notes from the South Side Elementary School students after the PCBS Spring 2015 BITS program. Thank You Page

This spring, Prairie Crossroads Blues Society conducted another of our Blues In The Schools programs, this one at South Side Elementary School in Champaign. Our BITS instructors, Gus Wood for blues history, and Josh Spence for blues harmonica taught the series of classes. PCBS Education Chair, Sandy Hannum also arranged a blues concert for the students at Westview School. Jiggy & The Source performed at the school on Wednesday March 18.

Thanks to South Side Elementary teacher, Karinsa Moline, for her part in arranging the BITS program. We also appreciate the support of Krannert Center for the Performing Arts for help with some of the funding, and we also receive a discount on the harps from Hohner Harmonica.

Visit our Education Page for details about many of the educational programs PCBS has put on. If you'd like PCBS to conduct a Blues In The Schools program at your school contact us at:

You can now earmark your donations specifically for our Education programs. It's a great way to help us achieve our mission of educating about the blues and be a part of bringing up the next generation of blues musicians and fans.

Your tax deductable donation to our Education Fund helps to keep these programs alive

This PayPal link will direct your donation in any amount directly to our educational efforts, including our "Blues In The Schools" (BITS) program.

Want to help support the blues?
Consider becoming a Member of PCBS

We support blues throughout our community and the world. Our mission is preserve, promote and educate about the blues. We support the blues in a variety of ways, bringing new blues artists to town, supporting local blues bands and venues and educating the community through our Blues In The Schools programs.

PCBS is a non-profit organization formed to promote blues music and artists in East Central Illinois. We're a proud affiliate of The Blues Foundation.

PCBS is happy to promote the CU Bands and Fans 3rd Annual Fundraiser Celebration Oct 9 & 10 at The City Center in Champaign, 3rd Annual Fundraiser Facebook event

PCBS is proud to add financial support to the 7th Annual CU Folk & Roots Festival, Nov 5 - 7 at various Urbana venues; Folk And Roots