Prairie Crossroads Blues Society

Champaign-Urbana IL

Upcoming Blues Events

[Groove Avenue Blues Jam Poster]

PCBS Monthly Blues Jam
hosted by Billy Galt & The Blues Deacons
7:00 - 10:00 pm Wednesday February 22
Pipa's Pub, 604 S. Country Fair Dr., Champaign

Google map to Pipa's Pub, 604 S. Country Fair Dr. Champaign.

On the 4th Wednesday of every month one of your favorite local blues bands kicks off the jam by hosting the 1st set. They then open it up to all the jammers in the house. Bring your instrument and plan on sitting in! We've had some outstanding local musicians showing up at the jams, come on out and join the fun!

Billy Galt & The Blues Deacons hosts the Jam - February 22!

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. Our jams moved to a new venue but the great music and fellowship continues!!

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[Joe Asselin]

Blues Variety Show hosted by Joe Asselin
7:00 - 10:00 pm Thursdays
Leadbelly's Links Drinks Arcade
601 N. Country Fair Dr., Champaign

Joe Asselin has played with the Kilborn Alley Blues Band and The Sugar Prophets, and currently plays with The William Marsala Band. Joe started a new series of weekly shows at Leadbelly's Links Drinks Arcade (the old Fluid Event Center). Each Thursday from 7 to 10 pm Joe and a Featured Guest will be entertaining music fans. This promises to become one of the featured events on the local music calendar.

Josh Holland is the Featured Guest and Noah Williams (of William Marsala) will be the host - February 23

Leadbelly's at 601 N. Country Fair Dr. in Champaign boasts 400 craft spirits, bourbons & tequilas with domestic, local and craft beers. They also have pool tables, dart machines, foosball tables, air hockey and vintage arcade machines. Another unique feature is 18 holes of indoor miniature golf.

There's no cover charge so head on out for some great music and some fun and games! Check out the Facebook Event Page

[Kilborn Alley]

Ed O'Hara Benefit
May 20
Leadbelly's, Champaign
Benefit Concert/Silent Auction
hosted by Joe Asselin

On Saturday May 20, 2017, Joe Asselin is hosting a benefit show for Ed O'Hara at Leadbelly's. Ed is well known to the blues community: drummer, harmonica player, singer. He's played with The Blues Deacons and Kilborn Alley.

Check out Joe's Facebook video and stay tuned for more details.

Membership Sign-up

Membership Options:
Student = $10 per year
Individual = $20 per year
Family = $25 per year
Band = $50 per year
Corporate = $100 per year

For Family, Band and Corporate memberships, we'll contact you for the names of additional members or you can send us that information via email:

Please select your type of Membership
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[Kilborn Alley promo]

PCBS Monthly Meeting/Juke Joint Show
6:00 pm Thursday March 9
Po' Boys, 202 East University Ave., Urbana
Kilborn Alley plays 7:30 - 10:30

We've established a new tradition of combining our monthly meetings with the Kilborn Alley Juke Joint shows at Po' Boys. It's a chance to enjoy some delicious Po' Boys food and varied selection of beverages (including several types of Triptych brews) great blues music and lively conversation about upcoming blues events. The joint's been packed with blues fans, friends and family enjoying the party atmosphere!

We're currently planning our monthly blues jams and are looking for folks to get more involved with our various committees and Blues In The Schools program. Consider becoming a PCBS Member and help us reach out to other blues lovers in our communities.

[IBC  Logo]

IBC Challenge
on the Road to Memphis

Each January/February the Blues Foundation holds a competition on historic Beale Street in Memphis, TN., to select the best up and coming Blues Band and Solo/Duo act. The winning acts at the local competitions are rewarded with cash and other prizes to hit the Road to Memphis and represent their affiliate against the best the world has to offer.

This year's Challenge kicked off on Tuesday January 31 with the International Showcase. The competition runs from Wed. Feb.1 thru Sat. Feb. 4. There were 2 nights of Quarterfinals on Wed. & Thurs. Semifinals were held on Friday and the Finals on Saturday night at the Orpheum Theater. In between there was plenty of workshops, showcases and jams.

Visit the Blues Foundation's website for the Winners !!

Here's the winners of IBC Solo/Duo and Band Challenges held by local blues societies. Congratulations and Good Luck in Memphis!

  • PCBS - Prairie Crossroads Blues Society
  • BSPCD = Mary Jo Curry - "Mary Jo Curry"
  • Decatur Blues Society
  • Band = William Marsala Band

  • ICBC - Illinois Central Blues Club - Springfield
  • Band = Back Pack Jones
  • Solo/Duo = Bo Ricketts

  • River City Blues Society - Peoria
  • Band = QC Slim Blues Band

Prairie Crossroads Blues Society submitted Mary Jo Curry's self-titled debut CD as our entry in the Blues Foundation's BSPCD = Best Self-Produced CD competition as part of the 2017 IBC. Mary Jo and her band are based in Springfield, IL and play frequently throughout the area. We're thrilled to enter her CD! It features Mary Jo's awesome vocals, great musicianship and nice packaging.

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.