Prairie Crossroads Blues Society

Champaign-Urbana IL

Big Blues Events

Champaign Blues Brews & BBQ's
Friday & Saturday June 24 & 25
Downtown Champaign

Wow! What a lot of fun everyone had during the 9th Annua1 B1ues Brews & BBQ Fest. Lots of great music; blues with some rockabilly, country and some rockin' jams mixed in. Hot weather and no rain this year! Thanks to all the blues fans who stopped by our tent and said hello!

Congratulations to Charlene Stevens who won our membership raffle basket with the Taj Mahal box set, t-shirt, Triptych beer certificate, download of Joe Asselin's "Blue Genes" release and other goodies. Congrats also to Elaine Hult who was second in the raffle drawing. Thanks to everyone who joined or renewed before or during the fest.

Tbis was the 2016 Lineup


  • 5:00-6:30 - THE SMOKERS BLUES BAND
  • 8:40-10:10 - KRIS LAGER BAND

  • 2:25-3:55 - DAVID DUNAVENT
  • 6:50-8:20 - SLAM ALLEN
  • 8:40-10:10 - HOWARD AND THE WHITE BOYS

Thanks to all the volunteers who helped spread the word about all the cool things PCBS does. It was fun hanging out at our tent during the Fest.

Here's the PCBS Fest Lineup featuring Bios of each of the bands

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
Name on membership

[Kilborn Alley promo]

PCBS Monthly Meeting/Juke Joint Show
6:00 pm Thursday July 21
Po' Boys, 202 East University Ave., Urbana
Kilborn Alley plays 7:30 - 10:30

Note the date change for our July meeting! Typically we meet on the 2nd Thursday of each month. Since Kilborn is out of town that week, we're moving our meeting to the 3rd Thursday in July so it aligns with the Kilborn Alley Juke Joint show. We're still at the same friendly location, Po' Boys in Urbana.

Come out and join the fun at our July meeting. Perhaps you'd like to volunteer and get more involved with our Blues In The Schools programs? Consider becoming a PCBS Member and help us reach out to other blues lovers in our communities.

PCBS 6th Anniversary

Prairie Crossroads Blues Society held it's first formational meeting on May 23, 2010 at Jupiters At The Crossing when an Executive Board was picked. Our second meeting was held June 22 at the Champaign Public Library when Committee Chairs were elected, we prepared for our 1st public outing at the Urbana Blues Brews & BBQ Fest and set some long range goals for our Society.

  • Promote and educate about “the Blues”
  • Grow our membership
  • Bring more Blues events here
  • Start a Blues in the Schools educational program
  • Become affiliated with the Blues Foundation, so we’ll be eligible to sponsor a local band at the International Blues Challenge in Memphis in February

We've had so much fun meeting fellow blues lovers around the community over the last six years. We'll have our tent set up at the Champaign Blues Brews & BBQ Fest June 24 & 25. Stop by and say hello! We'll have a raffle basket for new and renewal members during our celebration.

Blues Dancing
Lessons and Dances, Fridays at
Defy Gravity, 24 E. Green St., Champaign

Discover another way to enjoy Blues! Learn to Dance!

Summer Blues Dances
July 8 at Defy Gravity. Mini lesson at 9pm, dancing starts at 9:30
also July 15, August 5, August 12
Check out the Facebook event

Saturday, July 9, Alto Vineyards, 7:30pm
A Blues Band, Wine and Dancing Under the Stars
With the Susan Williams Blues Band
You can join the fun at their Facebook event

[Bentley's Blues Jam Poster]

PCBS/Bentley's Blues Jam
7:00 pm Wednesday June 22
Bentley's Pub, 419 N. Neil St., Champaign

Each month, on the 4th Wednesday, one of your favorite blues bands kicks off the jam by hosting the 1st set. Then they open it up to all the jammers in the house. Bring your instrument and plan on sitting in!

June's jam will be hosted by David Dunavent and the Evol Love Band. From Clarksdale, MS, they are in the area to play at the Blues Brews and BBQ Fest on Saturday June 25.

David and the band will also be playing live on WEFT 90.1 FM at noon on Thursday June 23 on the Sweet & Savory Blues show. Tune in worldwide on the stream!.

NOTE:David has added a couple gigs while he's in the area. He's playing at Kam's 10:00 pm to 1:00 am on Thursday evening with Tony Joudis on drums and Cliff Stoker on bass. On Friday night David will join Cliff Stoker at 6:00 for Friday Night Live in downtown Champaign. And don't miss David Dunavent and the Evol Love band at the Champaign Blues Brews & BBQ Fest at 2:25 on Saturday.

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 will be moving to a new venue but the tradition will continue!!

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[Golden State Lone Star Revue - promo pic]

Golden State-Lone Star Revue
w/Anson Funderburgh, Little Charlie and Mark Hummel
7:30 Saturday June 18
The Accord, 51 E. Main St. Champaign

Wow! What an amazing show! Thanks to all the blues fans who came out and supported the blues in Champaign-Urbana. The Golden State Lone Star Blues Revue put on an incredible show. The guitar mastery of Little Charlie and Anson Funderburgh was awesome and Mark Hummel is a dynamic harp player, singer and frontman.

Here's some pictures from Zack Widup, PCBS Treasurer and CU Bands & Fans photographer GSLBR at The Accord Facebook photo album

"They just might be the best blues band going." (Kent Wolgamott/Lincoln Journal-Star)

If you missed the band or want to see them again, check out Mark Hummel's website for the bands schedule. They have several more shows in the area.

PCSB was proud to be a sponsor of this outstanding show.

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.

PCBS was proud to add financial support to the 7th Annual CU Folk & Roots Festival, Nov 5 - 7 at various Urbana venues; Folk And Roots. We're already looking forward to the 2016 edition.