Prairie Crossroads Blues Society

Champaign-Urbana IL

Upcoming Blues Events

[Groove Avenue Blues Jam Poster]

PCBS Blues Jams!
Pipa's Pub, 604 S. Country Fair Dr., Champaign
2nd Sunday of each month, 4:00 - 7:00 pm
4th Wednesday of each month, 7:00 - 10:00 pm

Prairie Crossroads Blues Society is excited to announce an additional series of monthly blues jams. From 4:00 - 7:00 pm on the 2nd Sunday of each month at Pipa's Pub, 604 S. Country Fair Dr., Champaign. Bring your instrument and plan on sitting in!

We've had so much fun bringing you the Wednesday Blues Jams at Pipa's Pub we've expanded the program to bring you Sunday afternoon jams once a month.

Jams are scheduled for Wednesday July 26
Augsut Jams are scheduled for Sunday August 13 and Wednesday August 23.

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

  • Groove Avenue host the Jam - July 26
  • The Blues Deacons host the Jam - August 13

Prairie Crossroads Blues Society is happy to help revive the tradition of a blues jam in the C-U area!

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[2017 Blues Blast Music Awards]

Voting is open for the
2017 Blues Blast Music Awards!
July 1 thru August 15

Voting is free and open to anyone who is a Blues Blast Magazine subscriber. Blues Blast Magazine subscriptions are always FREE and you are automatically signed up as part of the voting process on our website.

Blues Blast Nominees

Vist the Nominee page, they even have a link to listen to music from all the artists and CD's nominated.

Local favorites The Kilborn Alley Blues Band is nominated in two categories. Their new CD "The Tolono Tapes" is nominated for Contemporary Blues Album, and they are also nominated in the Blues Band category.

Visit the Blues Blast Nominees link and vote for your favorites.

[Kilborn Tolono Tapes CD]

Membership Drive - Prize Drawing

Thanks to everyone who's joined or renewed as PCBS members over the last couple weeks.

Grand Prize Winner = Dan Jansen
Runner-up Winner = Jim Hendricks

We'll be contacting the winners in the next few days to find out their t-shirt sizes and other choices. Thanks again to everyone who's joined or renewed

We are a 501(c)3 non-profit organized to Preserve, Promote and Educate about the Blues.

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 Aug 10
Po' Boys, 202 East University Ave., Urbana
Kilborn Alley plays 7:30 - 10:30

We combined our monthly meetings with the Kilborn Alley Juke Joint shows at Po' Boys! It's a chance to enjoy some delicious Po' Boys food, some beverages from local craft brewer's Triptych Brewing with great blues music and lively conversation. The joint's been packed with blues fans, friends and family enjoying the party atmosphere!

We're always open to suggestions about our monthly blues jams, are looking forward to the Champaign Blues Brews & BBQ Fest and are looking for folks to get more involved with our Blues In The Schools program. Consider becoming a PCBS Member and help us reach out to other blues lovers in our communities.

PCBS 7th 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're eligible to sponsor a local act at the International Blues Challenge in Memphis in February

We've had a blast meeting blues fans in our community during the last several years. We contine to strive to meet our goals by hosting great blues jams, helping to support local blues bands, sponsoring new blues artists to appear in our area and putting on music education programs in our schools and libraries. We thank everyone for their support and encouragment and look forward to doing even more for The Blues!

Tbe Blues Foundation presented the
Blues Music Awards
Thursday May 11 in Memphis, TN
Here's the 2017 Hall Of Fame Inductees

2017 Blues Fest Lineups