Prairie Crossroads Blues Society

Champaign-Urbana IL

Big Blues Events

[Kilborn Alley promo]

PCBS Monthly Meeting/Juke Joint Show
6:30 pm Thursday May 12
Po' Boys, 202 East University Ave., Urbana
Kilborn Alley plays 7:30 - 10:30

Come out and join the fun at our May meeting. We'll be planning our participation in this summer's Blues, Brews & BBQ Fest, future Bentley's Blues Jams and other exciting and summer events. We're always looking for volunteers to get more involved with our Blues In The Schools program and suggestions for our entertainment shows.

Come out and join us for the meeting and then stick around for a juke joint show. Kilborn Alley plays at Po' Boys from 7:30 to 10:30!. Help PCBS reach out to more blues lovers in our communities and then enjoy some great blues music and a beverage or two.

[Tad Robinson promo]

Kilborn Alley Blues Band
16th Anniversary show
with special guest Tad Robinson
Friday April 29, 9:00 pm
The Iron Post - Urbana

You know Kilborn Alley's Anniversary shows are always something special. The 16th promises to be another can't miss event. This time their special guest is harp player and vocalist Tad Robinson.

Tad was born and raised in New York City, then graduated from University of Indiana's school of music in 1980. He played regionally with a group called the Hesitation Blues Band, then moved to Chicago, where he became the vocalist for Dave Specter & the Bluebirds, singing on their 1994 album Blueplicity for Delmark Records.[1] In 1994, he released his first album under his own name on the same label; four more have followed, three on the Severn imprint.

Tad will also be joining Kilborn for a Saturday show at Elmer's in Decatur.

These shows promise to be a real treat. Get out and support live local Blues!

Check out Tad's website for more info about him,

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

Discover another way to enjoy Blues! Learn to Dance!

Blues I, a blues dance class for beginners occurs weekly at Defy Gravity Pole and Aerial Arts Studio, 24 E. Green St. in Champaign, so you can not only sit and listen, but get up and dance to the band! The instructor will be local dancer Jennifer White.

Check out the December issue of our Inclusive newsletter for the story on Blues Dancing. Or for more info visit the BluesCENTRAL Facebook Page.

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

Here's 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

Check back soon, more details to follow.

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.