Prairie Crossroads Blues Society

Champaign-Urbana IL

Big Blues Events

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PCBS IBC Fundraiser
8:00 pm Friday Jan. 22, 2016
Jiggy & The Source/Blues Expressions
Memphis on Main, 55 E. Main St. Champaign

Congratulations to Jiggy & The Source
and the Blues Expressions
Winners of the PCBS IBC Challenge
in the Solo/Duo and Band categories

The Blues Expressions put on an awesome show to win the PCBS IBC Blues Challenge in October. Now we're helping them raise some money to support their trip to Memphis, TN to represent us in the Blues Foundation's International Challenge. Come out to support your local winners and send them off to Memphis with a huge boost of enthusiasm!

The Fundraiser will be kicked off with a set from our Solo/Duo representatives, Jiggy & The Source. Join us for some blues with a message, find out what the Source is all about. It will be an entertaining show with great music, lots of energy and positive vibes!

In late January, hundreds of acts from around the world gather on historic Beale Street for the chance to be selected as the year's best up-and-coming Blues act. It costs quite a bit of money for an act to compete, hotels, meals, gas, parking and other incidentals. Here's a chance to help them on their way!

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 starts this January at Defy Gravity Pole and Aerial Arts Studio so you can not only sit and listen, but get up and dance to the band! The instructor will be local dancer Jennifer White.

While most lessons and dances with be at the Defy Gravity studios, their first dance will be held in conjunction with our IBC Fundraiser, Friday January 22 at Memphis on Main. More fun and energy to support our IBC acts.

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

PCBS/Bentley's Blues Jam
Billy Galt and Blues Deacons
7:00 pm January 27
Bentley's Pub, 419 N. Neil St., Champaign

Thanks to Champaign Underground for shooting several videos of recent PCBS/Bentley's Blues Jams featuring The Kilbborn ALley Blues Band and The Martini Brothers

Here's the Martini Brothers doing the classic Statesboro Blues

Here's another great video, the Martini Brothers doing the classic Night Train

Billy Galt and Blues Deacons will be hosting the next PCBS/Bentley's Blues Jam, 7:00 pm Wednesday January, 27. Bentley's Pub is located at 419 N. Neil street in downtown Champaign. Each month the jam is hosted by a local blues band for the 1st set. They then open it up to all the jammers in the house. 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, Groove Avenue, The Martini Brothers, The Blues Deacons and The Kilborn Alley Blues Band. There's been plenty of jammers sitting in and the fans have been thoroughly entertained. Make plans to be there!

Check back soon to find out who hosts the February 2016 Bentley's Blues Jam.

PCBS Monthly Meeting
6:30 pm Thursday February 11
Po' Boys, 202 East University Ave., Urbana

Come out and join the fun at our February meeting. We'll realy info about the results of our IBC representatives, Jiggy & The Source and The Blues Expressions. We'll also discuss future Bentley's Blues Jams and several other entertainment and educational events. We're always looking for volunteers to get more involved with our Blues In The Schools program and suggestions for our entertainment shows.

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Jackie Scott joined Kilborn Alley
8:00 pm Saturday Jan. 16, 2016
The Iron Post, 120 S. Race St. Urbana

We hope you had a chance to see Jackie sing with Kilborn Alley at The Iron Post. What a great show. Jackie is from Virginia and really connects with the Kilborn guys when they perform together. Jackie Scott's friend Eddie Shaw, a member of the Blues Hall Of Fame, came along with her and joined the fun onstage, singing and playing sax on a couple tunes.

Check out Jackie's website for info about her and to preview some of her music, Listen to music from her CD's with her band the Housewreckers.

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.