Prairie Crossroads Blues Society

Champaign-Urbana IL

Upcoming Blues Events

CU Folk & Roots Fest - Winter Weekend
Friday & Saturday February 23 & 24
The Iron Post - 120 S. Race St. Urbana
Friday features from Urbana, Sharp Dirt, Acoustic blues from Chicago Joe Filisko & Eric Noden
Saturday features Hobnob String Band and Kilborn Alley Blues Band
check out the entire lineup at CU Folk & Roots Winter Weekend

[WEFT Blues Benefit]

Beat the Winter Blues Benefit
4:00 pm Sunday February 25
Goldy's Bar and Grill
123 S. Mattis Ave.
Donations Benefit WEFT 90.1 FM
and The Daily Bread Soup Kitchen

Some of the area's best blues artists are coming together to raise money for a couple of worthy causes. It's a benefit for both WEFT 90.1 FM and the Daily Bread Soup Kitchen. The all-volunter Community Radio Station WEFT 90.1 FM hosts 15 hours of blues programming each week. The mission of the Daily Bread Soup Kitchen is to feed the hungry of our community regardless of race, religion, or ethnicity. Thanks to Goldy's, 123 S. Mattis Ave., in the Country Fair Shopping Center, who's hosting the blues event of the winter.

Performers include:

  • Kenna Mae Reiss
  • Joe Asselin
  • The Bluetone Drivers
  • The Blues Deacons
  • Kilborn Alley Blues Band

Help keep WEFT on the air and The Daily Bread Soup Kitchen feeding the hungry. We'd love to see you there, dancing away the winter blues.

Suggested donation: $10

Here's the Facebook Event page.

Johnny Rawls
9:00 Saturday March 3
The Iron Post - 120 S. Race St. Urbana

[Blues in the Library poster]

Blues in the Library
2:00 Saturday March 10
Urbana Free Library
Blues History & Harmonica Lessons
for grade school children
(free harmonicas for kids that participate)

This March, Prairie Crossroads Blues Society will conduct another of our Blues In The Schools programs, this one at the Urbana Free Library. Our BITS instructors, Gus Wood for blues history, and Doug Schroer for blues harmonica will teach the classes. We will present a 90 minute program for grade school children. Thanks to a grant from the Urbana Arts Council and PCBS Education Chair, Sandy Hannum!

PCBS has done previous Blues In the Library programs at both the Urbana Free Library and Champaign Public Library. We've also presented BITS at Garden Hills and South Side Schools in Champaign, as well as Wiley and Thomas Paine Schools in Urbana. We also hosted a 4 week course at the Don Moyers Boys & Girls Club.

Contact us at: if you'd like us to arrange one at your school!

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.

[Blues Jam]

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 now holding two jams each month.The 2nd Sunday of each month from 4:00 to 7:00 pm and the 4th Wednesday of each month from 7:00 to 10:00 pm. Both jams are held at Pipa's Pub, 604 S. Country Fair Dr., Champaign.

The host band typically plays the first set, then we open it up to all the jammers in the house. Bring your instrument and plan on sitting in!

  • Cobalt - The Blues Resurrection host the Jam - Wednesday February 28
  • The Blues Deacons host the Jam - Sunday March 11

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

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

Read more ...

Blues Hall of Famer
Eddie Shaw

3/20/1937 - 1/29/2018

[Kilborn Alley promo]

PCBS Monthly Meeting/Juke Joint Show
- New Time !!!
5:30 pm Thursday March 8
Po' Boys, 202 East University Ave., Urbana
Kilborn Alley plays 6:30 - 9:30

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 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.

Tbe Blues Foundation announced the
2018 Blues Music Awards Nominees
the Awards take place Thursday May 10 in Memphis, TN
Here's the 2017 Hall Of Fame Inductees

Denise LaSalle
(born as Ora Denise Allen)
July 16, 1939 - Jan. 8, 2018

[BluesCentral Monday Dance Logo]

Blues Dancing every Monday
BluesCentral hosts Lessons and Dancing
6:30 Free Lessons, 7:00 - 9:00 Free Dancing
Pizza M, 208 W. Main St. Urbana

BluesCENTRAL Dancers announce lessons & dances, 6:30 pm every Monday are starting back up again January 8, 2018. Free Beginner Lessons at 6:30, and Free Social Dancing 7:00 to 9:00

Back room at Pizza M, 208 W. Main St. Urbana. Blues every Monday: Dinner Drinks & Dancing.

Don't know how to blues? Don't worry! Beginner lessons at 6:30 pm will get you started. Or just come socialize with us and enjoy Pizza M's great selection of beers and wines. Grab a delicious calzone special available on Monday nights.

Don't have a partner to dance with? No problem! We are friendly and love to dance with everyone!

Check out the BluesCENTRAL Dancers Facebook Event

[Autographed Guitar]

Debi Nimon won the
Autographed Fender Stratocaster
PCBS Guitar Raffle!

from Styx to Koko Taylor Foundation to PCBS Debi Nimon

Bobby Rush picked the winning ticket at the Whyndam Garden Hotel show, Saturday Nov. 18. Bobby Rush even added his signature to it.

Thanks to everyone who bought raffle tickets, PCBS appreciates your donations

This Fender Stratocaster was used by Styx in the studio. It was then donated to the Koko Taylor Foundation, autographed and auctioned off on a Blues Cruise. The winner of the auction has now graciously donated this treasure to PCBS to raise funds.

  • autographs include:
  • Lonnie Brooks, Ronnie Baker Brooks & Wayne Baker Brooks
  • Tommy Shaw, Lawrence Gowan & Todd Sucherman (members of Styx)
  • Elvin Bishop
  • Laurie Morvan
  • Susan Tedeschi Trucks
  • Fiona Boyes
  • Bobby Rush
  • many others
  • gig bag included

[Prairie Crossroads Blues Society Jack Davis Logo]


Want to become part of the growing community of Blues lovers in the Champaign-Urbana and East Central Illinois area? Sign up to become a member of Prairie Crossroads Blues Society. We are a 501(c)3 non-profit organized to Preserve, Promote and Educate about the Blues.

Since we were formed in 2010 we've been supporting local blues artists share their music with a wider audience. We consistently look to bring new blues artists to our area so fans get a chance to see the huge amount of talent touring on a regional and national basis. We also have a strong BITS - Blues In The Schools program.

Whether you enjoy our jams and shows, or support our efforts to teach youngsters the history and basics of blues music, now is the right time to become a PCBS Member

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

Prairie Crossroads Blues Society is a proud supporter
of the CU Folk & Roots Fest
Visit their website
for all the information about next year's Fest