Prairie Crossroads Blues Society

Champaign-Urbana IL

Upcoming Blues Events

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!


[Kilborn Alley promo]

PCBS Monthly Meeting/Juke Joint Show
6:00 pm Thursday June 1
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!

Kilborn and PCBS are meeting the 1st Thursday of the month in June, which is June 1, please update your calendars to reflect the change

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.


[Johnny Rawls]

Johnny Rawls
9:00 pm Friday June 2
The Iron Post, 120 S. Race St. Urbana

Johnny Rawls is a singer, songwriter, producer, and guitarist. A native of Purvis, MS, Johnny grew up in the blues. While still in high school Johnny played with Z.Z. Hill and Little Johnny Taylor. Johnny played with O.V. Wright and was his band leader for several years until O.V. passed.

Over the years he's put out albums on a number of record labels even starting his own record company. He's found his greatest success with his recent releases on Catfood Records. Some of these include; "Memphis Still Got Soul", "Red Cadillac", "Soul Survivor" and "Soul Brothers" which he recorded with Otis Clay. His latest release is "Tiger In A Cage". He's been nominated for 16 Blues Music Awards and won the Soul Blues Album of the Year BMA for "Ace of Spades".

Johnny performs on Friday June 2nd in the intimate surrounding of The Iron Post in Urbana. Visit Johnny Rawls' website for more information.


[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 excited to announce a new 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're expanding the program to bring you jams once a month on Sunday afternoons.

Jams are scheduled for Sunday June 11 and Wednesday June 28
as well as Sunday July 9 and Wednesday July 26

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

JD & The Phuzz host the Jam - June 28!

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

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[Ed O'Hara]

Edapalloozza (Ed O'Hara Benefit)
May 20, Noon - 9:00 pm
Leadbelly's, 601 N. Country Fair Dr., Champaign
Benefit Concert/Silent Auction

Facebook Event Edapalloozza Fest

On Saturday May 20, 2017, Champaign-Urbana and the music community came together to support our great friend Ed O'Hara. What a wonderful gathering it was, there was an outpouring of love for Ed. He's well known to the blues community as a drummer, harmonica player and singer. He's played with The Blues Deacons and Kilborn Alley. All of the proceeds of the event go to Ed in his battle with cancer. Thanks to everyone who showed up or contributed online. It was an awesome display of support and showed what the music family does!

All of these musicians donated their time to show their love and support for Ed! Bill 'Grizz' Stevens, Billy Galt, Kathy Harden, Candy Foster, Nick Moss, Kilborn Alley, Ed O'Hara, The Parish Brothers, Steve The Harp Mehlberg, Jeff Kerr, Dirty Laundry, Dave Cooper, Bob Watson and Aaron 'A-Train' Wilson, James Jones, Kevin Corey LeSure and many many others..


[Joe Asselin]

Blues Variety Show hosted by Joe Asselin
7:00 - 10:00 pm Thursdays
Leadbelly's Links Drinks Arcade
601 N. Country Fair Dr., Champaign

Joe Asselin has played with the Kilborn Alley Blues Band and The Sugar Prophets, and currently plays with The William Marsala Band. Joe started a new series of weekly shows at Leadbelly's Links Drinks Arcade (the old Fluid Event Center). Each Thursday from 7 to 10 pm Joe and a Featured Guest will be entertaining music fans. This promises to become one of the featured events on the local music calendar.

Leadbelly's at 601 N. Country Fair Dr. in Champaign boasts 400 craft spirits, bourbons & tequilas with domestic, local and craft beers. They also have pool tables, dart machines, foosball tables, air hockey and a huge selection of classic pinball machines.

There's no cover charge so head on out for some great music and some fun and games! Check out the Facebook Event Page


Unfortunately Champaign Blues announced the cancellation
of the 2017 Champaign Blues Brews & BBQ Fest


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


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: pcbsmembership@gmail.com.

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