Prairie Crossroads Blues Society

Champaign-Urbana IL

Bentley's Blues Jam
7:00 pm Wednesday December 23
hosted by The Kilborn Alley Blues Band
Bentley's Pub, 419 N. Neil St., Champaign

Thanks to Champaign Underground for shooting several great videos of the PCBS/Bentley's Blues Jam in October featuring The Martini Brothers

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

Come out to the next Bentley's Blues Jam, scheduled for Wednesday, December 23. Bentley's Pub is located at 419 N. Neil street in downtown Champaign. This month the Jam will be hosted by The Kilborn Alley Blues Band. Come out for an especially festive edition of the PCBS/Bentley's Blues Jam. 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 and the Martini Brothers. There's been plenty of jammers sitting in and the fans have been thoroughly entertained. Make plans to be there!

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PCBS IBC Fundraiser
Friday Jan. 22, 2016
Blues Expressions
Memphis on Main, 55 E. Main St. Champaign

Congratulations to the Blues Expressions
Winners in PCBS IBC Challenge in the Band category

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 you local winners and send them off to Memphis with a huge boost of enthusiasm!

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. Now our chance to help them on their way!

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.

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We support blues throughout our community and the world. Our mission is preserve, promote and educate about the blues. We support the blues in a variety of ways, bringing new blues artists to town, supporting local blues bands and venues and educating the community through our Blues In The Schools programs.

PCBS is a non-profit organization formed to promote blues music and artists in East Central Illinois. We're a proud affiliate of The Blues Foundation.

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.