Prairie Crossroads Blues Society

Champaign-Urbana IL

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

We need your help!

Prairie Crossroads Blues Society has been serving the community for five years promoting live Blues music, preserving the heritage of Blues, and educating our young people about the Blues. Perhaps you have stayed on the margins of these efforts and do not realize how satisfying and fun it is to be directly involved. If so, it is time for you to find out!


Update: Energetic volunteers stepped up at our March meeting to fill several volunteer positions within PCBS. Elaine Schneider took over as Editor of our Newsletter and published the April issue of our Inclusive newsletter. Zack Widup recently became the Treasurer of PCBS. We're still looking for volunteers to get more involved with our Education and Marketing Committees. Now is a great time to step up!

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Bentley's Blues Jam
7:00 pm Wednesday May 27
Bentley's Pub, 419 N. Neil St., Champaign

Thanks to all the jammers who came out to Bentley's Blues Jam on May 27. The beer garden was full of musicians and fans. PCBS is happy to help revive the tradition of a blues jam in the C-U area. The next one is scheduled for Wednesday, June 24 and once again it will be at Bentley's Pub, 419 N. Neil street in downtown Champaign. Bring your instrument to the next jam and plan on sitting in! Big thanks go to Andrew Duncanson, Susan Williams and Aaron "A-Train" Wilson who hosted the inaugural jam. It was a thrill to see out of town guests such as Barb Hamilton-Maxey who showed up and contributed to the fun.

The jam was a great way to celebrate PCBS 5th Birthday. Prairie Crossroads Blues Society held it's first formational meeting on May 23, 2010 at Jupiter's At The Crossing. In the past five years we've had great fun meeting some awesome blues fans and supporting the blues in East Central Illinois. We're looking forward to even greater things in our next 5 years.

Thanks for all the thrills B. B.

Ori Naftaly
9:00 pm Saturday May 23rd
Memphis on Main, 55 E. Main Street, Champaign

The Ori Naftaly Band put on an amazing show at Memphis on Main on Saturday May 23. The fiery guitarist Ori leads the band that features new lead singer Tierinii Jackson and her sister T.K. on drums. With a mix of originals and covers of classic blues tunes they thrilled the enthusiastic crowd.

The Ori Naftaly Band won the Israeli Blues Challenge Competition and advanced to the Semi-Finals of the 2013 International Blues Challenge (IBC) in Memphis.

Check out this video of the new band performing "80 Miles From Memphis" at a recent live show;

The Ori Naftaly Band has won awards for it's first two albums and is currently recording a new CD with plans to release it in July or August.


[Blues Foundation's BITS Logo]

Blues Foundation
Blues Music Awards 2015

On Thursday May 7, the Blues Foundation presented the Blues Music Awards at the Cook Convention Center in Memphis, TN. Elvin Bishop won 3 Awards inluding Song of the Year and Album of the Year for "Can't Even Do Wrong Right". Bobby Rush and John Hammond won 2 Awards. This is the the 36th Annual presentation of the most prestigious awards in the Blues industry which were formerly known as the W.C. Handy Awards.

For the list of all the winners, check out this release from the Blues Foundation; Award Winners

[Blues Foundation's BITS Logo]

Blues In The Schools
Spring - 2015
South Side Elementary School
& Westview School

This spring, Prairie Crossroads Blues Society conducted another of our Blues In The Schools programs, this one at South Side Elementary School in Champaign. Classes were presented March 11 & 12 and April 8 & 9 with grades 3, 4 and 5 participating. Our BITS instructors, Gus Wood for blues history, and Josh Spence for blues harmonica taught the series of classes. The program includes a performance by a local blues band for the kids.

Huge thanks goes 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.

PCBS Education Chair, Sandy Hannum helped arrange a blues concert for the students at Westview School. Jiggy & The Source performed at the school on Wednesday March 18.

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.

Want to help support the blues?
Consider becoming a Member of PCBS

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.