Prairie Crossroads Blues Society

Champaign-Urbana IL

Upcoming Blues Events

[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!

  • Mary Jo Curry hosts the Jam - Wednesday January 24
  • Tony Young and the Bad Boyzz host the Jam - Sunday February 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!

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

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PCBS Monthly Meeting/Juke Joint Show
6:00 pm Thursday February 8
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!

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.

Robert "Bilbo" Walker
Feb. 19, 1937 - Nov. 29, 2017

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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

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Congratulations to the winners
of local IBC Blues Challenges
They qualify to advance to Memphis

Several local Societies have held their challenges. Congratulations to the winners! The Blues Fuondation holds the IBC in Memphis every January to chose the best up and coming acts. Categories include Solo/Duo, Band and Best Self-Produced CD.

Here's the Blues Foundation's information about the International Blues Challenge.

  • Susan Williams and the Wright Groove won the Decatur Blues Society's Road to Memphis Challenge. The Decatur Blues Society is holding a fundraiser to support Susan Williams and the Wright Groove, 8:00 pm Saturday January 6 at Popís Place. Here's the Facebook Event.

Antoine "Fats" Domino
Feb. 26, 1928 - Oct. 24, 2017

Joseph "Smokey" Holman
Lead Singer with Tweed Funk
May 14, 1953 - Oct. 29, 2017

Blues Blast Magazine Awards
2017 Winners Announced
Blues Blast Winners

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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 out 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

Tbe Blues Foundation presented the
Blues Music Awards
Thursday May 11 in Memphis, TN
Here's the 2017 Hall Of Fame Inductees